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Man gets 20-year term in Christmas Eve holdup

A robber who held up a Baltimore couple on Christmas Eve has been ordered to spend the next 20 years in prison. Joel Hunt, 21, of the 2700 block of Mount Holly St. in the city was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge John N. Prevas. Hunt was convicted last month of pulling a gun on a couple waiting for a bus at 11:30 p.m. last Christmas Eve in the 2900 block of The Alameda. Wearing a mask, Hunt held a gun to the man's chest, telling him to empty his pockets. When the man said he had nothing, Hunt ordered him to take off his clothes. As he left, Hunt said he should have shot them anyway. One victim called 911, and police in the area saw Hunt - officers said he was still wearing the mask - and arrested him.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

I-95 traffic stop nets 69 pounds of marijuana

Maryland Transportation Authority officers making a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 recovered 69 pounds of high-quality marijuana and arrested a New Jersey driver, police said. Sabina Woodrick, 31, of East Orange, N.J., was driving a rented Chevrolet Impala when she was pulled over for speeding about 10 a.m. Tuesday on northbound I-95 in Baltimore County, police said. A search found the marijuana, valued at nearly $152,000, police said. Woodrick has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and lesser charges, police said. She is being held on $250,000 bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Man pleads guilty to fatal drunken-driving incident

A Carroll County man pleaded guilty yesterday to striking and killing a stranded motorist in Howard County while driving drunk this year. Aleksandr Dyubanov, 46, of Taneytown could be sentenced to up to five years for homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The state recommended an 18-month sentence. According to prosecutors, the accident occurred on Route 32 at Deer Hill Road about 11:30 p.m. April 23. Luther Beamer III, 23, of Odenton, was putting gasoline into his truck, which had run out of fuel and was on the shoulder of the road. Dyubanov, whose blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent, crossed the white line onto the shoulder and struck Beamer, said Howard County Assistant State's Attorney Danielle Duclaux. Dyubanov is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 4.

Tyeesha Dixon

Man convicted of arson, assault in Columbia

A Baltimore County man was convicted yesterday on arson and assault charges but acquitted of attempted murder for setting a fire at his ex-girlfriend's Columbia house that injured two people inside. Scott Allen Pryor, 45, of Essex was convicted by a Howard County Circuit Court judge of first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree assault. He could receive 70 years in prison for the convictions. According to prosecutors, Pryor confessed to entering Sheryl Alman's Columbia townhouse in November 2007, spreading gasoline in the living room and setting it on fire. Alman's daughter Breanna, 19 at the time, was upstairs sleeping. Her boyfriend, Andrew Christopher Lee, also was in the home and escaped through an upstairs window with the help of a neighbor. Breanna Alman was found unconscious in the downstairs foyer. She suffered significant injuries and was hospitalized for months after the blaze. Pryor is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 5.

Tyeesha Dixon

16-year-old to be tried as an adult in rape of girl, 12

DENTON: A Caroline County judge has ruled that only one of the five teenagers charged in the rape of a 12-year-old girl will be tried as an adult. Dazwan Bolden, 16, faces trial on rape, sex offense and false imprisonment charges in the attack in February in a dugout at Chambers Park in Federalsburg. Two other boys, ages 15 and 16, will face the same charges in the juvenile system. The fourth and fifth boys were accused of acting as lookouts, and prosecutors recently dropped the charges against them. In deciding to try Bolden as an adult, Circuit Court Judge Karen Murphy ruled that he did not appear to have the family structure needed to prevent him from committing more crimes. She also cited psychological reports that said Bolden lacked empathy for others.

Associated Press

Man shot in Greenspring dies; police find no motive

A man was shot last night on a street in the Greenspring community in Northwest Baltimore and died a short time later at a hospital, police said. Responding to a report of a person shot in the 2700 block of Oswego Ave. near Pimlico Road about 7 p.m., Northwestern District uniformed officers found the man lying in the street bleeding from at least one gunshot wound, said police. The victim, whose name was being withheld pending notification of family members, was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving there, police said. No arrest had been made, and police said they were without a motive. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in the slaying.

Richard Irwin

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