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April 25, 2009

Families sue over fatal Bay Bridge crash


The families of three men killed in a 2007 crash on the Bay Bridge are suing a Maryland agency and several drivers over the accident. James Hewitt Ingle and Randall and Jonathan Orff died and five people were injured in May 2007 when a trailer being hauled behind a sport utility vehicle came loose and caused a multiple-vehicle crash. The Ingle and Orff families are suing the Maryland Transportation Authority, the driver of the SUV, the owner of the trailer and two truck drivers and their employers for $19 million. Attorney Paul Bekman said his clients are suing the state because the authority knew accidents had happened before during two-way traffic on one span of the bridge. Officials have said the two-way traffic wasn't a factor in the accident. The lawsuit was filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

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Hopkins to interview for specialized jobs


The Johns Hopkins University will hold a job fair May 2 for job seekers who may qualify for specialized science and administrative positions. The jobs do not exist, but Hopkins expects an unknown number of them to be created soon, thanks to extra research funding included in the federal economic stimulus package. The university says it will recruit "experienced professionals and technicians in fields including laboratory work, information technology, grants and contracts administration, and finance." Most of the anticipated positions would require at least a bachelor's degree. Jobs would last at least 18 months and offer regular Hopkins benefits. Attendance at the job fair is limited. Applicants must register at by Wednesday. Further information about where and when to go May 2 will be provided at that Web site. Those who attend should bring at least two copies of their resumes.

Scott Calvert

Man, 56, is killed in Lansdowne crash


A 56-year-old man was struck and killed Thursday evening by a southbound Dodge Caravan on Hollins Ferry Road at Fifth Avenue in Lansdowne, according to Cpl. John Wachter of the Baltimore County Police Department. The victim was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:54 p.m. A dog also was struck in the crash. No further information was available Friday evening.

Melissa Harris

Army sergeant found dead in Annapolis


An Army spokesman said a soldier assigned to Fort Belvoir in Virginia has been found dead in Annapolis. The Department of Defense said Sgt. Bryan N. Kubic was found by a roommate who went to check on the soldier at an Annapolis residence. Kubic was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center early Thursday. Kubic, of Manchester, Pa., had been a military policeman at Fort Belvoir since February. Before that, he had served at Fort Campbell, Ky., since 2007. The circumstances surrounding the soldier's death are being investigated.

Court-martial set for Mid accused of theft


A Naval Academy midshipman is scheduled to be court-martialed Tuesday at the Navy Yard in Washington on theft and related charges, the school announced Friday. Midshipman 1st Class Julia Kaelberer, of Rialto, Calif., has accepted a plea agreement and will face charges of theft, unlawful entry, making false official statements and conduct unbecoming an officer, according to Judy Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Naval Academy. The academy did not release further details about the case.

10-year sentence imposed in drug case


A 27-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. According to his guilty plea, Tyron "Forty" Rich and a co-conspirator planned to buy a kilogram of heroin in May 2008, unknowingly giving $65,000 in drug money to an undercover FBI agent at a rest stop. Rich was arrested on the site.

Tricia Bishop

Armored-car theft draws guilty plea

Federal prosecutors say an armored-car driver from Oxon Hill pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal more than $588,000 from his armored car. Bennie Hugh Pelham, 35, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to rob an armored car. He said he plotted with two others. Pelham was an ATM technician for the company, and he said a second man's role was stealing money from a vehicle Pelham was driving. On July 5, 2008, a man entered Pelham's armored car in Wheaton and stole $588,000. When Pelham returned, he called 911 to report the theft. Police said the three men and a fourth hid hundreds of thousands of dollars in three places, but officers later found the money.

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Hagerstown fugitive shot, 2 marshals hurt

A fugitive was shot and two deputy U.S. marshals suffered injuries Friday during a standoff at a house on Hagerstown's west side. Police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Murray said the man's injuries from the incident weren't believed to be life-threatening. Murray said one deputy U.S. marshal appeared to have a broken leg. Sgt. Paul Kifer told The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail that a second federal marshal sustained a minor injury, possibly to the leg. Murray said the suspect was shot at least once while authorities were serving a warrant at the home.

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