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St. Frances coach released on bail

The Baltimore Sun

Mark Karcher, the boys basketball coach at St. Frances who was arrested last week on two outstanding warrants, was released from jail Tuesday after posting nearly $450,000 in bail, court records show.

Karcher was arrested Sept. 30 on two second-degree assault charges and third- and fourth-degree burglary charges. In the most recent incident, on May 31, Karcher kicked in his ex-girlfriend's front door in North Baltimore, pulled the ex-girlfriend out of bed, and punched and kicked her in the face, according to a statement of charges filed by a police officer.

The statement also says Karcher broke a glass plate over his ex-girlfriend's head and damaged two television sets, broke in walls and flipped over china cabinets. The ex-girlfriend suffered two black eyes and a laceration to her ear, the statement said.

The second assault charge stems from a Nov. 23, 2006, incident in which Karcher got into an argument with another ex-girlfriend after she failed to say happy birthday to him in a nightclub, according to a police officer's statement of charges. The ex-girlfriend alleged that Karcher attempted to choke her and pushed her to the ground, where she hit her head on the sidewalk.

A message left yesterday at the office of Karcher's lawyer, Roland Brown, was not returned. Karcher has separate trials scheduled for the two incidents, set for Oct. 27 and Oct. 30.

Karcher was arrested by the new domestic violence warrant squad of the Police Department's Warrant Apprehension Task Force. In a partnership with the Baltimore state's attorney's office, police are undertaking more comprehensive investigations and offering more services to victims.

From May 1 to Aug. 31, the Warrant Apprehension Task Force served 195 domestic violence warrants, compared with 12 for all of last year.

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