Tue April 21, 2015

Jury acquits man charged with trying to rape woman, 98

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A man charged with trying to rape a 98-year-old woman has been found not guilty of that offense.

But a Baltimore County jury on Monday convicted 51-year-old Paul Earnest Howard Jr. of assault, burglary, theft and false imprisonment.

The Baltimore Sun reports that prosecutors say on April 26, 2014, Howard went to the woman's home in Rodgers Forge and said he noticed a problem with her roof.

Authorities say Howard threw the woman to the ground, breaking her hip, and stole cash and blank checks from her.

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Tue April 21, 2015

Man sentenced to 18 months in mini-mart fire

FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for setting a fire that destroyed a Federalsburg minimart nearly four years ago.

Gary Greenwood of Denton was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution at sentencing Monday in Caroline County Circuit Court.

WBOC-TV reports that Greenwood pleaded guilty to malicious burning in a fire in July 2011 at the Stop-and-Go Mini-Mart. Fire officials say the blaze burned the mini-mart and a connecting building to the foundation, causing $400,000 in damage.

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Tue April 21, 2015

2 men plead guilty to arsons at 3 Delaware churches

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two Delaware men have pleaded guilty to arson charges after fires at three churches in the Felton area in December.

The Delaware State News reports that 27-year-old Alex Harrington Jr. of Frederica and 26-year-old Joseph Skochelak of Felton entered the pleas Monday in Kent County Superior Court. They pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree arson, second-degree conspiracy and third-degree burglary.

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Tue April 21, 2015

Thousands in pocket change left at Va. airport checkpoints

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say travelers left behind a chunk of pocket change at Virginia airports last year.

An annual report by the Transportation Security Administration shows more than $33,000 in coins went unclaimed at airport checkpoints in the state in fiscal 2014. The TSA is responsible for screening airline passengers.

Typically the money is left in bins where travelers place belongings during screenings. The TSA suggests travelers store loose change in carry-on bags.

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Mon April 20, 2015

Few details about police encounter that led to man's death

BALTIMORE (AP) — Relatives, activists and even Baltimore city officials have more questions than answers about what happened to Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died one week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with four Baltimore police officers.

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