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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | January 13, 1997
Staring into a video camera in the fall of 1995, 23-year-old Kimberly Spicer didn't know it but she didn't have much longer to live."What are you doing, Kim?" asked her sister, who was shooting a home video of the family's visit to their stepfather before his open-heart surgery at Harbor Hospital Center."I'm looking out the harbor window, wishing I was on the boat," said the pretty auburn-haired woman, then unemployed, struggling with a crack cocaine problem and drifting through life in lower-middle-class South Baltimore.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2010
"It all traces back to my grandfather," said the brilliant jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny. "He had a player piano in the basement, and I fell in love with it when I was a kid. " That early fascination with mechanical instruments led decades later to the development of "Orchestrion," Metheny's remarkable project that turns him into the ultimate one-man band. The title comes from a concoction designed to imitate the sounds of an orchestra. It first appeared in the late 1700s and, in various refinements, enjoyed a measure of popularity into the early 20th century.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1998
A Baltimore circuit judge denied a motion yesterday to acquit accused killer Joseph R. Metheny of first-degree murder, but he held off on rulings that are keys to whether Metheny could get the death penalty.Judge Clifton J. Gordy said he will rule Tuesday afternoon on defense motions seeking acquittal on separate charges of attempted rape, attempted first-degree sex offense, robbery and murder while committing a felony.The judge's rulings are critical to the state's chances of getting the death penalty for Metheny, who is on trial in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Kimberly Spicer.
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November 7, 2005
The Pat Metheny Trio fills Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, with lyrical guitar jazz Monday and Tuesday night at 6:30 and 9:30. Tickets are $65. For more information, call 410-268-4545 or visit ramsheadtavern.com.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1997
Describing him as a man "you could see the evil in," the victim of an alleged attack by Joseph R. Metheny, a suspected serial killer, said in court testimony yesterday that she feared she was going to die on a night their friendship went sour and he demanded sex."Whatever Tiny wanted to do that night, he was going to do," said a tearful and shaking Rita Kemper, calling Metheny by his nickname."He told me I could scream as loud as I wanted to," Kemper said. "I knew that he wasn't going to let me out of there alive.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1998
Joseph "Tiny" Metheny was found guilty of first-degree murder yesterday for the horrific fatal stabbing of Kimberly Spicer but spared the death penalty by a Baltimore judge, who ruled that he did not rob or sexually assault the woman before he killed her.After three weeks of gruesome testimony that sickened courtroom spectators, city Circuit Judge Clifton J. Gordy held up a photograph of Spicer, 23, before handing down his verdict, saying the case was...
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By Sarah Pekkanen and Sarah Pekkanen,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1998
Standing in a Baltimore courtroom yesterday, Joseph Metheny appeared to be an unsettling bundle of contradictions.Nicknamed "Tiny," the suspected serial killer required two linked-together sets of handcuffs to pin his beefy arms behind his back. Delicate, tattooed teardrops dotted the corners of his eyes as he stared at a judge who will decide if he is guilty in the fatal stabbing of a 23-year-old woman.Metheny, 42, who has claimed he killed up to 10 people, went on trial this week Baltimore Circuit Court in the slaying of Kimberly Spicer, who was found dead Dec. 15, 1996.
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By Sarah Pekkanen and Sarah Pekkanen,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1998
Joseph R. Metheny dragged his hands across his face, listening as his voice was played yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court in a tape-recorded confession he gave to police more than a year ago."I killed her. I'm a very sick person," Metheny is heard saying on the tape in response to questions by Baltimore homicide Detective Homer M. Pennington Jr.Metheny, 43, on trial for murder in the stabbing death of Kimberly Spicer, 23, confessed to police hours after her body was found near his Southwest Baltimore trailer on Dec. 15, 1996.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1998
A Baltimore County jury sentenced convicted killer Joseph R. Metheny to death yesterday after hearing his chilling plea for the death penalty, in which he described his murder of a city prostitute in graphic language."
