Recent stories by Tricia Bishop

Community colleges cut adjunct hours to avoid Obamacare

11:30 AM EDT, October 27, 2013

Community colleges cut adjunct hours to avoid Obamacare

As the federal health reform known as Obamacare takes hold, many community colleges in Maryland and across the country are capping the hours of adjunct faculty — who make up the bulk of their teaching force — to avoid paying for the instructors' health insurance.

Unusual collaboration at UMES, Salisbury benefits both schools

9:29 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Unusual collaboration at UMES, Salisbury benefits both schools

Martin Ngwa, a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, plans to go into social work after graduation — though his school doesn't offer the major.

HBCU presidents believe court ruling could bring more resources

12:29 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

HBCU presidents believe court ruling could bring more resources

Presidents of the state's historically black colleges and universities said Tuesday that a federal court ruling ordering remedies for persistent segregative policies in Maryland higher education could result in new opportunities and resources for their campuses.

Contentious start for lawsuit against Midei, St. Joseph

9:42 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Contentious start for lawsuit against Midei, St. Joseph

Attorneys for former star cardiologist Mark Midei tried — and failed — to argue for a mistrial during opening statements Friday in a medical malpractice trial, the latest in a string of cases accusing the doctor of placing unnecessary stents in heart patients.

Go Daddy founder donates $1 million to UB for veterans center

2:19 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Go Daddy founder donates $1 million to UB for veterans center

Bob Parsons — a University of Baltimore graduate and the founder of Go Daddy, an Internet domain registrar — has donated $1 million to the school to establish a veterans center on campus that will offer services to active-duty and former military personnel.

Cordish Co. partner said he lost millions because of unnecessary stents

5:00 AM EDT, September 30, 2013

Cordish Co. partner said he lost millions because of unnecessary stents

In November 2006, Glenn Weinberg appeared a healthy and hearty 50-year-old, who exercised regularly and was fully engaged in the competitive world of real estate development as a partner of the Baltimore-based Cordish Co.

Court restores right to public defenders at bail hearings

9:37 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

Court restores right to public defenders at bail hearings

Maryland's highest court ruled Wednesday that poor suspects should have access to counsel at all bail hearings, overturning the General Assembly's attempt to spare already-stretched public defenders from attending hundreds of thousands of proceedings each year.

Mold closes UMBC child care center, UMD library floor

2:31 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Mold closes UMBC child care center, UMD library floor

Mold has closed a child care center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a floor of the McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, College Park.

St. Mary's group presents new wage proposal

11:08 PM EDT, September 20, 2013

St. Mary's group presents new wage proposal

A group of faculty and students at St. Mary's College of Maryland, which charges the highest in-state tuition of Maryland's public institutions, is advocating a new wage structure it says would keep student costs down by establishing a "living wage" for the lowest-paid workers and capping top salaries.

Universities balance secrecy and academic freedom in classified work

8:39 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

Universities balance secrecy and academic freedom in classified work

While the main campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is open and inviting, there is another division of the school that discourages visitors.

Hopkins professor says NSA blog post shutdown was 'big misunderstanding'

7:04 PM EDT, September 18, 2013

Hopkins professor says NSA blog post shutdown was 'big misunderstanding'

After roughly a week of reflection, the Johns Hopkins cryptography professor who was ordered to remove from university servers a blog post about the National Security Agency's covert surveillance efforts has concluded that it was a "big misunderstanding."

UMD receives $750 million in software

6:47 AM EDT, September 17, 2013

UMD receives $750 million in software

The University of Maryland, College Park plans to announce Tuesday the receipt of a software grant valued at $750 million from a division of Siemens Corp. — the largest donation of its kind for both the electrical engineering giant and the state's flagship university.

UMD and UMB top Maryland university system fundraising efforts

11:20 AM EDT, September 20, 2013

UMD and UMB top Maryland university system fundraising efforts

The University System of Maryland and its 12 member institutions raised nearly $300 million during fiscal year 2013 — more than $65 million above their collective goal and $57 million more than the previous fiscal year, according to a report presented to the Board of Regents Friday.

ABLE earplugs could protect against bomb blasts

September 15, 2013

ABLE earplugs could protect against bomb blasts

Sometimes it's the simplest ideas that have the biggest impact, and Dan Simon is hoping his will prevent the hearing damage suffered by thousands of military personnel — the top reported service disability in the war on terror.

Auditors claim Frostburg State broke rules in development deal

7:21 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

Auditors claim Frostburg State broke rules in development deal

Frostburg State University may have violated state ethics laws and university system rules by awarding a $2 million construction contract to a developer connected to a school advisory board member, according to the Office of Legislative Audits.

Maryland college offering credit for massive open online courses

5:00 AM EDT, September 4, 2013

Maryland college offering credit for massive open online courses

The University of Maryland University College expects to be among the first wave of schools this academic year awarding transfer credit to those who have taken — and can prove they learned from — certain "massive open online courses," known as MOOCs.

Police identify victims of multi-vehicle crash

7:34 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

Police identify victims of multi-vehicle crash

Anne Arundel County police said they were still investigating the multi-car collision during afternoon rush hour Tuesday that killed three people — including two children — and injured six others.

Family of college football player who died of head injuries files lawsuit

7:14 PM EDT, August 26, 2013

Family of college football player who died of head injuries files lawsuit

The family of Derek Sheely, a 22-year-old football player at Frostburg State University who died two years ago after sustaining successive head injuries on the practice field, has filed a lawsuit alleging that "reckless disregard for player health and safety led to [Sheely's] tragic death."

State lawyer says Md. public colleges may be barred from using Common Application

4:21 PM EDT, August 24, 2013

State lawyer says Md. public colleges may be barred from using Common Application

More than 500 schools across the country, including some in Maryland, use the Common Application, which enables students to apply to multiple colleges by filling out one online form.

Campus police get mental illness training

7:42 PM EDT, August 19, 2013

Campus police get mental illness training

The voices are constant. They fight each other for space in your brain, and while you try to process what they're saying — "You're worthless, we hate you" — you can't believe what you're seeing: the TV weatherman talking directly to you.

Water main break closes Baltimore Design School Monday

9:04 AM EDT, September 16, 2013

Water main break closes Baltimore Design School Monday

The Baltimore Design School, which opened this year in a former clothing factory renovated for $27 million, is closed Monday because of a water main break, school officials said.

Md. colleges have mixed reaction to Obama plan

8:24 PM EDT, August 22, 2013

Md. colleges have mixed reaction to Obama plan

Some Maryland education officials lauded a presidential plan to make colleges more affordable by assigning them value ratings tied to federal financial aid, yet others feared the state's historically black colleges and universities would suffer.

Eastern Shore professors to get bulletproof whiteboards

7:56 PM EDT, August 15, 2013

Eastern Shore professors to get bulletproof whiteboards

Calling "campus violence a reality" to prepare for, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced plans Thursday to spend $60,000 on the Clark Kent of teacher supplies: an innocuous-looking white board that can stop bullets.

UMD names new dean of business school

8:00 AM EDT, August 12, 2013

UMD names new dean of business school

The University of Maryland announced Monday that long-time finance professor Alexander J. Triantis has been appointed dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Towson cheerleading squad suspended for alleged hazing

11:29 PM EDT, August 29, 2013

Towson cheerleading squad suspended for alleged hazing

Towson University's championship cheerleading squad has been suspended from competition for the academic year over an alleged hazing incident, school officials confirmed Thursday.

Child researchers seek low-income subjects

7:10 AM EDT, August 12, 2013

Child researchers seek low-income subjects

Roughly 13 minutes into a science experiment involving sets of blocks, Dorian Larkins, who at that moment is two weeks shy of his third birthday, has had enough. He would rather play with the trains in the waiting room, and he says he has to pee.

New school readiness training focuses on diversity

6:58 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

New school readiness training focuses on diversity

Three-year-old Annabella has two dads: Daddy Bob and Daddy Miguel, a gay couple who adopted her when she was an infant. She's having trouble transitioning into a preschool program, and her fathers worry that they're being shunned by the director because of their sexual orientation.

Day care shortage frustrates parents in Baltimore

7:05 PM EDT, July 14, 2013

Day care shortage frustrates parents in Baltimore

In five months, the downtown Baltimore day care attended by Celine Plachez's youngest son is slated to close, yet she's not looking for a backup. She can't stomach it.

Black colleges to lose students after federal loan changes

7:20 PM EDT, August 9, 2013

Black colleges to lose students after federal loan changes

Morgan State University is trying to raise $300,000 in donations by the end of the month to give 300 undergraduates emergency scholarships — the result of tighter lending standards that have hit historically black colleges and universities particularly hard.

Former BCCC employee sentenced for theft

1:04 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Former BCCC employee sentenced for theft

A 52-year-old former employee of Baltimore City Community College pleaded guilty in Circuit Court on Wednesday to stealing more than $7,000 in student tuition payments and was sentenced to three years' probation and a one-year suspended prison term, the city state's attorney's office announced.

Randallstown woman sentenced in attempted murder

11:32 PM EDT, July 5, 2013

Randallstown woman sentenced in attempted murder

A 22-year-old Randallstown woman was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday for the attempted murder of a teenager who was misidentified as having led a $200 marijuana scam, according to the Howard County state's attorney's office.

Parkville High has case of TB

6:28 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Parkville High has case of TB

About 60 people from Parkville High School may have been exposed to tuberculosis toward the end of the school year, the Baltimore County Health Department said Friday, after an unidentified person — described only as a "young lady" — was diagnosed with the infectious disease last month.

Baltimore business school dean resigns

5:18 PM EDT, July 25, 2013

Baltimore business school dean resigns

The dean of the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore has resigned effective Aug. 1, a school spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Mobile home fire displaces six in North Laurel

11:19 PM EDT, July 5, 2013

Mobile home fire displaces six in North Laurel

A mobile home fire in North Laurel displaced six people Friday afternoon after the dwelling was declared uninhabitable, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.

Beating lawsuit against Morgan State can go forward

6:04 PM EDT, July 22, 2013

Beating lawsuit against Morgan State can go forward

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit can go forward against Morgan State University that contends the school failed to protect Joshua Ceasar, who was brutally beaten last year by an electrical engineering student who previously showed signs of violence and mental instability.

Coppin delays president search

7:14 PM EDT, July 9, 2013

Coppin delays president search

The state Board of Regents will delay searching for a new president of Coppin State University until 2015 and instead announced Tuesday a two-year contract for the interim leader, who was brought out of retirement to overhaul the ailing Baltimore institution.

Pedestrian injured in crash with parked car

11:05 PM EDT, July 5, 2013

Pedestrian injured in crash with parked car

A pedestrian was taken to an area hospital after being struck by a parked truck that was hit by another vehicle, according to Baltimore police.

Baltimore men march to stem violence

10:31 PM EDT, July 5, 2013

Baltimore men march to stem violence

On a day when at least four people were shot in Baltimore before dinner time — two of them fatally —hundreds of city men took to the streets in a planned 10-mile march along North Avenue, shutting down portions of the thoroughfare, to protest the recent spike in gun violence.

Fourth Circuit overturns ruling on abortion signs

8:44 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

Fourth Circuit overturns ruling on abortion signs

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Wednesday a lower court ruling striking down a Baltimore ordinance that required pregnancy clinics to post signs stating if they do not provide abortions.

Voice of Elmo Kevin Clash gets three sex-abuse lawsuits thrown out

8:11 PM EDT, July 1, 2013

Voice of Elmo Kevin Clash gets three sex-abuse lawsuits thrown out

A U.S. district judge on Monday dismissed three sexual-abuse lawsuits against Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's "Elmo" muppet until the allegations surfaced, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to file the civil cases.

June 23, 2013

Federal agencies compete to raise food for needy

The Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies are at it again: waging their friendly summer battle to see which can raise the most food for the annual Feds Feed Families charitable drive.

Bel Air man killed in crash

3:28 PM EDT, July 5, 2013

Bel Air man killed in crash

A 57-year-old man was killed early Friday morning in the Parkville area after he left the roadway and rammed into a tree, according to Baltimore County police.

St. Mary's College announces interim president

11:58 AM EDT, June 17, 2013

St. Mary's College announces interim president

St. Mary's College of Maryland, whose president will step down at the end of the month amid an admissions crisis, announced an interim replacement Monday.

Coppin professors group responds to college review

5:14 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

Coppin professors group responds to college review

A professors' group at Coppin State University said Monday that it shared a review committee's improvement goals for the traditionally black college, but questioned why the reviewers didn't address certain funding issues nor a perceived lack of oversight by university system leaders.

Regents approve Coppin reorganization plan

5:51 PM EDT, June 21, 2013

Regents approve Coppin reorganization plan

Members of the state university system's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan to revitalize Coppin State University at their meeting Friday, setting in motion what is expected to be a comprehensive overhaul of the historically black institution.

Towson University took bad checks, audit finds

5:27 PM EDT, June 26, 2013

Towson University took bad checks, audit finds

A legislative audit released Wednesday found that Towson University was slow to act when students repeatedly wrote bad tuition checks and that a $4.3 million agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation circumvented Maryland procurement rules.

