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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2010
A 51-year-old Westminster man who faked his engineering credentials to work for a Columbia firm pleaded guilty Monday in Howard County Circuit Court to one count of counterfeiting a public seal. Lawrence D. Novakowski of the 3000 block of Nicodemus Road will be sentenced July 1 by Judge Timothy J. McCrone; he could receive up to two years in prison. According to Senior Assistant State's Attorney Kim Oldham, a complaint by an engineering firm in Sparks that Novakowski's credentials were phony helped launch an investigation by two state agencies that concluded he used a state seal to fraudulently obtain a license that helped him get a job in Columbia.
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By Will Fepserman, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
A Westminster man was sentenced Wednesday to 63 months in prison and 25 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography following a plea agreement in the case, according to the U.S. State Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said a computer belonging to Joshua Foe, 35, was seized by law enforcement officials under a federal search warrant after officials determined he was sharing child pornography through a file sharing website in 2012 and 2013, according to a press release from the U.S. State Attorney.
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By Will Fepserman, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
A Westminster man was sentenced Wednesday to 63 months in prison and 25 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography following a plea agreement in the case, according to the U.S. State Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said a computer belonging to Joshua Foe, 35, was seized by law enforcement officials under a federal search warrant after officials determined he was sharing child pornography through a file sharing website in 2012 and 2013, according to a press release from the U.S. State Attorney.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
A 28-year-old Westminster man was critically injured in Sykesville on Sunday in a dirt bike accident, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Officials said that at about 5 p.m., deputies and rescue personnel from the Sykesville Volunteer Fire Company were called to Poole and Cherrytree roads in the northern part of Sykesville west of Route 32 for a report of a motor vehicle crash, and found a Yamaha dirt bike on the southbound shoulder. Officials said they believe the driver was traveling south on Poole Road and lost control, causing him to be ejected off the dirt bike.
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Staff Reports | November 30, 2012
A Westminster man died on Friday, Nov. 30, after he was struck while walking alongside Chapel Road in the Westminster area, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office said that at about 3:25 p.m., deputies responded to reports of a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on the 900 block of Chapel Road, which is west of Route 27 at Kate Wagner Road. The pedestrian, identified as a 45-year-old Westminster man, was treated at the scene by paramedics from the Westminster Volunteer Fire Company, and transported by ambulance to the Carroll Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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By The Carroll Eagle | June 26, 2011
A 45-year-old man drowned in a boating accident on the Elk River Saturday, authorities said. Maryland Natural Resources Police said officers were dispatched to the private Chesapeake Isles Community along the Elk River to investigate a capsized vessel and persons in distress. They said vessel had taken on water before capsizing in a mooring area near the community. The operator and three passengers were pulled from the water by witnesses. The operator was unconscious.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2010
A Westminster man is accused of raping, beating and burning the 21-month-old girl daughter of his girlfriend while the mother slept nearby, Carroll County sheriff's deputies said Tuesday. Ryan Chad Gifford, 23, was arrested Sunday and charged with first- and second-degree assault and first- and second-degree child abuse after the girl's mother took her to a hospital for treatment of burns, a swollen face and extensive abrasions. Gifford was being held at the Caroll County Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bond after a bail review hearing Monday.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2011
A Westminster man was found guilty Monday of child sexual abuse and first-degree assault of a 21-month-old girl last year, the Carroll County State's Attorney's office said. Ryan C. Gifford, 24, faces a maximum of 25 years in prison on each of the two charges when he is sentenced on June 1 in Carroll County Circuit Court. The toddler and her mother were staying at Gifford's home on April 11, 2010, when the assault occurred, according to charging documents. Police said Gifford attacked the girl in a shower while her mother was sleeping, and after drinking a half-gallon of white wine.
