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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | October 24, 2001
A 53-year-old Westminster man was labeled a "sexual predator" yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court and sentenced to 20 years in prison for a sexual attack upon a homeless woman last year. Joseph A. Hamm was convicted in July by a Carroll County jury of second-degree assault and a third-degree sex offense upon the 37--year-old woman, whom the prosecutor described as psychologically vulnerable. The two met at a Westminster homeless shelter and Hamm took the victim to his sister's house, then sexually assaulted her during the night, said Deputy State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore, who called Hamm a predator who singles out women with mental or physical disabilities.
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July 2, 2014
Victims advocates are expressing dismay over a decision this week by Maryland's highest court that could lead to the removal of hundreds of names from a list of registered sex offenders in the state. The advocates say removing names from the registry could put women and children at greater risk by leaving families less able to identify potential predators in their midst. But critics of the list argue there's no evidence it has resulted in fewer sexual assaults or deterred offenders from committing such crimes.
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FEATURES
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Staff Writer | May 8, 1993
With their streamlined bodies, keen sensory abilities and resilient immune systems, sharks are built to last: over 400 million years, at last count.Leave it to Man, the world's scariest predator, to spoil their fun.Vilified as evil killers good only for soup fixings, crab bait and deep sea "monster fishing," it appears that certain large and small shark species are vanishing from coastal waters worldwide.The 1975 thriller "Jaws" was not the cause, but "the ultimate focus of this 'death fish from hell' phenomenon," says Samuel H. Gruber, a shark expert at the University of Miami.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
There's good reason nursery schools don't hire convicted child molesters as teachers and banks won't consider people found guilty of embezzlement for positions as tellers. The explanation is simple: Certain jobs - including nurses, therapists, social workers and so on - can only be safely filled by people of demonstrably good character because society has such a huge stake in ensuring they carry out their duties in a way that protects both their employers and the public they serve. That's why teachers and tellers are routinely required to undergo a criminal background check before they can start work.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Horn and John Horn,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 19, 2004
For more than a decade, filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson felt compelled to write and direct Alien vs. Predator. It took 20th Century Fox and the film's many producers almost as long to share his passion. After several false starts, a studio management shakeup, years of negotiations between feuding producers, a near derailment by a proposed fifth Alien movie and a last-minute assist from another studio's hit slasher film, Anderson finally got his wish, and his Alien vs. Predator movie debuted last week.
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2002
Calling him "a monster child predator," a Carroll County judge sentenced longtime Taneytown Elementary School teacher Harold W. Fair Jr. to 10 years in prison yesterday for having sex with a 13-year-old male pupil and inappropriately touching another pupil who was 10 years old at the time. In sentencing the 50-year-old former math teacher, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. pointed out contradictory depictions of Fair by those who know and support him and six former pupils who say Fair abused them over 22 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | August 6, 2009
Annapolis native Andy Dehart has always had a thing for sharks, in a good way. That makes him a perfect match with the Discovery Channel, which celebrates its 22nd annual Shark Week this week with seven days of afternoon and prime-time programming dedicated to everyone's favorite ocean predator. As Discovery's official "shark expert," the Severn School graduate has been spending a lot of time lately talking up the big fish. We caught up with Dehart, whose day job is director of biological programs for the National Aquarium in Washington, as he was headed for a TV appearance in New York.
NEWS
May 4, 2004
Glenn, Jessup: Do you think the gentleman that caught the fish is pulling a hoax? I do. O'Brien: I don't think so. Keep in mind the fisherman was with a friend at the time, and that at least one other person apparently saw the snakehead lakeside on the ground before it was turned in. baltimoresun.com staff: Should we expect to see snakeheads pop up in another Maryland community in the near future? O'Brien: I hope not, but it's a possibility. While federal officials banned importing snakeheads in 2002, someone could still have one, purchased from either a fish market or a pet store.
FEATURES
December 25, 2007
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, another sci-fi monster death match, was not screened for critics.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Michael James and Lynn Anderson and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2004
A former Roland Park man accused of molesting children in Cambodia and the Philippines will appear today in federal court in Baltimore to face charges under a new U.S. law that allows Homeland Security agents to pursue child "sex tourists" overseas and return them for trial. Richard Arthur Schmidt, 61, a one-time teacher described in federal documents as a computer-savvy child stalker, was extradited from Southeast Asia yesterday and faces prosecution in Maryland under the U.S. Protect Act. If convicted, he would face a U.S. prison sentence for a Cambodian crime.
