Hogan endorses Plaster for Congress

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday endorsed Mark Plaster, a fellow Republican and businessman, in his underdog battle to oust Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D) in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.

Hogan likened Plaster’s campaign to his own 2014 gubernatorial run against then-Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), saying, “Mark is exactly the kind of person we need to go clean up the mess in Washington.”

Plaster, who is a doctor and a lawyer, said he dreamed of running for office but never thought a successful campaign was possible for a Republican in the heavily Democratic state until Hogan’s victory.

— Ovetta Wiggins

Ex-mayor registers
as write-in candidate

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon registered as a write-in candidate for mayor Tuesday, setting up an unconventional general-election rematch with her Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (Baltimore).

“I have never been the status quo,” Dixon said in Baltimore. “This is not going to be a traditional campaign.”

Dixon is one of a half-dozen candidates to launch a write-in campaign for mayor. Pugh, Republican Alan Walden and Green Joshua Harris are the only candidates who will appear on city voters’ general-election ballots.

— Baltimore Sun

Driver in collision
with trooper dies

A Maryland man involved in a fiery crash Saturday with a Maryland state trooper died of his injuries Monday, police said.

At around 2 a.m. Saturday, Trooper Constance Davis, 25, was in a marked patrol car traveling east on Smallwood Drive in Charles County with emergency lights activated as she prepared to stop a speeding motorist, Maryland State Police said.

James Cousins Sr., 75, of Waldorf, tried to make a left turn from westbound Smallwood Drive. Cousins hit Davis’s cruiser, forcing her car into a tree as flames engulfed both vehicles, police said. Davis escaped her cruiser, police said.

— Justin Wm. Moyer

Term-limits challenge
ends for Montgomery

The Maryland Court of Appeals has declined to hear a case challenging the validity of petitions collected to place a term-limits proposition on Montgomery County’s Nov. 8 ballot. Friday’s order by the state’s highest court exhausts the legal remedies available to opponents of Question B. The proposed charter amendment would limit the county executive and members of the County Council to three four-year terms.

— Bill Turque

Fairfax teacher, student arrested

A Fairfax County schoolteacher and student worked together to steal a case of beer from a gas station Monday, and the pair was found at the teacher’s Reston home with a variety of illegal narcotics, police said.

Fabriana Alicia Ciammaichella, 30, a Spanish teacher at South Lakes High School, and Adelmo Ernesto Arias Guillen, 18, a sophomore at the school and also from Reston, were charged with drug, alcohol and larceny offenses, Fairfax police said. A schools spokesman said Ciammaichella, a South Lakes teacher since 2012, has been suspended pending the outcome of the case.

— Justin Jouvenal