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Baltimore & Region

November 23, 2005

Del. waitress charged with stealing credit card numbers

A woman from Belarus who worked as a waitress at a popular Fenwick Island, Del., restaurant has been arrested on federal charges of aggravated identity theft - accused of using a hand-held credit card reader to steal the account numbers of customers. According to court papers, Katsiaryna Kabiarets, 23, who had been living in Ocean City and was employed at Harpoon Hanna's during the summer on a temporary work visa, told investigators that she was approached by a Russian man in New York and that he gave her a small device to copy card numbers. Kabiarets appeared Monday in federal court in Wilmington. She faces a minimum of two years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

Associated Press

Baltimore: West side

Furnace identified as leak source

A carbon monoxide leak at a West Baltimore apartment building that sent nearly two dozen people to the hospital was caused by a malfunctioning furnace, the city Fire Department determined yesterday. None of the victims, who were taken to hospitals in five ambulances Monday night, was seriously injured. They lived in a three-story building in the 700 block of N. Carey St. City fire officials cautioned residents to check and clean their home heating systems to prevent breakdowns that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Federal court

Man gets 10 years for drug distribution

A 31-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 10 years in prison for distributing cocaine to a confidential informant for the government. According to the statement of facts presented in the U.S. District Court, Dante Couther met an informant Sept. 14, 2004, and gave him 55 grams of cocaine in exchange for $2,000. Couther pleaded guilty Sept. 7.


Driver convicted after letting kids in trunk

A judge convicted a woman of reckless endangerment yesterday for letting three small children ride in the trunk of her car. Lanora A. Lucas, 37, of Thurmont let her 3-year-old daughter, 9-year-old son and his 8-year-old friend ride in the trunk of her Volvo sedan as she ran errands June 4, authorities said. No sentencing date was set by Frederick County District Judge W. Milnor Roberts.

Associated Press

Baltimore County: Towson

Child-seat checks available Monday

The Baltimore County Fire Department will hold a free clinic on child safety seats from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the county Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road in Towson. Parents can receive information about child safety seats, and technicians will offer guidance as parents install the seats in their vehicles. To register: 410-887-4876.

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