Lieutenant governor to share staff with Hogan

Maryland’s incoming lieutenant governor, Boyd Rutherford (R), has decided that he doesn’t want a stand-alone office with a full staff that reports just to him.

Instead, Rutherford said Tuesday that he plans to work closely with the staff of Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R), which he said should result in better coordination and prevent the isolation that some deputies have experienced in previous administrations.

Rutherford said he will have a couple of staff members of his own, but not a chief of staff or spokesman. This setup will likely save the state some money, he said, but that is a “side benefit” and was not a driving factor in the decision.

“I think we should be a team, and Larry feels the same way,” Rutherford said Tuesday.

— Jenna Johnson

Carjacking suspect is caught after chase

A man carjacked a taxicab at the Addison Road Metro stop, then drove it all the way to the Bay Bridge while police pursued him, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said Wednesday.

Chauncey Wayne Slaughter, 24, was apprehended on the bridge, about 40 miles from the Metro stop where the chase began, Metro Transit Police said. He suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and no officers were hurt, the agency said in a statement.

Stessel said the man implied that he had a weapon and stole the taxicab at the Prince George’s County station at 1:52 p.m.

Slaughter, of Suitland, was taken into custody on the bridge at about 2:25 p.m, according to Metro Transit Police.

— Julie Zauzmer

Five deaths in state linked to cold weather

Five people died of causes related to cold weather in Maryland between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, the first weather-related deaths of the season in the state.

According to a report from the state department of health, the deaths included two men between the ages of 18 and 44, one in Anne Arundel County and one in Frederick County, and three people older than 65 — a woman in Carroll County, a man in Prince George’s County and a man in Wicomico County.

The report said that the lowest temperatures during the week were just below freezing, with wind chills dipping to near 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Throughout the winter of 2013-2014, 15 people died in Maryland because of cold-related causes, such as hypothermia and frostbite. The statement said that homeless people, elderly people and drug and alcohol users were at greatest risk of cold-related illness.

— Julie Zauzmer