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October 2012 Archives

Maryland mother, son not guilty of providing to minors

On Jan. 30, a 19-year-old and her two friends were driving the wrong way on Interstate 97 and Route 50 in Davidsonville, Maryland. It was around 3:30 a.m. when the 19-year-old's Chrysler Sebring collided with another car, driven by a 55-year-old Severna Park man. All four died.

DWI patrols increase during Halloween weekend

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 40 percent of all traffic fatalities during the Halloween weekend involve drunk driving. That is why the Maryland State Police are ramping up their patrols during the upcoming Halloween weekend. From October 26 to October 31, expect to see more patrols on the roads and increased enforcement of Maryland DWI laws and other traffic laws.

Bribery charges threaten integrity of Maryland federal courts

A former contractor for the federal court system in Maryland has been accused of taking bribes from defendants to provide inaccurate urine test results, tampering with witnesses and lying to a grand jury. The woman's former co-worker recently pleaded guilty to similar charges.

Listed in the Boy Scouts' confidential files? Now what?

On October 18, 2012, a court in Oregon ordered the Boy Scouts to release its confidential files on Boy Scout leaders and volunteers who had been banned from participating in Boy Scouts due to allegations of sexual abuse or other questionable activity.

Man feels adverse effects of rape charge even after it's dropped

Anyone in Maryland who has been accused of a crime knows how scary that experience can be -- especially if you are wrongly accused. Not only do you have to worry about spending time behind bars, but there is also a major concern over the damage these charges will do to your reputation.

Feel safe selling prescription drugs on Craigslist? Think again.

In another example of what-not-to-do, 21 people have been arrested by the NYPD for selling prescription drugs over the internet. Similar internet-based drug sale investigations and prosecutions are taking place across the country, including in Maryland.

Possession of child porn conviction brings harsh punishment

In a Washington DC federal courtroom earlier this week, a 31-year-old man was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison for possession of child pornography.The Pennsylvania man had pleaded guilty to a count of dissemination of child pornography back in May of this year. As part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, he will receive in addition to the time in federal prison, a decade of supervision after his release, the judge ordered.

Maryland man who was sought in shooting is arrested

A Maryland man who police were searching for after the shooting of the mother of his child has been arrested about 90 miles north of Silver Spring. The suspect, 31 years old, was taken into custody in Elkton. He now faces a charge of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He also faces a charge of possession of a firearm during a felony and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited from having a gun.

Nearly 800,000 people arrested each year for marijuana use

People in Prince George's County know that federal and state law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drug use. There are stories in the news every day about people being arrested for having one kind of banned substance or another. Often times, that drug is marijuana. Even with all the arrests, the number of people smoking marijuana is rising, with 12.4 percent of eighth to 10th graders using marijuana.

Teenage drinking and driving falls in past 21 years

Maryland has been quite vocal about its campaign against drunk driving. The number of police officers on the road, sobriety check points and other displays of state force are hard to miss. Anyone in Charles County who has a drink or two before driving should watch out because Maryland officers seem ready to pull someone over for even the smallest of infractions. This seemingly overzealous response continues despite a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says the number of teenagers who drink and drive has plummeted over the past 21 years.

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