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Many people contribute to local groups or charities regularly, confident their donations go to a good cause; however, for some Harford County residents, their money may not be going where they think.

In recent months, several Harford County residents have contacted the Harford County Sheriff's Office about calls they've received seeking monetary donations to benefit the agency.

The residents said the caller told them their donations would go toward supplying bulletproof vests to members of the sheriff's office.

While the cause is a good one, the calls may not be legitimate. Sheriff's office public information specialist Monica Worrell says the agency is not responsible for the calls.

"The sheriff's office does not solicit funds," Worrell said.

While there are several sheriff's office funds that can be donated to, the agency never makes telephone calls to seek money, Worrell assured.

The residents who prudently called the sheriff's office to confirm the donation requests were legitimate may have avoided a scam. Others could still fall victim.

The calls were not isolated to a single community within Harford County.

Worrell said the sheriff's office isn't sure who is making the calls, but she is sure they aren't coming from her department.

"We ask people to call and confirm," Worrell said about any solicitation purported to involve or benefit the sheriff's office.

Anyone receiving calls asking for donations to the Harford County Sheriff's Office may contact the office of media and public relations with the sheriff's office, 410-836-5403, to check the legitimacy of the request.




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Maryland’s 24 school superintendents voted unanimously Friday to request that state health officials create clear benchmarks for deciding when students could safely return to school buildings.

The leaders of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates decried as “truly shocking” a six-figure severance package received by Gov. Larry Hogan’s new chief of staff after the official voluntarily left an independent state agency he was running.

Amira Jennings, 17, who dreamed of opening up her own beauty salon one day and loved helping her family, was killed by a hit-and-run driver Thursday morning.

Local contractors say any number of issues with customer-owned equipment could have led to Monday's blast, which killed two.

The Orioles finished a 6-2 victory that extended their winning streak to six games and completed a sweep over the reigning World Series champions that they had waited nearly a week to make official.

August’s case numbers are down from the last two weeks of July, when Maryland averaged 855 new COVID-19 cases a day.

While nearly seven in 10 Maryland households have answered their census questionnaire for the once-in-a-decade tally, that still leaves more than 800,000 that have not. And there are neighborhoods in Baltimore where more than half the residents are still officially uncounted.

Many businesses have been reopening across the country during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including restaurants, bars, malls and gyms. But the reopening of schools has become a particular source of stress for teachers and staff as well as parents and guardians of school-aged children. Uncertainty and safety concerns have prompted many to look into “pandemic pods” — here’s what to know about this concept, including how one could look as well as its pros and cons. (Kaitlin Miller, The Active Times)

Officers were called at about 10 a.m. to the area of West Ridgely Road and Francke Avenue, where a passenger who had been asleep on a Maryland Transit Administration bus woke up, and started shouting he would shoot people, said police spokesman Kevin Gay.

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Midshipman Nixon Keago will serve 25 years after a members panel found him guilty of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, obstruction of justice and burglary.

Three men who spent a combined 108 years in prison for a murder they did not commit filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, alleging that Baltimore Police detectives coerced false statements and manufactured a narrative that implicated the three youths to the crime.

Maryland has opened a statewide hotline to report potential violations of executive orders meant to stem the spread of COVID-19, contrasting Gov. Larry Hogan’s previous statements that local jurisdictions should take more control over enforcing the orders.

Lonnie Herriott, 61, who died Monday in a gas explosion in Baltimore is remembered as resilient and hardworking. “She loved people and she would help anybody who needed help,” her mother said.


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