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By Alice Steinbach and Alice Steinbach,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 15, 1991
In a hotel suite high above Fifth Avenue, someone has just put prize-winning author Charles Johnson on the hot seat.And he wants to get off."I'd like to get off this radiator," says Mr. Johnson to a photographer who's unknowingly posed him on the heat vent. He laughs good-naturedly. "It's getting hot."Of course, the same might be said these days about Charles Johnson himself. He is, at the moment, hot, hot, hot.Winner of the prestigious National Book Award last November for his novel, "Middle Passage," Mr. Johnson will learn tomorrow whether the book has been chosen for another important fiction prize, the National Book Critics Circle award.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
While much of the attention after No. 7 seed Towson's 35-31 decision against No. 3 Eastern Washington in Saturday's NCAA Football Championship Subdivision tournament semifinal centered on the right shoulder injury that senior quarterback Peter Athens suffered and the play of sophomore Connor Frazier who replaced Athens, a spot on the offensive line was also in flux. Senior Charles Johnson made his second start of the season at right guard. The Baltimore native and Poly graduate replaced freshman Sam Evans, a Fallston native and Loyola graduate who had made 11 starts at that position but has come off the bench in a reserve role in the Tigers' last two contests.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | February 21, 1999
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- The number is 1.7. When the lightning ballet works to perfection -- the feet shift nimbly, the fingers find the grip and the throw is true -- Charles Johnson can transport a baseball from home plate to second base in 1.7 seconds. Most major-league catchers can handle the practice, known as glove to glove, in 1.9 or 2.0 seconds. The difference between Johnson, a four-time Gold Glove Award winner in the National League, and most catchers is the difference between safe and out. In the Orioles' case, it is the difference between issuing a license to steal and announcing a lockdown.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
Baltimore Police say city surveillance cameras captured a vicious assault on a West Baltimore street - as well as the fact that police had stopped and spoken with the suspects earlier in the morning.  James Pitts, 23, and Tyrell Brogden, 26, have been charged with first-degree murder in the July 30 killing of 50-year-old Charles Johnson, who was found dead after being apparently beaten in the head with a wrench, according to police.  ...
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By Dan Rodricks and Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
Baltimore police have identified one of the victims of the multiple stabbings that occurred early Saturday inside the downtown nightclub Bourbon Street. Charles Johnson , 24, died of his injuries. The three other victims were transported to local hospitals and are expected to survive, according to spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert. Police responded at 1 a.m. to Bourbon Street, on the 300 block of Guilford Avenue, to find four men stabbed inside the club, Silbert said. A couple of events were scheduled Friday night at the club.
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By ROCH KUBATKO and ROCH KUBATKO,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1999
When Lenny Webster was injured for the second time this season, spraining his right ankle while avoiding a pitch thrown near his head, catcher Charles Johnson figured he was in the Orioles' lineup for the long haul.He just had no idea it would be this long."I assumed I'd catch five games and get a day off, something like that," he says.It's been nothing like that and nothing like what Johnson has experienced in his five previous seasons. Forget baseballs. Johnson is simply trying to catch his breath.
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By Alex Glaze, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
Arnold Farmer and Charles Johnson have been teammates for seven years. The Poly alumni were both two-time All-City football selections and were among the first players to commit to Towson when Rob Ambrose was named the head coach. While both have game experience, they're among the Tigers who have been battling for starting jobs this spring. And at Saturday's Tiger Bowl intrasquad scrimmmage at Johnny Unitas Stadium, they'll be battling each other, with Farmer competing to be the starting nose guard and Johnson trying to keep his starting right guard spot.
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By Mike Preston | October 19, 1998
1 The Ravens couldn't handle the Pittsburgh blitz, allowing their quarterbacks to get sacked seven times.2 The Ravens didn't make any big offensive plays inside the red zone, settling for a field goal and getting intercepted.3 The Ravens had one major defensive breakdown, when Charles Johnson slipped by Duane Starks for a 55-yard touchdown catch.They said itThe winners..."We got a win, but I don't feel like we won. I'm concerned about the holes in our offense. I'm not as happy as the other guys in here."
