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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 11, 2005
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson, dressed in purple paisley pajama bottoms and looking more spectral than ever, listened yesterday in obvious distress to more than four hours of damaging testimony from the boy who has accused Jackson of sexually molesting him. In a dramatic start to a tense day, Jackson arrived in court more than an hour late, disheveled, limping and heavily medicated after what his lawyers said was a fall early yesterday morning that...
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Deputy sheriffs at the Baltimore County circuit courthouse in Towson say their dwindling numbers and inability to hire new employees in the past four years has left them increasingly concerned about security. Union leaders say the small agency is being ignored by the county. "We're lucky we haven't had any major incidents," said Steve White, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25, which represents more than 60 deputy sheriffs. The union says 11 deputies have left since 2010, and their positions have not been filled.
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March 5, 2010
I completely agree with the decision by Baltimore Circuit Judge Marcella A. Holland to ban using Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites inside Baltimore courthouses ("Twitter in the court," Feb. 15). I agree that our court system is based on openness to citizens and letting the average man decide, but there has to be a limit on the openness. The usual jury of 12 seems enough to give a verdict on a defendant's guilt. Bailiffs need to be there to help impose order, and of course the state and defendant need representation through legal counsel.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Howard County will hold a public meeting Tuesday on the proposed expansion plan for the Circuit Court for Howard County courthouse. The meeting, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will take place at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive in Ellicott City. County officials note that the project is in the early planning stages; no plans have been devised nor submitted. Officials say there's a need for additional space for two more judges, additional jury assembly, two new court rooms, conference rooms, increased security and other aspects related to operations at teh courthouse.
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June 28, 1993
The Annapolis Historic District Commission has come down on the right side of a decision that is crucial to the future of the capital city's downtown.The panel recently approved preliminary plans for a $43 million addition to Annapolis' historic courthouse, despite wariness about the size -- 250,000 square feet, plus a 30,000 square foot underground parking garage. Its decision virtually ensures that this public building -- so critical to the downtown economy and to Annapolis' identity as a county seat -- stays on Church Circle.
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By Peter Hermann | April 23, 2012
Baltimore police have arrested a second suspect in the videotaped beating of a man outside the city's downtown courthouse and are looking for two other people in the attack watched by tens of thousands on the Internet. Shayone Davis, 20, is being held on $750,000 bail on charges of armed robbery and two counts of assault. Police have identified her as the woman seen in the video dancing, then slapping the victim across the face after he had been knocked to the ground unconscious on March 18. Baltimore police said the man had his wallet and keys stolen, and that the female suspect assaulted him with a high-healed shoe.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 11, 2013
The painting of a mural on the north wall of the Harford County Sheriff's Office headquarters is under way in earnest this week. The mural, which is being paid for by the town of Bel Air, will overlook the town's Main Street parking lot, built last year after the BB&T Bank building that stood on the site was acquired by the town and demolished. That opened up the bare wall of the sheriff's headquarters, which had butted against the bank building. The mural will depict the adjoining courthouse square as it looked prior to the 1950s, when a house stood on the site of the sheriff's building, in front of the old jail which is still standing.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
The bride looked radiant in her pink and white dress. The groom was dapper in his business suit. The ceremony backdrop consisted of books on shelves, books on tables and a backroom cafe with patrons who seemed oblivious to the whole thing. Welcome to the Annapolis Bookstore wedding of Mark Hutson and Melanie Frances, a couple who on Wednesday proved neither rain, snow nor a government shutdown could prevent them from uniting in holy matrimony. While Wednesday's winter storm proved to be a nuisance for many, it provided a matrimonial wrinkle for Hutson, from Severna Park and Frances, from Montreal.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Baltimore County's historic courthouse in Towson will become the set of the political drama "House of Cards" next week. The Netflix series' crew plans to film at the courthouse July 31, county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said. The show, which stars Kevin Spacey and chronicles the dealings of a ruthless congressman named Frank Underwood, filmed at the State House in Annapolis last month. The State House closed to the public for filming, but that's not the plan for Towson. The crew plans to film outside the building and on the second floor of the courthouse — in County Council offices, a library and a hallway, Kobler said.
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By Julie Scharper and Tricia Bishop and Baltimore Sun reporters | March 15, 2010
Police continue to investigate several threatening letters — some containing bullets or white powder — that arrived at City Hall and the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. courthouse Monday and Friday, authorities said. City Hall was evacuated for about 40 minutes today after a mail clerk opened a letter that contained a white powder that police later determined to be harmless, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Four Circuit Court judges also received threatening letters, at least two containing bullets, according to authorities.
