Anne Arundel News

Maryland Health Department Confirms First Flu Cases; Urges All Marylanders to Get Flu Shots

Maryland Health Department Confirms First Flu Cases; Urges All Marylanders to Get Flu Shots

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) urges Marylanders to get vaccinated against influenza, as the flu season has already begun, with 11 laboratory confirmed cases identified since September 1. The majority of the cases so far have been subtyped as influenza A (H3N2), with a few classified as influenza B. The vaccine protects against...
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Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Vehicle Fire After Motor Vehicle Accident in Lothian

Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Vehicle Fire After Motor Vehicle Accident in Lothian

On Sunday, October 6, 2019, at 2:05 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Route 4 and Upper Pindell Road in Lothian, for the reported motor vehicle accident with one vehicle on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle off the roadway and into the woods...
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State Fire Marshal Haunted House Safety Guidelines To Look Out For This Halloween

State Fire Marshal Haunted House Safety Guidelines To Look Out For This Halloween

Many Marylanders will enjoy a variety special amusement buildings to celebrate Halloween this October. It is important to keep in mind that these structures have unique fire safety requirements in order to create an enjoyable and safe environment for everyone. “Smoke machines, dim lighting, cramped corridors, and loud noises can create true terror for...
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See Some of the New Maryland Laws That Go Into Effect Today

See Some of the New Maryland Laws That Go Into Effect Today

Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect today, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to medical cannabis. A generous number of the bills fall under the subjects of criminal justice and health. Senate Bill 707, which passed in the 2018 legislative session but is going into...
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On October 1st, the Statewide Sales Age Increases to 21 for all Tobacco Products in Maryland

On October 1st, the Statewide Sales Age Increases to 21 for all Tobacco Products in Maryland

Effective October 1, 2019, the statewide sales age increases to 21 for all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, vapes, pod-based devices such as JUUL and their e-liquids, and component parts and accessories). Important changes impacting tobacco sales: There is no “grandfather,” phase-in, or grace period​ for individuals who are 18 years of age prior to...
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Anne Arundel Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Department Assists Owl Moon Raptor Center and Citizens in Saving Injured Adult Osprey Stuck in Tree

Anne Arundel Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Department Assists Owl Moon Raptor Center and Citizens in Saving Injured Adult Osprey Stuck in Tree

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Owl Moon Raptor Center received a call from Mark Decarli, who was boating and saw an osprey upside down in a tree in Pasadena. Donna Cole, employees from the Owl Moon Center, and Bob Baltz, who volunteers for the Maryland Park Service with the...
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Veteran Lake Shore Firefighter Suffers Medical Emergency Preparing to Respond to Call in Anne Arundel County Firehouse

Veteran Lake Shore Firefighter Suffers Medical Emergency Preparing to Respond to Call in Anne Arundel County Firehouse

On Sunday, September 22, 2019. at approximately 12:50 p.m., the engine company at the Lake Shore Fire Station in Pasadena was alerted to respond to a dwelling fire in the Jacobsville area, when a firefighter getting dressed collapsed. A career member of the crew became unconscious while dressing to respond and another member of...
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Maryland State Fire Marshal Issues Open Burn Safety Notice

Maryland State Fire Marshal Issues Open Burn Safety Notice

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has seen numerous burn injuries as a result of open air burning this month. State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to remind residents about the necessary steps to reduce their risk of injury while conducting an open air burn. “Burning a large pile of brush...
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State Says Number of Fatal Overdoses in Past 6 Months Down by 11%

State Says Number of Fatal Overdoses in Past 6 Months Down by 11%

The Maryland Department of Health and Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) has released its 2019 second quarter report, which shows that Maryland has experienced its first six-month decline in the total number of opioid-related fatalities in at least a decade. Release of the report comes during National Recovery Month, a time to raise awareness...
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Maryland State Police Remind Motorists of The Importance of Proper Child Safety Seats Usage

Maryland State Police Remind Motorists of The Importance of Proper Child Safety Seats Usage

With this week being national Child Passenger Safety Week, Maryland State Police are reminding the public the importance of ensuring that motorists are utilizing the correct car seat and that it is being properly installed and utilized. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 723 children ages 12 and younger died and...
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Annual Cocaine Overdose Deaths on Rise in Maryland

Annual Cocaine Overdose Deaths on Rise in Maryland

Cocaine hasn’t received as much attention in recent years, but it is increasingly playing a role in the opioid epidemic, state data show. Despite some good news from the first quarter of this year, cocaine-related deaths have skyrocketed annually in Maryland since 2015, with nearly half of those occurring in Baltimore. The vast majority...
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Announce Winners of 2019 Photo Contest

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Announce Winners of 2019 Photo Contest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the winners of the 2019 Natural Resources Photo Contest, with the grand prize going to David Illig of Gambrills for his stunning close-up shot of an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. This year’s grand prize package includes $500, a Maryland State Parks Passport, a five-year subscription to Maryland Natural Resource...
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Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $12 Million Highway Safety Grant Funds Allocated for Nearly 100 Agencies

Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $12 Million Highway Safety Grant Funds Allocated for Nearly 100 Agencies

As part of its ongoing commitment to prevent vehicle crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, the Hogan Administration has announced the statewide distribution of nearly $12 million in federal highway safety funds. The funds will be dispersed by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office to nearly...
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The Maryland Department of Commerce Awards Nine Maryland Companies with ExportMD Grants

The Maryland Department of Commerce Awards Nine Maryland Companies with ExportMD Grants

The Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded nine small and mid-sized Maryland companies with ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. The ExportMD grant program helps businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees and travel expenses. Applications are accepted on a monthly basis and...
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West Nile Virus Detected in Maryland Resident

West Nile Virus Detected in Maryland Resident

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult living in the National Capital Region in Maryland.  MDH routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections; no other locally acquired arboviral infections have been identified this year. The number...
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Maryland Wear And Carry Permit Application Process Goes Online Beginning October 1, 2019

Maryland Wear And Carry Permit Application Process Goes Online Beginning October 1, 2019

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve customer service, the Maryland State Police is proud to announce that the application process for a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit will be transitioned from a hand-written paper application to the online Licensing Portal. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, those applying for a Maryland Wear and Carry...
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Anne Arundel Police Arrest 17-Year-Old Drug Dealer After Shooting at Basketball Court in Pasadena

Anne Arundel Police Arrest 17-Year-Old Drug Dealer After Shooting at Basketball Court in Pasadena

On Sunday, September 8, 2019 at approximately 4:10 p.m., officers responded to 8100 Tower Bridge Drive in Pasadena for a report of shots fired in the area. The caller reported that 10 minutes earlier, he heard a gunshot. Thinking it was fireworks, he approached the basketball court in the park. Several juveniles told him...
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Hogan Administration Announces $49 Million of Grant Funding to Higher Education Institutions

Hogan Administration Announces $49 Million of Grant Funding to Higher Education Institutions

The Hogan administration today announced Board of Public Works approval of four capital grants agreements, totaling over $49 million, dedicated to fostering essential projects at four of Maryland’s higher educational institutions. “Each dollar we provide to Maryland’s higher education institutions is an investment in our economy and our future,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants...
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Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims September as International Underground Railroad Month for Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims September as International Underground Railroad Month for Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month, which recognizes Maryland as the most powerful destination for authentic Underground Railroad history. It also commemorates all those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers. “Maryland has the most documented successful...
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2-Alarm Residential House Fire in West River Currently Under Investigation

2-Alarm Residential House Fire in West River Currently Under Investigation

On Sunday, September 1, 2019, at approximately 4:55 a.m., firefighters from Anne Arundel, Annapolis Fire Department, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department responded to 1002 Henry Avenue in West River, for the reported house on fire. Crews arrived on the scene to find a two-story house with fire showing from the...
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Hogan Administration Announces Grants Totaling $10 Million to Fight Heroin and Opioid Epidemic in Maryland

Hogan Administration Announces Grants Totaling $10 Million to Fight Heroin and Opioid Epidemic in Maryland

Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC), in coordination with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, today announced nearly $10 million in grants to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic during fiscal year 2020. “Our administration continues to be committed to using every resource possible to ensure our local jurisdictions have access to life-saving resources such...
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Maryland Department of Health Investigating Cases of Severe Lung Illness in People Using e-Cigarettes

Maryland Department of Health Investigating Cases of Severe Lung Illness in People Using e-Cigarettes

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Poison Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy have identified five individuals who in the last two months developed severe lung illness after using e-cigarettes, often referred to as “vaping.” Respiratory symptoms reported by patients included shortness of breath, pain associated with breathing...
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Commuter Connections and The University of Maryland Launches App incenTrip to Help Commuters Avoid Traffic, Save Fuel, and Earn Rewards

Commuter Connections and The University of Maryland Launches App incenTrip to Help Commuters Avoid Traffic, Save Fuel, and Earn Rewards

Today, Commuter Connections and the Maryland Transportation Institute at the University of Maryland launched incenTrip, a new mobile app that allows commuters in the Washington D.C. region to save time, money, and fuel while earning rewards for planning trips. The incenTrip app recommends the best travel mode, departure time, and route based on real-time...
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Maryland State Police Prepare For Labor Day and Will Have Additional Troopers on Patrol

Maryland State Police Prepare For Labor Day and Will Have Additional Troopers on Patrol

Maryland State Police are gearing up for the Labor Day holiday, Maryland State Police will have additional troopers on patrol who will be using a variety of initiatives to keep traffic moving, respond quickly to highway incidents and take appropriate enforcement action when violations are observed that threaten the safety of travelers. Beginning today,...
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SMECO Seeking Applications for 2020 Contribution for Local Organizations Working to End Opioid Crisis

SMECO Seeking Applications for 2020 Contribution for Local Organizations Working to End Opioid Crisis

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), through its charitable foundation, is inviting local organizations that are working to end the opioid crisis in Southern Maryland to apply for the charitable funds that will be raised in 2020. As part of its commitment to the community, each year SMECO raises money for a different local charity....
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