Maryland Judiciary warns of jury service email scam
The Maryland Judiciary issued a warning Thursday about an email scam that falsely claimed the recipient had missed jury service, enticing them to click on a link that may contain malware. The Maryland Judiciary said the phishing scam was reported by people in Prince George’s County but that it may be affecting people in other counties. The email claims to be from the “Clerk to the Court” and says that it is a “final notice” for “failure to appear as scheduled for jury service.” The email provides a link with the instructions to review the information, “after which you may be contacted and required to appear in court before a judge.” The judiciary advised anyone receiving such an email to delete it immediately and not reply or click on the link or open any attachments. The email could install malware on a user’s computer. Anyone affected by the scam can contact the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 410-528-8662 or toll free 888743-0023, as well as local law enforcement.
Overturned tanker blocks Westminster intersection
The intersection of Kate Wagner Road and Route 27 in Westminster was closed for much of Thursday after a tanker truck carrying about 7,500 gallons of kerosene overturned in a crash. At 12:44 p.m., an off-duty Westminster firefighter came upon the crash, which involved a Toyota Prius and the tanker truck, which was lying upside down across Route 27 just north of the intersection, according to Westminster fire spokesman Josh Evans. “They discovered it was actually leaking the kerosene, and the hazmat team began to plug the holes and contain the spill on land,” Evans said. “It took about an hour to plug the leaks and get everything contained.” Although the exact amount of the spill will not be known until the kerosene remaining in the overturned truck can be pumped out and measured, the Maryland Department of the Environment estimated as much as 5,000 gallons of the fuel might have leaked. Maryland State Police are investigating. The tanker was traveling north on Route 27 behind the Prius when the driver of the Prius braked to avoid going through a yellow light, according to state police. The driver of the truck was unable to stop in time because of the wet road, struck the Prius and lost control of the truck, which then flipped, state police said. Neither driver was seriously injured, but the driver of the truck was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and the driver of the Prius was taken to Carroll Hospital Center.