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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2010
A 29-year-old Howard County man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of vehicular manslaughter after an October incident in which he left the scene of a fatal crash after a bout of heavy drinking. Police showed up at Ray William Wolfrey's Fulton home after they followed a trail of leaking fluid from the Oct. 10 accident, which killed Mary Valenzuela, 53, of Bethesda. "I screwed up," he told investigating police at the time. "I was scared. " Authorities said he claimed he hadn't had any beer until after the accident and thought that the crash "didn't look that bad. " According to a statement of facts read at the hearing before Judge Diane Leasure, Wolfrey's blood alcohol level was tested at .25 that night, more than three times the legal limit and equal to about 8 or 9 beers for 135-pound Wolfrey, of the 12900 block of Clarksville Pike.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Homicide detectives are searching for clues in the killing of a 31-year-old Howard County man found dead in his own vehicle last week in Northeast Baltimore. Moon Hea Koo of Ellicott City was found dead April 15 in the 6200 block of Erdman Ave., near an auto salvage yard. The homicide was overshadowed by the killings of three teenagers within a week, which cast fresh attention the city's challenges involving youth violence. But Hyun Hea Koo wants to make sure his brother's murder doesn't go unnoticed.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2010
The 53-year old Bethesda woman Ray William Wolfrey killed in Clarksville in his third drunken-driving incident last year "was at a high point in her life," her brother said during an emotional two-hour sentencing Friday in Howard County Circuit Court. Mary Elizabeth "Liza" Valenzuela was a senior expert on international microfinancing programs, and helped people across Africa, Asia and Latin America learn to operate small businesses with very small loans, her brother, David Valenzuela, told Judge Diane Leasure.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun and By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
An Ellicott City man who ran unsuccessfully for the Howard County Board of Education three times was sentenced Monday in federal court for impersonating a Secret Service agent in what lawyers on both sides agreed was a "sad" case. Robert D. Ballinger II, 47, who pleaded guilty to one criminal offense in September, was ordered to serve two years of probation and 200 hours of community service after making an emotional appeal to U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett. "I've made a big mistake in my life," said Ballinger, a former spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment who ran for school board in 2004, 2010 and 2012, advancing to the general election on his last two runs.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2011
A man has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing early Saturday in an Ellicott City parking lot, police said. Howard County Police said they were called at about 2:30 a.m. to the 8300 block of Main Street in Ellicott City where they found 29-year-old Brian Black Jr. suffering from multiple stab wounds Christopher Thomas Hecker, 23, of Columbia was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder and first- and...
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2011
When a car exploded and caught on fire after crashing into Richard Marriott's Ellicott City home in December, emergency personnel checking on structural damage to the residence discovered 19 large marijuana plants growing inside. Marriott, 44, was indicted by a Howard County grand jury Thursday after being charged by police with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug production equipment. The accident, in the 5100 block of Montgomery Road, occurred about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 10 when Bryan Bolster lost control of the BMW he was driving and crashed into Marriott's home.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2011
Wayne Malone is no longer running the distances he managed in his youth, but he is still racking up miles organizing an annual fundraiser that benefits the Down Syndrome Clinic at Kennedy Krieger in East Baltimore. He will work behind the scenes Sunday at the annual BWI Airport Run and Family Walk, as he has for the last 25 years. The 2011 run marks a financial milestone of more than $500,000 raised for the clinic and for the more than 500 patients who visit it annually, most of them children and teens.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
A Bulgarian man living in Howard County was sentenced to more than six years in prison Friday for his part in an debit card skimming scheme that stole more than $400,000 from at least 526 people, prosecutors said. Ivo Svetozarov Damyanov, 32, was given 75 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to obtain ATM card account and personal identification numbers, Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. For at least two years, from Feb. 2009 though Feb. 2011, Damyanov and his conspirators placed "skimmers" into the card-reading slots of ATMs throughout Maryland, the statement said.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
During frequent day trips decades ago to the Amish markets of Lancaster, Pa., Jim Smedley became increasingly curious about the barn-like structures that span many rivers across the town's picturesque countryside, so he started learning more. Howard County was once home to eight of these covered bridges, some dating back more than 160 years, Smedley's research shows. Two were located in Daniels, a town some people may never have heard of, and which was previously known as Alberton, and before that as Elysville.