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October 18, 2011
A 19-year-old Westminster was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault after a Frederick man was stabbed in the parking lot of TownMall in Westminster on Oct. 17. The Westminster Police Department said that on Monday at 7:01 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the mall's parking lot. When police units arrived on the scene they found that a 23-year-old Frederck man had been stabbed in the abdomen. The victim was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma for treatment.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
Maryland State police have charged David M. Montgomery with murder after a Westminster man was found dead early Saturday morning. Montgomery, 28, of no fixed address, was charged with first- and second-degree murder, and taken to the Carroll County Central Booking Center to await an appearance before a court commissioner. Edward C. Zepp, 61, was found dead on the back porch of his residence on the 100 block of West Main Street shortly after 4 a.m. with trauma to his neck. He was pronounced dead.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
A Westminster man was sentenced to 37 months in prison Wednesday for securities fraud related to the sale of $1.9 million in stock in his company, according to federal prosecutors. John F. "Jef" Curran III also was ordered to repay $1.25 million to investors in Gargoyles Inc., which claimed to be an advanced materials application company doing business with the military and law enforcement, said the U.S. Attorney in Maryland. Curran, 44, sold the shares between January 2009 to September 2010.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
A 29-year-old New Windsor man died Monday after fleeing police in Finksburg, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said. The man ignored a deputy's attempts to pull him over at 6:25 a.m. as he sped onto Old Gamber Road. The driver turned right onto Old Westminster Pike, into a parking lot in the 2200 block of Baltimore Boulevard and back on to Baltimore Boulevard when the Dodge Ram he was driving struck an eastbound Ford van. The drivers of both vehicles were transported by ambulance to Carroll Hospital Center, where the 29-year-old man died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
Maryland State police have charged David M. Montgomery with murder after a Westminster man was found dead early Saturday morning. Montgomery, 28, of no fixed address, was charged with first- and second-degree murder, and taken to the Carroll County Central Booking Center to await an appearance before a court commissioner. Edward C. Zepp, 61, was found dead on the back porch of his residence on the 100 block of West Main Street shortly after 4 a.m. with trauma to his neck. He was pronounced dead.
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Staff Reports | January 5, 2013
State police said Saturday that David M. Montgomery, 28, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder in connection with the death of a man in Westminster this morning. Edward C. Zepp, 61, of the 100 block of West Main Street, Westminster, was found dead on the back porch of his residence early Saturday morning. Shortly after 4 a.m. Jan. 5, Westminster Police responded to a 911 call reporting an assault at the address. Police said they found Zepp on the back porch of his residence with trauma to his neck.  Medics pronounced him dead.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
John Ragan concedes that he is neither computer-savvy nor very much interested in using the Internet. "I'm not an Internet-surfing kind of guy," the 30-year-old carpenter said recently. But it was his occasional foray onto MarylandWhitetail.com that prompted Ragan to put a classified ad on the hunting-based website, offering to sell all of his bowhunting equipment for the $600 he figured he needed to buy Christmas presents for his family. Ragan, who grew up in Baltimore and now lives in Westminster with his wife and their two children, 12-year-old son Trenton and 9-year-old daughter Hayley, needed the money after he was laid off from a few sub-contracting jobs in recent months because of the economy.
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Staff Reports | November 30, 2012
A Westminster man died on Friday, Nov. 30, after he was struck while walking alongside Chapel Road in the Westminster area, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office said that at about 3:25 p.m., deputies responded to reports of a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on the 900 block of Chapel Road, which is west of Route 27 at Kate Wagner Road. The pedestrian, identified as a 45-year-old Westminster man, was treated at the scene by paramedics from the Westminster Volunteer Fire Company, and transported by ambulance to the Carroll Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Maryland State Police have charged a 24-year-old Westminster man in a double shooting Friday that left one man dead and another injured. Jacob B. Bircher, of the unit block of Wimert Ave., surrendered to police at 7 a.m. Friday on a church parking lot on Route 140 in Westminster. He faces first-degree murder and other charges that are pending, police said. Police, responding to shots fired shortly after midnight, arrived at the Harvest Inn Restaurant in the 2000 block of Liberty Road in Eldersburg.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Maryland State Police have charged a 24-year-old Westminster man in a double shooting Friday that left one man dead and another injured. Jacob B. Bircher, of the unit block of Wimert Ave., surrendered to police at 7 a.m. Friday on a church parking lot on Route 140 in Westminster. He faces first-degree murder and other charges that are pending, police said. Police, responding to shots fired shortly after midnight, arrived at the Harvest Inn Restaurant in the 2000 block of Liberty Road in Eldersburg.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2012
A Westminster man was killed Saturday by a light pole that fell on him on the side of Route 50 in Queen Anne's County after he lost control of his motorcycle on the roadway and it struck the pole, Maryland State Police said. Police believe Philip Jeffrey Merson, 59, was traveling in the left lane of the eastbound roadway shortly after 2:30 p.m. when he lost control of his red and black 2009 Honda motorcycle and swerved to the right, across three lanes and onto the exit ramp for Nesbit Road.
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