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Homeless persons say law targets them

Eight homeless persons are fighting the town of Elkton and its loitering law.

The plaintiffs said the law is part of a harassment campaign to drive away homeless people. They said they are regularly targeted by police for minor offenses, and they said they lost personal property and keepsakes when the town bulldozed the wooded area where they were squatting last year.

The loitering law took effect last month. The plaintiffs want a temporary order blocking it from being enforced while their lawsuit is considered. The Court of Special Appeals has given the town until Thursday to justify continued enforcement of the law.

The lawsuit says the ordinance outlaws constitutionally protected activities such as begging, and that it is overly broad and vague.


Father drowns rescuing two sons

A father from Fruitland died Sunday evening trying to rescue his two sons in the surf, the Ocean City Beach Patrol said.

Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin said it happened about 6 p.m. after the lifeguards were off duty. Capt. Arbin said the two boys got caught in a rip current near the rocks in the Ocean City inlet and their 38-year-old father went in after them. All three were pulled from the water by the Coast Guard and a parasailor.

Capt. Arbin said the Coast Guard did CPR on the man, but he was pronounced dead at Atlantic General Hospital. The boys were all right.

The man was the second person to die at the beach in Ocean City this summer. Last month, a 19-year-old man drowned after getting caught in a rip current.


Gang member sentenced to 37 years

A member of the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, from Baltimore has been sentenced to 37 years in federal prison.

Oscar Ramos Velazquez, 22, and a co-defendant were convicted last year of several violent crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.

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