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By Justin Fenton and Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2011
A 22-year-old Howard County man — stabbed last year during a domestic dispute in Southwest Baltimore — died last week, police said. Charles Hopson of the 4900 block of Blue Wing Court was found lying in a driveway of a home in the 1100 block of Cooks Lane on March 31, 2010. He was placed on life support and moved to a nursing home, where he died from his injuries on March 5. Detective Kevin Brown, a city police spokesman, said investigators believe the stabbing was domestic-related and they have a suspect.
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By Carrie Wells and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Thunderstorms and heavy fog were rolling through northeastern Pennsylvania's rugged terrain Saturday night when a small helicopter crashed, killing all five people on board, including three from the Baltimore area. The local medical examiner's office identified the passengers as Bernard Michael Kelly, 58, of Ellicott City; his daughter, Leanna Mee Kelly, 27, of Savage; David Ernest Jenny Jr., 30, of Towson; Carl Robert Woodland, 29, of Lovettsville, Va.; and his son, Noah Robert McKain Woodland, 3. It's too soon for investigators to say if the bad weather and reduced visibility played a role in the accident near Noxen, Pa., just west of Scranton.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2012
John D. Danko stops in mid-conversation to note the sound ringing through the house. The small brass bell chimes from behind the face of the grandfather clock in the foyer, perhaps the same sound people would have heard in their homes while waiting for word from the battlegrounds of the War of 1812. "Back in those days, this is what they heard," says Danko, after the clock has chimed nine times on the hour. Then there's only the tick-tick-tick of the seconds as two weights and a pendulum wrought in cast iron keep the time using technology that dates to the days of the Battle of North Point and Fort McHenry's defense of Baltimore harbor.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
A Howard County man died Wednesday after an afternoon fall at a Ocean City hotel, according to police. Police found Eric Austin Allen, 26, of Dayton, unresponsive at the Holiday Inn Hotel in the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue at about 4 p.m., after receiving reports a man had fallen onto the hotel's pool deck, police said. Allen appeared to have fallen from a hotel balcony, police said. Allen was taken to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
A Bulgarian man living in Howard County was sentenced to more than six years in prison Friday for his part in an debit card skimming scheme that stole more than $400,000 from at least 526 people, prosecutors said. Ivo Svetozarov Damyanov, 32, was given 75 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to obtain ATM card account and personal identification numbers, Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. For at least two years, from Feb. 2009 though Feb. 2011, Damyanov and his conspirators placed "skimmers" into the card-reading slots of ATMs throughout Maryland, the statement said.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
After convincing his mostly preschool audience to chant, "Dance, Kinderman, dance" a few times, John Taylor pretended to timidly oblige. But he cleverly surprised his young spectators when he flamboyantly cocked his right hip and unleashed a sample of the flashy footwork and smooth moves that long ago earned him the title of Disco King. The exuberant 2- to 6-year-olds screamed their approval, smitten by the mischievous leader with the wide grin and calming voice as he led the church school's students and staff through 45 minutes of learning wrapped up in movement and song.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
A Columbia man died five days after his car hit a tree on Little Patuxent Parkway, police said Friday. James Dennis Ellis Jr., 72, died Thursday at University of Maryland Hospital, police said, from injuries he sustained when his car hit a tree near The Mall in Columbia just before 10 p.m. Saturday. The roads were wet from the wintry weather and police said Ellis was speeding. Ellis had not been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to officers. Police said that this is the 10th fatal crash in Howard County in 2011.
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September 18, 1992
A 39-year-old Ellicott City man was killed last night when the pickup truck he was driving crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on westbound Interstate 70 in Woodlawn.Trooper Victoria Harrison, of the Golden Ring Barracks, said the victim, Jeffrey Thomas Allen, of the 3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive, was driving the pickup west in the slow lane just west of Interstate 695 at 11 p.m. when he failed to reduce speed and crashed into the tractor-trailer.Trooper Harrison said Baltimore County firefighters had to free the victim's body from the crushed cab of the pickup.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2011
Wayne Malone is no longer running the distances he managed in his youth, but he is still racking up miles organizing an annual fundraiser that benefits the Down Syndrome Clinic at Kennedy Krieger in East Baltimore. He will work behind the scenes Sunday at the annual BWI Airport Run and Family Walk, as he has for the last 25 years. The 2011 run marks a financial milestone of more than $500,000 raised for the clinic and for the more than 500 patients who visit it annually, most of them children and teens.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2011
A man has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing early Saturday in an Ellicott City parking lot, police said. Howard County Police said they were called at about 2:30 a.m. to the 8300 block of Main Street in Ellicott City where they found 29-year-old Brian Black Jr. suffering from multiple stab wounds Christopher Thomas Hecker, 23, of Columbia was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder and first- and...
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