Undersized crab possession dominates Maryland crab violations

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By Talia Dennis
Capital News Service

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources reported 2,341 crab-related violations across the state from 2013 through 2018. There were 27 types of infractions ranging from undersized crab possession to illegal harvesting methods.

Possession of undersized crabs was the highest reported infraction and made up nearly half of the reported violations. Crabbing or possessing crabs during the closed season was the second most common offense with 356 reported citations during the six-year period. Crab season opens April 1 and closes Dec. 15, according to DNR’s eRegulations website.

Towson man who led $550M Ponzi scheme sentenced to 22 years

A Bugatti Veyron allegedly purchased by Merrill using defrauded funds from investors. Photo courtesy of U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.

The man at the center of an infamous Ponzi scheme that drew more than half a billion dollars was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in prison.

CHAP to begin hearings on whether to make Woodberry a historic district

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Baltimore’s newest designated historic district could soon be the old mill town of Woodberry, depending on the outcome of two upcoming hearings before the city’s preservation commission.

Someone drove a truck through Maggie’s dispensary in North Baltimore, police say

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Someone did some major damage late Sunday to the outside wall of Maggie’s dispensary in North Baltimore’s Wyman Park neighborhood using a box truck.

Baltimore Co. to again consider bill banning landlords from denying applicants for using vouchers

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. is filing legislation for his council colleagues to take up on Monday that would bar landlords from discriminating against applicants using federal housing vouchers, as Baltimore City, Howard County and numerous other jurisdictions have done.

Rec and Parks drags feet on accessibility work for intersections outside Druid Hill Park

An unfinished sidewalk in the middle of the intersection at Gwynns Falls Parkway and Auchentoroly Terrace. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

“I’m running out of options,” said Auchentoroly Terrace resident Graham Coreil-Allen.

WBAL’s Amara privately questioned Howard County Council, education board on school integration bill

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As a reporter for WBAL-TV, Kate Amara has covered murder trials, natural disasters, local government and protests, to name a few topics.

Since the spring, that has included at least four instances reporting on the goings-on in Howard County, topics that included the groundbreaking of a new court house, County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposals for mitigating floods in Ellicott City and a spate of tire and rim thefts police were investigating.

But in a Sept. 5 email sent to all the members of the Howard County Council and the Howard County Board of Education, she raised questions about a resolution calling on the school boundaries to be redrawn so the district is truly integrated–not as a reporter, she said, but as a resident and mother.

Longtime homeless refuge closed in downtown Baltimore ‘until further notice’

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One of the few sanctioned gathering spots for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Baltimore has been shut down “until further notice.”

Mary Bubala joins Fox 45 as a reporter

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Months after asking a question on the air that many decried as racist, and subsequently being fired from WJZ, TV news anchor Mary Bubala has landed at WBFF Fox 45.

She started working at the station as a reporter yesterday, news director Mike Tomko told Baltimore Fishbowl. The Sun first reported the news of her hiring.

Three city parks eyed for mini soccer pitches donated by U.S. Soccer Foundation

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A trio of Baltimore City parks could soon be equipped with mini soccer fields–well, more like courts, really–paid for by the U.S. Soccer Foundation.