- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 10, 2009



Title company owner indicted in theft

A Reisterstown man who owned title companies was arrested Monday on 24 charges involving felony theft.

George Sybert Sr., 67, will be arraigned Dec. 10. The indictment against him was returned Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Mr. Sybert owned and/or operated Maryland Title Co. in Baltimore. The thefts were from escrow accounts and were for more than $7 million.

Prosecutors say most of those thefts took place between 2005 and 2008.

Mr. Sybert previously owned American Title Guarantee and Maryland Commercial Title.


Groups plan immigration lawsuit

The civil rights group LatinoJustice PRLDEF plans to file a federal lawsuit charging immigration enforcement violations by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department.

The New York-based group said Monday that it will file the $1 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday, joined by state organization Casa de Maryland.

Attorney Jose Perez contended that two Frederick County deputies interrogated a Salvadoran immigrant about her immigration status while she was eating lunch, and then took her into custody and transferred her to federal immigration authorities.

Mr. Perez said the arrest violated an agreement that only allows local police to question the immigration status of people they have arrested for other offenses.

Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said LatinoJustice left out some of the facts surrounding the arrest.


Inmate dies after stabbing

Maryland corrections officials said Monday that one inmate died and another was injured in a stabbing at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover.

Corrections officials said the stabbing occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday at the lower Eastern Shore prison.

State police said Tozzi Carter, 37, was pronounced dead at the Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury. Dawntay Tobin, 32, was injured on his hand, shoulder and back and was treated and returned to the institution.

State police were investigating the stabbing, which occurred during a recreation period inside a housing unit.


Second arrest made in officer’s stabbing

Baltimore County police say they charged a man for stabbing a Baltimore city officer outside a Dundalk strip club.

A court commissioner charged Glenn Lansinger, 27, of Dundalk, on Friday night at Shock Trauma with attempted first-degree murder. Police said he ran up to Officer Eric Jansen, 42, as he was leaving the Dundalk club early Thursday.

Police said he then stabbed Officer Jansen in the neck and lower back, before Officer Jansen pulled a handgun and shot Mr. Lansinger once in the chest.

Lucas Baumeister, 23, was charged Friday with attempted first-degree murder and is being held without bail. Police have said Mr. Baumeister also attacked Officer Jansen at the strip club.


County to reap tax from natural gas

Allegany County is looking to reap new revenue from natural gas production in Western Maryland.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday that the Allegany commissioners have asked their state delegates and senator to introduce legislation requiring natural-gas producers to pay a 5.5 percent local tax on the wholesale value of gas produced in the county.

The measure would mimic a tax already in place in neighboring Garrett County.

The counties hope to benefit from production of natural gas trapped in the Marcellus Shale, a vast geological formation underlying parts of Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia.

State Sen. George Edwards said at least one company is trying to secure permits to explore for natural gas in western Allegany County.


New hospital opening Nov. 21

The Western Maryland Health System is preparing to open a new hospital in Cumberland this month.

On Sunday, the organization opened up the virtually completed building to the public for tours. It officially opens for business Nov. 21.

The $268 million Western Maryland Regional Medical Center consolidates the city’s two older hospitals - Memorial and Sacred Heart - at a single campus.

The seven-floor structure includes 275 patient beds.



Danville is riskiest area for pedestrians

A new report says the Danville metropolitan area is the riskiest in Virginia for pedestrians.

The report ranks the Richmond metropolitan area as the second-riskiest, followed by Roanoke; the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria region; the Bristol-Kingsport, Tenn., region; Hampton Roads; Lynchburg; the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford region; Winchester; Charlottesville; and Harrisonburg.

Rankings were based on a Pedestrian Danger Index that divided pedestrian fatality rates by the percentage of residents who walk to work. Danville’s danger index was 169.7, more than twice Richmond’s 74.5.

The national danger index was 52.1.

Transportation for America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership released the report Monday.

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