- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 10, 2009



Man sentenced in $1 million theft

An Ocean City man was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from his employer.

Anthony Faggio Jr., 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, who also entered forfeiture and restitution orders of more than $1 million each.

According to his plea agreement, Faggio was controller of D-S Pipe & Supply in Baltimore. Prosecutors say from April 2002 to February, Faggio cut checks to himself and forged a signature on them.


Judge enters decree in foster care case

A federal judge has entered a consent decree in a 25-year-old foster care lawsuit in Baltimore, siding with the plaintiffs.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz entered the decree in Baltimore on Friday in the case of L.J. v. Massinga.

Attorney Mitchell Mirviss, a Venable LLC attorney representing children in the case, cheered the decision, saying it will give children in Baltimore the protections and services they need.

Maryland lawyers had argued a U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibited federal courts from requiring states to do more than the law calls for.

Nancy Lineman, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, says the state is considering an appeal based on changes in the law that have happened since the consent decree was entered in 1988.


Mayor’s lawyers to appeal perjury ruling

Lawyers for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will appeal a judge’s refusal to dismiss two perjury counts against her.

Ms. Dixon’s lawyers have filed notice that they intend to take the issue to the Court of Special Appeals, Maryland’s second-highest court.

Ms. Dixon, a Democrat, faces trial in November on charges including theft for stealing gift cards intended for needy families. The perjury counts relate to her failure to disclose thousands of dollars in gifts from her former boyfriend, a real-estate developer. The charges will be tried separately.

A judge last week rejected an argument by Ms. Dixon’s lawyers that the perjury charges should be thrown out because prosecutors used her legislative acts dating from her time as city council president as evidence against her.


Town approves ban on adult businesses

A Talbot County town has approved a moratorium on adult businesses.

The Trappe Town Council unanimously approved the moratorium Wednesday on adult businesses for nine months while the town revises its comprehensive plan.

Town Attorney Brynja Booth said the First Amendment prohibits adult business bans, but municipalities can make it hard for those businesses to move in.

During the moratorium, Trappe officials must study where adult businesses could locate in town. Town officials can limit where the businesses can open or prohibit the sale of alcohol.

Easton and Talbot County have also implemented moratoriums.



Trial set for driver in pedestrian death

A judge has set a Nov. 24 trial for a city bus driver accused of reckless driving in the death of a pedestrian who was crossing a downtown street.

Teresa L. Jones was arraigned Thursday before General District Judge Thomas Jones. She has been on paid leave from the GRTC Transit System since Sept. 30, when police say the bus she was driving struck Loucendia Lambert.

Fifty-five-year-old Lambert, of Prince George’s County, was on her way to work at the Virginia Department of Health.

Ms. Jones was erroneously allowed to have a previous reckless driving charge dismissed after she attended driving school. A 2008 law forbids those with commercial driver’s licenses from using driving school to get driving charges dismissed.

Ms. Jones was driving a personal vehicle in the May incident.


Science department receives honor

The director of Virginia’s Department of Forensic Science has received a national award and the department has gained a rare international accreditation.

Director Pete Marone received the Briggs White Award for 2009, given by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors annually. It recognized Mr. Marone for demonstrating “the highest level of creativity, integrity and dedication” to his work.

The lab last month received reaccreditation by the American Society of Criminal Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. Fewer than 10 state crime labs have international accreditation in the testing area. The lab’s breath alcohol section is the second in the nation and third in the world to gain accreditation as a calibration laboratory.


Tech students accused of bus theft

Two Virginia Tech students were charged Friday morning of taking a joyride in a stolen school bus.

Blacksburg police say Alexander J. Telkowski, 19, and Aleksander Andreyev, 20, were charged with felony destruction of property, grand larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, trespassing on school property, underage possession of alcohol and public intoxication.

They were accused of taking the bus from Gilbert Linkous Elementary School, driving it onto the university’s campus and then returning to the school.

It could not be immediately determined if either student has a lawyer.

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