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National Archives Government Contractor Gets Jail Time for Attempting to Steal Nearly $1 Million

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Robert Caleb McCray, age 44, of Silver Spring, Maryland, yesterday to 15 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, in connection with a scheme to steal $958,280.64 from the United States.  Judge Williams also ordered McCray to pay restitution of $958,280.64 and to forfeit two vehicles purchased with the proceeds of the scheme.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland  Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Aaron Collins, of the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General; and the National Archives and Records Administration Office of Inspector General.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Prince George’s County will Benefit from $115 Million in Federal Stimulus to Boost Internet Speed

Prince George’s County’s elementary schools and other public buildings will soon have some of the fastest broadband Internet connections in the nation, thanks to a $115 million federal grant awarded to the One Maryland Broadband Network.

Over the next three years, the grant will enable the construction of high-speed fiber optic broadband connections to 115 County facilities, including every public elementary school and many libraries, fire stations, and other municipal facilities. The fiber network will also serve as a platform for private-sector companies to build “last-mile” connections to homes and businesses in areas of the County where residents are currently underserved.

Stink Bugs: Invaders from The North

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) --  They're here, especially those suburbs north of Washington closer to Pennsylvania.  I'm talking about 'Stink Bugs'. 

First noticed in the Allentown, Pennsylvania region in the late 1990s, these Asian natives probably hitched a ride on a shipping container.   They have been spreading out ever since and their numbers are also increasing. 

Web Link: Dr. Raupp's Bug Of The Week

University of Maryland Entomologist Mike Raupp has been tracking these pesky bugs.  They've been eating crops and even some trees bark.  There is very little they won't eat except for people and animals.  Also, they have no natural predators in North America, so their growth has gone unchecked.

When the weather turns cold, they'll start coming indoors and that could mean an infestation of 'Stink Bugs' in your home.

Incoming President Loh and Mrs. Loh To Help Students Stay in School

Incoming University of Maryland President, Wallace D. Loh, who officially takes the helm on November 1, and his wife, Barbara, recently pledged $100,000 to help need-based undergraduate and graduate students stay in school.

The gift will be spread over four years. Of the first year's gift, $10,000 will support Keep Me Maryland, the emergency student fund. Dr. and Mrs. Loh have also become Lifetime Members of the University of Maryland Alumni Association with a gift of $1,000.

Second Suspect Arrested For College Park Robbery

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Prince George's County police say they have made another arrest in the robbery of two University of Maryland students.

Police say 21-year-old Andrew Hillock, along with 19-year-old Chernor Jah and a third man used weapons to rob victims on August 8th in the 7200 block of Baltimore Avenue in College Park.

Officials say detectives were able to develop Hillock as a suspect after releasing a surveillance tape.  Police then obtained a warrant for 21-year-old Andrew Hillock, who turned himself into police Sunday.

Both Hillock and Jah are charged with armed robbery and possession of a handgun.








Cautious Sense Of Relief At U Of Md. After Arrest

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) --  Students at the University of Maryland expressed cautious relief as news spread that an arrest has been made which may be linked to a series of aggressive, off-campus armed robberies that have plagued College Park.

According to a police press release, on September 9, 2010 at approximately 2:30 p.m., detectives arrested 19 year-old Chernor Alie Jah, of the 8800 block of Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Maryland in connection with a July robbery. He's being held without bail.

Police are still seeking the identities of two suspects other suspects wanted in connection with the robbery.

All three were caught on tape in a Silver Spring convenience store allegedly using credit cards stolen in the robbery.