Crime Briefs


August 21, 2009

Unidentified man shot and killed in Baltimore

An unidentified man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in the 100 block of S. Highland Ave., according to Baltimore police. The man was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and pronounced dead shortly after arrival, police said. No arrests have been made.

- Brent Jones

Man guilty in arson deaths of girlfriend's daughters

A Hancock man has pleaded guilty in Hagerstown to two counts of felony murder in the arson deaths of his girlfriend's adolescent daughters. Washington County prosecutors dropped arson and child-abuse charges and said they will seek a sentence of two consecutive life terms. The sentencing date wasn't set. Clarence Meyers, 38, had previously pleaded not guilty. He was to have been tried in September. The blaze on Feb. 16 damaged the rented, two-story house Meyers shared with Melissa Lindeman and her daughters - 15 year-old Nicole Gross and 12-year-old Mary Gross. Meyers told police he set the fire in hopes of receiving charitable donations but then changed his mind and tried in vain to extinguish the flames.

- Associated Press

Flag-burner gets probation before judgment, $300 fine

An Ocean City woman arrested for burning a flag has been sentenced to probation before judgment. Prosecutors dropped a desecration charge against 18-year-old Rebecca McKimmie, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to disturbing the peace. Judge Daniel Mumford sentenced her to one year unsupervised probation before judgment and a $300 fine. Probation before judgment means the conviction won't appear on her record if she meets the terms of probation. Ocean City police said McKimmie was arrested early July 5 after officers observed her lighting an American flag on fire and walking in traffic, causing cars to swerve before she extinguished the flag. McKimmie told police she was burning the flag to make a statement.

- Associated Press

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