Regional digest: Pregnant woman held at gunpoint in Annapolis

March 2
MARYLAND
Pregnant woman held at gunpoint

A pregnant woman who was reported to be in labor was held up at gunpoint in Annapolis early Sunday, authorities said.

Annapolis police said they were alerted about 4:30 a.m. by a 911 call reporting that a woman and a man were being held at gunpoint in the 1800 block of Copeland Street.

As they arrived, officers saw the robbers flee. Two people were arrested after a chase, police said.

The woman was taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Her condition could not be learned immediately.

It was not known if anything was taken in the apparent holdup attempt.

— Martin Weil

VIRGINIA
Don Beyer wins straw poll in 8th District

Former Virginia lieutenant governor Don Beyer decisively won the first straw poll in the Democratic race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D) in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.

Beyer beat 11 other Democrats by taking 105 of the 416 votes cast Saturday night at the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee’s event, held at one of Beyer’s auto dealerships.

“We want to win all the little battles, but I’m under no illusion that this is the race,” Beyer said Sunday. “Head-to-head polls at this point are silly because the vast number of people are undecided.”

Beyer, 63, who served two terms as Virginia’s lieutenant governor in the 1990s, was a major fundraiser for President Obama and served as ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from 2009 to 2013.

The Democratic primary isn’t until June 10, but whoever gets a qualifying petition in first on March 10 will be listed at the top of the ballot. Candidates have until March 27 to qualify. The first financial reporting deadline is at the end of March.

— Patricia Sullivan

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