Court records detail not only Timothy Virts potential for violence but also the custody agreements for parenting the children he had with murder victim Bobbie Joe Cortez.
BALTIMORE - Synthetic pot use is problematic in Maryland, according to officials with the Maryland Poison Center. ABC2 has obtained statistics from the Poison Center, which has documented a total of 229 cases related to synthetic pot between the start of 2011 and April 30, 2012. Those cases are logged when patients contact the Poison Center after experiencing unwanted effects or by emergency departments and first responders who see the patients.
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According to the report supplied by the Poison Center, Anne Arundel County logged the highest volume of cases in 2011, with 23 reported. Baltimore and Harford counties were each responsible for 17 synthetic marijuana-related reports that year. Baltimore City had 16 cases, while Frederick County logged 13. So far in 2012, Baltimore City has racked up the highest total of synthetic pot-related cases, with 23.
The Maryland Poison Center says the youngest patient listed in their database for 2011 is just 10 years old, with the oldest listed at 57. Their statistics show the largest population of synthetic pot users is people between the ages of 13-29.
In both 2011 and 2012, at least 80 percent of the patients treated for synthetic pot usage at local emergency rooms were treated and released. No deaths related to the drug have been reported in Maryland in the last two years.
"It hurts, it hurts,” Michael Marion said. “Sometimes I just want to close my eyes when I go by. That way maybe it's not there, but it's there and every day we go by it, my boys see it every day, their bus goes by it every day."
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Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has weighed in on a bill that asks Maryland hospitals with an ER to provide forensic exams for victims of sexual assault.
Lawmakers Friday introduced a bill in Annapolis that would place the responsibility on Maryland hospitals to provided certified forensic nurses for rape victims.
When a person is sexually assaulted, a clock starts ticking for evidence collection.
When a victim is raped, convincing them to go to the hospital can be tough. That’s just the first hard step after a horrific trauma.
This searchable database breaks down the number and dollar amount associated with rape kit reimbursements at certified Maryland hospitals.
Stats on hospital rape kit reimbursement claims 2011-2013.
An investigation has revealed serious safety concerns about one of the most popular children's toys on the market that is still being sold in stores despite consumer calls for a recall.