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  • Little Italy bocce figure cops to fraud

    Salvatore Petti, a 76-year-old Ellicott City resident who has been at the center of a still-simmering dispute involving the bocce courts in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood ("Bocce Brawl," Feature, June 22, 2011), on Dec. 10 pleaded guilty in U.S....
  • Gruesome murder case highlights violence in the pot trade

    Peter Blake shouldn’t have been in the United States on the evening of Dec. 16, 2009, much less at an apartment on Daybrook Circle, near White Marsh Mall in Baltimore County. Blake, now 54, had been deported back to Jamaica, his homeland, in 2004,...
  • Public hearing on license transfer scheduled for Aug. 2

    The prospective new owners of the shuttered Sonar nightclub downtown are scheduled for an Aug. 2 public hearing before the Baltimore City Liquor License Board, which will consider whether to transfer the club's license from its current owners, led by...
  • Armistead Gardens Outlaws Pit Bull Mixes

    The Aug. 23 letter to residents of Armistead Gardens was unequivocal: Get rid of your pit bulls and pit bull mixes immediately or "the board may take legal action, including termination." Pit bull-rights activists had been predicting letters like this...
  • Maryland liquor stores suspected of supplying New York booze smugglers

    For nearly two generations, court records show law enforcers have had evidence of large-scale illegal smuggling of Maryland-taxed booze to New York, where alcohol taxes are much higher. Only recently, though, have the revenue collectors taken to...
  • Your complete guide to every ballot question, bond proposal, charter amendment, and race

    Presidential elections are civic rituals worthy of the exhortation Bob Schieffer, the moderator of the final debate between Barack Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R), says his mom used to make: "Go vote. It makes you feel big and strong." But who should be...
  • Feds seize internet cafés' bank accounts as "sweepstakes" illegal-gambling proceeds

    On Oct. 24, when law enforcers descended on at least 11 internet cafés in the Baltimore area to seize computers that allegedly were used for illegal gambling by offering so-called "sweepstakes" games, authorities also were cracking down by emptying the...
  • Deal ends 30-year-old child molestation case

    Douglas Lester Sexton reminds Circuit Court Judge Pamela White that he owned businesses. Wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt, he talks about his coal-miner father, about joining the army at age 17 to support his family. Until now, he has “never...
  • Potrepreneurs' High-Flying Operation Faces a Pricey Reckoning

    The Lancair IV-P airplane is a sleek four-seater, capable of flying 330 miles per hour and more than 1,500 miles on a tank of gas. The one that was seized in June 2009 from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, near Denver, had been purchased the...
  • Rookie transit cop arrests federal fugitive, but feds dismiss indictment

    If you’re a federal fugitive, you better not skimp on paying the Baltimore Metro Subway fare when Generia Lawson is on the job. On April 17, Lawson, a rookie Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) police officer, was in full uniform, doing routine...
  • Supporters and advocates shift tactics to improve chances of passage

    In 2008, City Councilmember Bill Henry (D-4th District) introduced a resolution urging the Baltimore City delegation to the Maryland General Assembly to show support for statewide marriage-equality legislation. The bill passed with a handful of sponsors,...
  • Two women say a Fells Point barkeep raped them for years. The judge sent him back to his bar

    Shortly after dark on Dec. 9, 2011, a man slumps against the brick wall just outside the door at JHJ Saloon on the corner of South Castle Street and Eastern Avenue on the eastern edge of Fells Point. Sporting a scraggly brown beard and a marble-sized...