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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
Victoria F. "Vickie" Gelfman, a prosecutor in the Howard County state's attorney's office whose blog posts about her struggle with acute myeloid leukemia served as an inspiration to others, died Friday of the disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 31. "Vickie was such a shining star. She was very gifted, talented and had a warm spirit," said Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown. "She had a wonderful spirit and a pleasant demeanor. And as a prosecutor, she represented the state so well.
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August 17, 2014
A 38-year-old Landover man fatally shot and stabbed his 3-year-old daughter before being killed exchanging gunfire with five Prince George's County police officers and a state trooper on Saturday, officials said. Frederick Roy Miller, of the 8000 block of Allandale Drive, had shot both of the infant's caretakers — her maternal grandfather and great-grandmother — just before 1 p.m. in the 4200 block of Farmer Place when he took off in a car with the infant, police said. The two were in grave condition at a local hospital, police said.
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August 15, 2014
'Annapolis Collects' Area collectors share items from their collections as the Mitchell Gallery celebrates 25 years with an exhibit running Aug. 23 through Oct. 12 at St. John's College's Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. For gallery hours and information, call 410-626-2556 or go to stjohnscollege.edu/mitchellgallery. 'Splendor with Water and Color' Works by members of the Annapolis Watercolor Club are on view through Sunday, Aug. 24, at the galleries at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley worked the room at one of Maryland's biggest political events of the year Thursday, grinning for photos, slapping the backs of fellow politicians and causing bottlenecks wherever he stopped. Most years, the governor sticks around Ocean City until Saturday to deliver a speech to the annual Maryland Association of Counties convention. But in O'Malley's final year in office, he will instead spend the next two days working on his political future. "I hear you're supposed to be in New Hampshire this weekend," Wendy Frosh, sister of Democratic attorney general candidate Brian Frosh, told O'Malley.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Sometimes, they offer help solving math problems, or writing sentences, or forming short paragraphs. Yet often, the adults of A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring of Columbia help Howard County students unlock their potential simply by giving an hour a week of attention. "The focus of our intervention is building a strong, encouraging relationship, where the child feels valued and important. That's the first big step," said Chaya Kaplan, executive director of the volunteer nonprofit, which partners with the school system to enhance students' academic and social development.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Students around Anne Arundel County are getting ready to head back to school in a couple of weeks, but for one couple who recently moved to Maryland from Florida, the school year marks an even greater beginning. Marcio and Dee Rosado are starting as new teachers in the system this year and took part in Anne Arundel County public schools' teacher orientation this past week with a mix of excitement and anxiousness. Dee, 36, has been teaching kindergarten and first grade for 11 years.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police issued a plea for the public's help Wednesday in solving the murder of a gas station clerk in Hanover last week. The reward for information in the fatal shooting of Rajinder Kumar, 49, at an Exxon station in Hanover on Aug. 7 now stands at $27,000, with contributions from the FBI, the Anne Arundel County Muslim Council and Metro Crime Stoppers. "We are in relentless pursuit of this cold-blooded killer and we won't rest until he is in handcuffs," Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis said during a news conference at the gas station Tuesday afternoon.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
The Baltimore County school board gave Superintendent Dallas Dance a $5,000 a year pay increase this week, part of several changes to his four-year employment contract. The increase raises his annual salary to $265,000. School officials said the percentage increase was equivalent to the 1.9 percent average increase teachers will get, in addition to a 3 percent bonus. The contract also will be amended so that Dance will not be allowed to take any outside consulting jobs. The board's ethics panel found him in violation of its rules in taking a part-time job with a professional development company last year.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
A Towson attorney was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in jail for smuggling drugs into the Baltimore County jail. "I am ashamed and saddened I stand before you in this capacity," Jill Swerdlin told Circuit Judge Timothy J. Martin before the she was sentenced. Swerdlin, 47, a defense attorney who has represented suspected dealers, pleaded guilty to drug charges in June. She admitted she had smuggled Suboxone — a drug used to treat addiction to opiates — into the Baltimore County Detention Center to clients during visits.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
A Howard County judge sent Morgan Lane Arnold back to jail from a juvenile facility Monday, ruling that the 16-year-old should be tried as an adult on charges she plotted with her boyfriend to kill her father. Circuit Judge William Tucker told a full courtroom that Arnold, accused of helping plan the May 2013 killing of her father, well-known businessman and blogger Dennis Lane, needs intensive mental health treatment. There's no guarantee she would get it in the five years she might spend in the juvenile system if found guilty, Tucker said.
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