Maryland US House members criticize governor on health care

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:11 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:09 PM

            Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., center, calls on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to speak out against the House health care bill during a news conference on Monday, March 20, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. From left to right, are: Rep. John Sarbanes, Cummings, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Rep. Jamie Raskin, all Maryland Democrats. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Four of Maryland's U.S. House members took the battle over health care to the governor's residence on Monday, calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to speak out against the GOP health care bill in Washington.

A spokeswoman for the Republican governor said the four Democrats should be in the nation's capital working instead of "grandstanding" in the state capital.

Reps. Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin gathered in front of the governor's residence next to the Maryland State House to criticize Hogan for not joining four GOP governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people.

"There are people right now who are sick and are sitting there worried whether they're going to be one of the 14 million who won't be able to get the health care that they need, not just to survive but also to thrive, governor. This is not rocket scientists' stuff. This is about leadership," Cummings said.

Amelia Chasse, a Hogan spokeswoman, questioned what the four congressmen have done, except hold news conferences. She said Hogan has had multiple meetings with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and has another scheduled with him Wednesday.

"Instead of wasting time playing politics and holding press conferences in Annapolis, these Congressmen should be in Washington doing their jobs," Chasse said.

Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said he's urging Hogan to join the Republican governors of Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and Arkansas. They are calling for a more gradual approach to overhauling Medicaid that would include more options for states.

Sarbanes noted that a vote is expected Thursday in Washington. He said he believed Hogan could have an impact on persuading Republicans in Washington that the legislation is "a bad idea," if he joined the other four GOP governors.

Chasse, Hogan's spokeswoman, said the congressmen "are disregarding the governor's direct appeal to them to work in a bipartisan manner to come up with responsible solutions for Maryland."

"The governor and the administration are fighting to ensure that Maryland's priorities are protected under any federal health care plan — it's time for our federal representatives to do the same," Chasse said.

Republican Govs. John Kasich, of Ohio, Rick Snyder, of Michigan, Brian Sandoval, of Nevada, and Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas, have said the House approach "provides almost no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states."

Under current law, states can expand Medicaid to cover people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $16,640 for an individual. The federal government picks up almost all of the cost, gradually phasing down to a 90 percent share. The House bill would end Medicaid expansion. States can continue to receive the higher federal rate only for those enrolled by Dec. 31, 2019. Under the four GOP governors proposal, states that expanded Medicaid could also keep receiving the higher federal rate for new enrollees into the future if they agree to make other changes to their programs. Maryland is one of 31 states that expanded Medicaid.

Dayton Shell robbery suspect arrested, police say

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

Update@4:56 p.m. (March 28):

The suspect accused of robbing the Shell gas station is 16 years old, and is being held in the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, according to Dayton police.

First report:

DAYTON - Dayton police have arrested the man they believe robbed the Shell on North Main Street Sunday night.

Officers responded to the business, 3613 North Main St., after the male suspect was accused of putting a gun in the clerk’s face and demanded money.

The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect they arrested Monday.

I-75 ramp to U.S. 35 to close Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to close the northbound Interstate 75 ramp to eastbound U.S. 35 Tuesday night for a project that will keep the ramp closed for six months.

The $1.8 million project is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., when ODOT is expected to close the ramp to repair the ramp’s bridge deck.

The work had been scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed for a day, the department said.

ODOT recommends drivers use a detour that would have drivers exit I-75 north to U.S. 35 west and exit onto James H. McGee Blvd., before reentering the highway onto eastbound U.S. 35.

Brookville woman faces charges after pets found in ‘poor health’

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

A Brookville woman is in jail on suspicion of animal cruelty as two dogs and four cats receive treatment at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

Kathleen Cummins, 24, of the 500 block of Adrian Court, is being held on $2,500 bond after Brookville police found her pets alone and in cages and they appeared to be in poor health, according to the arrest report.

VIDEO: Pets now at Animal Resource Center

Police responded to the home Monday afternoon on a criminal trespass complaint and found the two boxer-type dogs confined to a cage covered in feces in a small bedroom and there were four cats in another bedroom with no food or water, according to the report.

Brookville Major Tom Simon said officers responded to a burglary complaint and the resident Cummins let the officers inside. There was no indication of a break-in.

Simon said there was pet food in the house but for some reason the suspect was not feeding them.

An ARC officer responded to the home and the animals were taken in to be examined and treated.

Bob Sexton, ARC supervisor, said a veterinarian is examining the animals today. He said the dogs appeared to be “extremely emaciated.”

It’s too early to tell whether the animals will be available for adoption.

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Driver caught after pursuit leads to crash on U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m.

The suspect who police say led them on a pursuit that ended in a crash has been identified as Roderick Boyd, 21, of Dayton. He’s being held in the Montgomery County Jail on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, possession of drugs and some other traffic offenses.

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.

A driver was arrested after he allegedly was speeding on U.S. 35 East and fled from an attempted traffic stop, then caused a crash that slowed traffic in the westbound lanes.

All but the left westbound lane was closed on U.S. 35 West just after the North Smithville Road on-ramp.

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According to the patrol, the driver lost control on wet pavement when he tried to exit U.S. 35 East onto Smithville. The vehicle spun around and was facing the wrong way before it crossed the median, crashed through a guardrail and struck a westbound vehicle.

The suspect driver bailed from the vehicle and ran away but he was caught a short time later.

RELATED: Suspect in custody following 2nd pursuit in Dayton

The driver whose vehicle was struck suffered minor injuries, according to the patrol.


We’re working to learn more about a pursuit in Dayton involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post.

Emergency police scanner traffic indicates the pursuit occurred on U.S. 35 and a crash occurred on the westbound side west of North Smithville Road.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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