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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2012
The Anne Arundel County school board voted Wednesday to allow Chesapeake Science Point to expand its high school but placed it on two years' probation as part of efforts to address concerns about the charter school. The board also said it would dissolve the entire school, which has grades six through 10, after the coming school year if it does not comply with terms of a revised charter. The 8-0 vote was the culmination of contentious open discussions about CSP, which since its inception has gained a reputation for high-performing students but has been marred by concerns about administrative record keeping and transparency in such areas as report cards, student transcripts and student selection.
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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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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
Carolane Williams does not flinch when confronted with the particulars of her difficult year, which included an employee uprising and unwanted scrutiny from the leader of the state. "I knew I was going to have to tough it out," says the woman who has led Baltimore City Community College for the past five years. She regards the backlash as a natural byproduct of bold leadership, though others have accused her of pressing ahead on questionable decisions without regard for useful input.
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By Justin Fenton | January 17, 2012
Three men have been charged by city sheriff's deputies with witness intimidation for allegedly threatening a probation agent in the downtown Circuit Courthouse.  Capt. Sam Cogen, of the Baltimore Sheriff's Office, said the Lionel Lynch, 21, Jerrell Randle, 19, and Terrell Randle, 19, face four counts each of witness intimidation for following a probation agent through the courthouse on Nov. 17 after he testified at a man's violation of probation hearing.  "Included in the threats were direct statements that they would seriously harm the Agent and they would go to the Agent's home and work location," Cogen said in a statement.  Cogen said investigators identified the suspects through the use of closed-circuit television cameras.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
Lavelva Merritt was sentenced to an additional five years in prison Monday after a judge ruled that she violated her probation from an earlier drug case when she and a boyfriend attacked a Johns Hopkins researcher last year, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Merritt, 25, was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison — with half of the time suspended — for robbing Stephen Pitcairn as he walked home along St. Paul Street in July 2010. Her boyfriend, John Wagner, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for stabbing Pitcairn to death during the robbery.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2011
John Wagner was ordered to serve an additional seven years in prison for the 2010 murder of a Johns Hopkins researcher after a judge ruled Friday that the stabbing death violated Wagner's probation from an earlier assault case, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Wagner, 38, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years in October for the robbery and murder of Stephen Pitcairn last year, as the young man walked home along St. Paul Street. Both he and his co-defendant, Lavelva Merritt, were on probation for other cases at the time of the attack.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
Lavelva Merritt, who helped rob a Johns Hopkins researcher last year as her boyfriend murdered him, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday under a plea deal struck in May, though half the time was suspended, making her eligible for parole in roughly six years. The term is short compared with the life sentence her accomplice, John Wagner, received last month after an emotional trial in Baltimore Circuit Court, but it reflects her cooperation in the case, prosecutors said. "Without Ms. Merritt's testimony, I'm not sure whether we would have been successful" in convicting Wagner, Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said Monday.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2011
The head of the Baltimore County police union has had his police powers restored after he received probation before judgment on misdemeanor assault charges in Circuit Court this week. Sgt. Cole B. Weston had his police powers suspended and was placed on administrative duties soon after he was charged in late March with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with an altercation with another man in Parkville. Police spokeswoman Detective Cathy Batton said that after an administrative hearing at the Police Department this week, Weston's police powers were restored.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2011
A teen who police say was driving unsupervised on a learner's permit when her sport utility vehicle collided with a car whose driver later died was on probation on a previous traffic citation, court records show. After Sunday's two-car collision, Anne Arundel County police issued four traffic citations charging Elizabeth Ramirez, 19, of Millersville with running a red light, driving unsupervised on a learner's permit, and negligent and reckless driving. Police said she was the driver of a Jeep Cherokee that turned left into an oncoming car on Route 3 near Davidsonville Road.
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