- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS

Anne Arundel OKs slots zoning measure

A zoning measure needed to move forward the state’s largest slot machine proposal near a popular shopping mall after months of delays was approved Monday night.

The Anne Arundel County Council also approved a measure to allow slots at Laurel Park, a horse-racing track. County Executive John Leopold has the option to choose between the two measures and has been outspoken in his support of the site near Arundel Mills Mall.

The Cordish Co. wants to put 4,750 slot machines near the mall and already has received a license from a state commission. The proposal is the only one in the county that included the required licensing fee, which was $28.5 million based on the proposed number of machines.

BALTIMORE

Prosecutors oppose new trial for Dixon

State prosecutors say any misconduct by jurors in the trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was not serious enough to merit a new trial.

Mrs. Dixon was convicted this month on a misdemeanor embezzlement charge. Jurors found that she misappropriated $525 worth of gift cards that were donated to the city for distribution to needy families.

Her attorneys argued that the trial was tainted by juror misconduct. One juror did not reveal during the selection process that she had been charged with theft, and five jurors became friends on Facebook during the trial.

But prosecutors said that the communications on Facebook were “innocuous” and that the juror with the theft charge did not intentionally deceive the court.

TOWSON

UPS driver charged in fatal collision

A United Parcel Service truck driver was charged with traffic violations in a crash that killed an editor at the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County police said.

Kevin P. Callahan, 28, of Owings Mills, was charged last week with negligent driving, failure to stop at a red light and failure to obey a traffic device.

Sun business editor Tim Wheatley was making a left turn Oct. 5 about two miles from his home when the truck struck the driver’s side of his car. Mr. Wheatley, 48, died at the scene. His 9-year-old daughter was seriously injured.

VIRGINIA

SUFFOLK

Plane crashes near Great Dismal Swamp

Virginia State Police said the pilot of a small plane was recovering after crashing Monday during a flying lesson near the Great Dismal Swamp.

Authorities said the Sport Cruiser plane crashed about 1:15 p.m. Power on the aircraft apparently stalled after taking off from Chesapeake, sending the plane into a downward spin. The flight instructor tried to correct the maneuver before the plane hit some trees.

Eric Musial, 37, of Virginia Beach, was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with minor injuries. The instructor was not injured.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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