Habitat for Humanity opens new office in Halethorpe

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. joined officials from Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the nonprofit housing agency's new offices in Halethorpe. The organization, which helps provide new or refurbished homes for eligible needy families, recently combined its Anne Arundel and Baltimore County facilities and staff. Leasing the 38,000-square-foot office on Commerce Drive triples the space for 38 full-time employees, two VISTA members and 11 AmeriCorps members. Instead of a ribbon-cutting, participants staged a ceremonial nail-hammering to officially open the new headquarters.

- Mary Gail Hare

Justice Dept. honors four federal prosecutors in Md.

The U.S. Justice Department recognized four Maryland federal prosecutors this month for their criminal case work. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stuart A. Berman and Michael R. Pauz? received "Superior Performance" awards for their work on a Prince George's County public corruption case, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement, while Robert H. Harding and Michael C. Hanlon won for their efforts prosecuting four gang members who committed five Baltimore murders. The men were among 146 people celebrated for their professional dedication to the department. "Their accomplishments have advanced the interests of justice on behalf of the American people," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

- Tricia Bishop

Mount Airy mayor resigns amid complaints of bullying

The mayor of Mount Airy has resigned amid complaints from City Hall staff and Town Council members that he bullied people. But David Pyatt told The Frederick News-Post before stepping down Monday night that he was being forced out by those who favor more rapid growth of the community of nearly 9,000 people, about 25 miles west of Baltimore. Pyatt also resigned as Town Council president. He had held the dual role since February, following the resignation of former Mayor Frank Johnson. The Carroll County Times quotes Councilwoman Wendi Peters as saying Pyatt's resignation follows instances of bullying, intimidation, profanity and threats against people's jobs. Pyatt acknowledges raising his voice, but says it reflected stress over growth plans and water issues.

-- Associated Press

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