Board to vote on Coppin overhaul strategy

5:58 PM EDT, June 20, 2013

Board to vote on Coppin overhaul strategy

An action plan to revitalize Coppin State University, a historically black institution with the lowest graduation rate in Maryland, is before the state university system's Board of Regents, which is expected to vote on the proposal Friday.

St. Mary's College reviewed for credit downgrade

3:53 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

St. Mary's College reviewed for credit downgrade

Moody's Investor Services said Monday that it was reviewing for a possible downgrade the A1 credit rating of St. Mary's College of Maryland, which last week announced the resignation of its president amid news that the liberal arts school expects to fall significantly short of its freshmen admissions target.

Coppin State again targeted for transformation

6:46 PM EDT, June 9, 2013

Coppin State again targeted for transformation

When Tasha Wilkie helped out in the math department as an undergrad at Coppin State University, she dealt with some students who came in without basic skills. They didn't know their multiplication tables or how to work with fractions.

Fatherhood programs teach men to be dads

4:33 PM EDT, June 14, 2013

Fatherhood programs teach men to be dads

Malik Carter, 17, shared a slice of pizza with his 20-month-old son Makai, who was perched on his dad's lap during the pre-Father's Day celebration this week at the Bon Secours Community Support Center in Southwest Baltimore.

Md. law school dean stepping down

4:03 PM EDT, June 7, 2013

Md. law school dean stepping down

Phoebe A. Haddon, dean of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, will step down at the end of the coming school year to return to teaching, the school announced Friday.

Woman who escaped from Baltimore psychiatric ward found safe, police said

8:52 AM EDT, June 15, 2013

Woman who escaped from Baltimore psychiatric ward found safe, police said

Jennifer Carlson, a 37-year-old woman described by Baltimore police as "suicidal and homicidal," walked away from a psychiatric ward at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore Friday. She was later found by police safe and unharmed.

St. Mary's College in turmoil

9:57 PM EDT, June 5, 2013

St. Mary's College in turmoil

St. Mary's College of Maryland, which for years has enjoyed a reputation as a gem among the state's public institutions, finds itself on the defensive as a projected admissions shortfall has come to light, the president has resigned and an outspoken education critic has taken aim at the school.

Angelos donates $1 million to UB Law

12:57 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

Angelos donates $1 million to UB Law

Peter G. Angelos, the Baltimore Orioles' principal owner, has donated $1 million to his alma mater, the University of Baltimore School of Law, to support an academic partnership with the state's four historically black colleges and universities, the law school announced Tuesday.

University system board approves tuition, fee increase

9:48 PM EDT, May 15, 2013

University system board approves tuition, fee increase

Maryland's in-state undergraduates will pay a few hundred dollars more per semester this fall under a new tuition-and-fee plan approved Wednesday by the university system's Board of Regents.

Mount St. Mary's president stepping down

11:36 AM EDT, May 14, 2013

Mount St. Mary's president stepping down

After a decade on the job, Mount St. Mary's University President Thomas H. Powell announced Tuesday that he plans to leave the post at the end of the next academic year.

President praises Baltimore native at commencement

7:28 PM EDT, May 24, 2013

President praises Baltimore native at commencement

If Baltimore native Leland Shelton had bothered to check his email in the hectic day before graduation, he might have avoided a shock during commencement.

Four public university presidents make collective $9.2 million

6:50 PM EDT, May 12, 2013

Four public university presidents make collective $9.2 million

Four presidents at public research universities made a collective $9.2 million in fiscal year 2012, with the top earner of the group making much of his money because he was fired, according to a report released Sunday by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

New moms connect on local Internet forums

5:17 PM EDT, May 11, 2013

New moms connect on local Internet forums

When first-time mom Sarah Dorman has a parenting question, she often turns to a Facebook group of Baltimore women before her own mother.

Hopkins announces $4.5 billion fundraising goal

8:30 PM EDT, May 4, 2013

Hopkins announces $4.5 billion fundraising goal

Johns Hopkins announced Saturday a $4.5 billion fundraising goal — among the largest in the country — to help the university and health system address some of the world's most challenging issues, including water scarcity, education quality and city revitalization.

Woman reportedly shot in Brooklyn

10:37 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

Woman reportedly shot in Brooklyn

Baltimore police were investigating a shooting Friday night on the 600 block of Cherrycrest Road in Brooklyn. An adult female was reportedly shot. No other information was immediately available.

3 bids entered for Prince George's casino site

9:52 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

3 bids entered for Prince George's casino site

Two more bidders emerged Friday — one a surprise — to compete against MGM Resorts International for the right to build a casino in Prince George's County, which stands with the state to reap millions of dollars from the project.

Panel recommends changes at Coppin State

8:48 PM EDT, May 14, 2013

Panel recommends changes at Coppin State

Coppin State University should enroll higher-caliber freshmen, focus more on transfer and returning students, and reorganize its academics and administration, a committee plans to report Wednesday to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

Three operators submit bids for license for Prince George's casino

4:44 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

Three operators submit bids for license for Prince George's casino

Two more bidders emerged Friday to compete against MGM National Harbor for the right to build a casino in Prince George's County.

Espinoza Perez sentenced to life in prison in child killings

7:06 PM EDT, April 29, 2013

Espinoza Perez sentenced to life in prison in child killings

A Baltimore judge sentenced Policarpio Espinoza Perez to life in prison Monday for conspiring to murder his brother's two children and their young cousin nearly a decade ago in a killing described as the "most horrific" to ever come before the court.

Commencement speakers strive to inspire, entertain

7:36 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

Commencement speakers strive to inspire, entertain

Expectations are high for this year's commencement speakers at Maryland universities — an august crew that includes the Obamas and their team of writers as well as funnyman Bill Cosby and Hollywood director Jason Winer.

Salisbury University to receive $8 million gift

1:31 PM EDT, May 2, 2013

Salisbury University to receive $8 million gift

Salisbury University announced Thursday the receipt of an $8 million donation — tied for the largest in its history — from the Guerrieri Family Foundation. The funds will help develop a new Academic Commons area on the Eastern Shore campus.

Morgan partnership aims to improve Northeast

6:37 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Morgan partnership aims to improve Northeast

City leaders assembled on a small side street near Morgan State University in Northeast Baltimore on Friday morning — steps from the sites of three recent car thefts and at least one burglary — and pledged to transform the region with cooperation from the college and community.

4:34 PM EDT, August 19, 2012

In federal prison, Baltimore cops get no breaks

Police officers convicted of a crime in Maryland and sentenced to state prison are typically housed in segregated areas for their safety, far from most other inmates.

Child rapist asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case

5:15 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Child rapist asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case

A lawyer for John Joseph Merzbacher, a former Catholic school teacher imprisoned for raping a student decades ago, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case after a federal appeals court rejected an earlier argument that he should be set free.

State board approves school safety guidelines

5:31 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

State board approves school safety guidelines

In the wake of the deadly bombings in Boston and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the Maryland State Board of Education on Tuesday approved new emergency planning guidelines meant to help local school systems better prepare for disaster.

Big Ten academic committee reaches out to UM

6:53 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

Big Ten academic committee reaches out to UM

While the University of Maryland won't be able to reap most of the rewards of joining the Big Ten athletic conference until the move becomes official in July 2014, it will start benefiting from its academic counterpart — the Committee on Institutional Cooperation — this year.

10:45 AM EDT, August 18, 2012

Baltimore Co. police investigate fatal hit-and-run

Baltimore County police have little information as they continue to investigate a fatal hit and run Friday in Essex that claimed the life of a 55-year-old man.

McDaniel announces its largest scholarship bequest

5:29 PM EDT, April 29, 2013

McDaniel announces its largest scholarship bequest

McDaniel College announced Monday that a $6.7 million bequest will be used to establish an endowment for scholarships, the largest in its history.

Catholic officials knew of teacher's abuse, court files indicate

11:06 AM EST, November 25, 2012

Catholic officials knew of teacher's abuse, court files indicate

The Catholic-school teacher had a pre-teen student pinned to the ground in his Baltimore classroom, the girl's blouse open and her chest exposed when the doorknob suddenly turned and the school principal — a nun — burst in.

Scam targets elderly in Baltimore

8:43 PM EDT, August 17, 2012

Scam targets elderly in Baltimore

Baltimore police on Friday warned of a scam targeting elderly folks in the city.

Chief Justice signals high court will hear Md. DNA case

9:50 PM EDT, July 30, 2012

Chief Justice signals high court will hear Md. DNA case

Calling DNA collection from those arrested for certain felonies a "valuable tool for investigating unsolved crimes," Chief Justice John G. Roberts on Monday said there was a "fair prospect" that the nation's high court would overturn a Maryland ruling striking down the practice as unconstitutional.

Hopkins names new provost

4:59 PM EDT, April 29, 2013

Hopkins names new provost

The Johns Hopkins University has named Robert C. Lieberman, an interim dean at Columbia University and an expert on American politics, to its No. 2 academic spot: provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Chechens in U.S. feel shame, fear over Boston bombing

4:32 PM EDT, April 28, 2013

Chechens in U.S. feel shame, fear over Boston bombing

When Albina Digaeva, a Chechen who was granted political asylum in the United States, first learned that the Boston bombing suspects were from Chechnya, she called the California family who initially put her up when she arrived 15 years ago and apologized.

Towson police investigate abandoned backpack at university

1:34 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

Towson police investigate abandoned backpack at university

A "disorderly person" was arrested Friday after acting strangely and abandoning a backpack in the area of the Towson University Media Center, said school spokeswoman Gay Pinder.

8:17 PM EDT, July 27, 2012

Attorney general's office asks court to block gun ruling

The Maryland attorney general's office on Friday asked the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to block a lower court's ruling that would drastically increase the number of people eligible to carry concealed firearms in the state.

Perry Hall High student charged as adult in cafeteria shooting

2:59 PM EDT, August 29, 2012

Perry Hall High student charged as adult in cafeteria shooting

Charged as an adult in the Perry Hall High School shooting, 15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr., was held without bond Tuesday as a portrait of a withdrawn and occasionally bullied student with a troubled home life emerged through interviews with classmates and court documents.

1:01 PM EDT, August 7, 2012

Sun Investigates: Want to get around state gun limits? Become a 'collector'

When police raided Neil Prescott's Crofton apartment last month, after the 28-year-old allegedly threatened in a phone call to shoot up his former workplace, they found two dozen firearms and accessories, including a night scope and thousands of ammunition rounds — all of it legal and properly registered.

5:50 PM EDT, July 23, 2012

Baltimore police officer ordered to reimburse insurance company in kickback conspiracy

A federal judge on Monday ordered Baltimore police Officer Samuel Ocasio to repay a Pennsylvania insurance company more than $1,900 for a fraudulent claim connected to a kickback scheme.

Baltimore officer gets 41-month term in kickbacks case

8:02 PM EDT, August 3, 2012

Baltimore officer gets 41-month term in kickbacks case

Kelvin Manrich, the last of 15 Baltimore police officers convicted of taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a Rosedale auto repair shop, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison Friday, ending the prosecution phase of one of the worst scandals in department history.

Maryland gun permit expansion put on hold

8:10 PM EDT, August 1, 2012

Maryland gun permit expansion put on hold

A week before Maryland's gun permit laws were set to loosen under a federal ruling allowing more people to carry concealed firearms in the state, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday delayed the shift.

Maryland 'joker' threat suspect had gun collector's permit

7:50 PM EDT, August 2, 2012

Maryland 'joker' threat suspect had gun collector's permit

The Crofton gun owner who police say threatened to shoot up his former workplace held a collector's permit that allowed him to purchase more than one regulated firearm per month, according to documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

Police: Crofton man planned mass shooting, called himself 'joker'

12:25 PM EDT, July 28, 2012

Police: Crofton man planned mass shooting, called himself 'joker'

A Crofton man who owned a cache of weapons repeatedly threatened to "blow everybody up" at his former workplace and declared himself a "joker," police said, in what authorities believe is a reference to last week's mass killings during a midnight screening of"The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo.

Maryland concealed carry permit rules to relax next month

9:47 PM EDT, July 24, 2012

Maryland concealed carry permit rules to relax next month

It will become a lot easier to obtain permits to conceal and carry guns in Maryland as of Aug. 7 under a court order filed Tuesday by a federal district judge.

Driver convicted in death of JHU student asks for new hearing

6:12 PM EDT, July 3, 2012

Driver convicted in death of JHU student asks for new hearing

Thomas Lee Meighan Jr., the serial drunk driver who pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter last year in the fatal hit-and-run of a Johns Hopkins University student, has asked for a hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court, claiming he was pressured into a plea deal and is, in fact, innocent.

Thief of historic documents sentenced to prison

11:02 PM EDT, June 27, 2012

Thief of historic documents sentenced to prison

Disgraced collector Barry H. Landau was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in federal prison for stealing thousands of historic documents worth as much as $2.5 million from archives along the East Coast, including one in Baltimore, where the scheme unraveled last summer.

Charles Co. arson case leads to settlement with security firm

6:02 PM EDT, July 5, 2012

Charles Co. arson case leads to settlement with security firm

An African-American couple whose newly built Charles County neighborhood was targeted in a racially motivated arson in 2004 has settled a federal lawsuit with the security company hired to protect the development, according to the couple's attorneys.