SPORTS
By Katie Carrera, The Washington Post | May 22, 2014
Barry Trotz met with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick in Washington on Tuesday about the team's vacant coaching job, another indication in the mutual interest between the organization and the veteran bench boss. Trotz, 51, is widely considered the top coach currently available and is being courted by three of the four teams with openings. Once the Vancouver Canucks name Jim Benning general manager, as is expected later this week, Trotz will likely be a candidate there as well.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | December 28, 2013
The 1970s corruption investigation known as Abscam, celebrated in "American Hustle," one of the holiday season's hottest movies, had its roots in Baltimore. It was in Charm City that the FBI tested the sting-style operation that marked Abscam as a particularly theatrical and effective form of undercover investigation. Baltimore FBI agents later trained those who carried out the Abscam sting. Abscam famously featured FBI agents posing as Arab sheiks, along with an accomplished con artist (played by Christian Bale in "American Hustle")
NEWS
September 17, 2013
By most accounts, this has been a good year for eating Maryland blue crabs - just not by human beings. The Chesapeake Bay crab harvest is down, in part because of predators and cannibalism, but that's not the whole story. In 2011, Maryland officials reported a record year for blue crab reproduction. It was such a successful spawn that most people in the seafood industry were licking their lips with anticipation. Surely, harvests would rise as those baby crabs matured into adulthood in late 2012 and the first half of 2013.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Federal agents and local law enforcement agencies in Maryland and across the country have arrested more than 250 men and a handful of women in a month-long operation targeting "child predators" who are part of a "disturbing trend" of adults connecting with children online and then abusing them, federal officials announced Monday. Five of those arrested were from Maryland, including Christopher Barnes, 53, who law enforcement officials said lives in Anne Arundel County and was arrested in Rockville on June 20 after allegedly arranging to meet who he believed was a 13-year-old girl for sex. State court records give Barnes' address as being in the 2400 block of Boston Street in Baltimore.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
In response to Quinton D. Thompson's letter ("Obama's decision to leave Iraq led to catastrophe," April 5), I must remind your readers that the underlying catastrophe was perpetrated by then-President George W. Bush's illegal attack on Iraq. President Bush led this attack on the false pretenses that Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction that posed an imminent threat to our nation. It was Mr. Bush's irresponsible decision to take this action that led to thousands of U.S. soldiers dead or wounded (not to mention the innumerable Iraqi civilian casualties)
NEWS
March 13, 2013
I have been reading a lot of anti-cat rhetoric in The Sun for some time now ("The destructive invasive species purring on your lap," Feb. 26). If cats are dangerous to birds and other creatures - mice, rats, toads and the like - why are so many of them still running and flying around my house? My cat has eradicated dozens of mice and other rodents from my basement, laundry room and yard. He does occasionally get a bird or two, but so what? It hasn't stopped them from destroying the paint on my car with their excrement, or jamming up my chimney and vents with their nests There may be ecologically sensitive areas in this country where feral and domestic cats are destroying vital wildlife habitats.
NEWS
By ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2005
Called a "sexual predator" who merited "no mercy" by an Anne Arundel County judge, a 61-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to the maximum 20-year term for a second-degree sex offense for molesting a friend's adolescent grandson in January 2004. Michael A. Damasiewicz, a mechanic who previously had been imprisoned for molesting an adolescent girl, told Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck that "I just had no willpower" and blamed his actions on prescription drugs he took for several health problems and manic depression.
NEWS
April 13, 1991
Kevin Peter Hall, 35, the 7-foot-2-inch star of the movie and the television series "Harry and the Hendersons," died Wednesday of pneumonia in Los Angeles. Mr. Hall played the lovable "Bigfoot" character in the 1987 feature film "Harry," as well as the alien in "Predator" and its sequel. Mr. Hall also appeared in the television series "Misfits of Science," "Shannon's Deal" and "227."
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
A 65-year-old Baltimore man was infected with hepatitis C by a traveling medical technician at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in 2008, he and his attorney said — making him the first Marylander to come forward in a sweeping investigation into the technician's interactions with thousands of patients in several states. "I'm hopeful I'll be able to continue my busy life, but I'm also worried about the ones I care for," said Linwood Nelson, a Vietnam War veteran from Edmondson Village who cares for a sister with Alzheimer's disease, among others.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Police are searching for a man suspected in a string of attempted sexual assaults this summer in Ocean City. Ocean City Police said the suspect is a white male, approximately 5'10", about 170 pounds, and in his mid-20s to early 30s. The alleged assaults have taken place in dimly lit, semi-secluded areas near local bars. In each incident, a woman was under the influence of alcohol and walking home alone when the suspect started up a conversation, police said. Once he begins talking to the victim, the man then forces her to the ground and attempts to sexually assault her. The most recent attempt occurred July 28. Police are warning visitors and residents to avoid excessive alcohol use and to be aware of their surroundings.
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