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Restaurant worker stabbed during fight

An employee at a McDonald's restaurant in Catonsville was stabbed early yesterday during an argument with a co-worker, Baltimore County police said.

Jonathan Hebron, 24, of the 5300 block of Windsor Mill Road in Baltimore was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso about 3:45 a.m. at the restaurant in the 5600 block of Baltimore National Pike.

He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said the male employee suspected of stabbing Hebron was taken into custody and would face a charge of attempted first-degree murder. The employee's name was being withheld until he is charged, police said.

Another employee faces a charge of being an accessory to the crime for offering to hide the suspect, police said.

The restaurant was closed to walk-in customers at the time of the incident, but the drive-through window was open, police said.

Crime seminar set for Tuesday

The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Justice for Victims" crime seminar from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday on the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus.

The keynote speaker will be Robin Woolford, executive director of the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

The seminar is one of several activities being held by the Baltimore County Police Department for National Victims Rights Week, which begins Sunday. The seminar will be in the Q Building Theater, 800 Rolling Road.

For information on related programs next week, call 410-887-2210.

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Ron Paul to speak at Goucher College

Goucher College will present Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Kraushaar Auditorium.

Paul, a member of Congress from Texas, will discuss his hopes for America as part of the President's Forum lecture series at Goucher.

Tickets must be reserved in advance at 410-337-6333.

Land preservation

Balto. Co. to get funds from USDA

Baltimore County will receive $1.63 million in matching funds for agricultural land preservation, according to County Executive James T. Smith Jr.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.

The county will be able to purchase conservation easements to ensure that the land remains agricultural.

The federal program helps communities that are trying to keep their farmland by paying up to half the appraised fair market value of the easement.

Information: 410-887-2470.

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: Federal Court

Man sentenced for bank robbery

A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Baltimore County man to 25 years in prison for robbing an Anne Arundel County bank last year of almost $35,000, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis also sentenced Timothy Sims, 28, of Pikesville to five years' probation for bank robbery with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, the U.S. attorney's office said.

In January 2007, Sims and two other men, wearing masks and gloves, entered a First Mariner Bank, according to witnesses. At least one of the men displayed a firearm, and one of the robbers forced bank employees from their offices and into the teller area of the bank. One victim was injured.

Another robber jumped over the counter and demanded money, witnesses told police. The robbers took the money and jumped into a car that was waiting outside the bank. Several witnesses followed the car, which was eventually abandoned.

With the witnesses' information, Anne Arundel County police set up a roadblock, which the robbers attempted to evade by running into a nearby wooded area. Sims was the last of four men arrested - he had hidden for several hours in an underground drainage system, according to authorities.

Tyeesha Dixon

Woman guilty of fraud scheme

A former Eastern Shore woman pleaded guilty yesterday to several federal charges for her part in a complex scheme to defraud the company where her ex-husband worked of more than $12 million, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

Former Denton resident Georgette A. Richie, 50, faces up to eight years in prison for mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy and signing a false tax return.

According to the plea agreement, Richie's ex-husband, Phillip M. Richie, worked as director of engineering for AMPORTS Inc., an import and export car processing service for car manufacturers from five locations in the United States, including Baltimore. Phillip Richie has since died.

The Richies created two companies, using the identity of a dead man to hide their scheme from AMPORTS. Phillip Richie used his position at AMPORTS to award construction contracts to the fake companies and approved invoices from the companies so AMPORTS would pay them, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Georgette Richie created online bank accounts for the fake companies, which were named Geo Tech Systems Inc. and Webster General Inc., kept the checkbooks for those accounts and arranged for two people to staff a construction trailer at AMPORTS to make it appear that the companies were real.

She also prepared tax returns for the two companies, grossly understating their incomes by more than $5 million in 2001 and 2002. AMPORTS had paid the two companies almost $13 million for construction projects. The fake companies used far less than that to cover expenses, which included payments to subcontractors.

The Richies also funneled money into their personal bank accounts and invested in real estate on the Eastern Shore. AMPORTS has lost more than $4.2 million because of the schemes.

In addition to a restitution in that amount, Richie, who now lives in Dillwyn, Va., also agreed to forfeit two properties in Virginia and one in Florida.

She is scheduled to be sentenced July 11 by U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis.

Tyeesha Dixon

Baltimore man sentenced for drugs

A federal judge sentenced a Baltimore man yesterday to more than 15 years in prison for possessing and intending to distribute about 500 grams of cocaine, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced James Carmon, 51, of Baltimore to 15 years and eight months in federal prison, followed by six years of probation for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute, charges to which he had earlier pleaded guilty. Carmon had two previous drug convictions, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

According to the plea agreement, law enforcement officers received information in September that Carmon was selling large amounts of cocaine from his home on North Linwood Avenue. An officer saw him selling drugs to customers and using two luxury cars to traffic drugs.

Carmon was arrested later that month, and officers found a half-ounce of cocaine on him. After searching his home, they found more cocaine, including crack cocaine, as well as drug paraphernalia and $4,000 inside of a pillow.

Tyeesha Dixon

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