The Night Note: 08/12/2010

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    Pepco to Raise Rates

    Pepco's Maryland customers will see their bills rise on the heels of storm-caused power outages that left thousands of residents in the dark for days.The Maryland Public Service Commission approved a rate increase for the power company, effective July 29. The extra money will mean an average increase of about $1 a month for residential customers and will raise $7.7 million for Pepco to use to upgrade its electricity system. (Washington Examiner)

    Man in Crash was getting Catholic Legal Aid

    Carlos A. Martinelly Montano was being represented in deportation proceedings by Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Arlington when he allegedly struck and killed a Benedictine sister and wounded two other Richmond-based nuns in Prince William County while driving drunk this month. Hogar Immigrant Services, an arm of Catholic Charities in Arlington County, was providing legal help to Martinelly Montano, 23, whom federal officials have described as an illegal immigrant, the organization said yesterday. (InsideNoVa.com)

    Serial Stabbing Suspect was Arrested, Released in Arlington

    The man suspected in the stabbing deaths of five people was arrested and later released in Arlington last week, the Arlington County Police Department has confirmed. Elias Abuelazam, 33, was pulled over for a traffic violation on the 1100 block of South Walter Reed Drive early Thursday morning, according to police spokesperson Crystal Nosal. After Abuelazam’s information was run through a computer database, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant for simple assault in Leesburg.He was booked and a mug shot was taken. A magistrate then released him on his own personal recognisance, police said. (Arlnow.com)

    Ehrlich 'Pleased' with Money Report set for Release Friday

    Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said he will release on fundraising total Friday that is "a little bit ahead" of a $3 million goal his campaign set for the period.Ehrlich's comments to reporters on Thursday came a day after Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced his campaign had raised $3.3 million since mid-January and had $6.7 million in the bank. O'Malley's cash-on-hand figure is expected to be at least double that of Ehrlich. (Washington Post)

    Chesapeake Bay Bacteria Making People Sick

    Maryland health officials say people may be getting sick from eating raw oysters and other shellfish from the Chesapeake Bay.The culprit is vibrio, a naturally occurring bacteria that's more prevalent in the bay during hot weather. The state health department says there have been 24 cases of vibrio infection this year. That puts Maryland on pace to exceed the infection totals from previous years. Vibrio can cause wound infections, gastrointestinal disease and other ailments. People with open wounds who swim in the bay are also at risk. (WTOP)