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By JACQUES KELLY | March 14, 1994
A friend of Roland E. Slaysman says Baltimore's dean of locksmithing would be a millionaire if he charged his clients by the hour.The 77-year-old mechanical specialist walks into his back yard workshop and a few days later emerges with a perfectly functioning replica 1770 door lock for some stately mansion. He does take time off to eat and sleep, but he doesn't sit still much.Slaysman is the man that experts call on for advice on restoring or making the locks for some of Maryland's architectural treasures -- such places as the Paca and Carroll houses in Annapolis, the B&O Railroad Station in Ellicott City (oldest in the nation)
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Eileen Ambrose | July 10, 2013
The Associated Locksmiths of America Convention will be held in the Baltimore area this month, and as part of that drivers will be able to get keys, remotes and transponder keys duplicated and programmed for free. The Maryland Locksmith Association is organizing the one-day event that will be held Sunday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Point Plaza Flea Market, 2401 North Point Blvd., in Dundalk. Ana Blanco-Logsdon, secretary of the Maryland Association, said drivers who lose their high-tech  keys can end up paying anywhere from $350 to $700 to replace them.
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By William Talbottand Joe Nawrozki and William Talbottand Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff | September 27, 1990
A 36-year-old locksmith has been charged with a Pikesville burglary and is a suspect in at least 100 more in middle- and upper-middle-class areas of Baltimore County dating back to early last year, police say.Richard David Makofski, of the 9400 block of N. Penfield Road in Columbia, was being held today without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center while police investigate more than 100 unsolved daylight break-ins since March 1989.County police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger said all the crimes, including the Pikesville break-in, were similar in the way and time they were executed and in the valuables that were taken.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 29, 2013
Editor: My husband was ill and we were locked out of our home, when I flagged down Harford County Sheriff's Deputy Daily. The deputy checked doors and windows to see if there was a way for us to enter. Deputy Daily then called his dispatcher to find a locksmith near our home. The deputy waited until the locksmith opened our door and we were able to go into our home. We thank you, Deputy Daily. Russ and Bev Kott Joppa
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff Frank D. Roylance contributed to this story | September 28, 1990
A 36-year-old locksmith has been arrested on three counts of house-breaking and is a suspect in a string of more than 100 other break-ins in central and western Baltimore County, county police said.Richard David Makofski, of the 9400 block of N. Penfield Road in Columbia, is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.Makofski was arrested Sept. 20, said Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger, a county police spokesman.The arrest occurred about 2 p.m. after police followed him to an apartment in the first block of Trotters Court, near Pikesville, after an alleged break-in.
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By ROB KASPER | October 28, 2006
It is getting to be the peak of the lockout season. That is the time of year when folks lock their keys in their car with the engine running, or they lock themselves out of the house. Or sometimes they lock themselves out of both. Veteran locksmiths tell me that when the weather first turns cold, people put on heavy coats and don't feel the keys in their pockets as they do when the weather is warmer and their clothing is lighter. On frosty mornings some drivers like to let the car idle a while, to warm it up before taking off. This is not recommended behavior, but it occurs.
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February 28, 2003
Thomas G. McGraw, 80, Navy chief, locksmith Thomas G. McGraw, a retired Navy chief and locksmith, died of a heart attack Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Hillendale resident was 80. Born in Baltimore and raised in the Waverly neighborhood, Mr. McGraw attended St. Ann Parochial School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and retired with the rank of senior chief in 1966. Mr. McGraw worked as a locksmith for 20 years for the Baltimore County Department of Building Maintenance, retiring in 1988.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1996
William H. Stovall, a retired postal worker who had been a chef, landlord, locksmith and had operated an informal transportation service, died Thursday of heart failure at his West Baltimore home. He was 77.He "always seemed to have something going on," said Tony White, a neighbor.Mr. Stovall worked for more than 30 years as a U.S. Postal Service employee and retired -- somewhat -- in 1978.Retirement meant working somewhere else -- and just as hard, according his daughter, Rosalind Seth of Woodlawn.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to the Sun | January 10, 2007
Bob DeWeese Locksmith/owner Bear Lock and Security Service, Dundalk Salary --$65,000 a year Age --47 Years on the job --26 How he got started --Before becoming a locksmith, DeWeese worked as a mechanic and tow-truck driver. A locksmith company - now out of business - used the gas station and garage that DeWeese worked for to store its company vehicles overnight. DeWeese said he would occasionally ask if they were hiring. When a job opened, he jumped at the opportunity. He worked as a locksmith for eight years before starting his own business in 1988.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
A 34-year-old man has been charged in the non-fatal stabbing of his roommate who sought help from a nearby locksmith business on Reisterstown Road Thursday. Luis Alonso Andrade-Medrano has been charged with attempted first degree murder after police said he stabbed his roommate, Orlando Martinez, 43. The two men got into an argument at their home in the 9000 block of Reisterstown Road, when the dispute escalated into a physical fight. Martinez was stabbed multiple times and ran to a nearby Elite Lock and Key for help, police said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
A 34-year-old man has been charged in the non-fatal stabbing of his roommate who sought help from a nearby locksmith business on Reisterstown Road Thursday. Luis Alonso Andrade-Medrano has been charged with attempted first degree murder after police said he stabbed his roommate, Orlando Martinez, 43. The two men got into an argument at their home in the 9000 block of Reisterstown Road, when the dispute escalated into a physical fight. Martinez was stabbed multiple times and ran to a nearby Elite Lock and Key for help, police said.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2010
A locksmith who was accused by dozens of consumers of overcharging and other unfair business practices must offer estimates before doing work or face contempt of court, an Anne Arundel County circuit court has ruled. Judge Michelle D. Jaklitsch granted a preliminary injunction against Around the Clock Locksmith and owner Joseph M. Horton at the request of the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general's office, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday. The injunction enforces an order the office issued in April to protect consumers while an administrative proceeding against the company and its owner is pending.
