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Orlando Sentinel | February 11, 2014
A couple with ties to Maryland is believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a Florida police officer. Benjamin Holtermann, wanted in connection with crimes in Maryland, shot and killed Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine, 34, after a brief foot chase into the backyard of a home in Westminster Landing late Monday, according to the Orange County (Fla.) Sherrif's Office. Soon after, the 28-year-old ended his own life in the neighborhood north of Windermere, authorities said. Deputies swarmed the community and detained Erica Pugh, later identified as Holtermann's girlfriend.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
A Baltimore jury convicted a man Tuesday for ambushing two men shortly after closing time at a late-night club, then turning a gun on his own girlfriend. Assistant state's attorney Charles Blomquist told jurors at the start of the trial that Ricky Horton had been "hunting and stalking" Sean Rhodes and Rudy Hyman and their girlfriends as they hung out at two after-hours clubs last year. Just before 6 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2013, Horton, 27, shot at the two men outside the Ras-a-Ter International Restaurant and Club in the 2100 block of W. North Ave. Horton fled in a getaway car, according to prosecutors; Rhodes died of his injuries, while Hyman survived.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
An Annapolis teenager who suffered a gunshot wound to the foot in January had previously attempted to shoot his alleged assailant but missed, police said. And despite not hitting his target, he currently faces more serious charges than the other accused gunman. Devonte Simms, 19, was charged Friday with attempted murder, assault and weapons offenses, among other counts. He is being held in jail without bond. Craig Ireland, 19, meanwhile, only faces assault and weapons charges.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
A 65-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after Baltimore County police said he set his neighbor's house on fire Tuesday in Essex. Investigators believe John Wesley Mosley Jr. used an accelerant to start a fire in his neighbor's home in the of the 700 block of Essex Ave. Tuesday morning. Police went to Mosley's home on Sunday after neighbors called about his strange behavior. Officers from the county's Mobile Crisis Unit - which is called when a person is suffering from a mental illness - spoke to the victim and her friend, who was not at home at the time of Tuesday's fire.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
In the days after a gunman killed two people and himself at The Mall in Columbia, the Nail Trix salon heard from many nervous customers canceling appointments. Manicurist Van Le took several of those calls, struck 15 appointments off his calendar and listened as people explained their reluctance to return, at least for the moment. "They said they do not feel comfortable," said Le, who has worked there for eight years. "They don't say when they'll come back, but they say they'll come.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Retired after 30 years working as a roofer, Allan Foster enjoyed working part time at his church and helping organize the March of Dimes' annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. Most evenings, the 56-year-old and his wife walked to a neighborhood store to play Keno, which is what they were doing moments before Foster was gunned down Thursday outside his Irvington home in Southwest Baltimore. Marcia Simpson-Foster, who said her husband didn't have any trouble with anyone, believes it must have been a case of mistaken identity.
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By Brandi Bottalico and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A Baltimore jury convicted two men on murder, extortion and false imprisonment charges Wednesday for abducting a man and taking his girlfriend's ransom money before killing him and dumping his body in the Patapsco River. Eric Pendergrass went missing in early 2009 and turned up dead soon after. The jury convicted Donta Vaughn, 37, and Darryl Nichols, 38, of the abduction plot after about a day of deliberation. Sherrell Ferguson, 32, who helped obtain the ransom payments, according to court records, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this month.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A 41-year-old Reisterstown man has been charged with killing his wife and then burning down their house last month, Baltimore County police said Wednesday. Anthony Paul Rutherford, of Fox Run Court, faces first-degree murder and arson charges in the Dec. 8 death of his wife, 35-year-old Kendra Michelle Rutherford. Firefighters found Kendra Rutherford unresponsive in the burning house and took her to Northwest Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy later found she had been asphyxiated, and an investigation determined the fire had been intentionally set. Anthony Rutherford was arrested and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Anne Arundel County police say they are still trying to determine why a Glen Burnie man killed a roommate and himself Monday night. Late Tuesday, police identified the shooter in the incident as Michael Allen Nelson, 51, and the victim as Thomas Alan Goat, 52. The medical examiner's office determined both died from gunshot wounds in the apparent murder-suicide, said Lt. T.J. Smith, a police spokesman. The two lived upstairs in a split-level home on Wendover Road in the Marley community, while renters lived on the lower floor, Smith said.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Recovering from four bullet wounds, Jose Melo's wife begged him not to go on Monday, but he would not hear of it. Eleven days had passed since Melo last worked at his small corner store in Southwest Baltimore. On that day - Jan. 9 - he had come out of the bathroom hearing gunshots and screaming only to see a hooded gunman fire one more shot into his wife before fleeing. Her brother, who helped out behind the counter, was slumped next to her, fatally shot in the chest. He wasn't scared, Melo told his wife, Irkania Moran, repeatedly.
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