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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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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Somewhere in the wide world exists a certain Jawan Johnson, who has a warrant out for his arrest so he can be brought to testify in a Washington burglary case. There also exists a certain Jawon Johnson - with an "O" - a Baltimorean who is not a witness in a burglary case. But somewhere in the databanks of a computer tracking police paperwork, the two Johnsons became confused in spite of the differing vowels in their first names. So when a Havre de Grace police officer pulled Jawon Johnson over on Pulaski Highway on Saturday night, he thought he had the wayward witness in hand.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
A child's first birthday party was interrupted by gunfire in Severn on Thursday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police said. Six adults and four children were celebrating the birthday in a home in the 8200 block of Marlton Court in the Stillmeadow community when they heard a gunshot and the front storm door shattered about 4:30 p.m., police said. The partygoers heard more shots, but no others appeared to hit the house. No one was injured by the shot, although broken glass from the storm door did strike a toddler.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge said he is considering holding city prosecutors in contempt after they arranged a secret "lunch date" between two cooperating witnesses in a high-profile murder trial, but said he would not throw out the case or grant a mistrial. Judge Emanuel Brown said he found the prosecutors' actions "contemptible" and said they "violated the process in a way that cannot be tolerated. " Brown said he would defer a decision on discipline until after trial. Defense attorneys complained that they should have been told of the meeting, which they said could be construed as a "benefit" for the witnesses and running afoul of rules instructing witnesses not to discuss testimony.
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October 28, 2013
In response to a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that witnesses to crimes often misidentify suspects shown to them in police photo lineups, the Baltimore City Police Department announced recently that is changing the way it conducts the procedure to make it less prone to error. That's a long overdue change that not only brings the department more in line with modern best practices but also makes it less likely that innocent people will be sent to prison for crimes they didn't commit based on faulty witness identifications.
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By Nayana Davis and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
A man was fatally shot Wednesday night on Reisterstown Road, Baltimore Police said. Kevin Talley, 25, of the 300 block of N. Calhoun St. was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the head around 11 p.m. in the 3700 block of Reisterstown Road in the Park Circle neighborhood, according to police. Talley was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m. Police did not provide additional details. In August, city prosecutors dropped attempted first-degree murder charges that had been filed against Talley earlier in the year.
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By Connie Morella | October 8, 2013
While our nation enters week two of the government shutdown and Congress' approval rating reaches an anemic 10 percent, the lowest number in recent history, I grow more and more concerned about the future. We witness politicians on both sides of the aisle failing to reach compromise, let alone engage in productive and inclusive debate. I fear that our nation's future leaders will be alienated by what they see online and on cable news, hear on talk radio and read in their local newspapers.
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October 8, 2013
Anne Arundel County police say a 20-year-old Severn woman has been charged with negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle after cell phone records indicate she was using her cell phone when the car she was driving struck a motorcycle, killing the driver. Jonathan Wesley Roberts, 30, of Virginia, died in the accident, which occurred in March 10 in Gambrills. Police said Elizabeth Haley Meyers, was attempting to cross northbound Route 3 when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving traveled into the path of a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Roberts in the left lane.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 3, 2013
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County welcomes the wider community of Harford County to participate in their annual Silent Witness Initiative Ceremony this Sunday, Oct. 6. The mission of the Silent Witness Program is to promote peace, healing and responsibility in adult relationships in order to eliminate domestic murders in the United States. Each year, the Fellowship erects on its front lawn, wooden silhouettes that represent real victims of domestic murder within Harford County.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
An undercover federal agent in Maryland played a key role in the shutdown Wednesday of what authorities describe as a massive online drug marketplace, owned by a 29-year-old engineer who authorities say schemed to kill perceived rivals. Authorities say Ross William Ulbricht built his Silk Road site into a Deep Web marketplace where buyers and sellers traded more than $1 billion in illegal narcotics using the virtual - and virtually untraceable - currency called Bitcoin. Ulbricht is accused of serving "several thousand drug dealers" since January 2011.
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