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Sisters allegedly fight, 1 now faces domestic violence charges

When most people hear the term domestic violence, they often think of a spouse who is abusing another spouse. That, however, is a misconception because in Maryland, being married isn't necessary to face a domestic violence charge. A recent case between sisters highlights this point.

Two sisters got into an altercation in Easton. One of the sisters is facing criminal charges for domestic assault. It is alleged that she injured her sister during an argument. The woman was released on her own recognizance after being taken into custody and having to face the district court commissioner.

Man charged with arson held on probation violation without bond

The past has a way of catching up with us. After an investigation of a year and a half, one Maryland man is now facing charges from an incident that occurred in 2012. According to the chief/public affairs officer, the man is being held on a probation violation without bond. He allegedly was the person who was responsible for starting a fire on Nov. 14 of that year at the Loudoun County Community Corrections Office. An estimated $200,000 in damaged was caused by that fire. The community corrections office had to be relocated. While it is believed that a fire at the office's new location was related to the November fire, the Dec. 19 fire is still under investigation.

At the time of the Nov. 2012 fire, the man who has been charged with arson of a building, two counts of a fire bomb used to commit arson, and conspiracy to commit a felony, had sentencing pending after a guilty plea for possession of methadone. He was ultimately sentenced to two years of probation and 18 months of suspended jail time for the possession of methadone charge.

Man and many others face drug charges for cross-country operation

In a country that is supposed to be free, some might find it shocking that there is still such a focus being placed on people who sell drugs to adults who want to experience their effects. Recently, at least 16 people have been charged in connection with an interstate narcotics trafficking scheme. The main person netted in the sting was a 46-year-old man. This case might interest readers in Maryland since seven of the accused people are facing drug charges in the U.S. District Court in Maryland.

The operation was said to be a cross-country drug ring that was getting heroin to various locations around the country. The main person netted in the sting is accused of bringing shipments of multiple kilograms of the drug into Baltimore. With an average wholesale price of around $60,000 per kilogram of heroin in the Baltimore region, it is easy to see that this man was pushing serious weight.

Fatal Maryland hit-and-run leads to drunk driving charges

A woman was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident that recently took place near the campus of the University of Maryland. She was just 21 years old. The police have now arrested the man that they believe to be responsible, and they believe that he may have been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

The accident itself happened on Baltimore Avenue, and it took place around 3 a.m. The man, who is 33 years old and who comes from Virginia, was driving a minivan in close proximity to the College Park Shopping Center. The young woman was crossing the road when she was hit.

Maryland police track cell phone to chase down stolen $150,000

An employee who was working at a casino in Maryland allegedly decided to take a chance to bring home some extra cash after spotting a pile of $100 bills at work. He grabbed the money before ending his shift, and the total value of the stack was $150,000.

However, the security crew at the casino, along with the police force, found out about what he had done and worked very quickly to figure out where he was. They used a somewhat unconventional but very productive tactic, deciding that they would track his mobile phone in order to figure out where he -- and the money -- were headed.

Drug charges filed based on package mailed to a Maryland address

When most people think about someone being busted for drugs, they think of police raiding a home or drugs being found during a traffic stop. A recent case in Maryland shows that there are some other instances in which law enforcement officials might allege that drugs were located. In the case of a St. Mary's County man, a package being delivered via the United States Postal Service is what landed him behind bars.

The package was reportedly being sent to a 25-year-old man in Hollywood, Maryland. After receiving a search warrant, the package was inspected. Representatives from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, and a K-9 deputy worked on the case.

33-year Maryland fugitive granted parole after turning himself in

People make mistakes in life, but there are some instances in which a person's desire to make the mistake right can help them to get closure for the incident. A recent case involving a man who escaped a pre-release program in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1980 recently turned himself into law enforcement officials.

The man has lived under an assumed name until he turned himself in. He had been in prison since he was 18 years old. He is now 63 years old. He traveled around some after escaping and finally settled down in Oklahoma, where he got a job.

2 charges dropped after dentist pleads guilty to 1 drug crime

There are times when people might act out of character for a variety of reasons. When the person is a medical professional, those out-of-character moments might end up causing more of a stir than they would otherwise. A recent case that involves a Maryland dentist proves this point unequivocally.

The dentist, whose license to practice dentistry was suspended last year, was facing charges for unlawfully distributing oxycodone and for attempting induce a girl who was underage into sexual activities. A recent deal was struck with the federal prosecutors that resulted in the dentist only having to plead guilty to one of the drug charges. The other drug charge and the sex-related charge were both dropped.

No rights to speak to an attorney before alcohol test in Maryland

People are only humans and humans make mistakes. When some people get caught in the midst of a serious mistake, their first inclination might be to contact an attorney to determine how to get out of the mess they are in. Sadly, for some Maryland residents, being able to contact an attorney isn't allowed any longer before submitting to a blood-alcohol test that could lead to a drunk driving arrest.

The Maryland Court of Appeals found that when a person gets pulled over because they are suspected of driving under the influence, they don't have the right to contact an attorney before consenting to take the test.

Maryland doctor faces 20 years in prison following guilty plea

Doctors have to make sure that they care for patients in a way that is legal and ethical. If the doctor deviates from that, even unintentionally, there is a chance that the doctor could face very serious consequences for those actions. A recent case of a Maryland obstetrician shows just how important it is for doctors to always do things on the up and up.

The obstetrician was being investigated by the Maryland Board of Physicians. He allegedly wrote prescriptions to two people for his girlfriend in another state. He also wrote her prescriptions and mailed her drugs. He was sending oxycodone, fentanyl and methadone to his out-of-state girlfriend through the mail. The man has surrendered his license to practice medicine in connection with this investigation.

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