6:29 PM EDT, June 29, 2012

Prison gang leader Roark pleads guilty, agrees to life term

Perry Roark, the co-founder and "supreme commander" of notorious prison gang Dead Man Inc., pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and related murder and drug charges this week, accepting a life sentence as part of the deal.

NSA leaks investigation could be unique challenge for Rosenstein

9:11 PM EDT, June 17, 2012

NSA leaks investigation could be unique challenge for Rosenstein

Just days after Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosensteinand another federal prosecutor were appointed to look into national security leaks, a group of Republican senators called for their ouster, claiming the men can't be trusted to investigate the Obama administration because they work for it.

7:01 PM EDT, June 25, 2012

High court affirms Maryland's redistricting map

The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Monday a lower court's ruling upholding Maryland's new congressional redistricting plan, which counts inmates as living at their last-known addresses instead of in their prison cells. But it may not be the last word on the matter.

George Huguely's trial was fair, prosecutor says in filing

8:19 PM EDT, June 8, 2012

George Huguely's trial was fair, prosecutor says in filing

Prosecutors fought claims Friday that George Huguely V — convicted of second-degree murder in the beating death of Yeardley Love, his University of Virginia girlfriend — received an unfair trial, filing a pointed response to a recent request for a new proceeding that said the defense "misses the mark."

State to investigate new Merzbacher allegations, woman says

6:36 PM EDT, June 7, 2012

State to investigate new Merzbacher allegations, woman says

Baltimore prosecutors plan to look into new sexual abuse allegations from the 1970s against former Catholic school teacher John Merzbacher, according to his most recent accuser.

8:00 PM EDT, May 30, 2012

City officer receives stiffest sentence yet in kickback scheme

Officer Rodney Cintron took his car, damaged in an accident, to Majestic Auto Repair in Rosedale on the advice of a colleague, not realizing that the man was getting paid to send him there.

7:04 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Judge upholds removal of Mark Midei's medical license

A Baltimore County judge denied Mark Midei's appeal for reinstatement of his medical license, ruling that there was "substantial evidence" for the Maryland Board of Physicians to revoke it last year after finding that the Towson cardiologist falsified patient records to justify the placement of unnecessary coronary stents.

6:42 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Pikesville man sentenced for string of armed robberies, drugs

A 35-year-old Pikesville man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Tuesday for conspiring to deal drugs and to commit a string of armed robberies at fast food chains and a Dollar Tree store, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Yeardley Love's mother files $30 million lawsuit

8:12 PM EDT, April 26, 2012

Yeardley Love's mother files $30 million lawsuit

The mother of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student murdered in 2010, filed a $30 million civil suit Thursday against the onetime boyfriend and fellow U.Va. lacrosse player convicted of killing her, George Huguely V.

Md. cannibalism case raises questions about troubled students

3:32 PM EDT, June 2, 2012

Md. cannibalism case raises questions about troubled students

Janelle Stewart said she was alarmed as she listened to the words about human sacrifice tumbling from the mouth of fellow Morgan State student Alexander Kinyua at a widely attended campus forum about hazing.

City circuit court workers protest filthy conditions

11:21 AM EDT, June 5, 2012

City circuit court workers protest filthy conditions

Roughly 40 Baltimore circuit court employees and their union representatives marched to City Hall Monday afternoon, complaining of dangerous courthouse conditions and threatening to sue if they don't get funds for new office space, as prosecutors have been separately promised.

George Huguely murder trial evidence displayed

7:17 PM EDT, May 15, 2012

George Huguely murder trial evidence displayed

George Huguely V sits in the corner of a narrow, white room, at the end of a long wooden table, looking every bit the college athlete who just rolled out of bed after a normal night out — but for the bloody scratches ringing his right ankle.

Merzbacher sex abuse case could get new accuser

10:26 PM EDT, June 6, 2012

Merzbacher sex abuse case could get new accuser

Baltimore prosecutors are scheduled to meet Thursday with a woman to discuss further allegations of sexual abuse against John Merzbacher, a former teacher at the Catholic Community middle school in South Baltimore.

Brief filed in appeal of child rape case

6:35 PM EDT, May 7, 2012

Brief filed in appeal of child rape case

The Maryland attorney general's office argued in a lengthy legal brief, filed in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, that a convicted child rapist serving four life terms should not be offered a second chance to take a plea deal years after the fact, despite a U.S. district court ruling demanding just that.

7:39 PM EDT, April 24, 2012

Werdesheim trial to go forward without a jury

Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, Jewish brothers accused of beating a black teen while guarding their Park Heights neighborhood, withdrew a request to change the court venue Tuesday and elected to move forward with a Baltimore trial by judge, waiving their right to be heard by a jury of their peers.

Lawmakers fought court rulings this year

5:21 PM EDT, May 26, 2012

Lawmakers fought court rulings this year

As lawmakers and lobbyists gird for another special session that the governor called this summer to debate an expansion of gambling — an issue that has led to pitched battles for years — dog lovers are hoping to get their pet issue some attention that could prove just as divisive.

4:19 PM EDT, May 27, 2012

City prosecutors could get new home

Rent money for new Baltimore state's attorney offices survived the state's budget process this year and will be matched by the mayor, which means there's $1 million available in the coming fiscal year for roughly 200 lawyers and support staff to finally move out of the decrepit circuit courthouses into separate digs.

Lawyers claim Jewish brothers can't get fair trial in Baltimore

8:05 PM EDT, April 23, 2012

Lawyers claim Jewish brothers can't get fair trial in Baltimore

Attorneys for two Jewish brothers, who are accused of beating a black teen while patrolling their Northwest Baltimore neighborhood, argued Monday that their trial should be delayed or transferred because African-American leaders and the news media have inextricably linked it to the Florida killing of Trayvon Martin.

Former Catholic school students fight to keep child rapist in prison

8:20 PM EDT, April 28, 2012

Former Catholic school students fight to keep child rapist in prison

Standing under a stormy sky, Bill Stankiewicz got chills as he looked toward the old brick building that once housed the Catholic Community middle school in South Baltimore.

Sharon Love's lawsuit raises questions about coaches' responsibilities

5:31 PM EDT, May 24, 2012

Sharon Love's lawsuit raises questions about coaches' responsibilities

Although a Charlottesville, Va., jury found one man — athlete George Huguely V — criminally responsible for the beating death of Yeardley Love, his former girlfriend and fellow lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, the young woman's mother wants to hold his coaches culpable, too.

Public to view evidence in George Huguely trial

4:00 PM EDT, May 14, 2012

Public to view evidence in George Huguely trial

Nearly three months after George Huguely V was convicted of second-degree murder in the beating death of his University of Virginia girlfriend, Cockeysville native Yeardley Love, the public will be able to get a look at some of the evidence shown to jurors during his trial.

Howard County teen pleads guilty to terrorism plot

8:05 PM EDT, May 4, 2012

Howard County teen pleads guilty to terrorism plot

With a full math and science scholarship to the Johns Hopkins University and accolades for his writing, Howard County's Mohammad Hassan Khalid seemed ready to continue the American dream his father embarked on years ago when he brought the family from Pakistan.

8:45 PM EDT, April 25, 2012

Alleged Werdesheim victim asks to drop charges

After a morning of reluctant, mumbled testimony, 16-year-old Corey Ausby stood in court Wednesday afternoon and spoke clearly for the first time, announcing that he wanted to drop the criminal charges against Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, the college students on trial for allegedly assaulting him while acting on behalf of a Jewish neighborhood watch group.

5:52 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

Penalties for misdemeanor marijuana possession to shrink

Penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Maryland — less than 10 grams — will drop in October, when a new law goes into effect reducing the maximum prison term to 90 days from one year and cutting the potential fine in half, to $500 from $1000.

7:46 PM EDT, April 23, 2012

Brother acquitted in dog-burning trial sentenced for attempted murder

Travers Johnson, one of two brothers recently acquitted of animal cruelty in a Baltimore dog-burning case, pleaded guilty Monday in city Circuit Court to attempted second-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

4:34 PM EDT, April 30, 2012

Two corrections officers convicted in Baltimore attack

A Baltimore jury on Friday convicted two correctional officers of conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment and acquitted a third in connection with the assault of a female inmate last year at the state-run Central Booking and Intake Facility in Baltimore, city prosecutors announced.

9:25 AM EDT, April 22, 2012

Heavy rain, winds expected Sunday

A much-needed rainfall is expected to intensify throughout the day Sunday in the Baltimore metro area, accumulating up to an inch and a half before dropping off this evening, just as the wind gusts pick up, according to the National Weather Service.

11:14 AM EDT, April 22, 2012

Howard County driver killed in collision

A 23-year-old Toyota Camry driver who wasn't wearing a seat belt was killed early Sunday morning in Howard County after the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree, police announced.

11:07 AM EDT, April 19, 2012

Ninth Baltimore officer sentenced to prison in towing scheme

Osvaldo Valentine, a 40-year-old Baltimore police officer, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Thursday for taking kickbacks from an auto repair company, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Civil rights leader charged with marijuana possession

1:05 AM EDT, April 23, 2012

Civil rights leader charged with marijuana possession

Carl O. Snowden, civil rights chief for the Maryland attorney general's office, was charged in Baltimore District Court with marijuana possession Friday — the same day he announced a voluntary leave of absence from his job — according to online court records.

7:03 PM EDT, April 13, 2012

Unlicensed cab driver convicted of rape

A 28-year-old Baltimore man was convicted of rape, kidnapping and related offenses this week for assaulting a woman at "knife point in his hack taxi cab," the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

Melville F. Heath II

4:47 PM EDT, April 22, 2012

Melville F. Heath II

Melville French Heath II, an avid traveler and a self-trained guitarist who grew coveted peonies and taught French and Spanish at private schools in the city as well as Baltimore and Cecil counties, died April 12 of a heart attack.

8:31 PM EDT, April 13, 2012

O'Malley appoints new Baltimore judges

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday announced the appointment of four new judges to the Baltimore bench.

5:49 PM EDT, April 19, 2012

Pastor convicted of sexually abusing a teen girl

Pastor Leon W. Jones, who founded the Renewed Hope Christian Church on the 700 block of N. Paca St., was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a teen-age girl, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

Twins found not guilty in dog-burning case

9:50 PM EDT, April 11, 2012

Twins found not guilty in dog-burning case

It took jurors only about an hour Wednesday to find brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson not guilty of setting a pit bull on fire — a fraction of the 20 hours jurors spent in the twins' first trial, unable to agree on a verdict.

4:17 PM EDT, April 6, 2012

Man who shot delivery driver convicted of murder

Gregg Bernstein won a murder conviction from a Baltimore jury Friday after prosecuting his second trial as the city's state's attorney, his office announced.

Would-be Catonsville bomber sentenced to 25 years in prison

7:18 PM EDT, April 6, 2012

Would-be Catonsville bomber sentenced to 25 years in prison

Antonio Martinez renounced terrorism and expressed regret Friday for trying to blow up a Catonsville military center, shortly before he was sentenced to 25 years in prison — closing a case that brought a radical holy war to Maryland.

11:10 AM EDT, April 22, 2012

Man shot multiple times walks into hospital

A 20-year-old man, who had been shot in an arm and a leg, walked into a Baltimore hospital late Saturday night for treatment, police announced Sunday morning.

Judge sentences boy's killer to life without parole

6:54 PM EDT, April 3, 2012

Judge sentences boy's killer to life without parole

Dante Parrish, a convicted killer freed from prison with the help of the Innocence Project in a 1999 murder, was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday for murdering a 15-year-old Baltimore boy less than a year after his release.

10:37 AM EDT, April 22, 2012

Civil rights leader arrested on marijuana possession charges

Carl O. Snowden, civil rights chief for the Maryland Attorney General's Office, was arrested for alleged marijuana possession Friday while he was on probation for a drunken-driving conviction, according to online court records.

7:07 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

Baltimore's top prosecutor to try murder case

After his first city prosecution resulted in a mixed outcome last year, with one defendant acquitted and two others convicted of minor offenses, Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein is set to try a murder case Monday.

7:32 PM EDT, April 19, 2012

Supreme Court strip search ruling threatens city lawsuits

A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion upholding jailhouse strip searches could derail the civil claims of thousands of detainees who say they were illegally examined by Baltimore law enforcement officials, including a nurse who was arrested at gunpoint for alleged traffic violations.

8:59 PM EDT, April 13, 2012

State lawmakers reverse high court ruling on public defenders

The Maryland General Assembly passed bills this month that effectively reverse a Court of Appeals ruling that would have required public defenders for indigent defendants at thousands of initial bail hearings held before court commissioners each year.

6:05 PM EDT, April 2, 2012

State files plan to appeal gun-carry ruling

The Maryland attorney general's office filed a notice Monday in federal court outlining plans to appeal a recent ruling that significantly widens access to gun-carry permits throughout the state.

5:40 PM EDT, March 31, 2012

Baltimore tries new jury software to increase attendance

Last year, Baltimore court officials sent a quarter-million summonses to potential jurors, culled from driver's license and voting records, knowing that only a fraction — about 27 percent — of those called would show up.

