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February 8, 2009
On February 3, 2009, MARY AHLERS BLISS, a retired school teacher who was active in the College Club of the AAUW and as a volunteer at the Cares Food Pantry, died at the Gilchrist Center. She is survived by her husband William DeWitt Bliss, a son, Anthony De Witt Bliss, two daughters, Mary Clarke Bliss and Elizabeth Erskine Bliss, and three grandchildren, Carly Weinsheink and twins, Heather Anne and Andrew Michael Bliss. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 5502 York Road in Govans, at 9:30 a.m. on March 7. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, Cares Food Pantry, c/o, GETCO, 5513 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
A Maryland corrections officer is on trial in federal court this week as part of a broad case that began with the 2008 beating of an inmate at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown. Though Officer Josh Hummer is not accused in the beating of inmate Kenneth Davis, he is the first officer to be tried in U.S. court on the matter. At issue in Hummer's trial is what he saw when he walked past Davis' cell. Hummer, a sergeant at Roxbury, is accused of failing to stop other correctional officers from beating Davis, failing to summon medical attention, conspiring to cover up the incident, and misleading state investigators and administrative judges.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2004
After Carroll County prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Godfrey G. Miller III earlier this month, lawyers for the Westminster man, who had spent nine months in jail, confronted the city's mayor and council at their meeting Monday night and demanded $200,000 in compensation for their client. Miller's attorney, Clarke F. Ahlers of Columbia, said the city's flawed police investigation violated Miller's civil rights by failing to reveal evidence that could have cleared his client months ago. In a letter to Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff on Oct. 6, Ahlers alleged that Miller, a mentally disabled 20-year-old, was railroaded into a confession by Westminster police and other investigators.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2012
Two and a half decades after he graduated from law school and hung out a shingle, Clarke F. Ahlers is challenging two sitting judges in Howard County, creating what will be at least a three-way contest for the Circuit Court bench. Ahlers filed candidacy paperwork Tuesday. Administrative Judge Lenore R. Gelfman, who is completing a 15-year term, and Judge William V. Tucker, who was sworn in Dec. 29, filed Thursday, according to the State Board of Elections. Candidates must file by Jan. 11. The Columbia lawyer said he thought he'd make a good judge after handling different types of cases — most of his work is criminal defense and representation of law enforcement officers in various circumstances, though he does some civil cases.
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By Alan J. Craver and James M. Coram and Alan J. Craver and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writers | August 4, 1994
A defense attorney charged in court papers filed Monday that a county Police Department employee distributed drugs while working as a property room clerk whose duties included handling narcotics in the agency's property room.Clarke Ahlers of Columbia wants a Howard Circuit Court judge to review police reports of the investigation into the clerk's actions to determine if they should be turned over to him.Mr. Ahlers said in his request to Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. that he wants the reports because of questions over the clerk's credibility as a witness in his client's case.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer | June 18, 1993
Twin brothers who were fired as Howard County sheriff deputies after exhibiting "Nazi-like" conduct on the job have taken their lawsuit for reinstatement to Maryland's highest court. The attorney for Donald Pruitt and Dennis Pruitt filed papers Tuesday asking the Court of Appeals to review a lower court ruling upholding the dismissals."We're asking the court to rule the actions of [the county's administrative hearing board] and the sheriff are illegal," said Clarke Ahlers, a Columbia attorney for the Pruitts.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun Reporter | December 9, 2006
Vicki Mengel, an officer who faced gambling charges and allegations of misconduct as a member of the disbanded Southwestern District flex squad, has resigned from the Baltimore Police Department. Mengel, 36, a 10-year veteran of the force, quietly resigned two months ago, a Baltimore police spokesman confirmed yesterday. She had been suspended with pay since the gambling charges were lodged in November 2005. She was convicted in February in District Court of two misdemeanor gambling counts related to a poker game, but court records show the conviction was later modified to a finding of probation before judgment, meaning it can later be wiped from her record.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2004
After Carroll County prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Godfrey G. Miller III earlier this month, a lawyer for the Westminster man, who had spent nine months in jail, confronted the city's mayor and council at their meeting Monday night and demanded $200,000 in compensation for his client. Miller's attorney, Clarke F. Ahlers of Columbia, said the city's flawed police investigation violated Miller's civil rights by failing to reveal evidence that could have cleared his client months ago. In a letter to Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff on Oct. 6, Ahlers said Miller, a mentally disabled 20-year-old, was railroaded into a confession by Westminster police and other investigators.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1998
A Carroll County judge has thrown out an attempted-murder case involving accused drug dealers after deciding the police investigation was shoddy and that the victim's testimony was not credible.Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold listened to testimony in the four-day jury trial this week, then dismissed the case against Marlowe R. Woodyard, 26, of Sykesville after the state rested its case late Thursday.Woodyard was released soon afterward. He had had been held without bail since Oct. 23, the day after Curtis L. Frisby was shot outside the Bishop Garth apartment complex in the first block of Bishop St.Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III said he was not surprised by Arnold's decision because the case "came down to one witness, the victim and his credibility."
