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Supremacist pastor sentenced in abduction caseA white supremacist pastor was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday in Missouri for abducting six of his grandchildren and keeping them at his farm to indoctrinate them. Circuit Judge William Mauer followed a ...

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Frederick County jury awards trucker high damages for medical malpractice

A truck driver was awarded nearly $900,000 last week by a jury that found his orthopedic surgeon severed the median nerve in the trucker’s right arm during a routine arthroscopic procedure — an avoidable mistake that left the right-handed man ...

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Court rules against Helmore heliport

Baltimore County cannot grant a special exception for a helicopter-landing pad in an area where the zoning classification does not provide for such an exception, a circuit court judge held Friday. Martin Grass, above, paid for most of the construction ...

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Schoolgirl left on bus sues city and bus companyA lawsuit was filed on Friday in Baltimore City Circuit Court on behalf of Chanta Watson, the blind 6-year old Garrett Heights Elementary School pupil left on a yellow school bus one ...

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Legislators hear bill to have PDs at bail

Supporters of a bill to have public defenders represent indigent defendants at bail hearings once again appealed to the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, but the bill’s prospects remain doubtful as a key legislator continues to oppose it. Del. Joseph ...

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Financial planner pleads guilty in federal court to defrauding her clients

A former Landover financial planner has pleaded guilty in federal court in Greenbelt to helping herself to the assets of clients who came to her to avoid foreclosures.Edna Marie Hicks, also known as Marie Agurs, admitted defrauding more than 40 ...

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HUD’s refusal to allow prepayment doesn’t breach contract, court holds

Upholding Congress’ right to pass laws affecting the availability of low-income housing, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington has held that the Department of Housing and Urban Development did not breach a mortgage contract when it denied a ...

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CSA reverses assault conviction based on insufficiency of evidence

A man convicted of participating in the brutal beating of a heroin user in Baltimore won a reversal on appeal last week. In an unreported opinion, the Court of Special Appeals held that Tarrin Craig Smith was wrongfully convicted based ...

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Fla. teen gets life sentence in playmate deathA 15-year-old boy was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole for strangling a younger playmate and dumping his body into a dry septic tank. John Silva was tried as an adult ...

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Lenders could be held liable under Construction Trust Statute, CSA says

Construction industry lenders can be held liable under a trust statute designed to protect subcontractors from dishonest contractors, the Court of Special Appeals has held.In a decision issued last week, the state’s intermediate appellate court said that although accounts-receivable lenders ...

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