Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

January 09, 2009

Pa. man, 34, pleads guilty in Web sex sting

A 34-year-old Pennsylvania man who used the Internet handle "searay1974" pleaded guilty yesterday to interstate travel with the intent to have sex with a Baltimore County minor. Patrick G. Mahan, who lives in Lincoln University, could face a maximum of 30 years in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Mahan contacted a Baltimore County police detective, who was posing as an underage girl online, according to a statement of facts. Mahan was arrested at a location he had arranged online.

Tricia Bishop

Arraignment delayed for pair in Harris killing

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge postponed yesterday the arraignment hearing for the two men accused of killing former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. The new hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The case was postponed because of a clerical error, prosecutors said. Court documents allege that Charles Yasin McGaney, 20, and Gary Anthony Collins, 20, ambushed Harris on Sept. 20 outside the New Haven Lounge in Northwood Plaza, shooting him in the torso. Both men are charged with first-degree murder and are expected to plead not guilty, according to their lawyers. Maureen Rowland, McGaney's attorney, spoke after the hearing, saying she has not been presented with evidence placing her client at Northwood Plaza that night. Police have tied McGaney to a skull mask left at the murder scene.

Brent Jones

Woman sentenced for bank fraud, ID theft

A 32-year-old Fort Washington woman was ordered yesterday to pay more than $27,000 in restitution and sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for bank fraud and identity theft, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Christel Ebony Norwood pleaded guilty to stealing the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of at least 49 people from two medical facilities for which she worked. She used the information to obtain a driver's license and credit cards, divert her victims' mail and get $35,560 in bank financing to buy a 2002 Mercedes-Benz coupe.

Tricia Bishop

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