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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 20, 1995
An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge has agreed to grant probation before judgment to an Annapolis man who has served a one-year term for his actions after the death of a 62-year-old homeless alcoholic who was pushed into a pit and pelted with debris.The ruling by Judge Robert H. Heller Jr. means police records will not show any criminal convictions for Christian M. Walton, 23, Annapolis, who pleaded guilty in May to being an accessory after the fact in the July 1992 death of Arch Baldwin, a homeless veteran.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. said Thursday that he will rule next week on whether Robert W. Gladden Jr., the teenager accused in the Perry Hall High School shooting, will be tried as an adult or a juvenile. In a separate court proceeding Thursday, Gladden's mother's live-in boyfriend, Andrew Piper, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal possession of a regulated firearm. After the shooting at the school, county police and officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Gladden's mother's home, where they found several rifles and a handgun belonging to Piper.
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By Staff Report | January 28, 1993
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge gave a Mount Airy school bus driver a chance Monday to clear her record after her conviction for disobeying a police officer during a field trip to the Inner Harbor last spring.Instead of hearing Wenda Kay Bollinger's appeal to her Aug. 31 misdemeanor conviction, Circuit Judge Joseph P. McCurdy Jr. offered her probation before judgment.Her attorney, Ralph T. Ubersax, said Ms. Bollinger wasn't completely satisfied with the judge's offer, but she decided to accept it."
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
A former Anne Arundel County Police corporal was offered probation before judgment Tuesday as long as he first spends two months in jail for warning drug suspects of an imminent raid by police, officials said. Prosecutors told the judge that residents of a Shady Side home told SWAT team members who arrived to search the home last February that then-Cpl. Rick Bobby Alexander, a 14-year veteran of the force, called a female resident to say police were nearby getting ready for a raid, but he didn't know where, said Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the prosecutors' office.
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April 22, 1997
A Finksburg man stabbed by his girlfriend after punching her during a fight last fall was given probation before judgment yesterday on a charge of second-degree assault. He was given permission to leave the state and ordered to have no unlawful contact with the woman.Theron Morgan, 35, of the 2600 block of Old Westminster Pike, pleaded not guilty, but did not contest the statement of facts in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday.Morgan got the worst of the domestic altercation, prosecutor David P. Daggett told the court.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1996
A 20-year-old Francis Scott Key High School student was granted probation before judgment yesterday and ordered to enroll in a drug rehabilitation program within three weeks.Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Steven E. Lewis of Westminster released from the Carroll County Detention Center, where he had been since Nov. 4 for failing to complete terms of his probation in another case.Lewis was initially granted probation before judgment in November 1995 on charges involving a breaking and entering and an assault on a man in Westminster.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1998
An Anne Arundel County circuit judge sentenced a hit-and-run driver to two years' probation yesterday, giving the Laurel woman a chance at the probation-before-judgment sentence he had denied."
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1996
The battery conviction of Harford County Councilman Mark S. Decker, stemming from a hallway encounter with a female custodian, was changed at sentencing yesterday by a Baltimore County judge to probation before judgment.Circuit Judge John Grason Turnbull II noted that the councilman had been subjected to more negative publicity than someone not in public office would have attracted in such a case.Mr. Decker was found guilty of battery but acquitted of a sex-offense charge last month after a two-day trial.
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December 23, 1990
A Baltimore lawyer convicted of accepting drugs from a client was granted probation before judgment Tuesday by District Court Judge R. Russell Sadler.A sentence of probation before judgment means the judge sets aside the conviction.Robert J. Amos, 33, who was convicted in October in Howard County District Court of illegal possession of narcotics, also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, participate in a 26-week drug education program and was placed under 36 months of supervised probation.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | January 6, 1998
An Anne Arundel County circuit judge, distressed by a driver's decision not to return to the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident to see what her van had just hit, refused yesterday to go along with a defense request for a sentence that could lead to erasing the criminal conviction."
