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Two men sentenced in Baltimore gang killings

A 21-year-old gang member has been sentenced to life plus 50 years for killing a man on a Baltimore playground. In a separate case, another man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for what prosecutors described as a gang-initiation slaying.

In the first case, Baltimore Circuit Judge Marcus Z. Shar sentenced Black Guerrilla Family member Capone Chase on Wednesday in the killing of Ramon Rodriguez, 21, on a playground in Greektown in July 2013.

Rodriguez was shot in the presence of his pregnant girlfriend, the lone eyewitness at the trial last fall.

Rodriguez had been helping police in an investigation, prosecutors said, and Chase called him a snitch before shooting him in the head.

Chase's girlfriend heard Chase tell Rodriguez, "We have papers with your name on it," Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Stock said.

Chase threatened to kill the girlfriend if she told anyone about the killing, Stock said.

Police named Chase their "Public Enemy No. 1" before his arrest. He had been released from...

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Man accused in shooting spree says voices told him to shoot

A 35-year-old man accused of a string of random shootings in the Baltimore-Washington region told police he was "hearing voices" that told him to shoot, court records released Thursday show.

Hong Young was arrested Tuesday night near Arundel Mills mall, where a week earlier police said he shot up a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old man. On Thursday, Young was ordered held without bond on charges of attempted first-degree murder in connection with that shooting.

Police said the Beltsville resident confessed to the shootings that continued this week, including incidents Tuesday in which bullets were fired at the window of a dump truck on the Intercounty Connector, injuring two people, and at a building affiliated with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade. Police said he fired shots on Monday near a Laurel Walmart and the AMC Theatres at the Mall in Columbia.

Police said Young, a former corrections officer, will face charges related to the other incidents. In addition, authorities are...

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Beltsville man, 35, to be charged in Maryland shooting spree

The seemingly random shootings picked up steam, with four over 48 hours this week after one last week. Once ballistics tests indicated a single gunman might be responsible, area law enforcement agencies were put on alert.

Within hours, Anne Arundel County police officers spotted and pulled over the 1999 Lincoln Town Car that had been identified through previous surveillance footage.

Police say the driver, 35-year-old Hong Young, was carrying the .380-caliber pistol they believe was used in the shootings. Young, a former corrections officer from Beltsville, was taken into custody, and police say they plan to charge him with attempted first-degree murder and other counts.

"Officers shared information and ultimately located and removed this person from the community before he took someone's life," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare said Wednesday.

Authorities believe Young is responsible for five shootings that occurred across the region since last Tuesday. Two people suffered...

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Baltimore police make arrest in Christmas day stabbing

Baltimore police have charged a man in a fatal Christmas morning stabbing outside a Brooklyn convenience.

Police said Ambrosio Lorenzo, 26, stabbed 29-year old Herson Hernandez outside Ray's Food Mart shortly before 2 a.m. on Dec. 25 in the 3800 block of Hanover Street. The stabbing was captured on the store's surveillance video, according to charging documents.

Police said Lorenzo was on his phone and walked up to Hernandez and stabbed him in the neck, the document said. Hernandez tried to run away but Lorenzo chased him and stabbed him again. Witnesses also positively identified Lorenzo as the suspect during a photo array, the document said.

Police said Hernandez was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.

Lorenzo is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center and is charged with first-degree murder. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

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Crime roundup: Police assaulted, impersonated; drugs found in car, motel

This roundup of crime briefs from around the area isn't meant to be a comprehensive compilation of Maryland crime news, but a snapshot of some of the newsworthy incidents from across our region.

Here's a look at some of the crime that's happened recently in our coverage area:

ANNE ARUNDEL

A man was defrauded of $1,600 after he responded to an internet ad for a home rental in Annapolis.

Police are searching for a masked man who robbed a Pasadena gas station at gunpoint.

Two men were charged with trying to steal a minivan in Severn.

BALTIMORE CITY & COUNTY

The city's latest "Public Enemy No. 1" was arrested at his home in Brooklyn.

A Baltimore City schools officer was charged with assault and theft.

A man was charged with murder after a body was found in Bowleys Quarters recently.

An 18-year-old man was charged with impersonating an officer at Eastpoint Mall.

A Southeast Baltimore man was convicted of murder and other charges, police said, after holding his ex-girlfriend captive before...

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Former Baltimore Behavioral Health CEO criminally charged

The U.S. attorney's office has filed criminal charges against the former CEO of a West Pratt Street mental health clinic that allege that he embezzled $50,000 meant for employee pensions and withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in payroll taxes that were diverted to company executives' salaries.

William "Kris" Hathaway, the former CEO of Baltimore Behavioral Health, was charged with failure to account for and pay taxes, and theft from an employee benefit plan.

The charges stem from accusations from former employees who sued Hathaway, alleging that he diverted retirement contributions from their pay as well as a 25 percent employer match.

Baltimore Behavioral Health never responded to the lawsuit, and a federal judge ordered in 2013 that the funds be repaid. Later that year, the U.S. Labor Department sued Hathaway in an effort to restore the employee retirement plan contributions, and in an unusual move another judge ordered that the ruling be satisfied by paying money from...

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