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By James Drew and James Drew,james.drew@baltsun.com | December 29, 2008
Kathleen Klein Shemer, who worked as a buyer at several Baltimore department stores before she became active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, died of complications from an illness Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Pikesville resident was 91. Born in Pittsburgh, she graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Baltimore in the 1940s and was a volunteer nursing assistant during World War II. She worked as a buyer at Hecht's, Brager-Gutman's and other department stores in the city.
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By James Drew and James Drew,james.drew@baltsun.com | December 29, 2008
Kathleen Klein Shemer, who worked as a buyer at several Baltimore department stores before she became active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, died of complications from an illness Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Pikesville resident was 91. Born in Pittsburgh, she graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Baltimore in the 1940s and was a volunteer nursing assistant during World War II. She worked as a buyer at Hecht's, Brager-Gutman's and other department stores in the city.
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May 15, 2004
On Thursday, May 13, 2004; HAROLD "SONNY" NEWMAN, beloved husband of Betty Newman (nee Schnitzer); devoted father of Helene Shemer and Arvin Newman both of Baltimore; dear father-in-law of Howard Shemer and Susan Newman; devoted brother of Selma Frank of Baltimore and the late Evelyn Hettleman; loving grandfather of Kerri and Robert Cohen, Jenna Newman, Ashleigh Shemer and Haiden Shemer; loving great-grandfather of Lauren Eve Cohen and Jack Blaa....
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December 11, 2005
On December 5, 2005, ROBERT E. HULL, beloved husband of the late Tatiana (nee Zarudny) Hull, loving father of Nancy Hull and the late Mary Hull Edlavitch. Cherished grandfather of Nadja Carneol, Hilary Levyne Manges, Leslie Levyne Shemer and James Levyne. Great-grandfather of Jenna, Jessica and Aiden Levyne, Sara Shemer, Grace and Edward Manges. Services and Interment are private at the family's request. Please direct inquiries to the family owned Slack Funeral Home, P.A. 410-465-4400.
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December 11, 2005
On December 5, 2005, ROBERT E. HULL, beloved husband of the late Tatiana (nee Zarudny) Hull, loving father of Nancy Hull and the late Mary Hull Edlavitch. Cherished grandfather of Nadja Carneol, Hilary Levyne Manges, Leslie Levyne Shemer and James Levyne. Great-grandfather of Jenna, Jessica and Aiden Levyne, Sara Shemer, Grace and Edward Manges. Services and Interment are private at the family's request. Please direct inquiries to the family owned Slack Funeral Home, P.A. 410-465-4400.
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August 7, 2005
On Friday, August 5, 2005, DAVID S. SHAFFER, beloved husband of Lillian Shaffer (nee Shemer); devoted father of Brian M. Shaffer and Barbara J. Shaffer, both of Baltimore, MD and the late Steven Mark Shaffer; loving brother of the late Lillian Lupa; loving sister-in-law of Irene Shemer. Services and interment will be held at Beth El Memorial Park-Randallstown, on Sunday, August 7, 2005, at 11 A.M. Please omit flowers. Contributions may be directed in his memory to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
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November 2, 2005
On October 31, 2005, BARBARA J. SHAFFER; beloved daugher of Lillian (nee Shemer) and the late David S. Shaffer; devoted sister of Brian M. Shaffer of Baltimore, MD and the late Steven M. Shaffer; loving niece of Irene Shemer. Services and Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown, on Wednesday, November 2 at 1 P.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 202, Towson, MD (21204). In mourning at 3312 Hillsmere Road (21207)
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | September 11, 1994
A Baltimore man will represent himself when he stands trial next week in Howard Circuit Court on charges that he beat his girlfriend to death at Rocky Gorge Reservoir in April 1993.Marvin Philander Smith, 37, is believed to be the first defendant to go to trial in Howard County on such serious charges without an attorney, prosecutors say. Mr. Smith, who has a high school equivalency diploma, could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if he is convicted. His trial starts Wednesday before Judge Raymond Kane Jr.Court officials tried to get a public defender -- one whom Mr. Smith fired in July -- to handle Mr. Smith's case during a hearing Friday, but Mr. Smith again did not want the attorney to represent him."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | July 6, 1994
A man who faces life in prison without parole for the slaying of his girlfriend will represent himself at his Howard Circuit Court trial in September, despite a judge's warning that such a decision is foolish.Marvin Philander Smith of Baltimore dismissed his public defender and then waived his right to have an attorney during a hearing before Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. yesterday.Mr. Smith will be the first defendant to represent himself in a murder case in Howard County in at least 15 years, according to court officials.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1996
A Westminster man who spent more than a month in jail, charged with selling cocaine on two occasions to an undercover police officer in 1995, was acquitted yesterday in an unusual case of mistaken identity.Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. said he had "no doubt whatsoever" that Wayne A. Safrit, 46, of the 800 block of Fairfield Ave. was innocent.Sobbing with joy and receiving hugs from family and friends in the courtroom, Safrit said, "Now I can get on with the rest of my life."
