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February 15, 2006
Officer at school pleads guilty to abuse A Baltimore County police officer who had been assigned to Dundalk Middle School pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually abusing a seventh-grade boy he met at the school. James Mark Blankenship Jr., 28, of Parkville, entered guilty pleas in Baltimore County Circuit Court to one count of sexually abusing a minor and one count of misconduct in office. State sentencing guidelines recommend a prison term of one to six years. As part of a plea agreement reached yesterday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss other charges against Blankenship that stemmed from his alleged abuse of another middle school boy and an alleged consensual sexual encounter with a 16-year-old boy who did not attend the school.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1998
ST. MICHAELS -- A couple attends a Valentine's Day murder-mystery weekend on the Eastern Shore, and soon after watching the play's groom get poisoned, the husband winds up dead, set on fire in his hotel room, and his wife is charged with murder.Offer this as a movie synopsis, and it sounds too cliched, too much like a bad television rerun. Yet the death of 35-year-old Stephen Michael Hricko of Laurel was decidedly real, and its intrigue has catapulted a community to national fame.And what a perfect America-in-the-'90s ordeal it is: The local author of the play is seeking movie offers through a Hollywood agent.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | March 6, 2010
The wife of former Baltimore Raven Michael C. McCrary is seeking a protective order against the retired defensive end, claiming her husband brandished a handgun during an argument, tossed a 45-pound metal kitchen stool at her and threatened to "ruin" her in a series of encounters dating to 2008. "He's an 11 year veteran of the NFL and is volatile and violent," Mary Haley McCrary, 40, said in a hand-written statement that was part of a protective order petition filed late Friday in Baltimore County District Court and obtained by the Baltimore Sun. "I fear for my life."
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
Among the historic judicial appointments Gov. Martin O'Malley made official Wednesday morning, the governor also named his chief lobbyist to become a Baltimore County District Court judge. In her first year as chief legislative officer, Stacy A. Mayer pushed through perhaps O'Malley's most ambitious legislative agenda this past session, passing new gun laws, repealing the death penalty and raising the tax on gasoline for the first time in two decades. Mayer, 40, came to the state's top lobbyist job after four years as a deputy legislative officer, and she spent 12 years as an assistant state's attorney in Howard and Baltimore counties.
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May 29, 2003
A nursing assistant has been charged with elder abuse and assault after allegedly striking an 84-year-old resident of Longview Nursing Home in Manchester, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday. Sue Allen Head, 34, of Ortanna, Pa., who was charged May 20, was assigned to care for the woman, who could not communicate and suffered from end-stage dementia and multiple medical problems, the attorney general's office said. On Oct. 31, Head struck the patient with such force that the blow left a mark, and an eyewitness reported hearing the assault from across the room, according to the attorney general's office.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2002
Western Maryland College's men's lacrosse coach has been arrested - as the team heads for its conference playoffs - on charges that he interfered with police called to a loud party with underage drinkers at a student's off-campus apartment, Westminster police said. Keith Robert Reitenbach, 45, of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Ave., a college-owned property, was charged with two misdemeanors: disorderly conduct and failing to obey a police officer, Maj. Dean A. Brewer, a Westminster police spokesman, said yesterday.
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By Frank Langfitt and William F. Zorzi Jr. and Frank Langfitt and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writers | October 6, 1994
Gov. William Donald Schaefer's commutation of the life sentence of a woman who burned her husband to death sparked outrage and criticism yesterday from the judge in the case and the victim's brother.A Kent County jury convicted Dorothy Lou Stevenson of first-degree murder in 1978 after she poured gasoline on her sleeping husband and set him on fire, according to court testimony. She killed her husband, Thomas, hours after she caught him with another woman.The governor commuted her sentence on Monday.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 18, 1997
In a move hailed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening as a prime example of Smart Growth, the state Board of Public Works voted yesterday to keep the Washington County District Court in the historic district of Hagerstown.The board voted unanimously to spend $390,000 to buy a downtown warehouse that will be demolished to make way for a $6 million court building. The District Court is now in a former department store.Last year, former District Court Chief Judge Robert F. Sweeney proposed a new building on the outskirts of Hagerstown, but local officials, fearful that law offices and other businesses also would move from the city center, protested and won the support of the Glendening administration.
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April 27, 2000
A Westminster man accused of arson in fires at Cockey's Tavern in Westminster and a nearby garage March 8 was granted a bail reduction in Carroll County District Court in return for his agreeing to postpone a preliminary hearing scheduled yesterday. Bail for Clarence E. Mullinix, 29, of the 200 block of E. Main St. was lowered from a combined $150,000 to $60,000 in the two cases against him. Prosecutor Brian DeLeonardo said he requested the postponement so he could seek grand jury indictments against Mullinix on May 4. He said that $60,000 was a substantial amount of bail and that, if released, Mullinix would be required to remain in pretrial supervision.
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December 31, 2009
An attorney for a 30-year-old Salisbury man charged in the disappearance of a girl found dead Christmas Day says his client denies allegations that he harmed the child. Thomas Leggs Jr., a registered sex offender in Maryland and Delaware, was charged with kidnapping and burglary one day after 11-year-old Sarah Haley Foxwell's family reported her missing. She was found dead in a wooded area days later. Arch McFadden, an attorney from the Office of the Public Defender, represented Leggs during a Wicomico County District Court bond hearing.
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