In The Region

March 07, 2009

Eldersburg infant's death investigated

The state police and the Carroll County state's attorney are investigating the death of an infant that has been ruled a homicide. Ky'leigh M. Rogers, 8 months, of the 900 block of Caren Drive in Eldersburg, died Tuesday after being taken to a hospital with apparent respiratory problems, Maryland State Police said yesterday. The child was pronounced dead at Carroll Hospital Center at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. State police at the Westminster barracks were contacted by the Carroll Hospital Center shortly before the baby died. The Sykesville Volunteer Fire Department had taken the child earlier in the afternoon after responding to a 911 call from the call from the child's home reporting the child was having trouble breathing, police said. Troopers from the Westminster barracks, along with the Carroll County Child Advocacy Center, began investigating, which led to contacting the state police homicide unit. The child's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy Wednesday that determined the child died from blunt-force trauma and the death was ruled a homicide, police said. No charges have been filed in connection with the case, police said.

Joe Burris

Man gets 3 years in cell phone thefts

An Annapolis man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after helping to steal nearly $600,000 in cell phones. Lawrence Branch, 44, was sentenced Thursday for stealing thousands of cell phones worth $585,000. He pleaded guilty to stealing a shipment of Cingular Wireless telephones stored in a trailer in August 2006. Cingular officials had placed a GPS tracking device in the trailer, which the FBI used to find the stolen goods. Authorities tracked the trailer to Annapolis and confirmed the cell phones were inside. Walter Lee Green was arrested Aug. 31 in the same case while driving a tractor trailer with thousands of phones inside. He was sentenced to nearly four years in prison. Authorities recovered about 4,500 phones.

Associated Press

Domestic violence bills clear hurdle

Gov. Martin O'Malley's domestic violence initiatives cleared a major hurdle yesterday when the House Judiciary Committee approved two proposals with minor amendments. One bill would allow judges to confiscate guns from the subjects of temporary protective orders - something they now do not have the power to do. The House added language that would require the person seeking the order to show there is a threat involving a gun. The other bill would make judges take guns from the subjects of final protective orders, which can last up to a year and are granted only after a hearing where the two sides present their cases. The House amended both bills to more clearly describe how the confiscated weapons are to be stored and returned. The Senate and the full House must approve the proposals if they are to become law.

Julie Bykowicz

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