Posted On: March 29, 2012

Alleged MD Sex Crime Perpetrator Commits Suicide in Parking Lot

According to Knoxnews.com, a Maryland man facing a sex crime charge recently committed suicide in a hospital parking lot in Tennessee. Police in Knoxville, TN report that they arrived at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Alcoa Highway and discovered the man’s body in his vehicle with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 53-year-old man, a resident of Walkersville, MD, had been indicted on a sex-abuse charge in Frederick County, but had not yet served with the indictment. Investigators with the Maryland State Police did not provide any further details.

Knoxville authorities are unsure why the 53-year-old came to Tennessee to commit suicide as he had no known ties to East Tennessee.

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Posted On: March 27, 2012

Maryland SWAT Team Makes Arrest in North Ave. Murder Case

MD Homicide Suspect ArrestA report from The Baltimore Sun shows that members of the Baltimore SWAT team made an arrest in a fatal shooting that occurred on the evening of March 20. Following a report of the shooting, police officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Ashburton St. at North Ave. where they found the 23-year-old victim face down with multiple gunshot wounds to the arm and body. Members of the SWAT team then began to canvas the area to search for the perpetrator when they saw the now-arrested suspect acting nervously and concealing something in his waistband. According to court documents, the murder suspect discarded the handgun after officers approached him and began to run.

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Posted On: March 22, 2012

Instances of Tide Theft Increase in Stores across the U.S.

In what some are referring to as a “grime wave,” cases of Tide thefts have skyrocketed in recent months as the detergent has become a valuable bartering tool for drug users, according to TheGrio.com. The popular brand name laundry detergent has become “liquid gold” because of its fairly high cost and desirability, making it attractive for resale on the black market; the laundry soap can retail for as much as $20 a bottle, and a stolen bottle can be resold for $5 to $10. In addition, the detergent is instantly recognizable and doesn’t spoil. Tide is now, as a result, being targeted for organized theft at supermarkets and drug stores across the country.

TheGrio.com reports that stories have been pouring in from across the U.S. of thieves stealing thousands of dollars worth of Tide and engaging in weeks, or even months, of heists before being captured. The criminal act of Tide-swiping is relatively low risk, with few dangers and repercussions. National chains, such as drug store CVS, have attempted to electronically tag the detergent bottles as a theft-deterrent, but ultimately to no avail as robbers (who sometimes work in teams) simply run or drive away with as many bottles as they can take, removing the tags later.

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Posted On: March 19, 2012

Pasadena Man Faces Criminal Charges in Connection to Glen Burnie Car Accident

According to The Baltimore Sun, a Pasadena man has officially been charged with negligent manslaughter with an automobile for his role in the death of another driver in November, 2011. Police reports indicate the 25-year-old was driving westbound on Route 100 in Glen Burnie at approximately 7:10 p.m. on November 28 when he proceeded to cut off several drivers. The man struck the back left side of a Ford F-150 with his 2005 BMW, then hit the back of the 66-year-old victim’s Nissan Sentra. The Sentra driver, a resident of Fort Washington, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment, but tragically died later as a result of his injuries.

In addition to the charges of negligent manslaughter and reckless driving, the Pasadena man also faces a slew of other Maryland criminal charges, including negligent driving, unsafe lane changing, driving vehicle on highway at speed exceeding limit, and following a vehicle too closely. According to online court records, the man was charged with a number of vehicular offenses for an unrelated crash that happened two months after this fatal accident, including driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The 25-year-old’s arraignment is scheduled for March 19, with a trial set for June 28 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

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Posted On: March 14, 2012

What is Vehicular Homicide in Maryland?

The Maryland crime of vehicular homicide is committed when a person is killed through the use of a car or other vehicle. Any individual convicted of vehicular homicide will likely face severe penalties, including time in prison, which may be increased depending on the circumstances of the crime. A vehicular homicide occurs when a motor vehicle is the instrument or tool that causes a person’s death, and the term “motor vehicle” generally includes any vehicle designed to transport people and property on public roads. Examples of motor vehicles include:

  • Cars;
  • SUVs (sport utility vehicles);
  • Motorcycles;
  • Trucks or buses; or
  • Vans and mini-vans.

In general, snowmobiles, skateboards, watercraft, and farm tractors are a few examples of things not considered to be motor vehicles. Vehicular homicide can typically be prosecuted anywhere within the state, even if the crime occurred on public property.

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Posted On: March 12, 2012

Federal Judge in MD Rules State’s Handgun Permit Provision Unconstitutional

Maryland Handgun LawAccording to a Washington Post report, a federal judge has ruled that state residents no longer need to show that they have a good reason to carry a handgun outside of their home. This essentially declares a key provision in Maryland’s gun control laws unconstitutional. Maryland residents were required to have a “good and substantial reason” to carry a gun, such as a precaution against apprehended danger, but the U.S. District Judge determined the requirement violated the Second Amendment and was too broad. Under state law, applicants for a carry permit are also required to show that they do not have a history of violence, are not addicted to drugs or alcohol, and have not been convicted of a crime and sentenced to more than a year behind bars; those requirements still stand.

The case centered on a Navy veteran who was denied a handgun permit in 2009. Following a 2002 break-in and attempted robbery in Maryland by the veteran’s son-in-law, who illegally entered into the man’s Baltimore County home high on drugs and searched for the man’s car keys, the man applied for and was granted a permit to carry a handgun. After the son-in-law’s release from prison, he was allowed to renew his permit in 2006, but was denied three years later, prompting the veteran to appeal to Maryland’s Handgun Permit Review Board. The Board ruled that the man did not show a “good and substantial reason” to carry a handgun as a precaution against apprehended danger and the man sued in the summer of 2010.

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