11:56 AM EDT, March 29, 2012

Baltimore jury convicts child sex offender

A Baltimore jury convicted a 31-year-old man Wednesday of child sexual abuse for "repeatedly attacking" a 10-year-old girl in 2010, the Baltimore State's Attorney's office announced.

Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release

2:18 PM EDT, March 22, 2012

Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release

Nearly 100 people have added their names to an online peititon seeking to keep a convicted child rapist behind bars since Wednesday, when two U.S. Supreme Court decisions appeared to bolster the man's appeal arguments and the likelihood he could be released from prison despite having been sentenced to four life terms.

4:08 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

Werdesheim trial postponed a sixth time

The trial of Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, Baltimore brothers charged with assault and false imprisonment for allegedly beating a black teenager in 2010 while members of Shomrim, a Jewish patrol group, was postponed for a sixth time Wednesday, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

Twin brothers' animal cruelty retrial begins again

7:37 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

Twin brothers' animal cruelty retrial begins again

Baltimore City Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown will decide whether a jury can see a police surveillance video that prosecutors say ties twin brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson to a pit bull that was set on fire in 2009.

11:40 AM EDT, March 21, 2012

Retrial of two men accused of killing three children postponed

The third trial of two men accused of murdering three young relatives in a Baltimore apartment in 2004 was postponed for a second time Wednesday in the city's circuit court.

12:33 AM EDT, March 20, 2012

2 shot Monday in city; one killed

Two people were shot Monday, one of them fatally, according to Baltimore Police.

March 20, 2012

Man shot in Edgewood

A 22-year-old Edgewood man was in critical condition Monday night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot in the torso, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

1:04 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

Baltimore man who shot a carryout customer over food order sentenced

Antoine Darnell Phipps, 30, was sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years for shooting a carryout customer outside a West Baltimore restaurant in August 2010 because he was "angered by a mistaken food order," the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

7:02 PM EDT, March 22, 2012

Last remaining defendant in police kickback scandal pleads guilty to conspiracy, extortion

The last of 17 Baltimore police officers charged in a kickback scheme pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and extortion in federal court, bringing the prosecution phase of the case to a close.

4:12 PM EDT, March 19, 2012

Twin brothers sentenced to prison for robbing Landover bank

A federal judge sentenced twin brothers to more than eight years in federal prison Monday for robbing $90,000 from a Landover Wachovia bank with help from a corrupt employee and others, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

7:38 PM EDT, March 19, 2012

3 high school buses crash; 34 teens sent to hospital

Three school buses crashed into one another Monday afternoon in Upper Marlboro, sending 34 high schoolers to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Lawyers say gun ruling likely to withstand appeal

10:12 PM EST, March 6, 2012

Lawyers say gun ruling likely to withstand appeal

Constitutional lawyers said Tuesday that a recent federal court decision overturning a portion of Maryland's gun-control law will likely be upheld on appeal and called the ruling groundbreaking given the liberalism of the state from which it came.

6:28 PM EDT, March 16, 2012

Baltimore officer convicted of drug dealing

Baltimore Police Officer Daniel Redd, who was accused of running a drug ring while on duty, in uniform and sometimes in his Northwestern District parking lot, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to participating in a heroin conspiracy and carrying a gun — his service weapon — while trafficking drugs.

Baltimore officer sentenced to prison in kickback scandal

7:09 PM EDT, March 13, 2012

Baltimore officer sentenced to prison in kickback scandal

Officer David Reeping was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in federal prison for his role in a kickback scheme that ensnared more than 60 officers over two years, according to trial testimony, and led to 16 criminal convictions within the Baltimore Police Department, along with numerous suspensions.

Changing Maryland's gun laws may have little effect on crime, scholars say

6:04 PM EST, March 10, 2012

Changing Maryland's gun laws may have little effect on crime, scholars say

John Josselyn stood at a gun range in Baltimore County on the warmest day of last week, ready for target practice with his .22-caliber pistol, and recalled how the simple threat of a gun once saved him from three thugs. The gun-rights advocate called it "tantamount to the rattle of a rattlesnake."

3:35 PM EDT, March 19, 2012

Second city officer sentenced to federal prison in kickback scheme

A second Baltimore police officer was sentenced to federal prison Monday for participating in an extortion scheme that led to the criminal conviction of 16 city officials and the suspension of 14 others.

8:19 PM EDT, March 16, 2012

Gun owner wants wear-and-carry ruling to stand

A Baltimore County gun owner, whose federal lawsuit led a judge this month to declare a portion of Maryland's gun laws unconstitutional, has filed a court motion to protect the ruling, which would make it easier for state residents to carry firearms.

8:50 PM EDT, March 13, 2012

Suspended officer's attorney warns against rush to judgment

A defense attorney cautioned Tuesday against a "rush to judgment" as a Baltimore police officer is investigated for his conduct following a 13-year-old girl's fatal shooting.

State gun-carry law unconstitutional, federal judge rules

9:46 PM EST, March 5, 2012

State gun-carry law unconstitutional, federal judge rules

A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a provision in Maryland law regulating who can carry a handgun, effectively loosening the restrictions governing firearm possession on the state's streets.

Judge considers restoring Towson cardiologist's medical license

7:43 PM EST, March 5, 2012

Judge considers restoring Towson cardiologist's medical license

Attorneys for Dr. Mark Midei argued before a Baltimore Circuit Court judge Monday that the embattled cardiologist should get his medical license back, claiming the Board of Physicians stripped it from him last year after erroneously finding that Midei falsified patient records to justify the placement of unnecessary coronary stents.

6:54 PM EDT, March 22, 2012

Eastern Shore federal court eyed for closure

The federal government is considering closing dozens of rural court sites across the country, including one that serves Maryland's Eastern Shore — a move that would force people to drive up to 110 miles to the nearest courthouse to have their cases heard.

Thief may have sold more historic documents

6:36 PM EST, March 7, 2012

Thief may have sold more historic documents

Document thief Barry Landau may have sold more of the national treasures he stole from museums — including the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, where his scheme unraveled — than previously thought, according to the National Archives inspector general, who said Wednesday that his investigators have uncovered new evidence.

Huguely trial highlights alcohol abuse at colleges, universities

7:31 PM EST, February 18, 2012

Huguely trial highlights alcohol abuse at colleges, universities

There's little question that George Huguely V, the former University of Virginia student on trial for murder, had a problem with alcohol.

Charlottesville jurors recommend 26-year sentence in Huguely trial

11:20 PM EST, February 22, 2012

Charlottesville jurors recommend 26-year sentence in Huguely trial

— A Charlottesville jury recommended Wednesday a combined sentence of 26 years in prison for George Huguely V, less than three hours after finding him guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny in the 2010 alcohol-fueled beating death of Yeardley Love, his former University of Virginia girlfriend.

Huguely speaks on police video, claims he just wanted to talk to Love

8:42 PM EST, February 10, 2012

Huguely speaks on police video, claims he just wanted to talk to Love

Jurors heard the words of George Huguely V for the first time during his murder trial Friday morning, when prosecutors played a harrowing video of his police interrogation, recorded hours after his former University of Virginia girlfriend, Yeardley Love, was found dead in her off-campus apartment.

Lawyers say Huguely verdict was just

9:11 PM EST, February 23, 2012

Lawyers say Huguely verdict was just

The last thing George Huguely V's lawyer said as he left the courthouse at the end of his client's murder trial this week was that he looked "forward to some corrections on what happened here."

Huguely jury to begin deliberation Wednesday

10:09 PM EST, February 18, 2012

Huguely jury to begin deliberation Wednesday

Jurors in the murder trial of George Huguely V, accused of fatally beating his former University of Virginia girlfriend two years ago, will begin deliberation in the case later this week, after two weeks of intense testimony and several delays.

Huguely lawyers fail to get charges dropped

8:47 PM EST, February 15, 2012

Huguely lawyers fail to get charges dropped

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire refused a defense request Wednesday to strike charges against George Huguely V, finding that there was "ample evidence to support a jury finding in favor of all of the indictments" against the former University of Virginia student, including premeditated murder.

Huguely jurors to decide between levels of homicide during deliberation

7:53 PM EST, February 21, 2012

Huguely jurors to decide between levels of homicide during deliberation

Though George Huguely V is charged with premeditated murder in the 2010 death of his University of Virginia girlfriend, Yeardley Love, attorneys following the case say it's unlikely that the jury will find he intended to kill her when members begin deliberating Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va., Circuit Court.

Prosecution to rest Wednesday in Huguely trial

8:58 PM EST, February 14, 2012

Prosecution to rest Wednesday in Huguely trial

— Prosecutors in the Charlottesville murder trial of George Huguely V plan to rest their case Wednesday, on the sixth day of testimony, against the former University of Virginia student, having portrayed him — largely through his own words — as an abusive, alcoholic brute.

6:33 PM EST, February 16, 2012

Huguely trial postponed until Friday

George Huguely V's murder trial was delayed Thursday because one of his attorneys, Rhonda Quagliana, is ill. The trial is expected to resume Friday.

Medical examiner testifies that Love was covered in bruises

8:10 PM EST, February 13, 2012

Medical examiner testifies that Love was covered in bruises

There were multiple bruises on Yeardley Love's body when she died in May 2010, according to testimony from a medical examiner Monday in the murder trial of her former University of Virginia boyfriend, George Huguely V, who's accused of beating the 22-year-old to death in a drunken rage shortly before their graduation.

Testimony shows volatile relationship between lacrosse player, girlfriend

11:03 PM EST, February 8, 2012

Testimony shows volatile relationship between lacrosse player, girlfriend

Two months before Yeardley Love's bruised body was found in a pool of blood in her apartment near the University of Virginia, George Huguely V had violently wrestled her to the ground in a "choke hold," prosecutors said Wednesday, describing it as a precursor to the attack that would kill her.

Lacrosse players planned alcohol intervention too late for George Huguely

9:37 PM EST, February 9, 2012

Lacrosse players planned alcohol intervention too late for George Huguely

George Huguely V was getting drunk four nights a week in his final month of college, and his lacrosse teammates at the University of Virginia were considering some kind of intervention at the close of the 2010 season, a friend testified Thursday in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

4:44 PM EST, February 7, 2012

Judge approves Ocean City ordinance changes

A federal court judge has approved a settlement between Ocean City and a spray paint artist, changing the town code so that it no longer violates the free-speech rights of street performers.

6:52 PM EST, February 17, 2012

Huguely trial delayed again because of attorney illness

The trial of George Huguely V — accused of fatally beating Yeardley Love, his former University of Virginia girlfriend — was suspended for a second day Friday because of a defense attorney's illness.

Disgraced collector pleads guilty to stealing historical documents

9:18 PM EST, February 7, 2012

Disgraced collector pleads guilty to stealing historical documents

Barry H. Landau, the once-esteemed collector of presidential memorabilia, admitted in federal court Tuesday that he stole thousands of documents regarded as cultural treasures from historical societies and libraries in Baltimore and up the East Coast.

6:51 PM EST, January 31, 2012

Auditors claim inmates had access to patient Social Security numbers

A Maryland corrections division that provides inmate labor has backed out of a data entry contract with the health department after state auditors found that prisoners had access to some patients' personal information, which was supposed to have been redacted from documents, but occasionally wasn't.

7:00 PM EST, February 3, 2012

City prosecutors seek new office space

Baltimore prosecutors might soon be packing up and leaving their cramped digs in the city's 112-year-old courthouse for a newer downtown office building.

Ocean City agrees to let artists sell work on the boardwalk

7:49 PM EST, February 3, 2012

Ocean City agrees to let artists sell work on the boardwalk

Ocean City has agreed not to enforce provisions in its town code that could be construed as violating the free-speech rights of street performers under a proposed consent decree filed in federal court Friday.

Murder trial of UVA lacrosse player set to begin

4:57 PM EST, February 5, 2012

Murder trial of UVA lacrosse player set to begin

Nearly two years after Cockeysville native Yeardley Love was found dead, bruised and lying in a pool of blood in an off-campus apartment near the University of Virginia, her former boyfriend and fellow lacrosse player is scheduled to stand trial for her murder.

10:49 PM EST, January 22, 2012

Vehicle crashes into Shot Tower

Baltimore police said someone crashed a vehicle into the historic Phoenix Shot Tower near Little Italy Sunday afternoon just before 2 p.m.

7:46 PM EST, February 2, 2012

Maryland public defender asks for stay in high court's ruling

The state would have to hire 284 new public defenders to comply with a recent Court of Appeals ruling requiring lawyers for indigent defendants at thousands of annual bail hearings, according to an affidavit filed Thursday by Maryland Public Defender Paul DeWolfe.

Opening statements likely Wednesday in Huguely murder trial

9:23 AM EST, February 8, 2012

Opening statements likely Wednesday in Huguely murder trial

Opening statements in the high-profile trial of George W. Huguely V, charged with murder in the death of his former University of Virginia girlfriend, are expected Wednesday in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

7:21 PM EST, January 18, 2012

Three gang members sentenced to life for murder

Three members of the Black Guerilla Family gang were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the 2009 robbery, kidnapping and murder of Qonta Waddell, a convicted drug dealer who was hogtied and removed, screaming, from his mother's home in Southwest Baltimore as she watched.

