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Police search for suspects in Middle River killing

Baltimore County police were searching for two men and a woman last night in the fatal shooting of a woman outside her home in the Hawthorne section of Middle River. The victim's name was being withheld pending notification of family members. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., police at the Essex Precinct responded to a report of a shooting in the first block of Whitethorn Way, within view of Middle River. They found the woman, believed to be in her 50s, lying on the ground and bleeding from at least one bullet wound to the chest. The woman was taken by a county Fire Department ambulance to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where she died a short time later, authorities said. Police said witnesses reported seeing two men and a woman running from the scene in different directions. It was not known whether a weapon was recovered. The crew of a county police helicopter, at least one county K-9 unit and police on foot and in patrol cars searched the area for the suspects, but no arrests had been made late last night. Anyone with information is urged to call the Essex Precinct at 410-887-0220.

Richard Irwin

Peach Bottom facility to pay $65,000 NRC fine

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposed a $65,000 civil penalty Tuesday against Exelon Nuclear for inattentive security officers at its Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Delta, Pa., just across the border from Cardiff. Bernadette Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Peach Bottom plant, said Exelon accepts the NRC's action and will pay the fine. The federal regulator began its review in September 2007, when it became aware of video recordings of apparently inattentive guards. Two months later, Exelon fired its security contractor and established an in-house security force, among other steps. The NRC said Exelon was given credit for taking prompt corrective actions.

Hanah Cho

Lawyer-misconduct complaints said to fall

The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission reports that complaints of attorney misconduct decreased significantly last year. Bar counsel Melvin Hirshman said the commission received 24 percent fewer complaints in 2008 than in 2007. He said he has "no idea" why the complaints dropped so much last year, though he said they fluctuate from time to time. The commission's annual report also shows that while the number of Maryland lawyers continues to increase, the number of lawyers receiving complaints has not increased during the past two fiscal years.

Jessica Anderson

Md. trooper in robbery, shooting incidents retires

HAGERSTOWN: A Maryland state trooper who was robbed while allegedly playing in an illegal poker game has retired because of a medical disability, his attorney said yesterday. Trooper 1st Class Michael A. Ford, 34, retired due to post-traumatic stress stemming from his role in the wounding of murder suspect Douglas Pryor December 2007, said attorney Byron L. Warnken. He said Ford's retirement was unrelated to a poker game in a Hagerstown office building where Ford and others were robbed at gunpoint of about $4,000 by two masked men May 30.

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