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April 8, 2010
The Consumer Protection division of the Maryland attorney general's office issued a cease-and-desist order Wednesday to an Anne Arundel County locksmith after consumers complained of exorbitant fees, refusing to give estimates and charging credit cards without prior authorization. The business, ATCL-MD, Inc., Around the Clock Locksmith and its owner Joseph M. Horton are accused of charging as much as $1,400 just to respond to a request for services, and more than $4,300 to replace locks.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | April 7, 2010
The Consumer Protection division of the Maryland Attorney General's office issued a cease-and-desist order Wednesday to an Anne Arundel County locksmith after consumers complained of exorbitant fees to replace and change locks, refusing to give estimates and charging credit cards without prior authorization. The business, ATCL-MD, Inc., Around the Clock Locksmith and its owner Joseph M. Horton are accused of charging as much as $1,400 just to respond to a request for services, and more than $4,300 to replace locks, according to a statement.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | January 25, 2009
Leo A. Hoshal, a retired locksmith who once made news by banning long-haired male patrons from the Bel Air movie theater he managed, died of cancer and pulmonary disease complications Wednesday at his caregiver's home in Delta, Pa. He was 86. Born in Marble, Minn., he served in the Army during World War II, as did his father and three brothers. Throughout his life he kept a service flag with five stars on it, one for each family member in the service. He remained in the military through the 1950s and attained the rank of sergeant.
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December 4, 2007
On Wednesday, November 21, 2007, WALTERBORO - MR. JAMES WAYNE HUGHES, 68, of Glen Burnie, died at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Hughes was born September 14, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan and was a son of Mrs. Betty Ballard Hughes and the late Thomas Carlisle Hughes. He served his country in the United States Army and was a locksmith, holding membership in the locksmith association. Surviving in addition to this mother of Walterboro are: Aunts, Lois Marie Counts and Dorothy Vivian Fiddler, both of California; uncle, Ted Hughes and his wife Barbara of Walterboro, close friend, Brenda Cole and her husband Jeff of Baltimore, Maryland; and several special cousins.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 29, 2013
Editor: My husband was ill and we were locked out of our home, when I flagged down Harford County Sheriff's Deputy Daily. The deputy checked doors and windows to see if there was a way for us to enter. Deputy Daily then called his dispatcher to find a locksmith near our home. The deputy waited until the locksmith opened our door and we were able to go into our home. We thank you, Deputy Daily. Russ and Bev Kott Joppa
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December 4, 2007
On Wednesday, November 21, 2007, WALTERBORO - MR. JAMES WAYNE HUGHES, 68, of Glen Burnie, died at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Hughes was born September 14, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan and was a son of Mrs. Betty Ballard Hughes and the late Thomas Carlisle Hughes. He served his country in the United States Army and was a locksmith, holding membership in the locksmith association. Surviving in addition to this mother of Walterboro are: Aunts, Lois Marie Counts and Dorothy Vivian Fiddler, both of California; uncle, Ted Hughes and his wife Barbara of Walterboro, close friend, Brenda Cole and her husband Jeff of Baltimore, Maryland; and several special cousins.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to the Sun | January 10, 2007
Bob DeWeese Locksmith/owner Bear Lock and Security Service, Dundalk Salary --$65,000 a year Age --47 Years on the job --26 How he got started --Before becoming a locksmith, DeWeese worked as a mechanic and tow-truck driver. A locksmith company - now out of business - used the gas station and garage that DeWeese worked for to store its company vehicles overnight. DeWeese said he would occasionally ask if they were hiring. When a job opened, he jumped at the opportunity. He worked as a locksmith for eight years before starting his own business in 1988.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | October 28, 2006
It is getting to be the peak of the lockout season. That is the time of year when folks lock their keys in their car with the engine running, or they lock themselves out of the house. Or sometimes they lock themselves out of both. Veteran locksmiths tell me that when the weather first turns cold, people put on heavy coats and don't feel the keys in their pockets as they do when the weather is warmer and their clothing is lighter. On frosty mornings some drivers like to let the car idle a while, to warm it up before taking off. This is not recommended behavior, but it occurs.
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