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April 18, 2009

Jury notes ruled not disclosed

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A judge has found that six jury notes were not disclosed to lawyers during the trial of two men who were ultimately convicted in 2006 of the near-beheadings of their three young relatives. The findings make it more likely that Policarpio Espinoza and Adan Canela will get a new trial, which would be their third. The two illegal Mexican immigrants were sentenced to life in prison for the deaths in 2004 of a 9-year-old boy, his 8-year-old sister and their 10-year-old cousin in a Falstaff apartment. On appeal, lawyers for Espinoza and Canela argued that Baltimore Circuit Judge David Mitchell violated a rule that says attorneys should be notified promptly about notes from the jury. A judge concluded Thursday that six notes were not disclosed.

Associated Press

Jeppi nut company recalls pistachios

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Jeppi Nut and Candy Co. of Timonium is voluntarily recalling Setton Farm's Natural Pistachios because of potential salmonella contamination. The company said Friday that the pistachios being recalled were distributed before March 30 in Jeppi's retail store and through mail order. The nuts were sold in 1-pound brown bags and sold in bulk cases marked Setton Farms Naturally Opened California Pistachios Roasted and Salted, and in 8-ounce clear bags. No illnesses have been reported. The recall affects Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Consumers are urged to return affected products to Jeppi.

Associated Press

Carroll to shut off water for repairs

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The Carroll County utilities bureau will temporarily cut off water to about 200 homes in the Eldersburg area Wednesday to replace a main line pressure reducing valve. The affected areas include Mineral Hill Road, Oakland Mills Road, Arthur Avenue, Lakeview Drive, Kaywood Place, Old Liberty Road, Barnes Lane, Bomek Circle, Cutsail Avenue, Constantine Drive and Charnock Drive. Water will be shut off at 9:30 p.m. Repairs might be finished before 6 a.m. Thursday. Information: 410-386-2164.

One man stabbed, another shot in city

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A man was stabbed in the back and another shot in his arms in separate incidents in the city Friday night, police said. The shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m. in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood, at Harford Road and Montpelier Street. A man was struck in the right and left arms and was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. About 9:45 p.m., police reported that a man was stabbed in the back in the 3700 block of 10th Street in Brooklyn.

Justin Fenton

2 more arrests in fatal shooting in Dundalk

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Baltimore County police arrested two more suspects this week in the fatal shooting last month of a 28-year-old man while he was sitting in his car in Dundalk. Eric Brando Moss, 26, of no fixed address, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of James Faulcon of Dundalk, police said, and Jessica Christine Goetz, 21, of Dundalk was charged as an accessory after the fact. This month, police charged Michael Donaldson, 24, and Edward Allen Harris, 27, both of Dundalk, with first-degree murder in the March 22 shooting. Police said Donaldson was angry that his girlfriend had a relationship with Faulcon and had arranged for him to be killed. Goetz is charged with disposing of the gun afterward, police said. Donaldson, Harris and Moss were being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said, and Goetz was being held on $250,000 bail.

Man, woman burned in apartment fire

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A man and woman were taken to hospitals after suffering burns in a West Baltimore fire, and investigators are exploring whether the incident was sparked by a domestic dispute. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said the fire broke out about 9 p.m. in the 2100 block of Smallwood St. in an apartment above a grocery store and was under control in about 40 minutes. The man suffered second- and third-degree burns to 40 percent of his body and was taken to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, while the woman was taken to Bon Secours Hospital with minor burns to her hands, he said.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore Co. to sell compost bins for $35

Baltimore County will hold a compost-bin sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the parking lot of IKEA-White Marsh parking lot and Sunday at Franklin High School in Reisterstown. Bins will be sold for $35. . Information: 410-887-0000.

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