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By Joe Strauss | May 4, 1999
Last night's game was played with a regulation American League ball rather than the international, or "soft" ball employed in the March 28 exhibition in Havana. Orioles catcher Charles Johnson homered in the first game and appeared to hit a second pitch even harder only to have it fall short of the Latin American Stadium warning track. "Charles Johnson centered one ball. If it had been a normal ball it probably would have gone out of the stadium," said manager Ray Miller. "But it sounded like a punt on a practice field when he hit it. Will [Clark]
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February 11, 2009
On February 6, 2009, ARKLEY CHARLES JOHNSON. Survived by son, Arkley B., daughters, Michele A., and Monica D., and a host of other family and friends. Family will receive friends at the family owned WYLIE FUNERAL HOME of BALTIMORE COUNTY, 9200 Liberty Road Wednesday from 6-8 P.M. Services will be held Thursday at the Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, 10:30A.M. wake 11:00A.M. funeral. Interment Following. Inquires www.wyliefh.com
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By Alex Glaze, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
Arnold Farmer and Charles Johnson have been teammates for seven years. The Poly alumni were both two-time All-City football selections and were among the first players to commit to Towson when Rob Ambrose was named the head coach. While both have game experience, they're among the Tigers who have been battling for starting jobs this spring. And at Saturday's Tiger Bowl intrasquad scrimmmage at Johnny Unitas Stadium, they'll be battling each other, with Farmer competing to be the starting nose guard and Johnson trying to keep his starting right guard spot.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
The father of twins acquitted of animal cruelty charges Wednesday criticized the investigation that left the young men behind bars for nearly three years, but the state's attorney's office said there were no regrets in retrying the dog-burning case. "The police are supposed to be protecting," Charles Johnson said Thursday. He reiterated arguments from defense lawyers that the brothers were wrongfully identified as suspects. But a spokesman for State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said the decision was made to retry the case in part because all but one juror agreed to convict the brothers in the first trial.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2011
The manslaughter and carjacking trial of Charles Johnson III, who's accused of killing three Baltimore teens in a car crash last year after blowing through a red light in a stolen vehicle, was postponed Friday until Oct. 3. Assistant Public Defender Jane E. McGough requested the delay so she could arrange for an independent evaluation of Johnson's mental health records. The 20-year-old has already been found competent to stand trial by state evaluators, but McGough said she wants an outside opinion.
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By Dan Rodricks and Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
Baltimore police have identified one of the victims of the multiple stabbings that occurred early Saturday inside the downtown nightclub Bourbon Street. Charles Johnson , 24, died of his injuries. The three other victims were transported to local hospitals and are expected to survive, according to spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert. Police responded at 1 a.m. to Bourbon Street, on the 300 block of Guilford Avenue, to find four men stabbed inside the club, Silbert said. A couple of events were scheduled Friday night at the club.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2011
Seven months after Baltimore prosecutors dropped gun and drug charges against teenage twins accused of setting fire to a pit bull puppy, one of the young men was arrested again — this time on attempted murder charges. Travers Johnson, 18, is slated for arraignment Jan. 27 on charges of attempted murder, assault and handgun violations — roughly a week after he and his brother, Tremayne Johnson, are scheduled for trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court on animal cruelty and mutilation charges.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2010
Hundreds of people gathered in Federal Hill on Monday night to remember three young people killed late Sunday when police say they were struck by a stolen vehicle. Holding candles and wearing shirts adorned with the victims' pictures, there were attempts to give testimonials and sing "Amazing Grace," but the group — representing generations from the Morrell Park neighborhood — was at a collective loss of words. Most just needed a shoulder to cry on. "They were just kids," said neighbor Tony Beckner, 40. "You have three kids doing nothing wrong, and you're gonna take them from us?"
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By Alyson R. Klein and Alyson R. Klein,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2003
While awaiting trial in Baltimore County nearly a decade ago on charges of committing two murders, Clarence Conyers Jr. is alleged to have discussed the killings with his cellmate, telling him exactly where the slayings occurred, how many times each victim had been shot and whose car had been used as the getaway. But how Conyers learned the specifics he disclosed that day was hotly debated in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday as the defense and prosecution made their closing arguments at Conyers' trial - his third in the 1994 deaths of 44-year-old Wanda Johnson and Lawrence Markell Bradshaw, 22. At issue is whether Conyers killed Wanda Johnson during a burglary Oct. 21 and killed Bradshaw days later, then confessed to his cellmate, Charles Johnson, of no relation to Wanda Johnson.
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June 5, 2007
Suddenly, on May 31, 2007 SHANNON MARIE METCALF; beloved daughter of Tina Metcalf; loving sister of John Johnson, Charles Johnson, Jackie Metcalf, Chad Metcalf, Scott Metcalf and the late Kenny Metcalf. Also survived by her beloved and dearest friend, JoJo. Relatives and friends may call at the family owned AMBROSE FUNERAL HOME OF LANSDOWNE, 2719 Hammonds Ferry Road, on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. where a service will be held on Wednesday at the Funeral Hour of 12 p.m. Interment to follow at Loudon Park Cemetery.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | October 1, 2009
The 17-year-old twins accused of fatally setting fire to the pit bull puppy known as Phoenix might have gang ties, according to a prosecutor who outlined plans Wednesday to present expert court testimony about the brothers' "affiliation with a gang." The disclosure came during a defense-requested postponement hearing held in juvenile court. Public defender Mark Friedenthal complained that he hadn't been properly informed about potential prosecution experts and wanted more time to prepare for a court date, now set for Oct. 14, to determine whether his client, Tremayne Johnson, should be tried as an adult in the dog-burning case.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | June 26, 2009
Two teenage twin brothers charged as juveniles with fatally burning a pit bull are being held without bail on new adult charges after police said they raided their Southwest Baltimore rowhouse and found guns and marijuana inside. Travers and Tremayne Johnson, 17, are each charged with possession of firearms, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to police and prosecutors. Court documents say the two were suspects in the dog burning last month, and their father confirmed that they are charged as juveniles with animal cruelty in the case.
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