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2012
A Naval Academy professor will spend two weekends in jail and be on probation, after he admitted breaking into the Gambrills home of his former girlfriend. Lt. Cmdr. Charles D. Spera, 31, of Bowie, was granted probation before judgment this week by Annapolis District Court Judge Megan B. Johnson, according to court records. She ordered Spera to serve four days in the Anne Arundel County jail and placed him on 18 months probation, after he pleaded guilty to burglary, the records say. The sentence, which is not a conviction, means his record can eventually be cleared if he meets all conditions.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
No one was going to believe his account, he thought. Ricky Thomas — who'd done prison time for dealing drugs and resisting arrest — said he was sucker-punched in the face by a Baltimore police officer and stomped. Now he was locked up and facing charges of assaulting police. But there was video of the incident. And unknown to him, investigators with the Police Department's internal affairs unit and the city prosecutor's office were pursuing the case. Last month, Officer Donyell Briggs was given probation before judgment by a city judge on charges of second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
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February 22, 2011
The chairman and chief executive officer of First Mariner Bancorp was granted probation before judgment Tuesday on a charge of having a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage earlier this month at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, according to court records. Edwin F. Hale, 64, who also owns the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team, was placed on one year of unsupervised probation by a judge in the Glen Burnie District Court and fined $342.50, court records show.
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By Annie Linskey and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 4, 2010
Sheila Dixon sat silently in court during her final hours as mayor of Baltimore on Thursday, receiving a scolding from a judge who said she was leaving office "in total disgrace" after stealing gift cards intended for needy families and would carry a "badge of dishonor" for the rest of her life. Circuit Court Judge Dennis M. Sweeney delivered the rebuke during a sentencing hearing at which he accepted a plea agreement calling for Dixon to step down as mayor and pay $45,000 to charity while keeping her pension.
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August 21, 2009
Unidentified man shot and killed in Baltimore An unidentified man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in the 100 block of S. Highland Ave., according to Baltimore police. The man was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and pronounced dead shortly after arrival, police said. No arrests have been made. - Brent Jones Man guilty in arson deaths of girlfriend's daughters A Hancock man has pleaded guilty in Hagerstown to two counts of felony murder in the arson deaths of his girlfriend's adolescent daughters.
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By Michael Dresser | May 19, 2009
Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign a package of bills on Tuesday that his administration sponsored to tighten Maryland's drunk driving laws. The General Assembly passed the legislation this spring, acting on the recommendations of a task force it established the year before. The bills O'Malley is signing include one that left some advocates of a crackdown on underage drinking disappointed because it had been watered down by legislators. But spokesman Shaun Adamec said the governor has decided to sign the legislation, which retains a provision making it a criminal offense for adults to supply minors with alcohol.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | September 5, 1993
A former Western Maryland College athlete and honor student convicted in July of lying to police about being raped last year is asking a judge to wipe the conviction from her criminal record.In a sentence modification request filed Friday afternoon, Amye Lynne Walker, 23, of Calvert County, asked Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. to give her probation before judgment, which would erase the misdemeanor false-statement conviction from her record after she serves three years of probation.
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By Walter F. Roche and Walter F. Roche,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2004
A Catonsville dentist and his hygienist wife pleaded guilty yesterday to cocaine possession but avoided convictions or jail terms, as District Judge Dorothy J. Wilson -- over the objections of the prosecutor -- granted them probation before judgment. The dentist, Charles P. Franz, 41, will be under supervised probation for 18 months and must undergo drug tests. His dental license was suspended earlier, but he is fighting to get the right to resume his practice. A hearing is scheduled Wednesday before the state dental board on charges issued Feb. 18 that Franz violated the state law regulating dentists by possessing or using drugs in an illegitimate manner.
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By Tyeesha Dixon | November 8, 2008
A judge has determined that a Howard County man embroiled in a long-running neighborhood feud violated his probation in an assault case that stemmed from him spitting at his neighbor in 2006, prosecutors said. The incident came after a nearly decade-long dispute between Timothy and Barbara Cerny and David and Donna Elliott, who live on Swift Current Way in Columbia. The feud spawned more than a dozen criminal cases, as well as civil court proceedings, and resulted in county police responding to the upscale River Hill neighborhood more than 100 times.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | April 24, 2008
Two soldiers who had failed to get a criminal weapons case against them postponed so they could be deployed to Iraq pleaded guilty yesterday to misdemeanor handgun charges and were sentenced to probation. But a Baltimore Circuit Court judge agreed to delay signing the probation order, allowing Pfc. Denario Wesson, 19, and Spc. Joshua Johnson, 24, to leave Maryland and join their Fort Hood, Texas-based Army unit in Iraq for a 15-month tour in the war zone. The outcome was a quick but tentative resolution to a case that began with the soldiers' arrest after a gun was fired to ward off a menacing crowd outside a Cherry Hill nightclub March 19. Prosecutors refused to delay the case, despite pleas to do so from the soldiers' defense attorney, their commanding officer at Fort Hood and a representative from the military's Judge Advocate General.
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