- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2008



Election turnout less than expected

The Maryland State Board of Elections said turnout in Tuesday’s election was lower than expected.

Only 76 percent of registered voters cast a ballot, officials said. That is far short of a record 85 percent turnout that elections officials had predicted.

However, the number of ballots cast did reach a high of 2.6 million.

In the 2004 presidential election, 78 percent of registered voters, about 2.4 million people, turned out. This year’s total includes absentee ballots received as of Thursday.

State elections administrator Linda Lamone said she’s amazed that the election went as smoothly as it did with so many people voting.


Man arrested in death of teen

Montgomery County police said they have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy on a bus.

Police arrested Hector Mauricio Hernandez, 20, of Takoma Park, on Friday, charging him with murder.

Three teenagers on the Ride On bus were injured during last week’s shooting in Silver Spring. Tai Lam died at a hospital. Two other boys were treated at a hospital. Police did not disclose the name of the hospital.

A group of about a dozen friends, including the three victims, were passengers on the bus, officials said. Another group of four or five men, including Mr. Hernandez, also boarded the bus. Police are investigating what was said between the two groups before the shooting.

Mr. Hernandez is affiliated with the MS-13 gang, police said. There’s no evidence that the victims or their friends have connections to any gangs, police said.


Woman’s arm severed by plane propeller

Part of a woman’s arm was severed when she was hit by an airplane’s moving propeller at Frederick Municipal Airport, Frederick police said.

The woman, 19, and a pilot landed in a single-engine Cessna 172 about 7 p.m. Thursday and taxied to the main terminal, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

The woman was walking around the front of the plane toward the restaurant in the terminal when the propeller struck her right arm, severing a portion of it, police said.

The woman was flown to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

Police did not name the injured woman or the pilot, who was a friend of the woman and a flight instructor.


Police banned from bar security

The police department plans to prohibit officers from working off-duty jobs outside businesses with liquor licenses.

The move is prompted by concerns that officers are being drawn into a growing number of violent incidents, but the proposed new policy is troubling to the officers’ union and business owners.

Businesses rely too much on the officers and not enough on private security, Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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