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Suspect cleans up for court Haircut, shave ordered by judge


David Teddy Yoswick went to get a haircut Friday, but not because he wanted to get gussied up for his trial this week.

He didn't have a choice in the matter. Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered him to trim months of unchallenged growth of his beard and hair.

"He looked like Grizzly Adams before the haircut," said Assistant State's Attorney Christy McFaul. "Now he looks more like he did when he was arrested."

Mr. Yoswick, whose trial on attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery charges begins tomorrow, was clean-shaven when he was arrested. Prosecutors and Judge Burns said the hair growth was an attempt to disguise his appearance.

Along with his new hairstyle, Mr. Yoswick faces trial knowing that key evidence -- which was the subject of pretrial hearings Aug. 19 and 20 -- will be used against him.

In informal oral rulings last week, Judge Burns denied motions by defense attorney Linda Sorg Ostovitz claiming that Mr. Yoswick's arrest was illegal because police did not follow proper procedures.

Mr. Yoswick, 24, of Overlea and his girlfriend, Karen Sue Palido, 32, of Elkridge, were arrested in February and charged with kidnapping, attempted murder and robbery of Frank Allen Storch.

Mr. Storch is a private detective and real estate management company president. He was beaten and stabbed, and was found walking along Arrington Road in Sykesville on Feb. 26. He told police that a couple abducted him from a Jessup hotel parking lot.

While recovering from stab wounds and other injuries at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, he was visited by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who called him a good friend.

Police were able to trace a call made from the Jessup Holiday Inn to Ms. Palido's trailer home. They set up a surveillance of the home. Eight or nine state police troopers surrounded the trailer when Ms. Palido and Mr. Yoswick left the trailer and got in a van.

Police found a handgun in Ms. Palido's purse and Mr. Storch's semiautomatic pistol in her pants, court testimony showed.

The two guns, ammunition, cash and bank receipts linked by investigators to Mr. Storch were seized after the arrest.

Ms. Ostovitz and Judson K. Larrimore, Ms. Palido's lawyer, argued that those items are inadmissible. They said that because police had only a "vague" sketch of Mr. Yoswick, they did not develop probable cause to set up the surveillance of Ms. Palido's home.

According to hearing testimony, police went to the trailer based on the traced phone call. But when they observed a couple matching a description given by Mr. Storch, the investigation took a different turn, Ms. McFaul said.

The defense attorneys also argued that when police confronted Mr. Yoswick and Ms. Palido, they improperly searched her purse and didn't tell the two that they were under arrest. Judge Burns disagreed, and ruled that he will allow evidence seized by police to be used at Mr. Yoswick's jury trial.

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