Pr. George’s police captain to be demoted after trial board finds he threatened a police chief and used his position to seek time off for his son

A Prince George’s County police captain will be demoted after a trial board determined that he tried to leverage his official position for a personal matter and threatened a police chief from another agency. The trial board issued its punishment Thursday against Capt. Joseph Perez, who has been fighting the administrative charges that he contends are retaliation because he has been complaining about unfair disciplinary prac­tices within the department. The trial board, made up of three Baltimore County police officers, found Perez guilty of two counts of violating department ethics and one count of violating policies on loyalty. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Holds Public Comment

Anne Arundel County is studying ways to reduce gun violence in its own community in the wake of the 2018 mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. A county task force made up of law enforcement officers, schools officials, communications professionals and gun owners is looking to identify the problems, causes and solutions to gun violence within the county. From murders to suicides, the Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Prevention Task Force is analyzing all sorts of statistics with one goal in mind- stop unnecessary bloodshed. (WJZ-TV)

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Cell tower proposed near Hagerstown Community College

Shentel is proposing a 150-foot-tall cell tower at Mount Aetna Technology Park to improve wireless service, including to customers at Meritus Medical Center and Hagerstown Community College, a company official said. The tower would serve Sprint, but would have room for three other carriers, said Dan Meenan, vice president of wireless network development for Shentel. The Washington County Zoning Appeals Board is scheduled to hear a request for a special exception for the cell tower at its 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday in the county’s administrative complex in downtown Hagerstown.  The area is zoned for office, research and industry. (Herald-Mail)

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Federal Appeals Court Will Hear Case Over National Airport Landing Patterns

A federal appeals court has agreed to hear a lawsuit by the state of Maryland against the Federal Aviation Administration over changes to the flight paths in and out of National Airport. The FAA implemented its NextGen air traffic procedures five years ago to create “superhighways” in the air by streamlining flight paths in and out of National Airport in Arlington, Va, with the goal of reducing fuel costs. The change meant more planes would fly over neighborhoods in Montgomery County, resulting in more noise for residents close to the Potomac River in communities such as Cabin John, Bethesda and Potomac. (Bethesda)

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Charm City Circulator ridership down nearly half, re-branding planned, after bumpy transition to new operator

Ridership on Baltimore’s free Charm City Circulator shuttles plummeted by nearly half in the year ended June 30, following a shake-up in bus vendors that resulted in a shortage of buses and gaps in service, coupled with the launch of dockless electric scooters in the city. Passengers took about 1.27 million trips on the four-route system downtown in the city’s 2019 fiscal year, down 48% from the 2.4 million trips in the prior fiscal year, according to data provided by the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation believes its ridership data for the Circulator is misleading due to the change in vendors last October, said German Vigil, a department spokesman. For the service’s first four months under RMA Worldwide, he said, “we weren’t counting the number of riders.” (Balt. Sun)

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GBMC files for $105.2 million addition to expand patient room size

Greater Baltimore Medical Center has filed an application to build an addition to the hospital to modernize and expand patient rooms and create more space for the emergency department. The hospital will not be adding any new beds, but the $105.2 million project will allow it to essentially double the size of its rooms. “This is really the first key step to creating some initial capacity in higher standard rooms so we can go back and retrofit our existing rooms to provide a better experience for our patients,” said Keith R. Poisson, GBMC’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. (Daily Record)      

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Inner Harbor ice rink to return for winter season after Waterfront Partnership warns of funding issues

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor ice rink has found a new sponsor just a few weeks before the deadline set by Waterfront Partnership for continuing the winter tradition. Waterfront Partnership officials warned in July that the rink might not return this winter after Pandora, the jewelry retailer known for its charm bracelets, told the organization it was unable to continue as lead sponsor. Pandora officials did not say why they discontinued their sponsorship.  The Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds has awarded a grant to cover the $115,000 price tag for maintaining the ice rink from Nov. 1 through Jan. 20, according to a news release. (Balt. Sun)

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How to get naloxone, the antidote for an opioid overdose, in Maryland

As the opioid epidemic continues to generate staggering numbers of fatalities, Marylanders might consider whether to stock up on an antidote to overdoses that’s called naloxone. The medication comes in the form of a nasal spray, called Narcan, or an injection, called Evzio. The FDA-approved prescription medications can counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid-related overdose. In June 2017, Maryland’s deputy secretary of public health issued a statewide standing order for naloxone. That means pharmacies are allowed to sell the medication to anyone, without a need for a paper or electronic prescription. (Balt. Sun)

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