MARYLAND BRIEFING

MARYLAND BRIEFING

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT

O'Malley Visits Prison Guards, Pushes Legislation to Hire More

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley used a visit yesterday to the state's second-largest prison to promote a proposal in the General Assembly to hire 155 correctional officers statewide next year.

O'Malley (D) toured the 2,730-inmate Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown with his new corrections secretary, Gary D. Maynard, before meeting behind closed doors with a group of guards.

The visit to the medium-security facility followed a spate of prison violence and staffing shortages at Maryland institutions that O'Malley highlighted during his campaign last year against former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). O'Malley said yesterday that the state must invest in officer safety and programs for inmates.

-- John Wagner

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Woman's Body Discovered Near Baltimore-Washington Parkway

A woman's body was found late yesterday in a wooded area about 30 yards off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in the Cheverly area, U.S. Park Police said.

Lt. Scott Fear, a Park Police spokesman, said a motorist discovered the body about 4:45 p.m. after glancing over to the side of the highway just south of Route 202.

The motorist, who phoned police, had been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic after a woman threatened to jump from the Route 450 overpass, about a half-mile north of where the body was found, Fear said. The woman never jumped. Fear said there was no connection between the suicide threat and the body.

Fear said the identity of the dead woman, believed to be in her late 30s, was being withheld pending notification of relatives. He said last night that the cause of death had not been determined.

-- Allan Lengel

1 Man Arrested, Another Sought In Series of Restaurant Thefts

Prince George's County police say they have identified two suspects in the theft of at least 11 carbon dioxide tanks used by restaurants to carbonate drinks.

Larry Carroll, 41, of Capitol Heights was arrested last week and charged with theft. Police said he admitted being involved in stealing tanks from four county restaurants. Police have also issued an arrest warrant for Ronald Taborelli, 46, of Capitol Heights on suspicion of theft.

Investigators said the men sold the tanks, worth about $2,500 each, for scrap metal.


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