7:04 PM EST, February 2, 2012

Former Baraka student sentenced to 70 months for drug conspiracy

A federal court judge on Thursday sentenced 21-year-old Romesh Vance, who was featured in a 2005 documentary about Baltimore boys sent to boarding school in Kenya, to 70 months in prison for participating in a drug conspiracy at the Gilmor Homes public housing complex.

4:17 PM EST, January 22, 2012

Towson priest charged with indecent exposure

A Towson priest has been removed from duty at the Church of the Immaculate Conception after being arrested last week on indecent exposure charges.

Malpractice lawyer recommendations come from unlikely source: hospitals

5:14 PM EST, January 28, 2012

Malpractice lawyer recommendations come from unlikely source: hospitals

After Ada George's thyroid treatment went wrong last summer, leaving the 57-year-old mother of three brain-damaged and comatose, officials from Good Samaritan Hospital approached her family twice to apologize and offer compensation, which the Georges refused, according to court records.

Jury selection continues in trial of U.Va. lacrosse player accused of killing Yeardley Love

8:59 PM EST, February 6, 2012

Jury selection continues in trial of U.Va. lacrosse player accused of killing Yeardley Love

One by one, potential jurors in the murder case against George W. Huguely V, who's accused of beating his former girlfriend to death when they were both University of Virginia students, took the witness stand Monday and revealed just how difficult it could be to seat an impartial jury.

Bernstein's year of changes and challenges

8:58 PM EST, January 9, 2012

Bernstein's year of changes and challenges

A year ago, Gregg Bernstein was a week into his new role as Baltimore's state's attorney, having narrowly unseated the incumbent, who held the job for 15 years.

Maryland man pleads guilty in terrorist bomb plot

6:31 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Maryland man pleads guilty in terrorist bomb plot

A Baltimore-area man will face up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with a failed terrorist plot to blow up a Catonsville military recruiting center in December 2010.

5:54 PM EST, January 11, 2012

Man sentenced for stabbing death outside Baltimore bar

Willie Daniels, a 33-year-old Baltimore man, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison, with all but 30 years of the term suspended, for the stabbing death of a Washington man outside a bar last year, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

8:16 PM EST, January 22, 2012

Federal offices opening late Monday due to freezing rain

Federal government offices in the Washington D.C. area will open with an 11 a.m. "delayed arrival" Monday, after a freezing rain advisory predicted slick roads and icy conditions throughout Maryland and the District.

8:10 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Bills seek to reverse high court ruling on bail hearings

State legislators have drafted emergency bills to reverse a Maryland Court of Appeals order forcing public defenders to attend thousands of bail hearings for indigent defendants held in front of district court commissioners each year, after law enforcement officials complained about the cost.

4:32 PM EST, January 22, 2012

Bedroom fire extinguished in Greenspring

Baltimore firefighters responded to a small bedroom fire Sunday afternoon in a second-floor apartment on the 2600 block of Loyola Southway in the Greenspring neighborhood.

8:10 PM EST, January 12, 2012

Man gets 55 years for shooting drug dealer, terrorizing family

A 21-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 55 years in prison — with another 30 years suspended — for shooting a convicted drug dealer and terrorizing the man's family in 2010 during an armed robbery in a Park Heights home, the Baltimore state's attorney's office said Thursday.

6:42 PM EST, January 22, 2012

Rawlings-Blake loses AFC bet to Boston mayor

Boston Mayor Thomas N. Menino has a crab cake dinner coming courtesy of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

5:56 PM EST, January 11, 2012

Podiatrist sentenced for Medicare fraud

A 56-year-old Gambrills podiatrist was sentenced to more than four years in prison Wednesday for fraudulently billing Medicare $1.1 million over three years, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.

9:22 PM EST, January 4, 2012

Appeals court ruling requires lawyers at bail hearings

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the state must provide lawyers to indigent defendants during bail hearings, overturning a long-standing practice under which newly arrested individuals face court commissioners alone — often in private, unrecorded proceedings — to argue for freedom.

4:45 PM EST, January 19, 2012

Gilmor Homes drug dealer sentenced to federal prison

Dione "Big Man" Fauntleroy Sr., a 48-year-old Baltimore man, who conspired to sell crack cocaine in the Gilmor Homes public housing complex with his son, his son's grandfather and 19 others, was sentenced to 160 months in prison Thursday, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.

5:43 PM EST, January 18, 2012

Woman sentenced in baby's death

Gale Terera Roland, a Baltimore woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2010 shaking death of 10-month-old Micha Crane, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week, with all but two years of the term suspended.

8:31 PM EST, January 9, 2012

Four indicted in theft from Baltimore Housing Authority

Four people were indicted for allegedly defrauding the Baltimore Housing Authority out of $1.4 million by transferring funds out of the agency's account through a shell company, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Family, friends hold vigil for slain man

9:47 PM EST, December 18, 2011

Family, friends hold vigil for slain man

Friends and family of Ellison McCall Jr., who was brutally beaten and set on fire after earlier intervening in a bar fight in Northeast Baltimore, held a vigil Sunday to celebrate his life and press for answers on the year anniversary of his death.

2:21 PM EST, December 19, 2011

Merritt gets more time in Pitcairn attack

Lavelva Merritt was sentenced to an additional five years in prison Monday after a judge ruled that she violated her probation from an earlier drug case when she and a boyfriend attacked a Johns Hopkins researcher last year, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

12:47 PM EST, January 20, 2012

Pasadena man again sentenced to life for contract killing of fiancee

A 39-year-old Pasadena man was sentenced to life in prison — for the second time — Thursday in the contract killing of his fiancee 16 years ago, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

4:59 PM EST, January 8, 2012

Court commissioner role questioned

At 10 a.m. on a recent weekday, roughly a half-dozen District Court commissioners were individually processing 120 arrestees at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center, and making big decisions about whether to set bail or release the accused with instructions to come to court when called.

3:43 PM EST, December 18, 2011

Pedestrian victim of Dundalk crash is identified

Baltimore County police on Sunday identified Elisie Laura Green, 83, as the pedestrian victim of a fatal car crash that occurred Friday afternoon in Dundalk.

6:58 PM EST, January 20, 2012

High court restricts Dobbins Island access

Maryland's highest court on Friday ruled that the Dobbins Island beach is not a public playground, overturning a lower court's decision that allowed unfettered access to all sandy areas along the shore, even those that are privately owned.

7:51 PM EST, January 2, 2012

Baltimore to overhaul prosecution strategy

On a cold December evening, Baltimore's top prosecutor stood before a roomful of city residents, most of whom would have given anything to be somewhere else. They had all lost a loved one to violence and were assembled to remember the dead.

6:08 PM EST, December 18, 2011

Bay search for missing boater to resume Monday

Maryland Natural Resources Police said they would resume searching for a missing boater Monday morning, nearly two days after his sailboat capsized on the Chesapeake Bay, killing another man and sending a woman to the hospital.

3:41 PM EST, November 21, 2011

Animal-cruelty trial postponed again

The second animal-cruelty trial of brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson, whose first Baltimore proceeding ended in mistrial, was postponed Monday shortly before jury selection was set to begin, because witnesses were unavailable.

University of Maryland Medical System among suitors for St. Joseph

9:19 PM EST, December 16, 2011

University of Maryland Medical System among suitors for St. Joseph

The University of Maryland Medical System and LifeBridge Health are among five suitors vying for a partnership with St. Joseph Medical Center, though a deal will likely be complicated by the Towson hospital's poor financial situation.

10:22 PM EST, November 28, 2011

Poly student arrested, accused of gun possession

Police arrested a 10th grader at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute for allegedly possessing a handgun, the city public school system announced Monday. The boy, whose name was not released, was taken to the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center.

Inside the Frosty meltdown in Chestertown

9:22 PM EST, November 28, 2011

Inside the Frosty meltdown in Chestertown

Joan Zellers says her granddaughters will forever remember this year's Christmas parade as the one when "Frosty got busted."

8:40 PM EST, December 14, 2011

Stent committee member faces accusations

After Dr. Mark Midei was accused of implanting unnecessary heart stents in hundreds of patients at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, a Maryland Health Care Commission committee began developing safeguards to prevent a repeat situation.

Mark Midei fights for medical license, exoneration

12:50 PM EST, December 10, 2011

Mark Midei fights for medical license, exoneration

It took 25 years for Dr. Mark Midei to build his reputation and less than two for it to come crashing down.

5:55 PM EST, December 9, 2011

Three family members guilty of defrauding NSA

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted William and Donald Turley, father and son respectively, of using the family manufacturing business to bilk the National Security Agency out of nearly $1.5 million, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

10:41 AM EST, November 29, 2011

Reports of East Baltimore meth lab unfounded, police say

Fire officials responding to reports of a possible gas leak Monday night in East Baltimore said they found what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab, but later determined that it was a large marijuana growing operation.

10:19 PM EST, November 28, 2011

Crash involving school bus sends five to hospital

A three-vehicle crash that included a city school bus sent five people to the hospital Monday afternoon, according to fire officials.

4:37 PM EST, November 27, 2011

Man imprisoned for 20 years, then freed by DNA evidence, sues police, prosecutors

James L. Owens Jr., who spent 20 years behind bars on burglary and murder charges only to be freed in 2008 by a DNA discovery, has filed a $15 million lawsuit claiming Baltimore police and prosecutors intentionally suppressed exculpatory information in his case.

8:51 PM EST, December 15, 2011

Stent committee recommends increased oversight

A state advisory group on Thursday recommended legislative changes to bolster oversight of coronary stent placements amid widespread concerns about unnecessary medical procedures, but it stopped short of proposing that state law regulate physician reviews in hospitals.

11:22 PM EST, November 28, 2011

Arrestee mistakenly released

A man arrested for attempted theft was mistakenly released from custody, the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Monday.

5:29 PM EST, November 17, 2011

Man who killed Marine at party sentenced to life in prison

A 28-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for murdering a Marine last year after a fight at a house party, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

2:58 PM EST, December 16, 2011

Wagner gets 7 more years in prison for Pitcairn killing

John Wagner was ordered to serve an additional seven years in prison for the 2010 murder of a Johns Hopkins researcher after a judge ruled Friday that the stabbing death violated Wagner's probation from an earlier assault case, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

Currie not guilty of bribery, conspiracy in Shoppers case

9:39 PM EST, November 8, 2011

Currie not guilty of bribery, conspiracy in Shoppers case

After a six-week trial and three days of deliberation, a Maryland jury acquitted Sen. Ulysses S. Currie and two grocery chain executives Tuesday of federal extortion and bribery charges, ending years of criminal suspicion surrounding the Prince George's County Democrat.

Few show up to discuss memorial to Read's civil rights site

4:41 PM EST, November 19, 2011

Few show up to discuss memorial to Read's civil rights site

While members of the public had much to say when plans were announced to raze Read's drugstore in Baltimore — the site of pioneering civil rights sit-ins by Morgan State students — few stepped forward Saturday to discuss ways to commemorate the protests after much of the building is torn down.

7:15 PM EST, November 7, 2011

Jury deliberating in Currie bribery trial sends note to judge

Jurors deliberating in the federal bribery trial of state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie and two former grocery chain executives sent a note to the judge Monday, indicating that at least some of them believe a conspiracy may have occurred, though not for the length of time alleged in the indictment.

Howard firefighters safely battle blaze in training exercise

6:53 PM EST, November 19, 2011

Howard firefighters safely battle blaze in training exercise

A house fire on College Avenue in Ellicott City was set Saturday by an unlikely team: the Howard County fire department.

Two more officers plead guilty in kickback scandal

7:06 PM EDT, October 24, 2011

Two more officers plead guilty in kickback scandal

Two more Baltimore police officers pleaded guilty Monday to accepting kickbacks from a Rosedale auto repair shop.

4:39 PM EST, November 17, 2011

Two more city officers guilty in extortion scheme

Two Baltimore police officers assigned to the Northeast District pleaded guilty this week to sending car customers to a Rosedale auto repair shop in exchange for bribes from the owners, bringing the number of officers convicted in the federal case to 11.

6:42 PM EDT, October 28, 2011

Document thief's bail reduced after guilty plea

Jason Savedoff's bail was reduced and his travel restrictions were eased after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this week to conspiracy and theft of major art, according to a court order made public Friday.

Savedoff pleads guilty in historic document case

7:07 PM EDT, October 27, 2011

Savedoff pleads guilty in historic document case

Less than four months after a Maryland Historical Society employee uncovered a cultural property heist called "truly breathtaking" by national archivists, one of the men charged in the scheme has pleaded guilty.

Jurors begin deliberation in state senator's bribery trial

5:14 PM EDT, November 3, 2011

Jurors begin deliberation in state senator's bribery trial

Defense and government lawyers in the bribery trial of Maryland Sen. Ulysses S. Currie sparred for hours Thursday during final arguments, each side accusing the other of misstating the facts, then exhibiting outrage at the opponent's allegations. The federal case was handed over to the jury for deliberation Thursday afternoon.

