Talent agent found dead at his office
The owner of a children's talent agency was found dead inside his Hanover business Wednesday, Anne Arundel County police said.
Richard Preston Shaw, 56, of the 7500 block of Terrain Court in Hanover had been shot in the chest, police said. His body was discovered by one of his employees arriving for work at Kidz in the Biz in the 7400 block of New Ridge Road.
Shaw was last seen by an employee at the agency at 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.
The company has gone by several names, including Motion Pictures Inc. and the Annapolis Talent Agency.
County police said they haven't identified a motive or any suspects in Shaw's slaying, and ask that anyone with information call 410-222-8610 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Maryland section, Friday
Man sentenced on gun charges
A Crofton man employed last winter as an armed security guard despite previous weapons convictions pleaded guilty Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to illegal gun possession and pointing his handgun at a man outside the market where he worked.
Karl Glenn Salenieks, 35, will be sentenced to a prison term between six and 10 years under the terms of the plea agreement, said Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the State's Attorney's Office.
The agreement calls for Judge Joseph P. Manck to sentence Salenieks to five years in prison without parole on the gun conviction and between one and five years for assault, she said.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12. County police arrested Salenieks after they said he flashed red-and-blue lights and tried to pull over detectives in their unmarked Jeep on Feb. 19.
Maryland section, Friday
Soldier, 25, killed in Iraq
A 25-year-old soldier from southern Anne Arundel County was killed in Iraq, the Department of Defense confirmed Thursday.
Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swanson of Rose Haven died July 22 of injuries suffered when his patrol came under fire in Iraq.
He was on his third tour in Iraq.
On his Web site at myspace.com, Sgt. Swanson called himself "Just a regular Joe," and he blogged about growing up in the 1990s, and the valor of soldiers and of his troops.
"They are my life and my family right now. I would do anything for them even if it means giving my life to save theirs," he wrote.
Maryland section, Thursday
Maxwell seeks to rehire retirees
The new Anne Arundel County schools superintendent wants to rehire two recently retired administrators through a third-party contractor - an arrangement that would get around state retirement rules on how much they can be paid while collecting a state pension.
However, some school board members question the cost and the propriety of the two-year deal. Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell recently asked the board to approve a $1.4 million contract with Human Resources Inc., a Crofton company.
The proposal included hiring Nancy Mann, who served as interim superintendent until June 30, Ken Nichols, a former deputy superintendent, and four others, according to school system staff.
State law limits the amount of money a retired school employee can earn from the school district while collecting a state pension.
However, retirees can bypass those restrictions if they are hired through a third party.
The board received no information on what Mann and Nichols would earn or what work they would do. Board members put off voting on the contract until their meeting Wednesday.
Maryland section, Monday