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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2001
When Fire Capt. Keith Swindle shows up to check one of the hundreds of "suspicious packages" that prompt panicked calls to emergency lines, it looks like NASA has landed an astronaut in suburbia. Outfitted in gear that resembles a neon moon suit, Swindle is covered from head to toe in protective layers, and he breathes from an air tank on his back. As commander of Anne Arundel County's hazardous materials squad, Swindle is part of the front-line response to bioterrorism. He is part chemist, part rescuer, part disaster assessor, part public educator.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
Anne Arundel County fire officials blamed an early Tuesday morning fire on used fireworks placed in a trash can in the home's garage. Firefighters called around 12:15 a.m. to a two-story house in the 200 block of Providence Road in the Mulberry Hills area of Annapolis arrived to find flames coming from the garage, which had two vehicles in it, according to Division Chief Keith D. Swindle. He said 29 firefighters from the county, Annapolis city and Naval Academy brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes.
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NEWS
January 27, 2009
3 teenagers charged in theft and assault Three Brooklyn Park teenagers were arrested Sunday and charged with robbery, carjacking, assault and theft in an attack on a 47-year-old Baltimore man, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. About 12:40 p.m., the victim, who had a motor scooter, told police that three boys pushed him to the ground in the 5000 block of Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park. One fled on the motor scooter, the victim told police, and the other two fled on foot. After searching the area, police said, they arrested three people - two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old - who were charged as juveniles.
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Staff Reports | April 10, 2013
Anne Arundel County Fire officials said Wednesday at 5 p.m.  that crews had controlled an outdoor brush, wood and mulch fire in the 700 block of Pittman Road, near Arundel Cove and Curtis Bay. According to Division Chief Keith D. Swindle, the department received a call at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, for a fire at NOVA Recycling, in the 700 block of Pittman Road in Curtis Bay. Crews arrived at the scene to find a “heavy volume of fire” from...
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | December 8, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Ross Perot's grass-roots organization, financed by him before and after he returned to the 1992 presidential race, will launch a massive membership drive early next month aimed at making itself self-supporting -- but still dedicated to his views and, possibly, another Perot presidential bid in 1996.Orson Swindle, the retired Marine officer and former prisoner of war who became executive director and spokesman for the 1992 Perot campaign, says the membership effort, charging $15 a year, will be aimed at the 19 million Americans who voted for Perot "and the millions more who would have voted for him had they thought he could win."
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
Anne Arundel County fire officials blamed an early Tuesday morning fire on used fireworks placed in a trash can in the home's garage. Firefighters called around 12:15 a.m. to a two-story house in the 200 block of Providence Road in the Mulberry Hills area of Annapolis arrived to find flames coming from the garage, which had two vehicles in it, according to Division Chief Keith D. Swindle. He said 29 firefighters from the county, Annapolis city and Naval Academy brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes.
NEWS
Staff Reports | April 10, 2013
Anne Arundel County Fire officials said Wednesday at 5 p.m.  that crews had controlled an outdoor brush, wood and mulch fire in the 700 block of Pittman Road, near Arundel Cove and Curtis Bay. According to Division Chief Keith D. Swindle, the department received a call at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, for a fire at NOVA Recycling, in the 700 block of Pittman Road in Curtis Bay. Crews arrived at the scene to find a “heavy volume of fire” from...
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | April 15, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission, overriding its chairman, excused BP Amoco PLC from a condition the company had accepted to win approval of its $32 billion buyout of Atlantic Richfield Co. The commissioners voted 3-2 to lift a settlement provision that would have prohibited the London-based company from "knowingly and intentionally" exporting Alaska North Slope crude to Asia and other places to raise prices on the West Coast. The vote Wednesday is believed to be the first defeat for Chairman Robert Pitofsky, who in his five-year tenure has relied on the support of fellow Democrats Mozelle Thompson and Sheila Anthony to forge a three-member majority.
NEWS
By Jack Germond & Jules Witcover | September 17, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- What, it seems reasonable to ask at thi stage, is Ross Perot up to?Two months after he dropped his undeclared presidential candidacy, his diehard supporters -- with half a million dollars a month from him -- are on the verge of completing the task of filing his name for ballot position in all 50 states.The last one, Hawaii, is expected to have completed its petition drive by the end of this week. Perot supporters here say this will be the first time any independent candidacy for the presidency has accomplished that feat, surpassing former Alabama Gov. George Wallace in his third-party efforts.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | January 22, 1997
A key figure in an international Nigerian fraud ring took jurors on a journey yesterday through a maze of money-laundering schemes, providing them with a first-hand look at how simple it is to swindle credit card companies and their unsuspecting customers.Testifying in a deep baritone, Christopher Omotunde told the jury in federal court in Baltimore how he and his cohorts stole credit histories and replicated financial backgrounds of victims around the nation.With stolen birth dates and Social Security numbers, they went on a rampage, running up credit card limits and cash advances.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
A federal grand jury has indicted a pair of Washington men, charging them with taking $1.4 million from Baltimore's public housing authority and electronically transferring the funds to a nonexistent business, according to authorities. The men, William Alvin Darden and Keith Eugene Daughtry, were indicted last month on charges of bank fraud, according to federal court documents. The pair transferred money from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City's fund for Section 8 residents to a fictitious contracting company 30 times over a two-month period last year, according to the documents.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | December 29, 2009
A federal grand jury indicted two Maryland residents, one of whom is in the country under asylum, on a dozen counts of wire fraud and identity theft this month in connection with a 2008 scheme that used Baltimore properties to swindle a Beltsville lender out of more than $664,000, authorities say. Cameroon native Dema Daiga, who lives in College Park, and Oluseun Oshosanya, who lives in Laurel, appeared separately Monday in U.S. District Court....
