Posted On: January 30, 2012

Convicted MD Sex Offender Now a Suspect in Three Home Invasion Cases

In a report from NBCWashington.com, a 33-year-old Maryland resident has been charged in three violent home invasions and two sexual assaults in a Bethesda case in which he allegedly committed a home invasion robbery and sexually assaulted a housekeeper. In addition, he was charged with two other home invasions in Wheaton and Temple Hills.

In the Temple Hills home invasion, the convicted man allegedly tied up six people, including a seven-year-old, and sexually assaulted a woman in the home. According to police, the offender apparently used credit and debit cards that were taken during the home invasions, and a surveillance image of the man using one of the cards led to him being identified, tracked down, and arrested in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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Posted On: January 25, 2012

What is a Maryland Drug Transportation Charge?

Drug transportation is defined as the unlawful transference of any controlled substance or narcotic from one place to another by any means. This transporting of illegal drugs occurs when an individual or group knowingly transfers the unlawful substances to another place, ranging from transporting a small amount in a car to a large amount on an airplane. If there is also the intent to sell the illegal substance or narcotic after it is transported, an intent to distribute charge may also be added, which can result in even harsher penalties.

MD Drug ChargesThe punishments for a drug transportation conviction can vary depending on certain factors, such as the type and classification of the drug, the amount, or the geographic location. Any individuals who transport and import drugs from another country will likely face the most severe penalties. A drug transportation charge is a serious offense in the state of Maryland, and consequences of a conviction can include: a lengthy prison sentence; hefty fines; court-ordered drug testing, rehabilitation, or counseling; deportation for non-U.S. citizens; search and seizure of property; probation; and community service.

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Posted On: January 23, 2012

Former Solider Gets 10 Year Prison Sentence in MD for Drug Charges

A resident of Hagerstown was sentence recently in federal court to 10 years in prison for conspiring to distribute illegal drugs in Western Maryland, according to Herald-mail.com. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports the 26-year-old, who returned to Maryland in 2007 after serving in the military, entered into a conspiracy with others to obtain marijuana and cocaine from a Texas source with plans to sell it in Maryland. Money from the drug sales were deposited into bank accounts in both New Jersey and Maryland, and the money would subsequently be withdrawn in Texas to purchase more drugs.

The Hagerstown man pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, along with five other individuals who have also entered pleas.

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Posted On: January 20, 2012

Hagerstown Man Faces DUI and Theft Charges Following Crash

The Washington Post reports that a 28-year-old man from Hagerstown, MD faces multiple charges following a weekend crash that left him with minor injuries. Maryland police state that troopers responded to a call about a vehicle collision at Devil’s Backbone County Park around 7:45 p.m. on January 8. Police say the driver crashed a Jaguar into a tree and left the scene. During the investigation of the accident, police had also received information that a Jaguar had been reported stolen. Authorities say they found the suspect walking on U.S. Route 40, and after being treated for his injuries, arrested and charged him with auto theft, negligent driving, driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, as well as other charges.

The common thought is that a Maryland DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge only constitutes the use of alcohol; however, the use of an illegal drug, or combining illegal drugs with alcohol, also falls under these categories. Drugged driving is an increasing problem and public health issue as the concern is that driving under the influence of a drug can impair a person’s reaction time, judgment, and motor skills. In the state of Maryland, a person is guilty of a DUI if he or she is:

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Posted On: January 18, 2012

Suspected MD Serial Killer Sentenced to 100 Years in Prison

A suspected serial killer was recently sentenced to 100 years in prison for committing dozens of violent crimes in Maryland’s Prince George County, according to The Washington Examiner. The 28-year-old former UPS worker was convicted in federal court of carjacking, child pornography and weapons charges for his role in more than nine home invasions and 50 burglaries that occurred between 2007 and 2009.

The convicted man was accused of using a UPS database to look up homes he wanted to target, cutting phones lines to disable alarm systems, and then breaking windows to gain access to the residence or entering homes through unlocked doors. During the crimes, described as “increasingly violent,” the 28-year-old took computers, credit cards, phones, and televisions, among other items.

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Posted On: January 10, 2012

Maryland Identity Theft: What You Need to Know

Maryland Identity Theft CrimeThe office of the Maryland Attorney General states that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, affecting an estimated 10 million Americans each year. Maryland residents are unfortunately not immune and are cautioned to try and protect their personal information; in 2005, MD was ranked 11th in the country for identity theft cases.

A common example of identity theft is when an individual uses your personal information to open a credit card account in your name. Identity thieves can obtain a MD resident’s private information a number of ways, including:

  • Stealing mail;
  • Stealing wallets or purses;
  • Sifting through trash or “dumpster diving” for mail or documents with personal information;
  • Phishing (sending e-mails posing as a legitimate business asking for information); or
  • Overall using of false pretenses to obtain private information (known as pretexting).

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Posted On: January 9, 2012

Man Faces Multiple Charges after Stabbing at MD New Year’s Eve Party

The Baltimore Sun reports that a man was stabbed at a New Year’s Eve party in Odenton after trying to kick out an intoxicated partygoer. The unidentified victim was stabbed in the leg early Sunday morning, at approximately 3:30 a.m., as he attempted to remove the 26-year-old perpetrator from the premises. The victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment, and fortunately his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The stabber was quickly identified, and subsequently charged and arrested for first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Under Maryland criminal law section 3-204, reckless endangerment outlines that a person may not:

  • Engage in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another; or
  • Discharge a firearm from a motor vehicle in a manner that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another.

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Posted On: January 5, 2012

Baltimore Leaders Warn about Domestic Violence Increase during Holidays

Baltimore County leaders, including officials from the Baltimore County Police Department and the county health department, warned MD residents that the holidays can bring an increase of domestic violence cases. According to ABC 2, County leaders stated that the increased stress that accompanies the holiday season can serve as a catalyst for domestic violence, citing a particularly heinous 1999 crime to reinforce their point. The two children of an MD woman were shot and killed by her abusive husband in Ocean City, shocking the entire state.

Though the woman’s story is horrifying, it serves as a reminder that violent crimes often happen with people the victim knows and may love or care about. The county health department in Baltimore explains that the increase in domestic violence can be attributed to the “too much syndrome,” meaning that during the holiday season there is too much drinking, eating, arguing, or drugs. Any of these, combined with holiday stress, can be a dangerous combination for victims currently in an abusive relationship. Area domestic violence shelters may also see an increase in domestic violence victims fleeing their unsafe and possibly life-threatening situations at home.

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