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November 2, 2005
On October 31, 2005, BARBARA J. SHAFFER; beloved daugher of Lillian (nee Shemer) and the late David S. Shaffer; devoted sister of Brian M. Shaffer of Baltimore, MD and the late Steven M. Shaffer; loving niece of Irene Shemer. Services and Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown, on Wednesday, November 2 at 1 P.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 202, Towson, MD (21204). In mourning at 3312 Hillsmere Road (21207)
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August 7, 2005
On Friday, August 5, 2005, DAVID S. SHAFFER, beloved husband of Lillian Shaffer (nee Shemer); devoted father of Brian M. Shaffer and Barbara J. Shaffer, both of Baltimore, MD and the late Steven Mark Shaffer; loving brother of the late Lillian Lupa; loving sister-in-law of Irene Shemer. Services and interment will be held at Beth El Memorial Park-Randallstown, on Sunday, August 7, 2005, at 11 A.M. Please omit flowers. Contributions may be directed in his memory to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
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May 15, 2004
On Thursday, May 13, 2004; HAROLD "SONNY" NEWMAN, beloved husband of Betty Newman (nee Schnitzer); devoted father of Helene Shemer and Arvin Newman both of Baltimore; dear father-in-law of Howard Shemer and Susan Newman; devoted brother of Selma Frank of Baltimore and the late Evelyn Hettleman; loving grandfather of Kerri and Robert Cohen, Jenna Newman, Ashleigh Shemer and Haiden Shemer; loving great-grandfather of Lauren Eve Cohen and Jack Blaa....
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | February 18, 1999
A Carroll County judge refused yesterday to lower bail for a Mount Airy man charged with sexually abusing three children last year after tempting them with lollipops.Robert E. Tibbits, 63, was returned to the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail after a hearing by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.Tibbits has severe heart problems, said Daniel Shemer, assistant public defender, who asked for bail of $15,000. He said his client would agree to home detention while awaiting trial.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 26, 1998
A Carroll County judge has again ruled that a Westminster woman may appeal her conviction in the suffocation death of her 4-month-old daughter in Taneytown in August 1996.Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. issued a five-page opinion Nov. 3 permitting Lisa E. Ruby to appeal her manslaughter and child abuse conviction because public defender Daniel M. Shemer failed to file an appeal within 30 days after her sentencing.She was sentenced in June to 10 months in jail, the time she had spent in jail awaiting trial and sentencing.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1997
A Taneytown woman, who was found guilty in March of suffocating her 4-month-old daughter, sought a judge's approval yesterday to file a belated appeal of her convictions.Lisa E. Ruby, 21, made the request while testifying in a post-conviction hearing before Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.Ruby was released from jail in June after spending 10 months awaiting trial in the death of Tabitha Meekins. Ruby led police to the infant's body, found under a pile of leaves near Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | May 6, 1994
A Howard Circuit Court judge denied a request yesterday from a Baltimore man who wants to represent himself at his trial on murder charges in the April 1993 slaying of his girlfriend.Marvin Philander Smith, 35, told Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. that he is unhappy with the way his public defender is representing him and would rather handle his own case.But Judge Sybert denied the request, telling Mr. Smith that the charges are too serious and the case is too complex for him to stand trial without representation by a lawyer.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1995
Roy Monroe Robertson, convicted in September of killing his best friend beside the Monocacy River near Taneytown, will spend the rest of his life behind bars, a Carroll County judge determined yesterday.Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. gave Robertson life in prison without the chance for parole yesterday for the first-degree murder of William Charles Prodoehl on Feb. 18, 1993.Robertson received a consecutive 15-year sentence for using a handgun to commit a violent crime. Judge Burns said Robertson -- who has been incarcerated since January 1994 on these and other charges -- will receive credit for any time served while awaiting trial.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 22, 1997
What difference does a year make?Although a Carroll judge sentenced George L. Gray, a Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to twice robbing a Mount Airy bank last year, to two consecutive seven-year prison terms Friday, Gray sought a 15-year sentence instead.Upon hearing Gray's surprising request, Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold asked the defendant for clarification."Do I have to accept this [consecutive seven-year sentences]?" asked Gray, 30. "Can I just get the whole 15 [years]?"When told he had been sentenced to 14 years in prison, Gray said he didn't see much difference between 14 and 15 years.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 6, 1997
A Taneytown mother, who was convicted in March of suffocating her 4-month-old daughter last summer, was released yesterday after serving 10 months in jail.Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. said he expected criticism, but was imposing a "proper and fair" sentence -- a suspended 10-year prison term -- for Lisa E. Ruby, 21.After suspending all but the 10 months Ruby has served, Burns set strict conditions for five years of supervised probation.Ruby was convicted of smothering Tabitha Meekins before hiding the infant's naked body under a pile of leaves near Prettyboy Reservoir in northern Baltimore County.
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