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September 6, 2008
Ex-Del. McKee pleads guilty in porn case Robert A. McKee, a former Maryland delegate and executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to possession of child pornography. He faces a fine of up to $250,000 and a maximum of 10 years in prison, though prosecutors recommended a term of between 37 and 41 months. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 21. According to a statement of facts read in court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie Greenberg, McKee, 59, printed stories documenting sexual acts between young boys and men as well as pornographic images from Web sites with names such as "Johnny proudly presents" or "virginxboys."
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN REPORTER | June 5, 2008
Several tornadoes ripped through the state yesterday as part of a weather system that killed one person in the Washington area, tore roofs off buildings, crushed cars, uprooted trees, collapsed a loading crane and disrupted public transportation throughout the region. Officials from the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said they received reports of tornadoes touching down in Severna Park and near the Bay Bridge. Meteorologist Luis Rosa reported extensive damage to homes in Severna Park by evening but said no damage to the bridge had been reported.
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March 17, 2008
Woman, 83, dies in car crash on Route 482 in Hampstead A collision between two motor vehicles in Hampstead yesterday afternoon claimed the life of an 83-year-old Hampstead woman, state police at the Westminster barracks said. Police said Mary Owings was driving a Chevrolet Lumina north and making a left turn from North Carroll Street onto westbound Route 482 about 2:15 p.m. when she pulled into the path of a Chevrolet Trailblazer that was heading east on Route 482 and was struck. Police said Owings was taken by ambulance to Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, where she was pronounced dead.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | March 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- His mother says she sent him to this Western Maryland town as a teenager to escape the drugs and violence of their Bronx neighborhood. Instead, this is where he cut his teeth as a criminal. Now 28 years old, Steve Lamont Willock has lived all but six months of his adult life behind bars. His home for the past four years, the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, is even farther from Baltimore - a place in which he might never have set foot. Yet authorities say they believe Willock commanded one of Baltimore's largest and most violent gangs, a set of the Bloods called Tree Top Piru.
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By Brent Jones | March 7, 2008
Maryland State Police yesterday fatally shot a man who drew a loaded handgun on a trooper during a traffic stop in Western Maryland, police said. The man, believed to be a 27-year-old Pennsylvanian wanted on at least three warrants, has not been positively identified, and family members had not been notified as of last night. About 2:30 p.m., Trooper Christopher Barnard stopped a 1997 Saturn for speeding near Indian Springs in Washington County, state police said. Cpl. Todd Weaver responded as backup, and both troopers approached the car, police said.
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,Sun reporter | March 6, 2008
Electronic gambling machines - devices that resemble slots - have been proliferating in rural Maryland counties recently, in part because of a concerted lobbying effort by their manufacturer. Officials in one municipality, afraid that they could be subject to a lawsuit for refusing to allow the machines, revised their gambling statutes late last year to protect themselves from litigation, according to testimony before a legislative committee yesterday. Among the most aggressive interests involved in the campaign is Frank Moran & Sons, an Arbutus-based company represented by lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano.
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By Bradley Olson and Tyeesha Dixon and Bradley Olson and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporters | February 16, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A state delegate who is under investigation concerning possession of child pornography announced yesterday that he will resign from office, shocking Annapolis and the quiet neighborhood where he lives. Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore said deputies searched the Hagerstown residence of Del. Robert A. McKee on Jan. 31 within 24 hours of receiving a tip that "child pornography was located in the home." "As a result, we did seize several computers, several videotapes and other printed material," he said.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter | January 25, 2008
After remaining mostly silent during three weeks of proceedings in his death penalty case, Brandon T. Morris yesterday addressed the judge who will decide his sentence - and apologized to the family of the correctional officer he was convicted of killing. "There's nothing I can do to ease the pain and sorrow," said Morris, who stood briefly to address Judge Joseph P. Manck at the conclusion of a three-day sentencing hearing in Howard County Circuit Court. "If I could change what happened, I would," he said.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter | January 23, 2008
Saying that he poses too great a danger to society, prosecutors argued yesterday that convicted killer Brandon T. Morris deserves a death sentence for killing a correctional officer. Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael sought to establish Morris' "future dangerousness" during the opening of sentencing hearings in Howard County Circuit Court. Defense attorney Arcangelo Tuminelli started the proceedings by saying Morris chose to be sentenced by Judge Joseph P. Manck rather than by the jury that convicted him Friday of first-degree murder and other counts in the January 2006 killing of Jeffery A. Wroten in Washington County.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter | January 18, 2008
A jury began deliberating late yesterday in the capital murder trial of Brandon T. Morris, who is accused of shooting a Washington County correctional officer in the face while attempting to escape from a hospital in 2006. During closing arguments, a prosecutor told the jury in Howard County Circuit Court that Jeffery Wroten died for no "good reason" and described Morris as exceptionally "desperate" and "callous" to kill someone in the presence of caregivers. Prosecutors sought to prove that Morris killed Wroten as part of his planned hospital escape, a felony murder that would make the defendant eligible for the death penalty.
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