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November 2, 2012
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said on Friday that deputies arrested four men in the theft of scrap metal in Mount Airy this week. Police said Travis Waddell, 19,  Branden Battle, 19, and Adam Nicholas Toth, 22, all from Mount Airy; and Dwayne Douglas Frazier, 32, of Boyds, were each charged with trespassing and theft. In addition, Waddell was charged with possession of marijuana. The Sheriff's Office said that on Thursday, Nov. 1, at about 1:45 p.m., deputies were called to the 5800 block of Bethel Road in Mount Airy to investigate a theft complaint.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Facing mounting opposition from state and local officials, the Obama administration has dropped the idea of converting a vacant office building in Baltimore into a shelter for immigrant children who have entered the country illegally, officials familiar with the decision said Wednesday. Federal officials concluded that Metro West on North Greene Street, a huge complex on the edge of the city's long-standing Superblock redevelopment effort, was unsuitable to help accommodate the recent surge in unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest border.
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NEWS
January 31, 2012
Charles Campbell's commentary is a concise and well presented argument for a reconsideration of President Obama's refusal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and for a revamping of our energy policies ("D.C.'s Keystone Kops," Jan. 30). The article should be read by all of out political leaders, and I'm speaking from the point of view of an Obama supporter and liberal-leaning Independent. Dianne Salmon
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Almost 18,680 people asked for more time to sign up for insurance through the state's health exchange because they had trouble with the website during open enrollment, but exchange officials said Tuesday that many have already had their issues addressed. About 4,000 of those have been enrolled in person or on the phone by an agent hired by the exchange, many others likely have enrolled on their own online, and officials assume that some on the list are duplicates. But everyone left on the list to be enrolled has been contacted by phone or email, and the majority should be helped by April 18, in time for insurance to begin May 1, officials said during the exchange's board meeting.
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2004
Union Bridge officials said yesterday that they will probably scrap a proposal to start fining property owners for repeat nuisance calls that tie up their police service, but are hoping to come up with another solution. Mayor Bret D. Grossnickle said the council will likely start looking for other options in dealing with repeated police calls to the same addresses for loud music, drinking, arguing and fighting. Grossnickle's comments came the day after residents overflowed Monday night's public hearing in nearly unanimous opposition to a proposed ordinance that they characterized as overly punitive, possibly illegal and a deterrent to calling police for help.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1997
Anne Arundel County police checking out a suspected shoplifter charged with stealing building supplies stumbled upon illegal scrap metal operation and charged two Baltimore men and a Glen Burnie man with stealing street and construction signs.The men allegedly sold the signs and a stolen aluminum boat to a scrap dealer in the 300 block of Washington Blvd. in Baltimore, police said.Officers became interested in the Glen Burnie man last week after seeing reports in which he was charged with stealing building supplies.
NEWS
By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
Three Baltimore scrap metal companies have pleaded guilty to improperly buying metal, after a city crackdown on thieves who strip metal from vacant houses to sell.Each of the companies did not keep accurate records of their transactions and did not submit transaction sheets to police officials, as required by law. Police detectives depend on dealers to record who brought in the metal, in case the materials were stolen.Industrial Metals-Early Corp. of the 1500 block of N. Warwick Ave. was fined $800, Franklintown Metals & Cores of the 100 block of McPhail St. was fined $450 and Baltimore Scrap Corp.
NEWS
By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | December 15, 1994
An undercover police detective posing as a hobo sold $2.60 worth of scrap metal to the United Iron and Metal Co., and now the Baltimore-based company is charged with 10 criminal violations that could bring up to $26,000 in fines.The charges, filed Tuesday, allege that United Iron has been violating a city public ordinance requiring buyers of scrap metal to file records of their transactions with the city Police Department.Detectives began the investigation after the recent arrest of a homeless man who said he stole brass placards off downtown buildings and sold them to a scrap metal dealer, said police Sgt. Michael Tabor.
