- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 26, 2009

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS

Teenagers cited for air guns

Police say 10 teenagers were arrested after being spotted at a shopping mall in Annapolis with firearms that turned out to be air guns.

Anne Arundel County police said they got a report Friday afternoon about several people on the upper level of a parking garage with firearms at the Westfield Annapolis Mall. Eight of those arrested were charged on juvenile citations that included disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

BALTIMORE

Health care systems set for merger

Johns Hopkins Health System and Suburban Hospital Healthcare System announced Friday they are merging to offer more efficient, integrated medical services in the region.

The proposed merger is expected in the fall and will not involve any financial exchanges.

VIRGINIA

LANSDOWNE

Four suspects held in slaying

Loudoun County authorities say four suspects in the slaying of a Lansdowne man are now in custody.

The county sheriff’s office says 18-year-old Darwin Bowman of Annandale and a 17-year-old boy from Sterling face murder charges in the death of William Bennett, who was found dead before 6 a.m. along Riverside Parkway on March 22. His wife,Cynthia Bennett, was severely injured.

RICHMOND

Health agency tracks swine flu

The Virginia Department of Health says it is closely following cases of swine flu that have been identified in California, Texas and Mexico.

The department is asking all health care providers across Virginia to be suspicious of any cases of influenza-like illness.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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