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Senate notes deaths as it OKs limits for young drivers

ANNAPOLIS -- Members of a Senate committee noted the recent highway deaths of two Perry Hall honor students when they approved a bill last week that would restrict young drivers from carrying passengers during their first six months on the road.

Sen. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat, changed his vote at the last minute in favor of Senate Bill 233, saying he was convinced the restriction could save lives. "I think the evidence is so compelling, I don't see how you can be against it," he said.

Ashley M. Samuels, who was licensed to drive just two months before her death, was driving on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway when she and her passenger, Rachel M. Betts, were killed Feb. 16. Both girls were 16.

In Baltimore City

Appraiser gets probation in property flipping scheme

Dale F. Schulz, a Jarrettsville real estate appraiser, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to three years' probation, which includes eight months of home detention, for his role in a property flipping scheme.

Schulz, 56, was also ordered to pay $500,000 restitution to the federal government but was given a payment schedule of $100 a month for the three years of probation, limiting his payments to $3,600.

Schulz had pleaded guilty last year to signing appraisals containing false information, although someone else had performed them. The appraisals were used to obtain mortgages on houses flipped by William Otto Schmidbauer, a former Perry Hall real estate agent serving a prison term.

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