Posted On: December 30, 2011

MD Teacher Arrested for Having Sex with Students

According to an ABC 2 News report, a high school English teacher from Anne Arundel County was recently arrested and is now charged with sexually abusing three of his students. The charging documents indicate that the 29-year-old Glen Burnie High School teacher had inappropriate relationships with three female students. One of the alleged incidents happened with a former student who he met when he was coaching junior varsity basketball; the second occurred with a student who is still attending Glen Burnie, with the encounters happening in his classroom; and the third happened this school year with a 16-year-old girl, with encounters taking place in the teacher’s home, among other places.

According to reports, an assistant coach overheard a suspicious conversation with the third victim in which she discussed the trysts, and he immediately notified the high school’s principal who in turn notified the Department of Social Services. The teacher now faces numerous child sex charges and is being held on 3 million dollars bail. The case is alarming Maryland parents, and the head of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center urges parents to keep a close eye on their children, and if they are spending an inordinate amount of time with one adult, it could be a cause for concern.

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Posted On: December 29, 2011

Is Marijuana Drug Cultivation in Maryland Illegal?

marijuana-bush_1429104.jpgDrug cultivation and drug manufacturing laws make it illegal to produce, grow, and possess certain plants, or other naturally occurring elements, that are used in the production of illegal controlled substances, such as marijuana plants or cannabis seeds. In addition, drug cultivation and manufacturing laws make it a crime to produce illegal controlled substances, such as cocaine, LSD, or ecstasy, all of which require the use of certain chemicals and lab equipment in their production. Federal and state drug cultivation laws vary according to drug type and the amount produced.

In the state of Maryland, it is illegal for non-medical and recreational users of marijuana to use, sell, cultivate, or possess this drug. Law enforcement in Maryland takes this offense very seriously, and between the years of 1995 and 2002, there were over 136,800 arrests for the possession, use, sale, or cultivation of marijuana. The sale or cultivation of marijuana, regardless of the amount, is considered a felony; if convicted, less than 50 pounds can get a person up to five years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. For the cultivation or sale of marijuana that is more than 50 pounds, the mandatory minimum prison sentence is five years, and may include a fine up to $100,000.

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Posted On: December 27, 2011

Maryland Drug Possession Laws

Drug possession charges may possibly be one of the most frequently seen charges in Maryland Courts. The state laws regarding drug charges such as drug possession are well defined and the penalties for those convicted of possession can be quite severe. Under Maryland law, the legal term “possession” means having control over something. Therefore, if you have control over the drug, then you are in possession of it by having it anywhere from in your lap to under your car seat.

If an individual is found with any drug besides marijuana it will be considered a felony charge and, anyone convicted of felony drug possession may face years or even decades in prison and fines that may reach $25,000. As a general rule maximum sentences are usually reserved for those convicted of possessing drugs such as ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, and LSD while an offender who is found to be in possession of marijuana faces misdemeanor charge and penalties, and may receive up to 1 year in jail.

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Posted On: December 16, 2011

51-Month Prison Sentence for Armed Bank Robber in Maryland

CBS Baltimore reports that a St. Michaels resident convicted of armed bank robbery received a 51-month prison sentence this week. The suspect entered the Talbot Bank of Tilghman, located on Tilghman Island, in March of last year with a .22 caliber rifle. He demanded money from a teller and walked out with more than $4,700; however, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated that the suspect was identified very quickly by the truck he was driving when he left the bank and was arrested that night. The money stolen was recovered by authorities.

Robbery with an armed weapon is considered a felony theft crime in Maryland and it is treated very seriously by the state. Robbery is defined as the obtaining of property from another person by force or through the threat of force. The “property” could be money or valuables, and the “force” could be actual physical contact or simply threatening a person. The state penalty for robbery (without a weapon) is a maximum 15-year prison sentence, and an armed robbery conviction carries with it a maximum jail sentence of 20 years. Anyone convicted of the similar crime of armed carjacking may receive up to 30 years behind bars.

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Posted On: December 13, 2011

Two Felons Arrested Following Routine Traffic Stop in Carroll County

According to the Elderburg Patch, Maryland State Troopers arrested two convicted felons this week for possession of drugs and guns after they were stopped for speeding on Route 97 in Westminster. Just before midnight, state troopers stopped the felons’ Toyota SUV for exceeding the speed limit and the senior trooper conducted a search with his K9 dog due to suspicions that the suspects were in possession of illegal drugs. The dog alerted the troopers to the presence of drugs, and following a search of the vehicle, they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.

Reports indicate that the state troopers found two loaded Springfield semi automatic guns with the serial numbers scratched off. A search of the vehicle also turned up ski masks, stockings, and black jackets, leading them to believe the two men were involved in other criminal activity. According to police, both men are currently being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.

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Posted On: December 7, 2011

MD Resident Dressed as Frosty the Snowman Faces Assault Charges

In a very bizarre story this holiday season, a man dressed as Frosty the Snowman was recently arrested in Chestertown on assault charges. According to Digitaljournal.com, the Maryland resident, who was dressed as the iconic Christmas character, was participating in a Chestertown Christmas parade when he allegedly kicked a police dog. The police sergeant/dog’s handler immediately escorted the man away from the crowd, but Frosty reportedly hit the police officer in the face with the head of his costume. A second officer on the scene also claims he was pushed by the Frosty impersonator as they tried getting him into the patrol car.

The man, who was on probation for disorderly conduct, now faces a second degree assault charge for the incident, as well as other charges including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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