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Man accused of stabbing security guard arrested

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Anne Arundel County police arrested yesterday a man accused of stabbing a mall security guard Monday while being detained during a shoplifting investigation. David Isaiah Lamb, 21, of Jessup surrendered to police, and he was charged with first-degree assault and theft, police said. Police were called to Arundel Mills mall in Hanover at 8:17 p.m. Monday for the report of an assault. A mall security officer reported being stabbed in the buttocks while detaining two men accused of shoplifting at the mall's Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse store.

Nicole Fuller

Police seek driver who hit policewoman

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Police are seeking a driver who struck a police officer and failed to stop Thursday night. The policewoman and other Northwestern District officers were conducting an investigation outside a Northwest Baltimore apartment building in the 3900 block of Dolfield Ave. about 11:30 p.m. when she was hit by a dark-green vehicle. The officer, whose name was not released, suffered a leg injury and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police spokesman Donny Moses said yesterday. She was treated and released. Officers found the car but had not apprehended a suspect, Moses said. Anyone with information is urged to call the city police traffic investigation section at 410-396-2606.

Richard Irwin

Annapolis crane accident victim from Pa. is critical

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A Pennsylvania man who was injured in a crane accident in Annapolis on Thursday was in critical but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, according to the hospital. Edward Cifaldo, 46, of the 200 block of Main St. in Red Lion was sitting in a compartment of a crane that was preparing to lift heating and cooling units onto the roof of a fitness center under construction at Annapolis Towne Centre in Parole. A pulley and other parts fell onto the operator's compartment, and other employees rescued Cifaldo, officials said. He was taken by helicopter to Shock Trauma. A 46-year-old man died 10 months ago at Annapolis Towne Centre after a piece of a crane that was being dismantled fell on him.

Tyeesha Dixon

Police seek missing Baltimore County woman

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Baltimore County Police are asking for help in locating Rose Marie Curtain, 53, of the first block of Featherstone Court in White Marsh. Relatives told police that Curtain was distraught over personal problems and disappeared Wednesday morning. Her last known location was in the area of the 300 block of E. Joppa Road in Towson about 8 a.m. Police said she did not show up at work Thursday or at her daughter's home in Pennsylvania yesterday as expected. She might be driving a black 2002 four-door Lincoln Continental with Maryland tags 5CGK28. Curtain is white, 5 feet 1 inch tall and 145 pounds, with black shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020.

Jury deadlocked in trial of W. Baltimore shooting

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A Baltimore jury deadlocked this week in the murder trial of Tevon Allen, 20, who is accused of fatally shooting the nephew of a city judge. Prosecutor Lisa Phelps plans to retry the case, said Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office. Two eyewitnesses to the shooting recanted their identifications of Allen on the witness stand, leaving Phelps with one unwavering eyewitness - the victim's best friend, who was driving the car past the corner of Rokeby Road and Swann Avenue in West Baltimore when six bullets were fired, one of which struck Jordan Brown, 21. The jury had sent a note to Circuit Judge Thomas J.S. Waxter earlier in the week saying that it couldn't agree on a verdict, but the judge ordered the panel to continue to deliberate. The jury sent another note yesterday afternoon, pointing out that they had weighed the matter longer than the trial lasted.

Melissa Harris

O'Malley announces appointment of 2 judges

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Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the appointment of two city judges this week, filling vacancies left by the retirements of District Judge Charlotte M. Cooksey and Circuit Judge Carol E. Smith. O'Malley selected Lawrence Fletcher-Hill, of the Baltimore firm Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, to replace Smith. Fletcher-Hill, whose expertise is in civil law, previously served as chief of litigation in the Maryland attorney general's office. O'Malley also named Master Gregory Sampson, who currently hears juvenile cases in Circuit Court, to replace Cooksey, a leader in the creation of the city's mental health court. Before becoming a master in 1990, Sampson was an assistant public defender.

Melissa Harris

Edgewater motorist killed when her van hits tree

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A woman was killed Thursday night when her vehicle crashed into a tree on Route 214 near Muddy Creek Road in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County authorities said. Police identified the driver as Mary Katherine Barge, 52, of the 900 block of Severn Ave. in Edgewater. The initial investigation found that Barge's 1999 Chevrolet Lumina van was traveling east on Route 214 when she lost control and hit the tree about 8 p.m.

Md. man gets 25 years for distribution of cocaine

WASHINGTON: A federal judge has sentenced a Maryland man to 25 years in prison for selling drugs in Southeast Washington. James Becton, 34, of District Heights was sentenced Thursday. He had been convicted in September of conspiring to distribute crack and powder cocaine. Prosecutors said Becton and his gang sold drugs in the 4200 and 4300 blocks of Fourth St. over a seven-year period, and that Becton used violence to control his turf.

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Police say woman stole from employer's office

EASTON: Easton police have charged a Baltimore woman with stealing $106,000 from a doctor's office where she used to work. Deborah Gudis, 58, was charged yesterday with theft and other offenses. Police say Gudis committed the thefts while she worked as a manager in the office

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