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In Baltimore City

Man pleads guilty in kidnapping case

A 45-year-old man who posed as a bail bondsman pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday to conspiracy to kidnapping and perjury.

Joseph Zahl Jr., 45, of the 1800 block of Cremen Road in Pasadena, was accused of posting bail for three people, then kidnapping and brutalizing them. Zahl has never been a licensed bondsman, said prosecutor Elizabeth Ritter.

Judge Thomas E. Noel set an April 25 sentencing date for Zahl, and agreed to give him no more than 10 years in prison.

Flea market to be held at Steelworkers Hall

A flea market and antiques sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Steelworkers Hall, 550 Dundalk Ave., just south of the 6000 block of Eastern Ave. in Baltimore.

Sponsored by the City Wide Coalition, the Community/Labor market will feature books, appliances, furniture, clothing, jewelry, tools, new athletic shoes, house plants, audio and video tapes, posters and items for children.

A donation of 50 cents will be requested; $5 for early birds from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Food will be available. Parking is free.

In Maryland

Baltimore lawyer disbarred for failure to protect clients

ANNAPOLIS - Baltimore lawyer Mark Andrew Faber was disbarred yesterday, after Maryland's top court found that he had an "inexcusable pattern" of failing to protect his clients' interests and not following through on work for them.

A unanimous Court of Appeals said that Faber provided no documentation of his assertion that he was under psychiatric care for a suicide attempt.

The court said Faber kept the fees but failed to take care of two bankruptcy cases. He had been disciplined twice in recent years, the ruling stated.

In Anne Arundel

Pioneer City shooting leaves man, 28, in critical condition

SEVERN - An early-morning shooting yesterday in the Pioneer City neighborhood left a 28-year-old man of the 1800 block of Long Leaf Way in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Anne Arundel County police said.

The man, who was not identified, did not immediately call police after the shooting, police said. Instead, hours after it happened, he contacted a neighbor.

From staff reports

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