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OFFICER HIT

Off-duty Md. officer hit by car helping stranded drivers

(Information in the following story is from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/)

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - An off-duty Anne Arundel County Police officer was hit by a car after she stopped to help stranded drivers.

The Capital reports that the officer was hit on Route 100 in Glen Burnie on Saturday night.

Lt. Michael Brothers says the officer was either getting in or out of her car when she was hit. She was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

It's unclear whether snowy and icy roads played a factor in the crash. A short time afterward, a pileup involving about 10 cars happened on Route 100 in the Glen Burnie area. No one was hurt in the pileup, believed to be caused by slick conditions.

Dozens of accidents were reported throughout the county Saturday and Sunday amid sleet and freezing rain.

CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

Md. woman serious, dog dies in carbon monoxide poisoning

BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Prince George's County woman is in serious condition and her dog is dead after fire officials say a malfunctioning natural gas water heater caused high amounts of carbon monoxide in her home.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department, says the woman's daughter called 911 Sunday afternoon after finding her mother lying unconscious on the floor of her Beltsville home.

Medics and a hazardous materials team arrived soon after, taking the unconscious woman to the hospital in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The family dog was found unconscious in the home and died.

Brady says an extremely high and lethal amount of carbon monoxide was found in the home, believed to be caused by a malfunctioning natural gas water heater in the basement.

WINTER WEATHER-COURTHOUSE CLOSED

Md. courthouse closed 3rd weekday because of burst pipes

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - The Prince George's County courthouse in Upper Marlboro will be closed for the third weekday in a row because of pipe that burst in freezing temperatures.

A court spokeswoman says no trials are being held in either the district or circuit courts because of the closure.

Crews had worked last week to restore power and repair damage after a pipe burst in freezing temperatures. An online court statement says additional pipes burst early Sunday morning.

The district court's Hyattsville location will be open Monday, and bond hearings will be held there. Any new domestic violence petitions also can be filed there. Circuit court bond hearings will be held at the county jail.

CARDIN-TAX PROPOSAL

Sen. Cardin to discuss consumption tax proposal

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to talk about his progressive consumption tax proposal.

The Maryland Democrat is discussing the proposal Monday with Maryland business leaders in Annapolis at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Cardin's proposal would eliminate federal income taxes for most people in the country. It also would reduce the corporate income tax rate. Instead, Cardin is proposing taxing the purchase of goods and services.

The senator says a progressive consumption tax would improve the country's international competitiveness by putting American-based businesses on a level playing field with foreign businesses.

STEM FORUM

MD lawmakers to tout benefits of science, math education

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are touting the importance of STEM education in Baltimore.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are set to speak at a forum on Monday to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is also set to speak at the Baltimore forum, which is billed as a two-hour interactive talk with a focus how to help gear students toward modern-day jobs.

HARFORD COUNTY SHOOTING

Harford County deputies arrest shooting suspect

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Harford County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man suspected of shooting his girlfriend in Darlington.

Police say deputies responded to the 1500 block of Robinson Mill Road in Darlington just after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday for a report of a person who had been shot. When they arrived they learned that a 43-year-old woman had been shot by her boyfriend.

Police say the woman was taken to the Darlington Volunteer Fire Department station house and was flown by state police helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the woman was shot in the arm with a shotgun.

Police say they have arrested the woman's boyfriend but did not release the man's name.

US-EVALUATING-APPALACHIA

Appalachia report cites progress, challenges after 50 years

UNDATED (AP) - A new study finds that the nearly $4 billion investment over 50 years by the agency created to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped its counties grow faster than rural areas elsewhere. But the region still lags the rest of the country in some important areas.

The study ordered up by the Appalachian Regional Commission cites progress in some areas such as poverty rates. But its authors noted persistent problems such as mortality rates and dependency on government checks.

Some who work with Appalachia's poor say the government needs to do much more to help the region's residents.

Researchers analyzed data going back to the state-federal partnership's creation by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. The 420-county territory includes pieces of 12 states stretching from New York to Mississippi.

POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING-BALTIMORE

Baltimore police shoot man after traffic stop

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police are investigating after officers used a stun gun and shot a man during a traffic stop.

Col. Garnell Green said two officers stopped the man, who has not been identified, as he was driving on Fremont Avenue on Sunday afternoon. Green said the man got out of his car and "what happened after that is under investigation."

Green said one officer deployed a stun gun and another officer shot the man.

Green said the man is in critical but stable condition and is being treated at a local hospital. No officers were injured during the incident.

Green did not say if the man was armed or why he was stopped.

Baltimore police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert did not say if a weapon was found on scene.

ANIMAL SHELTERS

Delaware officials eye animal shelter regulations

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are accepting public comment on proposed new rules governing animal shelters in Delaware.

The regulations proposed by the Office of Animal Welfare will be the subject of a public hearing Monday at DelDOT headquarters in Dover.

Officials say the regulations are intended to ensure the protection and care of companion animals being held in shelters and to increase opportunities for their adoption.

The new rules also establish requirements for humane euthanasia, including training and certification requirements for euthanasia technicians.

Officials say written comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted through March 10.

TEEN SHOT-WILMINGTON

Police seek suspect in shooting of 13-year-old in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy has been shot in the legs in Wilmington.

The Wilmington Police Department says they were called to the scene of the shooting near the city's downtown around 7 p.m. Sunday. They found the boy suffering from one gunshot wound to each of his legs.

The boy was taken to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

No arrests have been made, and police say there was no suspect information. The motive also is unclear.

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