Health, Politics, Sci-Tech

Governor Hogan announces new COVID-19 vaccination protocols for state employees [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—With the Delta variant accounting for nearly all of the new COVID-19 cases in the State of Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday afternoon announced new vaccination protocols for state employees who work in congregate settings. Effective September 1, employees in 48 state facilities will be required to show proof of vaccination, or adhere to strict face covering requirements …


Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore correctional officers plead guilty to felony theft, misconduct charges in time card fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—Two Baltimore correctional officers have pleaded guilty to charges of felony theft and misconduct in office in connection with a time card fraud scheme. Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard on Thursday announced that Sharonda Stokes and Dephany McKnight, former Correctional Officers assigned to the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, pleaded guilty this week in Baltimore County Circuit Court to …


Two arrested on gun, drug charges on Pulaski Highway

BALTIMORE, MD—Two individuals prohibited from possessing firearms were arrested during recent enforcement by a task force working along Baltimore County/Baltimore City line. Phillip J. Desmarais, 23,  and David D. Genius, 23, both of Baltimore, are now facing numerous drug and weapon charges. On June 30, Maryland State Police Strike Force 7, a component of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task …

Baltimore County grand jury indicts five correctional officers for theft of $380,000 via time card fraud scheme

UPDATE: Sharonda Stokes and Dephany McKnight have pleaded guilty and have each been sentenced. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard announced this week that a Baltimore County grand jury has indicted five correctional officers with felony theft scheme and misconduct in office. The indictments allege that, during their employment as correctional officers for the Maryland Department …

Governor Hogan announces statewide efforts to prepare for heavy snowfall, adverse conditions

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the State of Maryland has activated a government-wide response to prepare for heavy snowfall and other severe conditions anticipated on Wednesday and into Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northern Baltimore County with 12 to 18 inches of snow expected.  A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the …

Parkville woman sentenced to federal prison for role in corruption scheme at Jessup Correctional Institution

PARKVILLE, MD—A Parkville woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a prison corruption scheme. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang on Monday sentenced Trinesse Butts, 37, of Parkville, to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a racketeering conspiracy at the Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI). The conspiracy …

Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur announces almost $1.7 million in federal grants to improve services for crime victims in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur on Wednesday announced $1,697,084 in U.S. Department of Justice grants to improve services for crime victims in Maryland. The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of over $144 million distributed nationwide to enhance the response to victims of crime throughout the United States. “The Department of Justice is steadfast …

Governor Hogan announces statewide efforts to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias, Marylanders urged to exercise caution

For the latest Tropical Storm Isaias coverage, click here. ANNAPOLIS, MD—As the East Coast braces for Tropical Storm Isaias, Governor Larry Hogan announced on Monday that the State of Maryland has activated a government-wide response to prepare for severe conditions. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for most jurisdictions, in addition to several severe weather watches and warnings …