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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | November 23, 1993
A man accused of molesting 12 Carroll County children -- two of them his own -- will be examined by a psychologist to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.The order by Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. came in response to a surprise request from the defendant yesterday during what was to have been a pretrial hearing."We want to determine whether he understands what's going on around him in these proceedings," said Colleen S. Clemente, the Westminster defense attorney who represents the man.The man faces multiple counts of second- , third- and fourth-degree sexual offense, battery, perverted practice and child abuse.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
The 45-year-old man arrested Friday after a barricade incident in which police say he singed an officer with a makeshift blowtorch was ordered held without bond pending a psychological evaluation.  Sean Lee made his first appearance in court Monday at a bail review hearing at Central Booking, and appeared dazed and struggled to keep his eyes open. At one point, District Court Judge Jamey Hueston asked if he was all right.  Lee, who does not appear to have a prior criminal record in Maryland, lived in the Northeast Baltimore high-rise apartment where the incident took place.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 6, 2000
WILMINGTON, Del. -- A couple charged with abandoning their 10-year-old disabled son have been ordered by a Family Court judge to undergo psychological evaluation. As social workers continue to look for a temporary home for the child, Richard and Dawn Kelso of Exton, Pa., told the court Tuesday that they would not immediately try to regain custody of their son, Steven, from the Delaware Department of Family Services. "We will retain custody," said department spokeswoman Trish Hearn. "It was an uncontested position."
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 5, 2012
A 69-year-old Edgewood man, who told investigators he was trying to rid his home of "evil spirits," has been charged with arson in connection with a fire at the dwelling last month. William E. Lowry was served with warrants at the Harford County Detention Center on Thursday charging him with first-degree and second-degree arson in connection with the Oct. 11 fire, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. "The investigation by deputy state fire marshals revealed the owner of the property, William E. Lowry, 69, was responsible for intentionally setting the fire on an enclosed deck connected to the home," the Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release announcing the charges.
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By JON BURSTEIN and JON BURSTEIN,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | December 6, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- A hearing that could mean a return to prison for Lionel Tate, once the youngest person in modern U.S. history sentenced to life behind bars, was postponed yesterday after he sent the judge a letter threatening suicide. The handwritten letter prompted acting Broward Circuit Judge Joel Lazarus to schedule a Dec. 19 competency hearing, at least temporarily delaying proceedings that could end with Tate receiving up to a life sentence. Lazarus had been set to start hearing evidence yesterday on whether to revoke Tate's probation for murdering a 6-year-old playmate when he was 12. Tate's case garnered international attention in 2001 when he became the youngest American ever sentenced to life behind bars.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2010
By writing the paper, Charles Whittington thought he would confront the anxieties that had tormented him since he returned from war. He knew it wasn't normal to dwell on the pleasure of sticking his knife between an enemy soldier's ribs. But by recording his words, maybe he'd begin to purge the fixation. So Whittington, an Iraq veteran, submitted an essay on the allure of combat for his English class at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville. He called war a drug and wrote that killing "is something that I do not just want but something I really need so I can feel like myself.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Sheridan Lyons and Mike Farabaugh and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1999
A family confrontation over an adult son's recent sexual behavior might have triggered last week's double homicide in Frizzellburg, authorities speculated in charging documents filed yesterday.Gary Douglas Starnes, 48, was arrested by state police late Wednesday on double murder charges in the deaths of his mother, Barbara Lorraine Ries, 67, and stepfather, Joseph Sidney Garrity, 68.At yesterday's bail review hearing in Carroll County District Court, Judge Marc G. Rasinsky ordered a psychological evaluation of Starnes, who was taken after the hearing to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, the state's secure facility for those in the criminal justice system who may have mental health problems.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2011
An Iraq war veteran who was barred from the Community College of Baltimore County after publishing a provocative essay on killing says he no longer wants to return to the Catonsville campus. Charles Whittington, a Baltimore resident, says he provided the psychological evaluation requested by college officials as a condition for letting him return. But in a Dec. 27 letter to Whittington, the college's vice president of enrollment management said the evaluation was "not the documentation that was requested" and that the proper records had to be mailed by a "mental health professional.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff writer | October 3, 1991
A Glen Burnie man charged with killing his wife asked a District Court judge for the "worst penalty" during his bail review hearing yesterday afternoon.Gary Paul Stephens, 41, of the 1000 block of Fairway Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder after investigators found his common-law wife dead in the bedroom of their home Monday morning.Judge Martha Rasin ordered Stephens held without bond and ordereda psychological evaluation."For what I did, I don't deserve bail," Stephens told the judge.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 11, 2004
A judge denied yesterday a request by a priest's attorney to order a psychological examination of the man who accused the cleric of sexually abusing him. Baltimore Circuit Judge John M. Glynn said a psychological evaluation by a doctor selected by the defense could be hard to explain to the jury. Glynn said he thought the evaluation would be "contrary to the interests of justice." The Rev. Maurice Blackwell, 58, is accused of sexually abusing Dontee Stokes, 28, who shot Blackwell about a decade after the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred.