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2002
An attorney defending a Howard County police corporal accused in two domestic assaults wants to use charges his estranged wife filed against previous partners - domestic complaints that were later dropped - to attack her credibility during the officer's trial next month. Clarke F. Ahlers, who represents Cpl. Michael K. Williams in the cases - one involving a gun - asked Howard Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney yesterday to allow him to question Elizabeth M. Williams, 33, about what he alleged were "perjurious charging documents" that he said she has filed against ex-boyfriends.
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March 1, 2009
On February 3, 2009, MARY AHLERS BLISS, a retired school teacher who was active in the College Club of the AAUW and as a volunteer at the Cares Food Pantry, died at the Gilchrist Center. She is survived by her husband William DeWitt Bliss, a son, Anthony De Witt Bliss, two daughters, Mary Clarke Bliss and Elizabeth Erskine Bliss, and three grandchildren, Carly Weinsheink and twins, Heather Anne and Andrew Michael Bliss. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 5502 York Road in Govans, at 9:30 a.m. on March 7. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, Cares Food Pantry, c/o, GETCO, 5513 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | March 28, 2008
The Baltimore Police Department is to drop three of six charges that were filed against Sgt. Robert Smith - a former supervisor of a specialized unit that was disbanded after allegations that a woman was raped in the station house in 2005, according to a letter from the city sent to the officer's attorney. Smith was charged with violations stemming from the alleged rape - including a sex offense - even though he was on vacation and far away from the station house when the alleged rape occurred.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | April 13, 2007
A 61-year-old retiree has accused an undercover Howard County police officer of lying in a report after he said the officer stuck a gun in the his face and ordered him onto the ground on the parking lot of an Elkridge grocery store. The officer, Pfc. Christopher Williams, said in a field contact report filed the day of the incident that he had been staking out a nearby bank for a wanted robber when a Dodge Dakota pickup truck entered the parking lot. Williams said that he entered the truck's license plate number incorrectly into his laptop computer, which listed a truck with those tag numbers as stolen.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun Reporter | December 9, 2006
Vicki Mengel, an officer who faced gambling charges and allegations of misconduct as a member of the disbanded Southwestern District flex squad, has resigned from the Baltimore Police Department. Mengel, 36, a 10-year veteran of the force, quietly resigned two months ago, a Baltimore police spokesman confirmed yesterday. She had been suspended with pay since the gambling charges were lodged in November 2005. She was convicted in February in District Court of two misdemeanor gambling counts related to a poker game, but court records show the conviction was later modified to a finding of probation before judgment, meaning it can later be wiped from her record.
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By MELISSA HARRIS and MELISSA HARRIS,SUN REPORTER | March 7, 2006
A Howard County police officer accused of running an illegal gambling operation filed suit yesterday, saying his department violated his right to free speech, including his ability speak out against Chief Wayne Livesay's campaign for a seat on the County Council. The lawsuit follows an e-mail sent to officers Thursday by Livesay's public affairs director, Sherry Llewellyn, "reminding" them that they are not authorized to speak with reporters unless she has cleared such contact in advance.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2004
After Carroll County prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Godfrey G. Miller III earlier this month, a lawyer for the Westminster man, who had spent nine months in jail, confronted the city's mayor and council at their meeting Monday night and demanded $200,000 in compensation for his client. Miller's attorney, Clarke F. Ahlers of Columbia, said the city's flawed police investigation violated Miller's civil rights by failing to reveal evidence that could have cleared his client months ago. In a letter to Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff on Oct. 6, Ahlers said Miller, a mentally disabled 20-year-old, was railroaded into a confession by Westminster police and other investigators.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | May 10, 1992
A county District Court judge granted probation before judgment to a woman who was charged with prostitution after a police raid at a Columbia spa in January.Judge Lenore R. Gelfman found Song A. Westphal, 41, now a resident of Colorado, guilty of prostitution, based on a statement of facts from a police report read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Mary V. Murphy.Under the probation before judgment finding, there will be no prostitution conviction on Westphal's record if she complies with the probation terms.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2004
After Carroll County prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Godfrey G. Miller III earlier this month, lawyers for the Westminster man, who had spent nine months in jail, confronted the city's mayor and council at their meeting Monday night and demanded $200,000 in compensation for their client. Miller's attorney, Clarke F. Ahlers of Columbia, said the city's flawed police investigation violated Miller's civil rights by failing to reveal evidence that could have cleared his client months ago. In a letter to Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff on Oct. 6, Ahlers alleged that Miller, a mentally disabled 20-year-old, was railroaded into a confession by Westminster police and other investigators.
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