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1998
Convicted killer Joseph R. Metheny abruptly canceled all the witnesses scheduled to testify yesterday in his defense against the death penalty and told a Baltimore County judge he wants to die.Metheny, who in August pleaded guilty to strangling Cathy Ann Magaziner in 1994, told his lawyers he did not want the jury to hear from nurses, prison officials, a social worker and a friend who had arrived at the Towson courthouse to testify on his behalf.When Judge James T. Smith Jr. reminded Metheny the jury needs to "get the whole picture" before deciding if Metheny should die, the killer said, "I want [the witnesses]
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July 14, 2005
On July 12, 2005, CARROLL K., beloved husband of Margaret (nee Gossman) Simmons; loving father of Diana Boggusz and husband Edward, Deborah Eudy, Linda Heaton and husband, Karen D. Beverly and husband Duane; dear brother of Gail Royston, Jimmy Simmons and the late Kenneth and Donald Simmons; also survived by eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at the family owned JOSEPH N. ZANNINO JR. FUNERAL HOME, 263 S. Conkling St at Gough, on Saturday at 9 A.M. Funeral Mass will follow in the St. Brigid Catholic Church at 10 A.M. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
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July 13, 2005
MARIE FERTITTA SMITH, of Cooper Ridge Retirement Community formerly of Randallstown, MD died Sunday July 10, 2005 at Copper Ridge. She was the spouse of the late Samuel Fertitta and also the spouse of her second husband the late Philip Smith. She was born June 10, 1923 in Cefalu, Sicily, the daughter of the late Thomas and Francesca Curro Lascuola. She was a homemaker. Surviving are Daughter: Caterina Grove of Reisterstown, Daughter: Francessca Metheny of Hanover, Daughter: Phyllis Teal of Reisterstown, Son: Phillip Fertitta of Reisterstown, Son: Thomas Fertitta of Reisterstown.
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July 12, 2005
On Sunday, July 10, 2005, MARIE FERTITTA SMITH (nee Lascuola), of Copper Ridge, formerly of Randallstown. Beloved wife of the late Samuel Fertitta and second husband, the late Philip Smith; devoted mother of Caterina Grove, Francesca Metheny, Phyllis Teal, Phillip Fertitta and Thomas Fertitta; loving grandmother of Janine Szokoly, Lucinda Groves, Daniel Groves, Thomas Metheny, Tara Fornaro, Jessica Teal, Ashley Fertitta, Samantha Fertitta, Braydon Fertitta,...
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By From staff reports | March 10, 2001
In Baltimore City Girl, 14, critically injured after being hit by vehicle A 14-year-old girl was critically injured yesterday afternoon when she was hit by a vehicle while apparently trying to cross a West Baltimore street, city police said. Tiffany Jones of the 2100 block of W. Fayette St. was struck by a green 2001 Jeep Cherokee that was being driven north on North Fulton Avenue, near Harlem Avenue. She was in critical condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, suffering a broken leg and head injuries.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2000
The Maryland Court of Appeals overturned yesterday the death sentence of Joseph R. Metheny, a Baltimore man who admitted killing a prostitute and begged the jury at sentencing to let him die. The court found insufficient evidence that Metheny had robbed the woman, an aggravating circumstance that allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty. Metheny confessed to killing Cathy Ann Magaziner in 1994 near the Southwest Baltimore pallet company where he worked. When he was sentenced by a Baltimore County jury four years later, Metheny's lawyers said that although the defendant buried Magaziner's clothing and a purse in a different place than her body, his removal of the items was not part of the crime.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1999
Sliding across soapy floors at Kenwood High School in Essex, chief custodian Max Metheny II makes a mental note: Drink water -- later.Metheny, a 15-year veteran of mop-up duty at Baltimore County schools, doesn't have time for thirst. Not when it is up to him and 10 custodians to sponge down grimy walls and scrape wads of gum from floors and desks before 1,800 students return Aug. 30."Everything has to be scrubbed -- the walls, the floors, the furniture and the blinds," he said, race-walking down corridors cluttered with pails of tile sealant and wax, boxes of trashed asbestos tiles, rows of torn-out lockers, even a portable shower for asbestos emergencies.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1998
Defense lawyers for Joseph "Tiny" Metheny called a surprise witness yesterday in an effort to help their client avoid a possible death sentence -- the lead homicide detective who investigated the gruesome killing.The lawyers are trying to show that the former Baltimore forklift operator does not deserve the death penalty because he did not commit an aggravating crime, such as sexual assault, when he allegedly killed Kimberly Spicer in 1996 when she was 23.The defense called the detective to try to make a bizarre but important point: that Metheny, 43, preferred to have sex with dead women and necrophilia is not considered a crime in Maryland.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1998
A Baltimore County jury sentenced convicted killer Joseph R. Metheny to death yesterday after hearing his chilling plea for the death penalty, in which he described his murder of a city prostitute in graphic language."
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1998
Convicted killer Joseph R. Metheny abruptly canceled all the witnesses scheduled to testify yesterday in his defense against the death penalty and told a Baltimore County judge he wants to die.Metheny, who in August pleaded guilty to strangling Cathy Ann Magaziner in 1994, told his lawyers he did not want the jury to hear from nurses, prison officials, a social worker and a friend who had arrived at the Towson courthouse to testify on his behalf.When Judge James T. Smith Jr. reminded Metheny the jury needs to "get the whole picture" before deciding if Metheny should die, the killer said, "I want [the witnesses]
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