NEWS
January 27, 2009
3 teenagers charged in theft and assault Three Brooklyn Park teenagers were arrested Sunday and charged with robbery, carjacking, assault and theft in an attack on a 47-year-old Baltimore man, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. About 12:40 p.m., the victim, who had a motor scooter, told police that three boys pushed him to the ground in the 5000 block of Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park. One fled on the motor scooter, the victim told police, and the other two fled on foot. After searching the area, police said, they arrested three people - two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old - who were charged as juveniles.
NEWS
By RON SMITH | December 24, 2008
I've been pondering why alleged mega-swindler Bernard L. Madoff had such a smirk on his face as he left the Manhattan federal court last week. If you've seen the picture in the newspaper or seen the tape on television news, you know the expression to which I'm referring. The man who allegedly stole from the rich, but neglected to give to the poor - thus failing the Robin Hood test - has been nabbed. Why the arrogance from an accused master con man who is now wearing an electronic monitor ankle bracelet, under house arrest in his $7 million East 64th Street penthouse while waiting for trial on charges that he bilked legions of investors of something in the neighborhood of $50 billion?
BUSINESS
By David Lazarus and David Lazarus,Los Angeles Times | July 27, 2008
At first, Los Angeles resident Wanita Holmes thought it was her lucky day. "You are hereby selected to participate in a paid Consumer Research Program in your area of residence as a 'Mystery Shopper,'" the letter began, adding that the assignment could turn into a full-time gig "for a selected few who are able to distinguish themselves in the course of this program." Enclosed was a check for $3,950, to be used to buy things at well-known merchants such as Wal-Mart and to test "the effectiveness and efficiency" of money-transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.
BUSINESS
By DAN THANH DANG | March 16, 2008
Love hurts. The National Consumers League is warning all lovelorns out there about "The Sweetheart Swindle," a drawn-out process in which a con artist nurtures a relationship and eventually persuades the victim to send money repeatedly over an extended period of time. Although NCL's Fraud Center has only been tracking this type of scam since July 2007, Executive Director Sally Greenberg said it has gained enough momentum in the second half of the year to move to the top 10 scam list. According to NCL, the average victim lost more than $3,038 last year to Sweetheart Swindles.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,Staff Writer | September 16, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Unfazed by their hero's mid-July retreat as an undeclared presidential candidate, supporters of Texas billionaire Ross Perot are getting ready to celebrate a unique political achievement -- filing of an independent candidacy in all 50 states.That feat, according to Bob Hayden, a Ventura engineer who heads the Perot "United We Stand America" grass-roots effort in California, should be accomplished by week's end with the addition of the last state, Arizona.The achievement falls far short, however, of the grandiose hopes of Mr. Hayden and the millions of others who took Mr. Perot at his word earlier this year when he told them he would run if they got him onto the ballot in all 50 states.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2007
Think twice before you open bogus e-mail from an all-too-helpful "Fraud Department" claiming to be associated with the Federal Trade Commission. The e-mail is laced with links and attachments that download a virus that could grab passwords and account numbers from your computer. It commonly refers to complaints filed against the recipient and includes a phony sender's address from frauddep@ftc.gov. Despite an image of the FTC seal, alert consumers will spot grammatical errors, misspellings and incorrect syntax.
BUSINESS
By Dan Thanh Dang | December 30, 2007
Now that the holidays are about over, are you strapped for cash and looking for "easy" money? If the answer is yes, realize that you could be a target for scammers who are eager to rob you. The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland is urging consumers to be wary of a company called Master Research and its "Secret Shopper" scheme. Master Research, which has a Maryland address, posts help-wanted ads on Craigslist, CareerBuilder and in newspapers seeking customer service evaluators, secret shoppers and temporary positions.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2007
Think twice before you open bogus e-mail from an all-too-helpful "Fraud Department" claiming to be associated with the Federal Trade Commission. The e-mail is laced with links and attachments that download a virus that could grab passwords and account numbers from your computer. It commonly refers to complaints filed against the recipient and includes a phony sender's address from frauddep@ftc.gov. Despite an image of the FTC seal, alert consumers will spot grammatical errors, misspellings and incorrect syntax.
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