Posted On: April 27, 2011

Suspects in Rosedale McDonald's Assault May Be Charged With Hate Crime

Two young women suspected of beating a transgender woman in a McDonald’s restaurant may be charged with a hate crime in addition to the assault, according to recent news reports from WAMU and CNN. The victim is currently recovering from her injuries.

The incident occurred in the McDonald’s in Rosedale, just outside Baltimore. Rescue workers and police arrived on the scene to find the victim having a seizure. Video from the incident appears to show the two suspects beating, punching, and kicking the woman, while other patrons urged them to leave before the police arrived.

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Posted On: April 14, 2011

Parents Are Often Behind Child Identity Theft in Maryland, According to Police

In today’s digital, information-heavy world, many people take steps to protect themselves from identity theft. But many people don’t realize that children can also be victims of identity theft.

In fact, stealing a child’s identity can be even easier than stealing an adult’s, according to the Baltimore County police. Since children don’t have credit cards, mortgages, or other loans, they and their parents rarely check to see if someone is using credit in the child’s name. By the time the child reaches adulthood, he or she may discover that bad credit is already attached to their name - often, by being turned down for a student loan or other financial necessity.

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Posted On: April 12, 2011

Maryland Attorney General Seeks to Ban DUI iPhone App

Maryland’s Attorney General recently joined forces with the Attorney General of Delaware to fight for a ban on an iPhone app that alerts drivers to the location of DUI checkpoints, according to an article in The Baltimore Sun.

The app, which can be used on smartphones like the iPhone, lists the locations of checkpoints that police use to screen drivers, often arresting those whom the police believe are driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol. The attorney general argues that the app allows drunk drivers to avoid the law by alerting them to alternate routes that do not require them to drive through the DUI checkpoint.

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