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August 03, 2009

Fire Department investigating EMTs

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The city Fire Department is investigating the emergency medical treatment medics gave a man shot by a police officer responding to a burglary at a Northwest Baltimore grocery store early Saturday. The medics had pronounced the man dead at the scene, but he is alive at an area hospital. His name was not released. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said an internal probe is being conducted by Fire Department officials. He declined to identify the medics. About 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Northwestern District police responding to a burglary at Shon's Food Market in the 4700 block of Garrison Blvd. in West Arlington encountered a man inside the store who lunged at the officers with what appeared to be a knife, police said. One officer fired at least one shot from his .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun, hitting the man in the head. The weapon the man carried turned out to be a screwdriver. After arriving at the scene, medics pronounced the man dead and returned to their station, Cartwright said. Several minutes later, police observed the man either moving or making sounds and requested the same medics return, said Cartwright. The wounded man was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he remains in critical condition.

- Richard Irwin

Former dance instructor has sentence reduced in Howard

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A former dance instructor convicted of attempted rape, sexual child abuse and third-degree sexual offense in cases that involved two of his female students had a year taken off one of his sentences Friday, meaning he will serve a total of 11 years before being released. Citing "some miscalculation" in applying sentencing guidelines used when Jose A. Macedo was first prosecuted in 2003, Howard County Circuit Judge Louis A. Becker III reduced one of Macedo's six-year sentences to five to fit within the proper sentencing guidelines as a "moderate" offender rather than a "major offender." Macedo, 48, of Halethorpe, has served more than 61/2 years and will now serve another 41/2. Macedo was arrested in December 2002 after three students accused him of sexually assaulting them during private lessons at Advance Dance Academy on Baltimore National Pike.

- Don Markus

White Marlin Open starts today in Ocean City

The 36th annual White Marlin Open gets under way today in Ocean City. Organizers say the open is the world's largest billfish tournament with more than $2 million in prize money this year. More than 300 boats are expected to compete. The tournament runs through Friday.

- Associated Press

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