JIM NORMANDIN

Dear readers,

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Jim Normandin

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ANNAPOLIS — All courthouses in Maryland — including the Cecil County Circuit and District Courthouses in Elkton — will remain closed to the public through May 1, increasing the initial closure by one month, according to a new order issued Wednesday by Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Ma…

ELKTON — None of the 258 inmates currently in the Cecil County Detention Center officially had the coronavirus, as of Wednesday afternoon, and jail officials have increased restrictions and added policies to keep it that way, according to Maj. Mary Allen, director of the CCDC.

ELKTON — First responders in Cecil County have received protective gear from a federal stockpile, amid the ever-growing number of COVID-19 cases in Maryland and throughout the United States, according to Richard Brooks, director of the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services.

ELKTON — Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies will respond to complaints of gatherings of more than 10 people, which is forbidden statewide under an emergency order issued by Gov. Larry Hogan, but they will not proactively patrol to enforce the ordinance, according to Sheriff Scott Adams.

ELKTON — A woman is facing several criminal charges after investigators confiscated suspect methamphetamine and heroin mixed with fentanyl during a traffic stop near Elkton early Tuesday morning, according to Cecil County District Court records.

BALTIMORE — While residents in Cecil County and throughout the state are taking precautions to safeguard themselves against COVID-19, some people are stealing or attempting to steal money through coronavirus-based scams, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office.

CECIL COUNTY — Law enforcement officers in Cecil County are still patrolling the roads, investigating crimes and performing their other duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic — but they are taking several precautions to prevent the spread of the virus while doing so.

ELKTON — A 16-year-old Elkton boy has received a one-year jail term for his lesser role in the random, unprovoked stabbing of a stranger on the street of a North East-area neighborhood last summer, after accepting a binding plea deal, according to court records.

PORT DEPOSIT — An investigation is continuing after a blaze ripped through a garage near Port Deposit early Thursday morning, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage to several vehicles and to the outbuilding in which they were stored, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

ELKTON - The Cecil County Circuit Courthouse and the Cecil County District Courthouse will be "restricted to emergency operations" and closed to the general public - with limited exceptions -  until April 3 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to a statewide directive signed b…

PERRYVILLE - A 40-year-old man was killed on Wednesday night when the van he was driving crashed into a concrete barrier at the Interstate 95 toll plaza near Perryville, according to the Maryland State Police.

PERRYVILLE — A 17-year-old male remained jailed Thursday after he allegedly opened fire on two acquaintances in front of his Perryville residence — wounding one of them in the thigh and riddling the car that they occupied with bullet holes, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.

ELKTON — A townhouse under renovation on White Hall Circle sustained $50,000 in damage in a Thursday night fire that the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal ruled was accidental.

CHESAPEAKE CITY — Three men remained on the loose Tuesday after forcing their way into a home near Chesapeake City over the weekend and robbing a woman who lives there at gunpoint, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.

NORTH EAST — An investigation is continuing after a blaze destroyed a pickup truck in a wooded area near North East on Monday night, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

RISING SUN — A chimney fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a home near Rising Sun late Thursday night, according to the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

CHARLESTOWN — Investigators are blaming an “unspecified electrical event” for a garage fire that caused approximately $30,000 in damage to a Charlestown home late Thursday night, according to the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

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