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By Jaclyn Peiser | May 22, 2012
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2011
An Iraq war veteran who was barred from the Community College of Baltimore County after publishing a provocative essay on killing says he no longer wants to return to the Catonsville campus. Charles Whittington, a Baltimore resident, says he provided the psychological evaluation requested by college officials as a condition for letting him return. But in a Dec. 27 letter to Whittington, the college's vice president of enrollment management said the evaluation was "not the documentation that was requested" and that the proper records had to be mailed by a "mental health professional.
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November 22, 2010
I want to congratulate Charles Whittington for saying what a lot of other veterans may not yet have the courage to say ( "Fight for freedom," Nov. 21). I am a liberal social worker who feels that war should only be used as a last resort. However, I have the deepest respect for those who serve our country. I think the idea that Mr. Whittington must get a psychological evaluation before returning to campus is completely unnecessary. This soldier is obviously being proactive in helping himself by seeking counseling and medication to control his addiction.
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November 22, 2010
It's perfectly reasonable that officials at the Community College of Baltimore County were concerned when they read Iraq War veteran Charles Whittington's essay in the school newspaper. What Mr. Whittington wrote, including an admission that he had become addicted to the violence of war, is truly disturbing. And ultimately, what the college is asking of him — a psychological evaluation to make sure the zeal for killing he describes acquiring in combat doesn't translate to civilian life — is not so onerous.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2010
By writing the paper, Charles Whittington thought he would confront the anxieties that had tormented him since he returned from war. He knew it wasn't normal to dwell on the pleasure of sticking his knife between an enemy soldier's ribs. But by recording his words, maybe he'd begin to purge the fixation. So Whittington, an Iraq veteran, submitted an essay on the allure of combat for his English class at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville. He called war a drug and wrote that killing "is something that I do not just want but something I really need so I can feel like myself.
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By JON BURSTEIN and JON BURSTEIN,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | December 6, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- A hearing that could mean a return to prison for Lionel Tate, once the youngest person in modern U.S. history sentenced to life behind bars, was postponed yesterday after he sent the judge a letter threatening suicide. The handwritten letter prompted acting Broward Circuit Judge Joel Lazarus to schedule a Dec. 19 competency hearing, at least temporarily delaying proceedings that could end with Tate receiving up to a life sentence. Lazarus had been set to start hearing evidence yesterday on whether to revoke Tate's probation for murdering a 6-year-old playmate when he was 12. Tate's case garnered international attention in 2001 when he became the youngest American ever sentenced to life behind bars.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Michael James and Gregory P. Kane and Michael James,Staff Writers Staff writer David Michael Ettlin contributed to this article | September 29, 1993
Authorities have ended the Father Blackwell criminal investigation of a popular West Baltimore priest that stemmed from an allegation of child sexual abuse.The decision not to prosecute the Rev. Maurice J. Blackwell was made because of insufficient evidence, Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms said last night."We concluded the evidence was insufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and that terminates at least our aspect of the inquiry," Mr. Simms said. "There having been no arrest or no formalized proceeding, nothing was dropped.
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November 22, 2010
I want to congratulate Charles Whittington for saying what a lot of other veterans may not yet have the courage to say ( "Fight for freedom," Nov. 21). I am a liberal social worker who feels that war should only be used as a last resort. However, I have the deepest respect for those who serve our country. I think the idea that Mr. Whittington must get a psychological evaluation before returning to campus is completely unnecessary. This soldier is obviously being proactive in helping himself by seeking counseling and medication to control his addiction.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 11, 2004
A judge denied yesterday a request by a priest's attorney to order a psychological examination of the man who accused the cleric of sexually abusing him. Baltimore Circuit Judge John M. Glynn said a psychological evaluation by a doctor selected by the defense could be hard to explain to the jury. Glynn said he thought the evaluation would be "contrary to the interests of justice." The Rev. Maurice Blackwell, 58, is accused of sexually abusing Dontee Stokes, 28, who shot Blackwell about a decade after the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
A woman who lived with reputed cult leader Scott Caruthers admitted yesterday conspiring with him to try to have her ex-husband murdered. Dulsa Naedek also entered a guilty plea to a second murder conspiracy charge, this one involving a former business associate of Caruthers. Under a plea agreement, Naedek would serve 18 months of a 15-year prison term. She has been held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Carroll County Detention Center since her arrest October 2001, meaning that she likely will have served her time by her sentencing, scheduled for May 22. One point of contention at yesterday's hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court involved the prosecution's proposal that Naedek be required to be "deprogrammed" as a condition of her probation.
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