Crime & Courts

CRIME & COURTS

December 18, 2008

City police search home of commissioner's kin

Baltimore police executed a search warrant yesterday on the Northeast Baltimore home of Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III's father-in-law in an investigation related to child pornography, the commissioner said in a statement. Bealefeld said that upon learning that the warrant had been served he took steps to remove himself from the investigation, which the city police's cyber crimes division has turned over to the Maryland State Police. The cyber crimes unit investigates allegations of Internet crimes, and a spokesman said Bealefeld was not aware of the investigation before execution of the search warrant. Because he has not been charged with a crime, The Baltimore Sun is not identifying the father-in-law. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said he could not comment on any active case; search warrants are sealed in Maryland courts. "This is obviously a very difficult situation for me and my family, and we would request that the media respect our privacy," Bealefeld said in a statement on behalf of his family.

Justin Fenton

Restaurant owner gets term in immigration case

The owner of Wheaton restaurant El Pollo Rico was sentenced to three years in federal prison yesterday for conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants, launder money and evade business financial reporting requirements, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus also ordered Francisco C. Solano, 57, to forfeit $7.2 million worth of illegal gains According to his guilty plea, Solano, who lives in Germantown, employed illegal immigrants from January 1999 through July of last year.

Tricia Bishop

Four charged in fight; Overlea High evacuated

Three students and an adult were charged after a fight at Baltimore County's Overlea High School yesterday, county police said. The four, who were not identified, were charged with secondary assault, disorderly conduct and interfering with school activities, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said. The incident started about 12:30 p.m., when a fight broke out between two students and others joined in, police said. Trying to stop the fight, police used pepper spray, which got into the school's ventilation system, police said. The building was evacuated. Eleven students and one teacher were taken to hospitals. All were released. A police officer suffering a minor knee injury was also taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, county police said.

Arin Gencer

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