Ocean City Police Arrest 12 Suspects Connected To Human Trafficking Ring

Ocean City Police partnered with Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, Homeland Security Investigations and Maryland State Police to serve dozens of arrest warrants to subjects connected to a human trafficking ring over a three day period last week.

The individuals named in the arrest warrants were tied to prostitution and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

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SAA | EVI Development Announces Plan To Convert Greenmount Avenue Warehouse Into Apartment Building

SAA | EVI Development, Baltimore-based development firm, announced earlier this week that it would convert the vacant warehouse at 1812 Greenmount Avenue into an apartment building for artists.

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Erickson Living Announces Plans To Open Retirement Community In Fairfax County

Erickson Living announced this week that it would open a new continuing care retirement community in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The Baltimore-based retirement community developer has agreed to acquire the Northern Virginia Training Center at 9901 Braddock Road from the state of Virginia. The 78-acre site will be converted into an age-restricted retirement community.

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New Jersey Law Enforcement Officer Pleads Guilty To Fraud

U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Thursday a Jersey City law enforcement officer pleaded guilty to receiving compensation from Jersey City for off-duty work that he did not perform.

Fifty-three-year-old David Ortmann of Carlstadt, New Jersey admitted to conspiring with a Jersey City law enforcement officer who was authorized to assign off-duty work from July 2015 through May 2016. Ortmann consented to letting the officer submit bogus vouchers to Jersey City for off-duty assignments, resulting in Ortmann being compensated for work he never performed, according to the news release.

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Ortmann was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine. He must also forfeit $12,617. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 3, 2018.

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Human Remains Found In Anne Arundel County

Human remains have been found down an embankment along Interstate 695 in Anne Arundel County, according to a Maryland State Police news release.

A driver stopped in the inner loop ramp of I-695 to Route 10 south discovered the remains at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday and called 911. Troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack confirmed the skeletal remains were human.

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An investigation revealed that the remains were clothed, but the race, gender and identity were not immediately available. No identification was found near or with the remains, according to the news release.

The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

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Baltimore Police Are Investigating Three Fatal Shootings

Baltimore Police are investigating a fatal shooting in the Northwest District.

Approximately 11:15 p.m. Friday night, police patrolling in the 4300 block of Reisterstown Road heard gunfire. Just a short time later, they located a man who had been shot in his chest. The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The preliminary investigation revealed the shooting was linked to an attempted robbery.

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Dura-Bond Industries To Lay Off 180 Employees In Pennsylvania

Dura-Bond Industries filed a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry earlier this month. The notice indicates that the company will lay off approximately 180 employees at its Steelton facility in Dauphin County.

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Todd Sachs Opens Real Estate Brokerage In Cockeysville

Todd Sachs, a real estate broker, announced earlier this week he opened a real estate brokerage at 134 Cockeysville Road in Cockeysville. The new brokerage, Sachs Realty, will serve both commercial and residential real estate markets.

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Audit Reveals Maryland’s Department Of Human Services Mishandled $5M

Maryland’s Department of Human Services misspent approximately $5 million and mishandled state contracts.

A state audit has found that DHS misspent millions of dollars in state funds on legal fees, an IT project and an emergency shelter renovation project that was still not completed after 19 months.

The Baltimore Sun reports that two out of eight law firms providing legal services to neglected children were overpaid by $616,000. The overpayment was due to contracts that promised a minimum amount of compensation.

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Member Of Trinitarios Gang Gets 30-Year Prison Sentence For Murder

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Wednesday a member of the Trinitarios gang was sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering and murder of a 16-year-old.

Juan Martinez, aka “KJ,” 42, of Yonkers, New York, recruited a group of hit men to kill Kashawn Phillips on September 5, 2005. The murder stemmed from a fistfight that erupted between Martinez and Phillips. The group brutally beat, stabbed and shot Phillips to death, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

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