8:33 PM EDT, October 28, 2011

PSC adopts new rules intended to prevent accidental electrocutions

During an emotional hearing Friday, the Maryland Public Service Commission adopted new regulations intended to prevent accidental electrocutions like the one that killed 14-year-old Deanna Green at a church softball game in Druid Hill Park more than five years ago.

7:08 PM EST, November 14, 2011

Trial of former Shomrim members postponed again

The Baltimore trial of brothers Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, who are charged with assault and false imprisonment — accused of beating a black teenager last year while members of a Jewish patrol group — has been postponed for a fifth time.

7:01 PM EDT, October 20, 2011

Baltimore officers indicted on new extortion charges

Federal prosecutors have filed another indictment against two Baltimore police officers accused of taking kickbacks from the owners of the Majestic Auto Repair shop in Rosedale.

Defense begins in Currie trial

9:39 PM EDT, October 17, 2011

Defense begins in Currie trial

Attorneys for state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie, on trial for extortion and related charges, began his defense Monday by calling a witness who portrayed the Prince George's County legislator as endlessly pleasant, but not very bright.

9:50 PM EDT, November 4, 2011

Retired agent faults FBI's handling of terrorism investigation

A retired FBI agent says the agency was too slow to investigate Antonio Martinez, who is accused of trying to blow up a military recruiting center in Maryland, and showed a "reckless disregard" for evidence collection by failing to record several meetings between Martinez and an informant.

6:43 PM EDT, November 4, 2011

Jury still out in Currie case

Jurors had yet to reach a verdict Friday, after their first full day of deliberation, in the bribery trial against Maryland Sen. Ulysses S. Currie and two retired executives from Shoppers Food Warehouse, who are accused of paying the Prince George's County politician $246,000 over five years for legislative favors.

8:05 PM EDT, October 27, 2011

Abell Foundation awards grant to city prosecutors

The Abell Foundation has awarded the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office a grant worth nearly $128,000, which will be used to "double the capacity" of an anti-prostitution program, top prosecutor Gregg Bernstein announced Thursday.

Art investigators: Saving the country's cultural heritage, one recovered work at a time

5:40 PM EDT, October 23, 2011

Art investigators: Saving the country's cultural heritage, one recovered work at a time

When Paul Brachfeld heard about the heist of historic documents in Baltimore this summer, the National Archives inspector general acted quickly.

5:54 PM EST, November 18, 2011

Jury selection in dog-burning case set for Monday

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the second animal-cruelty trial of Travers and Tremayne Johnson, twin brothers accused of setting fire to a pit bull in 2009.

7:40 PM EDT, November 2, 2011

Currie jurors to begin deliberation Thursday

After six weeks of trial, jurors are expected to begin deliberating Thursday in the federal bribery trial of Maryland Sen. Ulysses S. Currie and two Shoppers Food Warehouse executives.

6:33 PM EDT, October 28, 2011

City officers plead not guilty to new extortion charges

Two Baltimore officers accused of taking kickbacks from the owners of the Majestic Auto Repair shop in Rosedale have pleaded "not guilty" to additional charges filed against them last week.

6:38 PM EDT, October 25, 2011

Man convicted of murder a third time

For the third time in a dozen years, a Baltimore jury has convicted Tony Williams in the 1998 shooting death of his fiancee, finding him guilty of first-degree murder and using a handgun in a crime of violence.

Pitcairn's killer sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years

6:56 PM EDT, October 21, 2011

Pitcairn's killer sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years

John Alexander Wagner was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 20 years for the 2010 robbery and stabbing death of Stephen Pitcairn, a Johns Hopkins researcher whose murder led to a cry for change in Baltimore.

2:50 PM EST, November 19, 2011

Wagner, convicted in Stephen Pitcairn killing, files appeal

John Wagner, who was convicted of murder in the 2010 stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins researcher and sentenced to life in prison, has — as promised — filed appeals in his case.

8:01 PM EDT, October 21, 2011

Gilmor Homes drug case ends in guilty pleas

The last of 22 people indicted in a drug-dealing conspiracy at the Gilmor Homes public housing complex in West Baltimore pleaded guilty this week, federal prosecutors said, ending the case shortly before a second trial was set to begin Monday. The first ended in mistrial last month.

7:19 PM EDT, October 12, 2011

A former Baraka Boy pleads guilty to drug conspiracy

A 13-year-old Romesh Vance sat on a Baltimore carousel eight years ago, spinning slowly as he predicted his future.

Woman who helped rob Pitcairn sentenced to 15 years

6:23 PM EST, November 7, 2011

Woman who helped rob Pitcairn sentenced to 15 years

Lavelva Merritt, who helped rob a Johns Hopkins researcher last year as her boyfriend murdered him, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday under a plea deal struck in May, though half the time was suspended, making her eligible for parole in roughly six years.

8:31 PM EDT, October 10, 2011

Law firm loses hard drive with patient records

A Baltimore law firm lost a portable hard drive containing information about its cases, including medical records for 161 stent patients suing cardiologist Dr. Mark G. Midei, a firm client, for alleged malpractice at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

5:01 PM EDT, September 30, 2011

Woman sentenced to home detention for cheating NSA

A 46-year-old Columbia woman was sentenced to 10 months of home detention and four additional years of probation Friday for inflating the hours she worked as a contractor to overbill the National Security Agency by nearly $109,000, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

5:35 PM EST, November 16, 2011

Drug dealer sentenced to four life terms

A 31-year-old Baltimore drug dealer, who murdered an FBI informant in south Baltimore's Westport neighborhood in 2009, was sentenced Wednesday to four life terms in federal prison, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

7:00 PM EDT, October 24, 2011

Lt. Gov. Brown calls Currie 'a man of strong integrity'

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown testified Monday morning that state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie, who is charged in U.S. District Court with taking bribes from a grocery chain, has been a mentor to him both professionally and personally.

1:16 PM EDT, October 19, 2011

Jewish Times publisher granted bankruptcy extension

A federal bankruptcy judge has granted a month-long extension to Alter Communications, which publishes the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine, and creditor H.G. Roebuck & Sons, to "negotiate their differences and file a joint plan of reorganization," according to a court order filed Wednesday.

7:43 PM EST, November 10, 2011

Salisbury stent doctor sentenced to federal prison

John R. McLean, a Salisbury physician, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Thursday, making him the second cardiologist in the country to face incarceration for implanting unnecessary coronary stents in dozens of patients, then fraudulently billing insurers thousands for the work.

5:21 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

Prosecutors say Landau can sell Warhol print, other artifacts

Art collectors take note: There's an Andy Warhol about to hit the market.

3:40 PM EST, November 19, 2011

Conservative federal appeals court shifts left

The federal appellate court that covers Maryland has for years been considered one of the more right-leaning in the nation, finding that women can be banned from a military institute, that the FDA can't regulate tobacco and that confessions count even when suspects haven't been read their rights, among other conservative opinions.

7:38 PM EDT, October 20, 2011

Howard County teen indicted on terrorism charges

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia unsealed an indictment Thursday charging a Howard County teenager with conspiring with a suburban Pennsylvania woman known as "Jihad Jane" to provide material support to terrorists.

Currie kept Shoppers ties secret, according to former transportation secretary

7:18 PM EDT, October 3, 2011

Currie kept Shoppers ties secret, according to former transportation secretary

Maryland Sen. Ulysses S. Currie warned former Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan in 2006 that he "would need friends in the Senate," then urged the embattled agency head to issue a $2 million grant for a pet project, Flanagan said in federal court Monday.

6:42 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

Settlement talks break down in civil rights case

Settlement talks in a five-year-old federal lawsuit alleging bias against Maryland's historically black colleges and universities appear to have broken down.

6:38 PM EDT, October 11, 2011

Wrestler sentenced to 6 days for assault

A former high school wrestling champion pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree assault for beating up a Towson University student in November 2009, after the annual Turkey Bowl high school football game at M&T Bank Stadium.

6:45 PM EDT, October 6, 2011

Currie slipped in Shoppers' legislation late, according to testimony

Federal prosecutors suggested through witness testimony Thursday that state Sen. Ulysses Currie secured legislation for Shoppers Food & Pharmacy by slipping it in at the last minute during the 2005 General Assembly session, when it was less likely to receive scrutiny from the public and other lawmakers.

6:31 PM EDT, October 18, 2011

New charges filed against officers in extortion case

Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against two more Baltimore police officers, who were earlier charged in a widespread extortion scheme involving kickbacks from an auto repair shop.

7:36 PM EDT, September 18, 2011

Lawyers turn to social media to analyze potential jurors

As the jury selection process began in the bribery trial of state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie, the names of potential jurors were removed from their questionnaires before the forms were returned to lawyers.

4:59 PM EDT, September 30, 2011

Md. man pleads guilty to selling fake Viagra on Craigslist

A 34-year-old La Plata man pleaded guilty Friday to peddling phony Viagra on Craigslist, after the four-month scheme was discovered by an undercover investigator working for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Corp.

3:03 PM EDT, September 30, 2011

Baltimore cocaine dealer gets 12 years in federal prison

A 36-year-old Baltimore cocaine dealer was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Friday, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

6:32 PM EDT, September 28, 2011

Governor appoints seven new circuit court judges

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the appointment of seven new circuit court judges Wednesday, including a woman whose promotion makes her the first judge of Asian descent at that level.

Prosecutors say Landau can sell Warhol print, other artifacts

4:00 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

Prosecutors say Landau can sell Warhol print, other artifacts

Art collectors take note: There's an Andy Warhol about to hit the market.

For Pitcairn's family, a journey from happiness to grief

6:01 PM EDT, October 1, 2011

For Pitcairn's family, a journey from happiness to grief

Gwen Pitcairn drove slowly through the cemetery in Tequesta, the small Florida village where she raised her three children. She stopped in front of her son Stephen's grave.

12:26 PM EDT, October 18, 2011

Pastor sentenced to life plus 45 years in killing of disabled man

A former Baltimore pastor who was convicted of killing a mentally disabled man for life insurance payouts worth $1.4-million was sentenced to life in prison plus 45 years, according to the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office.

6:32 PM EDT, October 4, 2011

National Archives employee pleads guilty to stealing recordings

A National Archives and Records Administration employee pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling government property — including a recording of Babe Ruth's voice — and selling it on eBay, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced.

6:54 PM EDT, September 14, 2011

MVA worker sentenced to two years in prison

A document examiner at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration in Mondawmin Mall was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday for illegally producing identification documents for foreign applicants, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.

6:52 PM EDT, September 14, 2011

Drug dealer sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison

A 31-year-old Baltimore drug dealer was sentenced to nearly 12 years in federal prison Wednesday for heroin possession with the intent to distribute, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

7:33 PM EDT, September 27, 2011

New details revealed in Catonsville terrorism investigation

Antonio Martinez — aka Muhammad Hussein — was pretty sure he was being set up. A car bomb had been handed to him, and two volunteers he barely knew were suddenly on board with a jihadist plot to murder military personnel in Catonsville.

11:40 AM EDT, September 30, 2011

Hearing postponed for woman who robbed Hopkins researcher

A violation of probation hearing for Lavelva Princess Merritt, who pleaded guilty to robbery charges in connection with the stabbing death last year of a young Johns Hopkins researcher, was postponed Friday because she mistakenly wasn't transported from jail for the proceeding.

6:50 PM EDT, September 14, 2011

Attorney sentenced for possession of child pornography

A Baltimore lawyer was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison and a year of home detention for possessing child pornography, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Ocean City artist sues town

9:20 PM EDT, September 12, 2011

Ocean City artist sues town

Spray-paint artist Mark Chase typically spends his summers in Ocean City along the boardwalk where he creates sci-fi landscapes in a matter of minutes, spraying and smudging to pulsating music as crowds gather.

9:51 PM EDT, September 26, 2011

Suit claims doctor wrongly removed healthy ovary

An Ellicott City obstetrician is accused of botching a woman's surgery last year, removing a healthy ovary and fallopian tube on the patient's right side when the doctor was supposed to excise a cyst on the left, according to a complaint filed in Baltimore Circuit Court.

9:16 PM EDT, September 9, 2011

Pakistani national guilty of illegally exporting nuclear materials to U.S. enemies

A 46-year-old Silver Spring man pleaded guilty Friday to illegally transporting nuclear materials to U.S. enemies in Pakistan, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Building inspectors urge caution in quake's wake

9:39 PM EDT, August 23, 2011

Building inspectors urge caution in quake's wake

Even as they discovered new scars from Tuesday's earthquake — a collapsed roof in Annapolis, broken glass at Baltimore's Port Discovery, a crumbled chimney in Catonsville — officials were most concerned about the unseen damage as they prepared to reopen Maryland buildings to the public Wednesday.

9:15 PM EDT, September 9, 2011

Baltimore woman sentenced to federal prison for bank fraud and identity theft

A 39-year-old Baltimore woman was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison Friday for bank fraud and identity theft, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

7:37 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

Accused drug courier in heroin ring is sentenced

An Elkton woman indicted last year alongside a reputed drug kingpin on charges they ran a vast heroin ring was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison Monday, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced.

