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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
A Frederick County woman pleaded guilty to voter fraud after she was charged with signing her dead mother's name on an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election, the state prosecutor's office announced Thursday. Elsie Virginia Schildt, 46, was sentenced to probation before judgment and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service in the first 120 days of her probation. Schildt was charged in July with impersonating another person in an attempt to vote, attempting to vote under a false name and attempting to vote more than once in the same election after she signed her mother's name on an "Oath of Absentee Voter" weeks after she had died.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
Four men have pleaded guilty in a scheme to extort money and heroin by kidnapping an 8-year-old boy, according to the Baltimore State's Attorney's office. Raheem Taylor, Randy Ennis, Gary Stokes and Nathaniel Booker pleaded guilty on Friday to charges related to the incident on July 11, 2011, prosecutors said. The boy was walking with another child in the in the 300 block of Gwynn Avenue in the Allendale neighborhood, authorities said, when Taylor threw him into the trunk of a green car driven by Stokes.
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 13, 2013
The fourth Columbia teen charged with the assault and attempted armed robbery of a Columbia cab driver in March pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court this week. Woody Rousseau, 17,  of the 6500 block of Pennacock Court, plead guilty to a robbery charge in front of Judge Louis A. Becker III on Thursday, Sept. 12, according to State's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.  Rousseau is the last of the four teens charged in the March 1 incident and will be sentenced on Dec. 20. On Sept.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 9, 2013
  A 17-year-old Columbia youth has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery of a Columbia cab driver.  Chellby Ofosusafori pleaded guilty before Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt this morning. At the hearing,  Assistant State's Attorney Joanna Miller told the court that the cab driver felt suspicious of the four youths he picked up the evening of March 1, 2013 and requested a $10 fare upfront.  They wanted to be taken to the Sewell's Orchard neighborhood but could not provide an address.  One he had pulled over in Sewell's Orchard, the driver felt a yellow karate belt around his neck, being pulled from behind to choke him.  A passenger in the front seat pulled out a handgun and threatened to kill the driver who sped off and crashed into a tree. The weapon was a BB/pellet gun.  Miller told the court that Ofosuafori was in the right rear passenger seat and that he attempted to open the rear passenger door as the robbery began to unfold.  Ofosusafori will be sentenced on October 11. He is the third youth to plead guilty in the armed robbery of Columbia Flyer taxi driver.  On August 20, Johnam Perez-Rivera pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of first-degree assault and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
Adan Espinoza Canela pleaded guilty on Thursday to slashing the throats of three young relatives, more than nine years after the children's beaten and bloodied bodies were found in a Northwest Baltimore apartment . Espinoza Canela, 26, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday. He will be eligible for parole by 2019. His uncle, Policarpio Espinoza Perez, 31, was convicted this year of conspiracy to commit murder for his part in the killings and sentenced to life in prison.
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Staff Reports | August 20, 2013
The office of the Maryland Attorney General said Tuesday a former Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency employee pleaded guilty to theft after allegedly stealing thousands of lottery tickets and cashing in winners for $67,000. Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to two counts of felony theft over $10,000. Prosecutors say between June 2008 and February 2012, while employed as a lottery sales representative, Hantske stole more than 7,500 scratch-off tickets from nine retailers.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Charged with policing inmates in the Baltimore City Detention Center, correctional officer Jennifer Owens admitted to doing the opposite Tuesday. Owens, who worked as a correctional officer in the Baltimore jail from 2007 to 2013, pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering conspiracy charge Tuesday, accepting a plea agreement that dropped two other criminal counts. Prosecutors say Owens smuggled in marijuana and prescription drugs for a gang leader who fathered two of her children while incarcerated.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
A 20-year-old Annapolis man pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder of a man in a deal that could win him a shortened sentence for testifying against a friend. Anne Arundel County prosecutor Michelle Smith recommended to Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Wachs that William Randolph Chase serve 55 years of a life term — contingent upon his testimony in the November murder trial of Chase's friend, Charles Spriggs. However, the plea deal allows Chase's lawyer, John McKenna, to seek a shorter prison term.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
A Baltimore car dealer pleaded guilty in federal court to depositing more than $2 million in a way to avoid having the bank report the transactions to the Internal Revenue Service, prosecutors announced Thursday. Amefika Gray, owner of Network Auto Group at 2631 Gwynns Falls Parkway, made deposits of $10,000 or less, sometimes multiple times in a single day, to avoid bank reporting requirements, prosecutors said. Banks are required to report deposits of more than $10,000 to the IRS. Between 2010 and 2012, Gray, 39, deposited more than $2 million into personal and banking accounts, prosecutors said.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
An Edgewood auto shop pleaded guilty to falsifying an inspection report two years ago on an underground gasoline storage tank, Maryland's attorney general announced Thursday. John R. Pasquinelli Enterprises Inc., which does business as J.C. Discount Tires, was fined $10,000 by a Harford County District Court judge, with half of that suspended. The company was also put on a one-year probation. The Maryland Department of the Environment uncovered discrepancies in inspection reports.
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