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April 18, 2005

BALTIMORE

Man, 72, gets 15 months for possessing child porn

A 72-year-old Cockeysville man has been sentenced in federal court to 15 months in prison for possession of child pornography, prosecutors announced. In addition to the prison time, Charles Blair Barrick was given a year of home confinement by Judge Richard D. Bennett at sentencing Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, prosecutors said.

According to a plea agreement, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service used an undercover supplier two years ago to deliver to Barrick's residence eight videotapes that contained images of children engaging in sexual conduct. Federal agents later entered Barrick's home and found the package containing the videotapes, but it was unopened.

Barrick admitted that he had ordered and paid for them and that he knew the videotapes contained child pornography. He told authorities that he intended to resell them, according to prosecutors.

- Matthew Dolan

HOWARD COUNTY

Crofton man dies after car crashes into tractor trailer

A 25-year-old Crofton man died early Saturday when the car he was driving on U.S. 1 in Howard County crashed into a tractor trailer, the driver of which was waiting to make a turn into a parking lot, Howard County police said.

Stephen Edward Kuiper of the 1700 block of Fernham Court was driving north on U.S. 1 south of Route 175 in Waterloo when his car hit the rear of the truck, which was stopped in the center lane with its four-way flashers on, police said. Kuiper was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital.

The driver of the truck, Vance Robert Carr, 46, of the 3800 block of Arbutus Ave. in Gwynn Oak, was unhurt, police said.

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