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Police Say N.Y. Politician Bilked In Md. Man’s Phone Scam

Police Say N.Y. Politician Bilked In Md. Man’s Phone Scam

(AP) FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick city police say a New York state senator was among the victims of a telephone scam that purported to send emergency aid to the Dominican Republic.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined on Friday to identify the politician who was allegedly victimized.

New York and Frederick authorities worked together to serve search-and-seizure and arrest warrants Thursday on 42-year-old Francisco Alberto Calcano at his apartment on Willowdale Drive.

Calcano is being held without bail while awaiting extradition to Manhattan, where prosecutors will seek a grand-jury indictment.

Police say the senator and his constituents were defrauded of $11,500.

Maryland Governor's and Senate Race Projections

According to projections posted by The Huffington Post, it seems that democratic candidate Governor Martin O'Malley is ahead of republican candidate former Governor Robert Ehrlich.

O'Malley leads by 51.5% while Erhlich trails behind with 40.6%.

In the race for Senate, democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski has a steady lead against republican candidate Eric Wargotz.

Mikulski is projected to win with 56.4% compared to Wargotz's 36.2%

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O'Malley/Brown Set-Up Underway

It's a gorgeous day on the Inner Harbor and a fantastic location at the American Visionary Arts Museum where the O'Malley/Brown team has just begun to set up shop for Maryland's gubernatorial race.

Today, Governor Martin O'Malley faces former Governor Robert Ehrlich in a heated competition.  With voter turnout in Maryland forming at a steady pace,The Baltimore Business Journal reports that both campaigns have turned to social media to spread the word and get residents to the polls.

O’Malley’s Twitter feed, @GovernorOMalley, started blasting tweets at 6:30 a.m. telling voters: “Polls open in a half hour. Are you ready to move #md4ward? #mdvote”

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.