Taser Use Down Across State; Aspen Hill Crash Leaves Woman, Child Injured

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Maryland law enforcement deploying Tasers less often

Taser use declined overall among Maryland law enforcement agencies last year but went up for Baltimore police, a Baltimore Sun investigation has found. Nearly 40 percent of all Taser incidents by Maryland officers in 2015 were attributed to Baltimore police, according to the Sun. Maryland officers deployed stun guns 944 times that year, a 3.4 percent reduction from the prior year. In Baltimore, police use of Tasers last year was up by 10.5 percent compared to 2014. The Baltimore Police Department used Tasers more than Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Howard and Prince George's counties combined. [Baltimore Sun]

Woman, child hospitalized after Aspen Hill crash

A woman and child were struck by a car in Aspen Hill on Tuesday. The collision happened at about 3 p.m. as the woman was exiting her parallel-parked car.  A passing vehicle on Park Lane Drive struck the woman as she was lifting the child out of her car’s back seat, authorities said. The woman suffered injuries that were severe but not life-threatening and was airlifted to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The child was hospitalized with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. [WTOP]

North Carolina’s LGBT law prompts historians to move conference to Baltimore

A group of historians have moved their conference from North Carolina to Baltimore to protest a North Carolina law on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Business History Conference scheduled for April 2018 will take place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, rather than in Charlotte as originally planned. The North Carolina law prevents cities from setting up legal protections for LGBT individuals and stipulates that people in government buildings must use restrooms designated for the sex listed on their birth certificate. [NBC4]

Police ask for help in two separate missing person cases

Montgomery County police have sought the public’s help in two separate missing person incidents. In one case, detectives are searching for a Kailah Celine Clark, 22, of Rockville who was last seen at about 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday outside the group home where she lives. She is African American, is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds. In the second situation, police are looking for Joshua Robert Evans, 23 of North Potomac. He was last seen Dec. 20 in Halethorpe and was reported missing by his family, according to authorities. He is white, is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. Police believe he was driving a gray, 2014 Ford Escape with Maryland tags: 3BT1524. [Montgomery County Police Department]

Rains, wind gusts expected during the day

The National Weather Service forecast calls for rain in the morning and the possibility of more precipitation during the afternoon. Highs are expected to top 50 degrees, and gusty winds are anticipated. Temperatures will drop to around 31 degrees overnight, and wind speeds will range between 10 and 15 mph.

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