The boardwalk shops in Ocean City, Maryland, are a place of intrigue for many people. The colorful wares and amazing shops seem to just pull people in. Sadly for two teens, the decision to visit those shops and their alleged actions while there now have them facing criminal charges.
In last week's blog, we discussed a woman who is facing hundreds of charges for the possession of prescription drugs. That post might have some of our Maryland readers wondering exactly what drugs are considered controlled substances. It is imperative to know that not everyone who is in possession of these drugs is guilty of a crime. It is legal to possess many controlled substances if they are able to be legally prescribed and the person who has the controlled substance has a valid prescription.
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.
Being accused of domestic violence can have serious consequences. If one Maryland lawmaker has a say in those consequences, legal proceedings for people accused of domestic violence might get tougher. In an effort to help keep victims of domestic violence safe, the family of a murdered woman went to the Maryland General Assembly to show their support for a bill nicknamed "Ronnesha's Law" after their relative. Some people, however, aren't convinced that this bill is appropriate.
A 40-year-old Maryland man was charged for his alleged involvement a robbery that occurred on Dec. 25. According to the 23-year-old man who reported the robbery, the man and an accomplice approached him at approximately 5:05 p.m. on Glen Ridge Road with a handgun and told him to hand over his money. He stated that he complied with the demands and gave them an amount of cash that was not specified in the report. According to the witness, the two men then fled the scene.
A Baltimore County police dog helped apprehend a burglary suspect on May 1. The alleged crime occurred at 11:22 p.m. in the 600 block of Charing Cross Road in Catonsville. Police were called to the scene after a homeowner heard a noise outside and then saw a man walking toward the garage.
Family violence arrests have increased in Maryland and surrounding areas as more people face domestic violence charges. Authorities in the area believe that financial pressures and new laws have contributed to the escalating problem. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, for example, reported data for every year from 2006 to 2010. In the last six years, arrests have almost doubled and even tripled in some counties. District of Columbia shelters also reported an escalation although police did not give specific statistics. While many counties in the area showed significant decreases between 2006 and 2007, those numbers then began increasing throughout the state.