May 25, 2012

19-year-old Marine found dead at Fort Meade

FORT MEADE — Authorities have identified a 19-year-old Marine found dead in his barracks room at Fort Meade. The Marine Corps Combat Development Command identified him Friday as Pvt. Anthony Romanocaruso of Alamance, N.C. Romanocaruso was an active-duty Marine assigned since February to the Defense Information School at Fort Meade. His body was found Wednesday […]

Apr 5, 2012

Marine faces dismissal for Facebook images, ‘Nobama’ stickers

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A Marine is facing dismissal from the military for posting Facebook images of President Barack Obama’s face superimposed on a jackass and for selling “Nobama” bumper stickers online, a prosecutor said Thursday. Sgt. Gary Stein, 26, acted irresponsibly and disregarded repeated warnings that his anti-administration postings violated Pentagon policy involv[...]

Feb 2, 2012

U.S. Marine fights conviction for suicide attempt

HAGERSTOWN — A discharged Marine private who slit his wrists in a suicide attempt is fighting his military conviction for deliberately injuring himself, arguing the punishment is inconsistent with the armed forces’ efforts to battle a rise in suicides during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s not clear how often the Marines or any […]

Aug 8, 2011

Red algae blooms stain Virginia waters feeding bay

NORFOLK, Va. — Red algae blooms have returned to Virginia waterways that feed the Chesapeake Bay. The blooms have been active in the lower James, York, Elizabeth and Lafayette rivers for several weeks, Old Dominion University researcher Margaret Mulholland told The Virginian-Pilot ( ). The blooms suck oxygen from the water, making it difficult for […]

Jun 9, 2011

Lawyers give closing arguments in Tshamba murder trial

Attorneys in the murder trial of Baltimore police officer Gahiji Tshamba offered their closing arguments Thursday morning, each trying to convince the judge of their version of events that led the 15-year veteran to shoot Tyrone Brown, a former Marine, 12 times behind several Mount Vernon nightclubs a year ago. “What happened in that alley […]

Jun 1, 2011

Witness in Tshamba trial: Marine begged officer not to shoot

Both before and after Baltimore Police Officer Gahiji Tshamba shot Tyrone Brown in the early morning hours of June 5, 2010, the off-duty officer talked about “disrespect,” the first witness in his murder trial testified Wednesday. He used that word after Brown slapped Tshamba’s scantily clad female companion on the behind outside a Mount Vernon […]

Jan 21, 2011

Top 5: ‘It’s like a Ponzi scheme’

This week’s top 5 staff law stories include Baltimore police being sued for $270 million for shooting a man outside a nightclub and the Enoch Pratt Free Library settling a discrimination lawsuit. Here are the top 5: 1. Lawyer, 2 employees indicted for mortgage fraud scheme – by Danielle Ulman A lawyer and title company […]

Jan 21, 2011

WikiLeaks GI’s complaint targets his Marine jailer

HAGERSTOWN — The lawyer for a soldier suspected of passing classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is alleging wrongdoing by his jailer. David Coombs of Fall River, Mass., said Friday he has filed a complaint with the commander of the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., where Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is being held, […]

Jan 20, 2011

Week in review: 1/21/2011

Sponsors ensure MLK Day parade Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade was made possible by securing sponsorships, a feat that not all of Baltimore’s parades and events have been able to do. This year, the 11th annual parade down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was supported by New Jersey-based Forman Mills, Cricket Wireless, GMC, and […]

Jan 18, 2011

Marine’s family sues police for $270M

The family of a Marine shot dead by an off-duty Baltimore police officer outside a nightclub last June has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the officer and the police department, claiming the incident was preventable and seeking millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages. The suit, brought on behalf of Tyrone Brown’s widow, children […]

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