7:20 PM EDT, September 13, 2011

Seventh city officer pleads guilty to extortion

Baltimore Police Officer Jhonn S. Corona pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy and extortion for accepting kickbacks from the owners of an auto repair shop in a scheme that spread through the department.

11:40 PM EDT, August 24, 2011

Smoke reported at City Hall

Fire trucks ringed City Hall Wednesday afternoon, snarling Baltimore's rush hour traffic, after "light smoke" was discovered on the sixth floor of the historic building.

7:21 PM EDT, August 18, 2011

Drug dealer who killed man in car crash gets 15-year sentence

A 40-year-old Baltimore man who crashed his Acura into an elderly driver's car while fleeing police last year was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for dealing heroin after drugs were discovered in his abandoned car.

7:57 PM EDT, September 7, 2011

Jury finds Clea brothers not guilty in contract killing

A Baltimore jury found brothers James and Kareem Clea not guilty Wednesday in a murder-for hire scheme arranged by a Baltimore pastor, who was convicted last year in the plot to kill a mentally challenged man for $1.4 million in life insurance funds.

Jury selection begins in bribery trial of state Sen. Currie

8:20 PM EDT, September 26, 2011

Jury selection begins in bribery trial of state Sen. Currie

Jury selection in the federal bribery and extortion trial of Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie and two Shoppers Food Warehouse executives opened Monday with the judge reading aloud a who's who in state politics.

5:49 PM EDT, September 12, 2011

Maryland inmate guilty of threatening judge

A Maryland inmate serving a 40-year sentence for a string of robberies on the Eastern Shore pleaded guilty Monday to mailing a threatening letter to a federal judge, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

6:36 PM EDT, August 25, 2011

Pastor testifies in murder for hire scheme

Former Baltimore pastor Kevin Pushia took the witness stand Thursday and outlined how he and two other men — one his occasional lover — conspired to kill a disabled man to collect the insurance money.

Wagner guilty in slaying of Hopkins researcher

9:37 PM EDT, August 17, 2011

Wagner guilty in slaying of Hopkins researcher

After less than three hours of deliberation Wednesday, a Baltimore jury found John Alexander Wagner guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the stabbing of Johns Hopkins researcher Stephen Pitcairn, who was attacked last year as he talked to his mother on a cellphone while walking home from Penn Station.

Third trial set for illegal immigrants in children's murder

4:14 PM EDT, September 8, 2011

Third trial set for illegal immigrants in children's murder

A date has been set for the third trial of two men, illegal immigrants from Mexico, charged with murder in the deaths of three young relatives in a Baltimore apartment in 2004.

9:36 PM EDT, August 26, 2011

Pastor who conspired to kill for insurance admits targeting others

A Baltimore pastor who paid a hit man $50,000 in church funds to kill someone for life insurance payouts bought similar indemnity policies on his boyfriend when the pair were fighting, along with contracts on the man's mother and daughter, he testified Friday in city Circuit Court.

7:01 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

Murder-for-hire trial begins in killing of blind, disabled man

Opening statements could come as early as Tuesday in the trial of two brothers accused of carrying out a murder-for-hire scheme orchestrated by Baltimore pastor Kevin Pushia, who pleaded guilty to ordering the death of a legally blind and mentally disabled man to fraudulently collect $1.4 million in life insurance.

7:53 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

Baltimore man found guilty of killing federal informant

After five hours of deliberation, a federal jury convicted Antonio "Mack" Hall on Thursday in the retaliation murder of an FBI informant, who told investigators that Hall liked to "bang the gun" and was connected to several drug-related killings in the city.

10:18 PM EDT, September 6, 2011

Murder-for-hire insurance case goes to jury

Jurors are expected to resume deliberation Wednesday in the case of two brothers accused of carrying out the contract killing of a mentally disabled man on behalf of a Baltimore pastor who planned to cash in $1.4 million in fraudulent insurance policies.

6:09 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

Baltimore drug dealer sentenced for fatal hit and run

Umar Burley was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday by a city circuit court judge after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in April 2010, when he slammed his Acura into an elderly man's car while fleeing police, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office said.

8:19 PM EDT, August 3, 2011

Witnesses reluctantly testify in murder trial

Raine Curtis reluctantly took the stand in federal court Wednesday and identified her former Baltimore boyfriend as a crack-dealing killer who carried guns and routinely wore a mask shoved back on his head like a hat — always accessible when he needed it.

9:36 PM EDT, August 9, 2011

Mother of stabbed researcher testifies during murder trial

Stephen Pitcairn got off the Bolt bus in Baltimore around 11 p.m. on July 25 last year, two days shy of his 24th birthday, and called his mother in Florida as he walked home from Penn Station, traveling north on St. Paul Street.

8:12 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

Federal prosecutors consider new charges against alleged document thieves

Federal prosecutors said in court Friday that they're contemplating additional charges against two New York men accused in multistate thefts of historic documents uncovered this month when police said the pair targeted a Maryland museum.

5:23 PM EDT, July 28, 2011

Man pleads guilty to pushing stranger into Inner Harbor

A 21-year-old Pasadena man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Thursday for shoving a stranger who couldn't swim into the Inner Harbor in 2008 — an act previously characterized by one Baltimore judge as complete stupidity.

8:44 PM EDT, August 4, 2011

Alleged document thief pleads not guilty

Barry H. Landau, whom authorities call the mastermind behind a scheme to swipe American treasures from museums throughout the Mid-Atlantic, pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal theft and conspiracy charges that prosecutors now characterize as the country's "single largest" theft of its kind.

6:42 PM EDT, July 27, 2011

Man sentenced to 10 years in police officer's death

Sian James was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for hurling a chunk of concrete that killed an off-duty Baltimore police officer last year during a heated argument over a parking space.

7:14 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

City officer accused of dealing drugs ordered released pending trial

A federal court judge ruled Thursday that Baltimore Police Officer Daniel Redd, who was indicted last month on drug conspiracy and firearms charges, can be released from detention pending trial despite having confessed to investigators.

8:02 PM EDT, August 5, 2011

Judge rules that indicted document collector can go home pending trial

A federal judge rejected Friday a last-ditch effort by prosecutors to keep Barry H. Landau behind bars while the New York collector awaits trial on charges he pulled off one of the country's biggest theft of national memorabilia over a span of years.

8:46 PM EDT, August 8, 2011

Teen will be tried as juvenile in grandmother's attack

The case of a 14-year-old Baltimore boy, who allegedly confessed to beating his grandmother with a hammer this spring, will be heard in juvenile court.

9:09 PM EDT, August 8, 2011

Two teens injured in car crash in Columbia

Two teenagers were injured in a single-car crash Monday afternoon in Columbia, after an 18-year-old driver left the roadway and slammed into a telephone pole.

City officer gets 15 years in fatal shooting of Marine veteran

8:19 PM EDT, August 16, 2011

City officer gets 15 years in fatal shooting of Marine veteran

A Baltimore judge had harsh words Tuesday for city police officer Gahiji Tshamba, calling his actions "repugnant" and sentencing him to 15 years in prison in the shooting death last year of an unarmed Marine veteran outside a Mount Vernon bar.

Eastern Shore hospital settles federal claims it failed to prevent unnecessary stent procedures

6:21 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

Eastern Shore hospital settles federal claims it failed to prevent unnecessary stent procedures

Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury has agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle federal claims it failed to prevent cardiologist John R. McLean from placing medically unnecessary stents in dozens of patients between 2003 and 2006, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

8:26 PM EDT, August 8, 2011

Baltimore officer accused of running heroin ring asks for detention hearing

Baltimore Police Officer Daniel Redd, who was indicted last month on heroin conspiracy and gun charges, is looking for a way out of jail pending his trial.

7:23 PM EDT, July 26, 2011

Eastern Shore doctor convicted of criminal charges in stent case

A federal jury convicted a retired Eastern Shore cardiologist Tuesday of health care fraud and related charges for placing unnecessary coronary stents in the arteries of dozens of patients, then billing private and public insurers hundreds of thousands of dollars for the procedures.

'Wire' actress 'Snoop' pleads guilty in drug case

7:18 PM EDT, August 8, 2011

'Wire' actress 'Snoop' pleads guilty in drug case

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, who overcame a troubled childhood and a murder conviction to launch an acting career as a drug-gang assassin on HBO's "The Wire," pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to sell heroin.

7:56 PM EDT, July 25, 2011

Federal judge to rule by next week on dismissal of Currie charges

A federal judge said Monday he will rule by next week whether eight bribery and extortion charges filed against state Sen. Ulysses Currie and two former executives of Shoppers Food Warehouse, which employed Currie as a consultant, will stand.

3:58 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

Carjacking and manslaughter trial postponed

The manslaughter and carjacking trial of Charles Johnson III, who's accused of killing three Baltimore teens in a car crash last year after blowing through a red light in a stolen vehicle, was postponed Friday until Oct. 3.

7:02 PM EDT, July 21, 2011

Man sentenced to 13 years in prison for attacks on 2 cab drivers

A 38-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to robbing two city cab drivers in the same day, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

1:52 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Middle River man killed in car crash

A 24-year-old Middle River man was killed Saturday morning, when his car veered across an oncoming traffic lane and crashed into a tree just before 1 a.m., Baltimore County police said.

2:52 PM EDT, July 27, 2011

Man gets 54 years for shootings outside Hopkins Hospital

A man who opened fire outside Johns Hopkins Hospital in September 2009, injuring a bystander, was sentenced Wednesday to 54 years in prison, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

Cardiologist's license revoked over accusations of placing unneeded stents

9:34 PM EDT, July 13, 2011

Cardiologist's license revoked over accusations of placing unneeded stents

The Maryland Board of Physicians revoked the medical license of Dr. Mark G. Midei on Wednesday, finding that the Towson cardiologist falsified patient records in order to justify unnecessary and expensive cardiac stent procedures.

10:12 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

Attorneys wrap up in trial of man accused of killing informant

The case of a Baltimore man accused of killing an FBI informant in 2009 as retaliation for "snitching" is expected to go to the jury for deliberation Thursday morning.

Energy-saving plan angers BGE customers as AC goes out

9:52 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Energy-saving plan angers BGE customers as AC goes out

Baltimore Gas and Electric stood by its PeakRewards program Saturday, even as participating customers' tempers continued to flare after thousands of air conditioning units were turned off for hours as part of the energy-saving program during the intense heat of the day before.

8:30 PM EDT, July 28, 2011

Alleged document thieves indicted on federal charges

The two New Yorkers charged with stealing historic documents from Maryland were indicted federally Thursday in a far broader scheme in which prosecutors say they stole many more valuable manuscripts from museums in both states.

Former Senator Theatre owner restricted from City Hall

9:51 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Former Senator Theatre owner restricted from City Hall

Thomas A. Kiefaber, a candidate for City Council president, is banned from City Hall unless he's expected — and escorted — by someone inside, according to a letter sent to him this month by the Baltimore City solicitor.

4:49 PM EDT, July 26, 2011

Teen pleads guilty to murder, assault for shooting laughing men

A 15-year-old Baltimore girl pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and related assault, handgun and robbery charges for shooting two men in the head last year after they laughed at the sight of her brandishing a silver Smith & Wesson revolver.

10:08 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Trooper stabbed in hands while fending off attacker

A Maryland state trooper was stabbed in the hands as he fought off a knife-wielding man Saturday morning after responding to a car crash call on the Capital Beltway near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

10:42 AM EDT, July 23, 2011

Two men shot in separate city incidents

Two men were shot Saturday morning in separate Baltimore locations, with the first being struck in the arm during an apparent robbery attempt and the second shot in the back hours later, police said.

11:18 AM EDT, July 23, 2011

Police officer breaks arm in pursuit of suspect

A veteran Baltimore County police lieutenant fell and broke his arm in pursuit of a suspect early Saturday morning, a department spokesman said.

6:59 PM EDT, July 21, 2011

City will retry two men charged with nearly decapitating three children in 2004

Baltimore prosecutors said Thursday they will retry two illegal immigrants charged with killing three young relatives in a Baltimore apartment in 2004, after their convictions were overturned last month by the state's highest court because of a judge's error.

6:32 PM EDT, July 20, 2011

Judge will review officer's personnel records for history of gun, alcohol issues before sentencing

Personnel records of Officer Gahiji Tshamba, who was convicted of manslaughter last month for killing a man outside a city bar, may be considered as part of a "pre-sentence investigation" if they show a history of prior problems, a judge said Wednesday.

6:01 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Fifth city officer pleads guilty in towing case

As part of a federal plea deal, Baltimore police officer Eddy Arias on Thursday admitted pocketing $1,500 in kickbacks from the owners of Majestic Auto Repair as part of an extortion scheme that may have involved more than 50 city officers.

6:23 PM EDT, July 13, 2011

Memphis man pleads guilty to murder of city doctor

A convicted killer who recently confessed to murdering a Baltimore doctor in Memphis 13 years ago pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday in Tennessee state court and was sentenced to life in prison, according to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

NSA employee accused of leaking information sentenced to probation

9:12 PM EDT, July 15, 2011

NSA employee accused of leaking information sentenced to probation

Thomas Andrews Drake, the former NSA employee accused of felony espionage but convicted of a misdemeanor computer violation, was sentenced Friday in Baltimore's federal court to 240 hours of community service and one year's probation.

