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November 09, 2008

Man, 20, pleads guilty to August handgun charges

Davon Temple, 20, who as a teenager sidestepped prosecution in connection with a double homicide, pleaded guilty Friday to being in possession of a handgun. He was sentenced to three years' probation. Police arrested Temple in the April 23, 2006, shooting deaths of Jennifer Morelock and Jason Woycio, two Carroll County residents police think had been in the city buying drugs. Temple was charged in the slayings when an officer found a text message on his phone that said, "I killed 2 white people around my way 2day & 1 of them was a woman," according to charging documents. City prosecutors dropped the charges because they believed officers had illegally searched Temple's phone. Temple was charged with illegal possession of a handgun Aug. 13. The handgun charge carries a maximum possible sentence of five years. Prosecutors asked for one year of jail time. Judge Charles A. Chiapparelli sentenced him to three years and suspended the entire term.

Julie Bykowicz

New database to help police, courts track protective orders

Maryland's court system has created a database that makes it easier for police and other authorities to verify the existence of protective orders. The new Web-accessible database includes all protective and peace orders issued in Maryland. It went online July 1 for testing, and court officials are confident that it's working properly. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell says the database enables police officers to quickly verify the existence of orders, even at the scene of a domestic violence incident. Court officials say the database will also improve communication between district and circuit courts and help eliminate conflicting or simultaneous orders. The database was created with a grant from the federal Office of Violence Against Women.

Associated Press

Developer who raised prices illegally must pay restitution

ROCKVILLE: A developer who demanded that customers pay more for building their homes and threatened to stop work if they didn't pay will make restitution. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Edward Smart, who owned Smart Development/Premiere Homes, will pay $925,000. Smart must pay $75,000 in penalties and legal costs incurred by the Maryland Division of Consumer Protection. Gansler said Smart used illegal clauses in contracts that allowed the company to terminate contracts when home prices rose. Then, Gansler says, the company required customers to pay more to build the home.

Associated Press

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