Crime & Courts

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December 03, 2008

Man dies at Shock Trauma after Park Circle shooting

A man was shot and killed last night in the Park Circle neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore, police said. No arrest had been made and police knew of no motive. The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of family members, police said. Northwestern District officers responding to a report of a man shot in the 3400 block of Park Heights Ave. just north of Park Circle shortly before 7:30 p.m. found the victim lying on the ground and bleeding from a bullet wound in the face and another in the back, police said. The man was taken by Fire Department ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he later died, police said.

Richard Irwin

Fla. man gets life term in 2005 Baltimore killing

A Florida man was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to life in prison plus 23 years for killing a city woman in 2005. Gary Leonce Qualo, 33, of Miami was convicted in August of first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon and false imprisonment in the death of Petrina D. Hatcher, 40, who was found dead Nov. 2, 2005, in a bedroom of a house in the 3600 block of 10th St., city prosecutors said.

Weight loss center settles $20 million sex-bias suit

Pure Weight Loss Inc., formerly LA Weight Loss Centers, has to pay $20 million to settle a sex-discrimination lawsuit alleging that the Pennsylvania chain refused to hire men, according to a consent decree approved Monday by Baltimore-based U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. The company has promised to pay nearly $17 million in back pay and $3 million in punitive damages to qualified men whom the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "has determined were subjected to hiring discrimination because of their sex" since January 1997. Pure Weight Loss filed for bankruptcy in January.

Tricia Bishop

New city police spokesman comes from federal agency

The Baltimore City Police Department announced yesterday the selection of a new director for its office of public affairs. Anthony Guglielmi joins the department after serving as director of congressional and public affairs for the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a federal law enforcement agency that investigates whistleblower disclosures and prohibited practices within the federal government. Guglielmi replaces Sterling Clifford, who joined the agency in July 2007.

Justin Fenton

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