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February 28, 2010
Federal prosecutors have identified the alleged mastermind of the killing of a witness in a Frederick drug case. In a court filing Friday, prosecutors said Steven Leroy Stone, 25, ordered the killing. They are asking a federal judge in Baltimore to sentence him to at least 25 years in prison Monday. Stone is the fourth of five defendants to be convicted in the death in July 2005 of David Wayne Lee Jr. Lee had been ordered to testify against Stone and others in a drug and weapons investigation.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
I have a feeling "Mad Men" is not going to end so happily for some of its fans. I say that after watching Sunday night's opener of the final season and hearing creator Matthew Weiner talk about where the series is going in its last 14 episodes. Before the final credits tonight, viewers will see one of the two characters who matters most, Don Draper (Jon Hamm), near spiritual paralysis, and the other, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), brought to her knees in emotional pain. You'll hear Don saying things like, "She knows I'm a terrible husband … I really thought I could do it this time … I keep wondering, 'Have I broken the vessel?
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 15, 2011
A northern Harford County man pleaded guilty late last week to witness tampering and other charges related to thefts of copper from a home and wire from a construction site. Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly announced the Sept. 9 guilty plea of Aubrey Gerald Pritt, 39, of Street, who was charged with trying to influence a state's witness and related burglary and theft charges. Pritt received prison terms totaling more than a dozen years for the three convictions. According to a news release from Cassilly, Pritt was charged with burglary for entering a vacant home in Darlington and removing the copper piping and wiring.
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By Meekah Hopkins | April 8, 2014
I'm not sure whether the weather makes me want to drink in celebration of the new season or in escape from the old. Either way: It. Is. Spring, y'all. Ah, it's the return of outdoor seating, of live music, a nice breeze off the water, and light, airy sips of cooling cocktails. The only problem is that everyone's got the same plan. Take this past weekend, for example: People were practically falling out of the windows or off bar balconies soaking in every ounce of summer sunshine and beverages that they could.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
In a pivotal day of testimony in the Phylicia Barnes murder trial, a 36-year-old petty criminal the defense has dismissed as a "jailhouse snitch" took the stand as one of the prosecution's key witnesses. James McCray, currently locked up in Charles County on a theft conviction, began his testimony by saying his name was actually Jason Lee and that he had drifted to Baltimore six years ago from New York and run an under-the-table business helping unqualified drivers get tags and titles.
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July 14, 2004
TASHIERA PETERSON spent the afternoon of her birthday in a Baltimore courtroom, perched on a chair too big for her, recounting an event too horrible to imagine - the murder of her father. She arrived in court despite an alleged plot to silence her, an 11-year-old girl. The 19-year-old man on trial in the shooting death of Russell Peterson is accused of ordering a hit on Tashiera and her mother to keep them from testifying. But this girl with the braided hair bravely walked into court last Friday, looking like the prospective fifth-grader that she is. Her white-cropped pants, spiffy white sneakers and crocheted poncho of pink, mauve and white stripes stood out against the mahogany hues of the courtroom.
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By Arthur J. Magida | May 30, 2004
A MONTH AGO, a large mistake by small-minded people did us all a giant favor. When Sinclair Broadcast Group refused to broadcast Ted Koppel reading the names of 700-plus Americans killed in Iraq, we received a quickie lesson in the political implications of memory: how a fairly neutral act - noting the names of the fallen, one by one - can, stupidly, be perceived as overtly political. Yes, this is an election year, and we're surrounded by slogans and the bending of truth. But names are names and the fallen are the fallen, and shame upon those who tamper with the dignity and the honor of those serving, and dying, for the nation.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
Lawyers for the man convicted of killing Phylicia Barnes are again seeking to undermine the credibility of a small-time criminal who provided key state testimony in his trial, citing a letter from Montgomery County prosecutors detailing James McCray's removal as a witness in a separate murder case. The information, sent to Baltimore prosecutors on the day after Michael Maurice Johnson was found guilty of killing the visiting North Carolina teen, contains statements that the defense says shows McCray — whom they described at trial as a "jailhouse snitch" — is not reliable.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
Kareem Guest ignored the "stop snitching" credo, and authorities say his candid chatter to the FBI about drug dealers got him killed. The woman police say saw him get shot won't talk about it, and prosecutors have charged her with lying to a grand jury and want her imprisoned for 30 years. It is at first glance an all-too-familiar and tragic tale of witness intimidation and a demonstration of the collateral damage of Baltimore's epic drug war, but with a sardonic twist: The silence of one witness has thwarted efforts to make an arrest in the silencing of another.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
After Baltimore police officers fatally shot a man in the Douglass Homes housing project last week, the accounts of what happened were nearly as great in number as the people who said they saw it. Police said 25-year-old Donte Bennett took out a gun before officers shot him. One resident said she saw the man's hands in the air; another said he was on his back with officers holding his wrists. Bennett's mother called for an outside review of the incident, and police say they have opened an internal investigation.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
