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MARYLAND

SALISBURY

Ethics hearing set for councilwoman

Salisbury’s Ethics Commission has scheduled a hearing Wednesday to look into whether a City Council member violated the municipal code by voting for a budget that includes health benefits for her.

Jonathan Taylor, a city resident and blogger, has filed a complaint against Councilwoman Terry Cohen. The complaint also names Councilwoman Debbie Campbell, who Mr. Taylor says advocated for the health insurance benefits during work sessions.

Mr. Taylor, Miss Cohen and Councilwoman Shanie Shields receive health benefits from the city. Miss Shields has publicly stated that she plans to discontinue her city health insurance and was not named in the complaint.

Miss Cohen denies any wrongdoing, saying she’s entitled to vote on the budget and was not voting on the restoration of her health benefits. Funds for the benefits had been restored with an amendment to the budget.

WOODBINE

22 guns stolen from Carroll shop

Maryland State Police say 22 guns were stolen from a gun shop in Carroll County last week.

No arrests have been made in the case, and none of the weapons has been recovered.

Originally, 13 weapons were reported stolen, but police say an inventory by the store’s owner found more were missing.

The guns stolen from JC Arms in Woodbine included 11 AR-15 rifles along with handguns and dozens of boxes of ammunition.

The theft occurred sometime between 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday.

PIKESVILLE

Woman killed in apartment fire

Baltimore County fire officials say a 34-year-old woman was killed in a fire at her apartment early Saturday.

Kristen Chencus was found dead inside her first-floor apartment in the Bonnie Ridge complex, just over the Baltimore city line in the Brooklandville neighborhood.

Fire crews were called to the two-story garden apartment building around 1:15 a.m. The fire went to two alarms and was put out in 36 minutes.

Firefighters evacuated the building while working to contain the blaze, and during a search they found Miss Chencus dead in the bedroom of her apartment, where she lived alone.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. It caused about $400,000 in damage and displaced six to eight people.

VIRGINIA

NEWPORT NEWS

Welds on ships to be examined

A shipyard worker’s admission that he signed off on inspections he never completed has prompted Northrop Grumman Corp. and the Navy to launch an examination of welds on 13 vessels built or serviced in Newport News since 2005.

The investigation was first reported by the Daily Press of Newport News and was confirmed by Northrop Grumman on Saturday.

The inspector worked on submarines and aircraft carriers and was among about 100 workers conducting weld inspections at the shipyard before he was fired. A co-worker told a supervisor about falsified inspection documents, and the inspector admitted to the subterfuge on May 14, the company said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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