NEWS
By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2004
A military spokesman said yesterday that more bombs could remain hidden under debris at a former ship scrap yard on the Baltimore waterfront where 12 explosives were discovered this week. Ned Christensen, spokesman for the Army's Fort Myer in Arlington, Va., said the bombs found by construction workers in Fairfield were part of a heap of scrap metal more than 20 feet high and that several similar piles nearby have not been searched. "Large ships were dismantled there, and there is scrap and debris all over the place.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1997
County police checking out a suspected shoplifter charged with stealing building supplies stumbled upon an illegal scrap-metal operation and charged two Baltimore men and a Glen Burnie man with stealing street and construction signs.The men were allegedly selling the signs and other metal items to a scrap dealer on Washington Boulevard in Baltimore, police said.A team of Northern District officers became interested in the Glen Burnie man last week after seeing several reports in which he was charged with stealing building supplies and began watching the man's home in the 300 block of Glenwood Ave. A detective drove by Thursday and saw a pickup truck with with about 50 directional street and construction signs in the bed.The detective followed two men in the truck to a scrap-metal dealer in the 3500 block of Washington Blvd.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Republicans in Annapolis continue their push to get more information about what went wrong with the state's troubled health exchange website, and to scrap the site entirely. Maryland Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley called for an independent investigation, but was told in a letter from Attorney General Douglas Gansler that his office lacked the authority. Gansler, a gubernatorial candidate, said he too was concerned that "the taxpayers of Maryland had been poorly served by the executive branch's mismanagement of health care reform implementation," and reiterated comments he made earlier about exploring recovery of taxpayer dollars from contractors.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
State officials have reached an agreement with an Anne Arundel County family to clean up Maryland's largest known tire dump, a decades-old stockpile of hundreds of thousands of tires rotting in ravines in Crownsville and threatening a waterway leading to the South River. The $2.5 million cleanup will be the latest in a two-decades-old effort by the Maryland Department of the Environment that has resulted in the removal of 10.6 million tires from more than 900 sites around the state.
NEWS
December 17, 2013
Since Gov. Martin O'Malley declared that the state's health insurance exchange website was functional for most users, anecdotal reports have been mixed. Some people report continued problems with frozen screens and other glitches that have bedeviled the site; others say they were finally able to enroll with relative ease. The preliminary numbers of new enrollments, though, suggest some genuine improvement. Monday saw about 1,100 enrollments, nearly 50 percent more than the site's best day before the fixes went into place.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Apparel retailer DTLR Holding Inc. of Hanover said Friday that it has canceled its plans for an initial public offering, citing an unspecified "business development" as the reason. The company declined to comment beyond its one-sentence announcement. DTLR announced its intention to go public a month ago, saying it planned to raise up to $75 million in the IPO. The company, which calls itself a "street-inspired lifestyle retailer," has 95 stores that sell shoes, shirts, caps and other items.
NEWS
December 2, 2013
After researching the county website countyofhowardmd.us/ foodscraps.htm including viewing the "Food scrap pictures from the mini-pilot" located under the Additional Resources sub-heading at the bottom of the page, I am horrified that Howard County is planning to implement the food scrap program in our community. A significant amount of litter is generated on "blue bin" recycling days, due to either residents overflowing their blue bins, and/or the trash collectors losing some of the bin contents when emptying into the truck.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A tip from a 911 caller led Anne Arundel County police to arrest four people accused of cutting copper wire from a utility pole and causing an overnight power outage to 1,800 BGE customers in Odenton. The tipster called 911 early Friday morning and reported seeing two men carrying spools of wire from behind a business on Annapolis Road in Odenton, said Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis. They got into a Chevrolet Impala that had one headlight burned out. A patrol officer pulled the car over and found four people inside, along with 250 feet of copper wire and tools, including a long-handled cutter normally used for tree-trimming, Davis said.
NEWS
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 19, 2000
WASHINGTON - Provoked by the sluggish pace of dismantling decrepit American ships, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are clashing on how best to prod the U.S. Maritime Administration to rid the country's waterways of these spectral, contaminated vessels. As part of a much larger bill setting spending limits for the Defense Department, the House voted yesterday to require that all such ships be sold overseas for scrap, a controversial practice that has caused deaths, serious injuries and environmental hazards.
NEWS
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 13, 2000
It is the nuclear age equivalent of beating swords into plowshares: the conversion of mildly radioactive scrap metal from the United States' obsolete defense arsenal into a vast array of consumer products. The Cold War rubble has become raw material for I-beams and automobiles, jewelry and silverware, leg braces and hip replacements. However, as the volume of radioactive recyclables mushrooms, the federal government still lacks uniform health standards for safely disposing of the material.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
As Obamacare crumbles under the weight of its own complexity and dwindling popular support, Americans gain the opportunity to make genuine, systemic changes in health care funding, namely a single-payer program of Medicare-for-all. ( "Md. weighs options after Obama unveils fix to dropped insurance policies," Nov. 14). While touted as a dramatic reform measure, the Affordable Care Act merely solidifies an already broken system in which precious health care dollars are squandered on a Byzantine network of administrative costs and insurance industry profits.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | November 18, 2013
Table scraps aren't destined for the garbage disposal any more. At least not in Howard County, where executive Ken Ulman spent Friday morning delivering giant green bins to homeowners around Clarksville who signed on to recycle their kitchen waste so the county can turn it into compost at its new Alpha Ridge landfill. "They do this all over the West Coast," said Mr. Ulman, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. "There is no reason why we can't do this in Howard County.
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