Two FBI agents with the agency's hostage rescue team have died in a training accident off the coast of Virginia, the FBI said Sunday. The agency identified them as special agents Christopher Lorek, 41, and Stephen Shaw, 40. Both were members of the elite team, which is based at Quantico, Va.
Chicago eliminates healthcare for 30,000 retirees
May 15, 2013
Chicago will phase out its 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care by January 2017 but continue that coverage for the oldest retirees, under a mayoral plan that will free taxpayers from a $108.7 million a year burden. Thirty thousand retired city employees will be forced to switch to Obamacare.
Judge dismisses FOP lawsuit
May 8, 2013
Retired Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Graydon McKee granted Thursday the Calvert County Government's motion to dismiss a civil injunction filed against it by the Calvert County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 109 and three sheriff's deputies seeking annual salary merit step increases for the past four fiscal years.
Moco Council panel approves pay hikes for county unions
April 25, 2013
A Montgomery County Council committee voted unanimously Thursday morning to recommend approval of $31.6 million in pay raises for members of its police, fire and general employee unions for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Chief denies retaliation allegations, using off-color language
April 25, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police Chief Larry Tolliver on Wednesday denied allegations he retaliated against officers who testified against the former county executive.
Lawsuit claims sheriff doled out political favors
April 24, 2013
Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey has been sued on allegations that he interfered with internal investigations of officers who supported his 2006 and 2010 campaigns while issuing demotions to those who backed his opponents.
Judge hears arguments in suit filed against county
April 19, 2013
Attorneys on behalf of the Calvert County Government and the Calvert County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 109 presented arguments during a motion's hearing Wednesday morning about a civil injunction, filed by the FOP and three sheriff's deputies, seeking annual salary merit step increases for the past four fiscal years.
DeBoy, Malone Wont Run For Re-Election
April 15, 2013
Dels. Steve DeBoy and Jim Malone say this term in the House of Delegates will be their last. In separate interviews, the two Democrats who represent the Catonsville and Arbutus areas said they have decided not run for a fourth and fifth term respectively.
NRA plans to challenge Maryland gun law
April 9, 2013
National Rifle Association President David Keene said Tuesday that the organization intends to challenge the constitutionality of Maryland's newly passed gun law, as a conservative group readied plans to try to overturn the law through voter referendum.
Maryland's leftward swing
April 4, 2013
Over the past two years, Maryland has enacted laws that represent a dramatic liberal shift, even for a state long dominated by Democrats.
Risky decision looms for gun-control proponents in Md
April 2, 2013
As Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun-control bill heads to a final vote in the House of Delegates on Wednesday, all of the major provisions remain intact: His bill would ban scores of assault weapons, limit magazine capacity to 10 bullets, require fingerprinting and licensing of gun buyers, and expand the list of mental-health patients precluded from purchasing firearms.
Court upholds key provision of Md's gun-control law
March 21, 2013
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a key provision of Maryland's gun-control laws, maintaining the state's tough restrictions on carrying handguns in public places.
Balt Co police union sues over loan from pension fund
February 6, 2013
A Baltimore County police union is suing the county retirement system's board of trustees over a $25 million loan the county took from the pension fund to update recycling facilities in Cockeysville.
Gun licensing splits Maryland Democrats
February 5, 2013
In the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was quick to propose a package of gun-control legislation that would ban assault weapons and create some of the nation's strictest gun-licensing requirements.
O'Malley gun proposal makes money for state
February 5, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to require handgun licenses would make the state more than twice as much as it would cost to administer the program, according to a Department of Legislative Services analysis released Monday night.
Astle, Young voice support for repealing death penalty
February 5, 2013
Two more Maryland senators have said they will support a bill to abolish capital punishment, giving the measure backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) more than enough expected votes to clear the chamber.
O'Malley's gun license plan likely constitutional
January 29, 2013
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to force residents to submit digital fingerprints, learn how to fire a weapon and pass a series of background checks before purchasing a firearm is most likely constitutional, according to the state's top law enforcement official.
Deputies' lawsuit against sheriff settled
January 16, 2013
Sheriff Barry A. Janney Sr. spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about a court settlement that vindicates him, after three of his deputies alleged in a lawsuit that he wrongfully passed them over for promotions.
Maryland Governor to push for tougher gun-control
January 14, 2013
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will seek to institute some of the nation's strictest gun-licensing requirements, ban assault weapons and restrict visitor access to schools in one of the most expansive government responses sought to last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Voters might decide whether to repeal death penalty
January 9, 2013
Maryland voters could get the final say on whether the state repeals the death penalty, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said Wednesday, just hours before the General Assembly was set to convene for its annual 90-day session.
Death penalty, guns to be hot issues before MD lawmakers
January 5, 2013
As the General Assembly session opens this week, Gov. Martin O'Malley and legislative leaders are weighing what to do about the re-emerging issues of gun control and the death penalty as well as a recurring question of how to pay for roads and mass transit.
Take guns away from those who threaten violence
January 2, 2013
Law enforcement officials in Maryland should be authorized to confiscate firearms from people who make a specific threat of "serious violence" against someone, according to recommendations released Wednesday by a state government-appointed task force on guns and the mentally ill.
Miller would assure death penalty vote
January 2, 2013
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Wednesday that he will make sure that legislation to repeal Maryland's death penalty gets a vote in his chamber if the governor lines up enough support for approval.