Crime Briefs

August 20, 2009

Theft charges dropped against school employee

Prosecutors dropped a Baltimore District Court case Tuesday against a former public schools employee accused of stealing payroll checks. In July, Latanya Bunch, 37, was charged with three counts of theft over $500 and four counts under $500, but prosecutors declined to prosecute this week. Their reason was not immediately available. Bunch, who worked as a secretary at Reginald F. Lewis High School, says she lost her job over the charges, which she says she's innocent of. This is the second time Bunch has been charged with crimes that prosecutors ultimately dropped.

- Tricia Bishop

Essex man convicted in cocaine conspiracy

A federal jury convicted a 42-year-old Essex man Wednesday of conspiracy to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. William Leonardo Graham is the eighth person convicted in the conspiracy. According to testimony at his three-day trial, Graham and several co-defendants distributed large amounts of cocaine, obtained from suppliers in Mexico, throughout Baltimore between March 2006 and August of last year.

- Tricia Bishop

Baltimore teen acquitted in 2008 robbery-murder

A Baltimore Circuit Court jury acquitted Willondon Pettiford, 17, of multiple charges Tuesday that included murder, armed robbery, and breaking and entering. Pettiford had been accused of committing a home invasion last August in which Matthew Scarborough, 16, was shot and killed. According to charging documents, the victim was at his home in the 500 block of Castle Drive with friends when three males entered his apartment, one with a gun. They told Scarborough and his friends to lie down, but Scarborough refused and was shot. Pettiford, who lives in the same block, had been identified by witnesses through a photo array.

- Tricia Bishop

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