5:59 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Four-alarm fire breaks out in South Baltimore

Dozens of rescue workers spent hours battling a four-alarm warehouse fire early Saturday morning at Kaufman Products, a concrete company set in an industrial area of South Baltimore that backs up to trees and train tracks.

9:35 PM EDT, July 5, 2011

Fourth city officer pleads guilty in towing kickback scandal

A fourth Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking kickbacks from the owners of Majestic Auto Repair as part of a lengthy extortion scheme that's ensnared more than a dozen officers.

10:15 PM EDT, August 2, 2011

Trial opens for man accused of murdering a federal witness

It was a Sunday in September 2009, and Kareem Kelly Guest had spent the entire day assembling a bedroom for his 6-year-old daughter in his mother's Westport home. He'd been released from jail three weeks earlier and was making up for lost time.

8:27 PM EDT, July 4, 2011

Police commissioner says Inner Harbor is secure

Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III outlined the city's Independence Day security plan Monday evening, in the wake of an early morning shooting downtown near the Inner Harbor, where thousands are expected to gather tonight for the fireworks.

1:06 PM EDT, July 21, 2011

Drug dealer sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

A 20-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday for dealing crack and powder cocaine in Northeast Baltimore's 4X4 neighborhood, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Officer's murder trial opens

6:30 PM EDT, June 1, 2011

Officer's murder trial opens

Jacqueline Hill rose from the witness stand Wednesday to answer questions about an exhibit. She stretched out her right arm as she spoke, straight to the tip of her index finger, which was cocked in the direction of a Baltimore prosecutor.

8:49 PM EDT, July 9, 2011

Mystery of missing man solved after 13 years

Henry Ackerman had plans — big, cross country, into-the-wild plans.

6:57 PM EDT, July 5, 2011

Coast Guard suspends search for boater on Magothy River

The Coast Guard suspended its search early Tuesday afternoon for a missing 25-year-old boater who was thrown into the Magothy River Monday from a 17-foot skiff and is believed dead, while other agencies pressed on.

Federal report on stent procedures finds potential fraud

12:15 AM EST, December 6, 2010

Federal report on stent procedures finds potential fraud

While Dr. Mark Midei was allegedly implanting unnecessary cardiac stents in hundreds of patients at a Towson hospital, stent manufacturer Abbott Laboratories was paying for crab and barbecue feasts at his Monkton home and building a business strategy around the Maryland cardiologist's high output, according to a federal report being released today.

Owners of repair shop plead guilty in towing scandal

6:11 PM EDT, July 11, 2011

Owners of repair shop plead guilty in towing scandal

Two owners of Majestic Auto Repair pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to paying up to $1 million in bribes to more than 50 Baltimore police officers who allegedly steered business to the Rosedale shop and falsified crash reports.

8:23 PM EDT, July 3, 2010

St. Joseph, two others, had highest stent rates

Three hospitals have consistently outpaced all others in Maryland in the use of stents to treat heart patients, according to data obtained by The Baltimore Sun, raising questions as state regulators examine whether the expensive procedure is performed unnecessarily by some doctors.

7:24 PM EDT, July 1, 2011

Third officer pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

Michael Lee Cross pleaded guilty Friday to taking kickbacks from a Rosedale auto repair company, making him the third Baltimore police officer to be convicted in an extortion scheme that could involve more than 50 city officers, according to new documents filed in federal court.

6:48 PM EDT, July 20, 2011

Animal cruelty retrial postponed

The July retrial of 19-year-old twins Travers and Tremayne Johnson, whose first animal-cruelty trial ended in a hung jury, has been postponed.

7:52 PM EDT, June 28, 2011

Baltimore man sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder

A 39-year-old West Baltimore man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for attempted murder and using a handgun in a crime of violence, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

5:27 PM EDT, August 29, 2010

Hospital lawyers fight claims of unnecessary stents

St. Joseph Medical Center has repeatedly said it wants to do right by its coronary stent patients.

11:17 PM EDT, July 4, 2011

Rescuers search Magothy River for missing man

The Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating a fatal boating incident after a 25-year-old Pasadena man fell off a 17-foot skiff into the Magothy River in Anne Arundel County, near Dobbins Island Monday.

8:50 PM EDT, July 19, 2011

Federal claims in civil suit against police and city can go forward, judge rules

The Baltimore City government and Police Department, along with their top officials, can be sued under federal law for allegedly failing to control Officer Gahiji Tshamba, who was convicted of manslaughter last month in state court after repeated instances of prior professional misconduct, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.

Tennessee man confesses to killing Balto. Co. doctor in 1998

3:54 PM EDT, July 6, 2011

Tennessee man confesses to killing Balto. Co. doctor in 1998

The 13-year-old case of a missing Baltimore County doctor was solved Tuesday, with a surprise murder confession announced in a federal courtroom nearly a thousand miles away.

Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center

10:05 PM EST, December 8, 2010

Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center

A 21-year-old Baltimore County man, whose Facebook postings about jihad gave way to discussions with an FBI informant about how to kill American soldiers, was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he tried to blow up a Catonsville military recruiting center using a car bomb supplied by undercover agents.

6:27 PM EDT, July 12, 2011

Criminal trial begins for Eastern Shore doctor accused of unnecessary stent procedures

While the Maryland Board of Physicians weighs professional charges against one cardiologist accused of placing heart stents into hundreds of patients who didn't need them, a federal jury in Baltimore is considering criminal charges against another.

12:01 AM EDT, July 5, 2011

Man stabbed to death, child shot in Inner Harbor after fireworks

Violence erupted in separate locations of the Inner Harbor Monday night despite a heavy police presence for the holiday, with a child shot in the leg and a man fatally stabbed shortly after the fireworks ended.

5:13 PM EDT, June 28, 2011

Harford crack dealer sentenced to 20 years after being on the lam

A Harford County crack cocaine dealer, who was on the lam for more than a year, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

6:30 PM EDT, July 6, 2011

Hearing postponed for woman accused in researcher's death

Baltimore prosecutors delayed a violation-of-probation hearing Wednesday for Lavelva Merritt, who was charged with murder in the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins University researcher last year but pleaded guilty only to robbery-related crimes in May as part of a deal.

St. Joseph lawsuits could lead to conflicting defense strategies

8:07 PM EDT, November 1, 2010

St. Joseph lawsuits could lead to conflicting defense strategies

Malpractice attorneys suing Dr. Mark Midei for allegedly performing unnecessary stent procedures at a Towson hospital say they have gotten a legal boost from a surprising source: Midei himself.

3:40 PM EDT, July 13, 2011

Bias trial postponed in favor of mediation

The trial date in a five-year-old civil lawsuit claiming bias against Maryland's historically black state colleges and universities has been postponed until December, so the parties can attempt to mediate the case.

7:21 PM EDT, June 17, 2011

Armed robbery mastermind sentenced to 77 years

The mastermind behind a series of armed robberies that killed a Greek businessman in 2009 and terrorized a half-dozen other people was sentenced to 77 years in federal prison Friday — a lengthy term that earned a round of applause from his victims at the close of the court hearing.

Man pleads not guilty in plot to bomb Catonsville military center

5:10 PM EST, January 7, 2011

Man pleads not guilty in plot to bomb Catonsville military center

Antonio Martinez, who is accused of masterminding a failed jihadist plot to bomb a Catonsville military center, pleaded not guilty Friday to a two-count indictment charging him with the attempted murder of federal employees and the attempted use of a "weapon of mass destruction."

February 10, 2010

Wheels of justice skid to a stop

Defendants awaiting bail reviews are spending extra nights in jail because of court closures throughout the state, and the delays are expected to continue as the second storm in a week dumps another layer of snow across the region today.

5:13 PM EDT, July 4, 2011

Bail bondsmen to be sentenced Friday

Milton Tillman Jr. and his namesake son, who co-ran Four Aces Bail Bonds in Baltimore, will be sentenced Friday in federal court for tax fraud, after a judge last week denied their request for a delay.

Stent sellers were allowed inside lab despite hospital ban

9:52 PM EST, December 14, 2010

Stent sellers were allowed inside lab despite hospital ban

Salespeople for stent maker Abbott Laboratories were often allowed inside a cardiac treatment room at St. Joseph Medical Center while patient procedures were being performed, despite hospital rules against it, according to sworn testimony from Dr. Mark G. Midei taken as part of a lawsuit accusing him of implanting stents unnecessarily.

10:18 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Settlement conference to be held in bias lawsuit

After nearly five years of litigation, a coalition representing Maryland's historically black public colleges and universities has agreed to discuss a settlement with the state, which it accused in a 2006 lawsuit of discriminatory practices and multiple civil rights violations.

9:28 PM EDT, June 27, 2011

Baltimore couple accused of scamming new immigrants

A federal judge has shuttered a Baltimore couple's businesses and frozen most of their assets after the Federal Trade Commission accused the prominent pair — well known within the city's Hispanic community — of illegally selling slipshod immigration services to hundreds of local Latinos.

7:41 PM EDT, June 17, 2011

Grand jury invites journalists to appear

The cryptic email went out this week to some of the region's news media — including WMAR-TV and The Baltimore Sun — asking journalists to appear before the city's grand jury, which plans to spend the next few months analyzing the impact of crime coverage on efforts to end violence.

12:01 AM EST, December 25, 2010

Federal investigators to supervise stent doctors

Federal investigators have ordered St. Joseph Medical Center to conduct annual, random audits of its cardiac care practice to verify that the procedures performed there are necessary, in the wake of allegations that Dr. Mark G. Midei placed heart stents in hundreds of patients who didn't need them.

July 25, 2010

Stents stir growing doubts, legal action

Charles E. Johnson Jr. was a hearty 62 in early 2008. He walked about 20 miles a month, worked out four times a week and played tennis on weekends.

8:20 PM EDT, May 31, 2011

Murder trial of city officer begins Wednesday

Two Baltimore police sergeants are prepared to testify that a colleague, Gahiji Tshamba, appeared to be "under the influence of alcohol" after he unloaded his service weapon into an unarmed Marine last year outside a Mount Vernon bar, prosecutors said in court Tuesday.

6:55 PM EDT, July 12, 2010

Officer indicted on murder, gun charges

A Baltimore grand jury on Monday indicted an Eastern District police officer on murder and handgun charges in the killing of an unarmed man last month outside a Mount Vernon nightclub, while the city's top prosecutor said she might have to drop court cases in which the officer is a witness.

6:32 PM EDT, June 14, 2011

State audit says Baltimore court clerks left millions of dollars uncollected

Baltimore Circuit Court clerks have revamped procedures on the heels of a scathing legislative audit that found the office neglected to pursue $7.8 million in long-overdue accounts and never bothered to bill roughly $1 million in criminal case fees during the 2010 fiscal year.

11:37 PM EST, December 6, 2010

Physician pay, medical disclosure rules criticized

The payments and "VIP trips" given to a Maryland cardiologist by Abbott Laboratories for parties and consulting work — disclosed in a federal report released Monday — are just what new legislation and industry guidelines are supposed to curtail, lawmakers said.

Towson hospital settles kickback claims

9:12 PM EST, November 9, 2010

Towson hospital settles kickback claims

St. Joseph Medical Center has agreed to pay $22 million to settle federal claims that it engaged in a decade-long kickback scheme with Pikesville cardiology group MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates, which was co-founded by Dr. Mark G. Midei — the cardiologist accused of performing hundreds of unwarranted medical procedures at the Towson hospital.

8:51 PM EDT, September 22, 2010

Maryland investigation targets second hospital

State health regulators have launched an investigation into a second Maryland hospital suspected of performing unnecessary medical procedures like those alleged at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, according to a report released Wednesday.

7:11 PM EDT, June 11, 2010

Towson cardiologist faces professional charges

The regulatory board responsible for licensing doctors in Maryland has filed administrative charges against a Towson cardiologist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary procedures, beginning a process that could strip him of the authority to practice medicine in the state.

7:03 PM EDT, June 5, 2010

Sun exclusive: Officials broaden stent investigation

State health officials investigating claims that a Towson cardiologist performed hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures have identified other doctors in Maryland with similarly questionable practices, The Baltimore Sun has learned.

Burley pleads guilty in federal drug case

7:23 PM EDT, June 13, 2011

Burley pleads guilty in federal drug case

After years of watching Umar Burley beat various gun and drug charges, prosecutors have won a conviction in U.S. District Court with a 15-year prison term against the Baltimore drug dealer — part of a one-two-punch strategy between state and federal officials.

Violence affected Marine's life long before his killing

March 23, 2011

Violence affected Marine's life long before his killing

It was after 1 a.m. on June 5, 2010. Tyrone Brown had already had plenty to drink. But he wasn't ready to go home.

6:28 PM EST, January 24, 2011

Stent doctor's fraud lawsuit transferred to Baltimore County

A $60 million fraud lawsuit filed by Dr. Mark Midei against St. Joseph Medical Center — the Towson hospital that claimed he performed unnecessary stent procedures — was transferred to Baltimore County on Monday by a city judge who also threw Midei's attorney out of the courtroom and called information in his legal filings "dated" and "inaccurate."

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