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January 31, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Shorter sentence denied driver in crash that killed 4

A Delaware woman who in 2002 caused a car crash that killed four members of a northern Baltimore County family should remain in prison, the Delaware Board of Pardons has decided. Tishara A. Duffy had asked that the remainder of her nine-year prison term be commuted in the deaths of Wayne and Emily Abbott of Freeland and their sons, Douglas, 9, and Brian, 5. Duffy, who pleaded guilty in 2003 to first-degree assault and four counts of criminally negligent homicide, expressed remorse during a hearing Thursday for her role in the high-speed accident on Route 1 north of Dover, but the board voted not to recommend to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner that Duffy be set free. "What we heard was just heart-wrenching testimony from both families," the board's chairman, Lt. Gov. John Carney, said after the hearing. "It was just awful. The whole thing is a complete tragedy." Duffy, who was 22 at the time of the crash, was weaving in and out of traffic, police said, when her car struck the Abbotts' van, which flipped over into oncoming traffic. The Abbotts' daughter, Margaret Emily, who was 6, was critically injured but recovered and lives with relatives.

From Sun staff and news services

Hearing March 9 on a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs

The Maryland Public Service Commission has scheduled a public hearing in March as part of its review of a proposed third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs power plant in Lusby. The hearing on the proposed reactor's air-quality permit will be held at 7 p.m. March 9 at the Holiday Inn Select, 155 Holiday Drive in Solomons. UniStar, a joint venture of Constellation Energy Group and French nuclear giant EDF, has proposed building the 1,600-megawatt reactor. The hearing will delay a decision by the commission, which had been expected to weigh in on the proposal next month. The reactor also must obtain federal regulatory approval.

Scott Calvert

Police ID homicide victim; man shot last week dies

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City police identified Wednesday night's homicide victim and said a man who was shot last week died from his injuries. Yesterday morning, police learned that Theodore E. Moore, 44, had died from injuries he suffered Jan. 23 when he was shot while standing next to his vehicle at North Pulaski Street and Edmondson Avenue. Police said a man wearing a hooded sweat shirt fired several shots at Moore, then got into a green vehicle and left. Police also said the man found fatally shot Wednesday in the Mosher neighborhood was James McKoy, 46, of the 900 block of Franklintown Road. McKoy, who was on probation, was found near St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, suffering from at least one bullet wound to the head. With the city amid a spate of violence, the Baltimore chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will lead an anti-violence rally called "Voices Against Violence" at noon today at War Memorial Plaza.

Justin Fenton

City jury convicts man in 2007 fatal shooting

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A Baltimore jury convicted a 42-year-old city man late Thursday in a December 2007 killing, according to the city state's attorney's office. Ronald Cox of the 2800 block of Evergreen Ave. was convicted of first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of Todd Dargan, 25. Cox is to be sentenced March 25. Dargan was shot in the 900 block of N. Caroline St. and died at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Minutes after the shooting, detectives stopped Cox, who was driving a 2006 Mercedes but was not wearing a seat belt, prosecutors said. A handgun in the trunk was later determined to be the murder weapon. Witnesses identified a passenger in the Mercedes as the shooter, but that man was tried and acquitted this month, prosecutors said.

Fells Point lounge owner plans a community night

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A day after his Fells Point restaurant was fined $3,100 by the city liquor board and a city councilman chastised the place for operating as a pseudo-nightclub, the owner said he is opening his doors to the community for an appreciation event tonight. Timothy Dean, owner of TD Lounge, which was formerly Timothy Dean Bistro, said he is inviting Councilman James B. Kraft and members of the Fells Point Community Association to his establishment in the 1700 block of Eastern Ave. beginning at 5 p.m. Kraft and a couple of Dean's neighbors spoke out against the restaurant at Thursday's liquor board hearing, accusing the place of violating its zoning requirement by having a DJ and dancing on weekends. Kraft had asked Dean to cancel an event planned for tonight. Dean said he decided to change the format of the event to better work with his neighbors and Kraft. He disputes that there is any dancing and said that people come to his lounge for the food. Kraft said at the liquor board hearing that neighbors have complained of loud music and long lines outside Dean's place since it switched in June from a high-end bistro to a lounge.

Brent Jones

Perry Hall Library branch on Belair Road shuts today

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The 45-year-old Perry Hall Library on Belair Road will cease operation at 5:30 p.m. today to allow staff members to begin moving books and equipment to a new, larger facility on Honeygo Boulevard that is scheduled to open in March, Baltimore County library officials said yesterday. The new library, at 9685 Honeygo Blvd. near Forge Road, won't open until March, but a drive-up window will be available beginning Feb. 10.

Arundel pondering furloughs next year

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Anne Arundel County is considering furloughs for workers because of a $107 million budget deficit next year. Among other cuts, workers might be required to take 13 days off without pay and go without raises. Furloughs are not being considered for the current year.

Associated Press

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