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MARYLAND

HAGERSTOWN

Child molester arrested on parole violation

Federal authorities have arrested an ordained rabbi from Hagerstown, convicted in Maryland and New York for sexually abusing children, after he was deported from India for violating his parole, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Alan Horowitz, 60, was arrested at an airport in Newark, N.J., Sunday at about 4 a.m., the agency said. He was being held in the Essex County jail in Newark on no-bond status awaiting extradition to New York, marshals said.

The former Hagerstown child psychiatrist, was convicted in 1983 of sexually assaulting two brothers, ages 12 and 8. He was given a five-year suspended prison sentence and ordered into a religious program in Monsey, N.Y.

Horowitz was convicted by a New York court in 1991 of sexually abusing children 10 to 17, and he spent 13 years in prison before being paroled in November 2004.

He left the United States in the spring of 2006 and reportedly visited a number of spots in Asia, including Thailand and Hong Kong, before arriving in India, where he was arrested May 22 at a seaside resort.

BALTIMORE

Lightning strike sparks fire on steeple

Lightning struck a downtown Baltimore church steeple causing a fire yesterday afternoon.

A Baltimore Fire Department spokesman said the fire at First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church started at about 3 p.m.

A witness said he saw the lightning strike the steeple.

The fire spread to the church’s administrative building. Eighty firefighters and paramedics were on scene with about 30 fire vehicles.

A firefighter was taken to a hospital with a leg injury, officials said.

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