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July 22, 2013
MARYLAND
Jon Cardin launches AG campaign

Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Baltimore County) formally kicked off his campaign for Maryland attorney general Monday with a Web video in which he pledged to protect families “from the next-generation challenges they face.”

“Maryland’s next attorney general must be aggressive enough and savvy enough to stay one step ahead of anyone seeking to harm our families, whether on our streets or in cyberspace,” said Cardin, a member of the House of Delegates since 2003 who has been gearing up to run for statewide office for months.

Cardin, the nephew of Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), joins what is expected to be a crowded race next year to succeed Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who plans to announce his bid for governor in September.

Others eyeing the June Democratic primary include state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery) and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s).

— John Wagner

Casino robbery suspect arrested

A day after one robbery and an attempted robbery at a Maryland casino, Anne Arundel County police have arrested a suspect.

Paul Johann Morin, 32, of Bowie is accused of approaching a woman, 35, who was sitting inside her car on Sunday in the parking garage at Maryland Live!, a casino in Hanover. He allegedly pointed a knife, opened the car door and demanded money, which the woman gave him. Police did not say how much money was taken.

Morin also allegedly tried but failed to rob a 71-year-old woman inside the casino at about 7:44 a.m.

Police said witnesses and surveillance video led them to Morin on Monday.

— Julie Zauzmer

VIRGINIA
Repairs to begin on Arlington sinkhole

Repairs are expected to begin this week on a five- or-six-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in Arlington National Cemetery and has closed a portion of Ord and Weitzel Drive, near Section 27.

The sinkhole was the result of “an old culvert that failed under the roadway . . . there was no damage to any surrounding graves, headstones or trees,” said Melissa Bohan of Arlington’s public affairs office.

The sinkhole, which is four or five feet in diameter and was discovered May 30, is expected to be repaired by mid-August.

— Patricia Sullivan

Woman sought in bank robberies

A suspect wearing a blond wig and carrying a Coach bag may have robbed two banks in Fairfax County over the past week, police said.

The woman entered a United Bank in the 2000 block of Chain Bridge Road about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and handed a teller a note demanding money, county police said. The teller complied and the woman fled.

The same suspect may have also robbed a Bank of America branch on Metrotech Drive in Chantilly on July 15.

In both robberies, surveillance cameras captured images of the woman.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.

— Justin Jouvenal

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