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By Ian Duncan and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
A man put what turned out to be a pellet gun to his head Thursday outside the U.S. courthouse in downtown Baltimore, triggering a response that closed streets and emptied offices before he surrendered without incident. At 10:15 a.m., the U.S. marshals said, the man sat on a bench in the 100 block of W. Lombard St. and put what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun to his head. The man told marshals that he wouldn't lower the weapon until he was allowed to speak to the FBI. In response, Baltimore police, marshals and Federal Protective Service officers quickly blocked off streets with crime scene tape, police cars and Department of Homeland Security SUVs.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Angela M. "Angie" Keister, a retired Baltimore County Courthouse secretary and avid gardener, died Dec. 11 of dementia at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 98. The daughter of a flooring salesman and a homemaker, Angela Rosemond Menchine was born on Woodbrook Avenue near Druid Hill Park and was raised in Reisterstown. "As a young girl growing up, she used to spend summers at 'Windmill,' a shoreline property in Virginia on the Potomac belonging to her mother's family," said a nephew, William Menchine of Santa Cruz, Calif.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
In the courtroom where Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy J. Doory metes out justice, he has a steadfast if silent companion, Maj. German H.H. Emory, a lawyer killed in World War I whose portrait hangs to the right of his bench. "He's looking at me every day," Doory said, "so we have a relationship. " But it wasn't until this summer that, by accident of jury duty, Emory's relations would come face to face with his portrait. The mix of happenstance and history so delighted Doory that he hosted a gathering in his courtroom Friday to toast Emory on the 95th anniversary of his battlefield death.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
Lady Baltimore's moving plans have changed. Once she comes down from her 190-year perch atop the Battle Monument overlooking Courthouse Square - the scaffolding is up and the project is underway - she will take up a new, indoor residence at the Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library in Mount Vernon, society officials said. An earlier plan to relocate the marble statue, which honors the Battle of North Point and the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814, had called for it to be relocated to the Walters Art Museum , but Lady Baltimore was too heavy for the museum's floors.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
Authorities say that they believe that a firecracker caused the loud bang outside of Baltimore's Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse on Thursday afternoon, prompting a bomb scare that closed downtown streets during rush hour. Maj. Sam Cogen of the city sheriff's department said the material that caused the small explosion is being analyzed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives but was "characteristic of a firework. " He said a more specific description was not available because authorities had not determined what specific kind of device was used.
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By Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Authorities were trying to determine the cause of a loud sound that emanated from a trash can outside the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in downtown Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, leading authorities to evacuate the building and shut down city streets. Officials said nobody was hurt and nothing was damaged in the incident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m. They were unable to identify the source of the noise or find any incendiary device. "It can't really be pinpointed at this time" said Lt. Carla Lightsey, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office, told reporters at the scene.
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By Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Authorities were trying to determine the cause of a loud sound that emanated from a trash can outside the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in downtown Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, leading authorities to evacuate the building and shut down city streets. Officials said nobody was hurt and nothing was damaged in the incident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m. They were unable to identify the source of the noise or find any incendiary device. "It can't really be pinpointed at this time" said Lt. Carla Lightsey, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office, told reporters at the scene.
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By Staff report | June 20, 1993
A dozen Annapolis business leaders braved the sweltering heat Friday afternoon to rally in front of the city's historic courthouse in support of a $43 million expansion project.Downtown merchants, lawyers, and representatives of the hotel and restaurant industry urged Annapolis' historic preservationists to approve the planned 250,000-square-foot Circuit Courthouse near Church Circle."Without the courthouse, it is easy to visualize either a ramshackle empty downtown or a tourist boardwalk," said Terry Drake, president of the Annapolis Business Coalition.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Baltimore County's historic courthouse in Towson will become the set of the political drama "House of Cards" next week. The Netflix series' crew plans to film at the courthouse July 31, county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said. The show, which stars Kevin Spacey and chronicles the dealings of a ruthless congressman named Frank Underwood, filmed at the State House in Annapolis last month. The State House closed to the public for filming, but that's not the plan for Towson. The crew plans to film outside the building and on the second floor of the courthouse — in County Council offices, a library and a hallway, Kobler said.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | June 7, 2013
The Harford County executive heads the executive branch of the county's government. Elected every four years, the county executive leads a Cabinet composed of directors, departments and agencies, including Public Works, Treasury, Planning and Zoning, Community Services, Economic Development, and Parks and Recreation. The seven-member Harford County Council operates as the legislative branch. Six council members are elected every four years, one from each of the county's six voting districts.
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