George F. Carter, a retired Army colonel who witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack as a young lieutenant, died of complications from a stroke Feb. 24 at the Oak Crest retirement center. The Timonium resident was 96. Born in Oakland, Calif., he was the son of Thomas Carter and Louise Carrau Carter. He earned a bachelor's degree at St. Mary's College of California in Moraga, where he enlisted in Reserve Officers Training Corps. He began his military service as a lieutenant and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
A Naval Academy midshipman once accused of sexual assault testified for the first time in open court Tuesday, telling a military judge that when he got into a car with a female classmate outside a 2012 off-campus party, he didn't think she was too drunk to know what she was doing. Midshipman Eric Graham said the alleged victim might have smelled of alcohol, but was talking and moving around on the night of a party that resulted in accusations of sexual assault against Graham and two others.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
David Roberts was finishing up a customer's haircut Saturday at the Cavallaro & Co. salon on the second floor of The Mall in Columbia when he heard the first shot. He looked at another employee, wondering whether they should be concerned. "When we heard the second, that's when we were like, 'We need to go,'" said the 46-year-old stylist. Directly across from the salon, three people had been shot at Zumiez, a skate apparel and gear store. Roberts initially led employees and customers out the back of the salon.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
Prosecutors said Friday they intend to explore the tempestuous relationship between the lead detective in the Phylicia Barnes case and his daughter when his trial on assault and burglary charges begins next week. The detective, Daniel T. Nicholson IV, is accused of barging into a Northeast Baltimore apartment, knocking a woman to the ground and punching another as he frantically searched for his daughter. His actions were previously scrutinized at the trial of Michael Maurice Johnson, who was indicted in Barnes' death, when defense attorneys sought to cast doubt on Nicholson's credibility by pointing to the parallels between Nicholson's own hunt and the search for Barnes.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
A key witness in the case of Tyrone West — whose death in police custody has sparked a citywide debate — told investigators that West fought with officers, but that they continued to hit him after he gave up, according to documents released this week. "He was saying, 'You got me, you got me, stop hitting me,'" Corinthea Servance told detectives. "Natural instinct, you're going to ward them off. … I was screaming at him, just lay down. Whatever they're telling you to do, take the pain.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Three men convicted in a Baltimore murder are seeking a new trial after a prosecutor made an issue of a white witness' living in a predominantly black neighborhood - a comment that the judge in the case said "smacks of racism. " In closing arguments this month, Assistant State's Attorney Theresa M. Shaffer asked the jury to carefully consider the words of a witness who testified that the victim of a West Baltimore killing might have been armed. "He don't want to be involved," she said.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2011
A 39-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Monday for selling cocaine in West Baltimore after agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration intercepted drugs and a package containing more than $250,000 in cash. A jury convicted Gregory Alfred Whyte, also known as "Manny," after a six-day trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Prosecutors said he was given a harsher sentence because he tried to intimidate a witness into recanting his testimony. The case began when federal agents in Los Angeles intercepted a refrigerator that was being sent to an address on North Fulton Avenue in Baltimore.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2012
Friday was Avon Ball's first night off "the box," finally finished with court-ordered home monitoring and ready to hit the town. "Who with me?" he posted on Facebook. But police said he didn't make it home. He and a friend were involved in an argument early Saturday at a downtown club, and detectives believe they were followed to the intersection of Madison Avenue and West Preston Street, where they were shot multiple times. Ball, 26, died at an area hospital, and his unidentified friend was critically injured.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
A man beat his girlfriend with a baseball bat, then came back and set fire to her house while 10 people were inside, Baltimore police said — an attack that injured three. Arson investigators charged Jordan Grimes, 26, with about 50 criminal counts, including attempted murder and arson, saying he was responsible for a series of violent crimes Monday in Northwest Baltimore. Police said it was a "horrific" episode from a man who has previously been accused of domestic violence.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
A woman came face to face Monday with the man who paid a gang hit man to murder her son, as a federal judge sentenced Jose Morales to life in prison. As Grace Bouvier spoke of how her granddaughter was left without a father, Morales, convicted in October in the murder Robert Long, thrust his darkly bearded chin in the air and watched her talk. "I don't know why Mr. Morales had my son murdered," Bouvier said, cutting short her comments after being overcome by emotion. It had been a long journey for Bouvier, who sat through a state trial in which jurors wrongly convicted another man of killing Long in a fight over drugs.
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