City/county Digest


May 05, 2006

Columbia man gets probation in sex offense

Former Integral Systems Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steven R. Chamberlain was sentenced to a suspended one-year prison term yesterday after pleading guilty last week to fourth-degree sex offense involving a 14-year-old girl.

Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure also sentenced Chamberlain, 50, to five years of supervised probation and said he would not have to register as a sex offender because there was no evidence that he was a danger to anyone other than the victim.

Leasure said Chamberlain, of Columbia, betrayed the trust of the victim, who looked at him as a "father figure," and that his actions were "without question extremely inappropriate."

Chamberlain, who did not address the judge before he was sentenced, resigned last month from Integral Systems Inc., a Lanham-based satellite system provider, where he was CEO, director and board chairman.

Laura Cadiz

Howard County: Grand jury

Man, 45, indicted in investments case

A Howard County grand jury has indicted a 45-year-old former county resident in an investment scheme in which he is accused of stealing about $80,000 from five people in the Korean community in 2000 and 2001, the state attorney general's office said yesterday. Wednesday's indictment says that San Ho Kim, whose whereabouts are unknown, masqueraded as an investment adviser. The indictment includes charges of theft, securities fraud and fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary. Kim could face a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine and 15 years in jail if found guilty of theft and securities fraud.

Melissa Harris

Baltimore: Traffic

I-95 ramp to close over the weekend

The ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to Boston Street will be closed to traffic, starting at 7 p.m. today, according to state transportation officials. The exit, No. 57, is set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. The closure is part of bridge repairs and pavement work being done between the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza and the merge between I-95 and Interstate 895. As a detour, motorists will be sent via Eastern Avenue (Exit 59) to southbound I-95, and then onto the Boston/O'Donnell Street exit.

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