Digest

October 23, 2007

Maryland, New York prosecutors receive awards for their efforts

The U.S. Department of Justice has honored an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland for his work on a $98.5 million fraud case and a team of New York-based federal prosecutors and agents for their work in convicting a Baltimore taxi driver who completed terrorist training in Pakistan.

They were among 132 recipients of the annual Director's Award for excellence in law enforcement from the Executive Office for United State's Attorneys.

Federal prosecutor Michael A. DiPietro of Maryland was honored for his negotiations in October 2006 with Oracle Corp., which acquired PeopleSoft Inc. in 2005. Oracle agreed to pay $98.5 million to settle government claims that PeopleSoft had given inaccurate pricing information to the General Services Administration in negotiating a contract to supply computer software and maintenance services.

The team from New York was recognized for its investigation and prosecution of four defendants, including former Baltimore tax driver Mahmud Faruq Brent, who was sentenced in July. The four were convicted on charges relating to a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism organizations, including al-Qaida.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore County

: Fatal accident

Police identify 2 killed Saturday

State police at the Golden Ring Barracks released last night the names of two people who died Saturday night after a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 695 near Cove Road in eastern Baltimore County.

Police said Jess Klahre, 46, of the 500 block of Kingston Road in Middle River was driving a 1992 Lexus north on the highway about 6:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed into the southbound lanes and crashed into a Toyota.

Police said Klahre, the lone occupant of the Lexus, died at the scene.

Donna Schoolian, 62, of the 500 block of Riverview Road in Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, a passenger in the rear seat of the Toyota, died later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said police.

The accident remains under investigation.

Rosedale

Police name victim of crash

Baltimore County police identified yesterday the victim in a collision between a car and a train Saturday night as a 33-year-old Rosedale man.

Christopher Chapperella died of injuries suffered when the 2003 Hummer he was in collided with a train at a railroad crossing in Rosedale. The accident occurred about 6:40 p.m. where Schafers Lane intersects with tracks east of Pulaski Highway.

Chapperella was flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died a couple of hours later, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Baltimore

: Forum

NAACP hosting slots discussion

The Baltimore branch of the NAACP will sponsor a forum tonight on Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to legalize slot machine gambling in Maryland.

The forum is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

Information: 410-366-3300.

Carroll County

: New Windsor

Sycamore ties as biggest Md. tree

Maryland environmental officials say one of the biggest trees in the state can be found on a farm in New Windsor.

The giant sycamore is 121 feet tall, measures 27 feet around its base and is tied with a silver maple growing in Cecil County as Maryland's biggest tree.

Associated Press

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