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April 03, 2009

Life plus 30 in man's death

A 26-year-old man was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison Thursday in the killing of a handyman who drug dealers believed was disrupting their business. Prosecutors said Kevin Armstead was one of three men who confronted and repeatedly shot Ricardo "Pops" Paige, 54, on March 20, 2007, in a house in the 500 block of E. 43rd St. where Paige was living and working. Armstead was captured last year in Georgia after Paige's killing was featured on the television show America's Most Wanted, prosecutor Kevin Wiggins said. Two co-defendants have been convicted of murder conspiracy charges.

Justin Fenton

Club's liquor license is suspended

On Thursday, city liquor board commissioners suspended the license of Club One for three months, noting a February shooting and several other violent incidents outside the club. The licensee for Club One, Amit Bharat, was also fined $9,000. Bharat's attorney said he is unsure whether his client will appeal the suspension, which is set to begin July 1. Police said during the two-hour hearing that traffic outside the club during closing time clogs the intersection of Guilford Avenue and Saratoga Street. Several nearby residents told liquor commissioners that they see nightly brawls and often hear gunshots when the club lets out.

Brent Jones

Whistleblower ruling is partially voided

On the day Barack Obama nominated Baltimore federal Judge Andre M. Davis to join the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., that review panel overturned part of an opinion he issued in a whistleblower case. Davis had dismissed a U.S. District Court case filed by Michael Andrew, a Baltimore police officer who said his First Amendment rights to free speech were violated when supervisors fired him for releasing an internal memo to The Baltimore Sun. (He was later rehired.) The memo asked for an investigation into whether deadly force used on a barricaded suspect was justified. Davis dismissed the suit, saying that Andrew's memo was speech that fell under his official government duties and was not protected. The 4th Circuit doesn't believe that was established and remanded the case back to Davis for further proceeding. The court affirmed decisions denying Andrew's claim for certain fees and partial summary judgment.

Tricia Bishop

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