Court records detail not only Timothy Virts potential for violence but also the custody agreements for parenting the children he had with murder victim Bobbie Joe Cortez.
A former Anne Arundel County locksmith who is on the run from Maryland is now behind the bars in a Florida jail. Joseph Horton, of Pasadena, has spent the last few months locked up in Pinellas County, Florida, where authorities say he landed after traveling the country stealing identities.
It is the latest round of trouble for Horton, who was taken to task by the Maryland Attorney General's office for gouging customers who patronized his locksmith company. After being forced out of business, court records show Horton made the rounds committing bank fraud.
Documents show Horton pleaded guilty to cases in Baltimore and Harford Counties where he wrote checks with closed accounts and deposited the funds into other accounts. Horton was scheduled to start serving a one-year sentence in the Harford County case starting in April, but he failed to appear and a warrant was issued. A warrant was then issued in Anne Arundel County for a violation of probation in a prior case.
As local law enforcement wondered about his whereabouts, Florida authorities say Horton was collecting stolen identities. A spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says Horton was arrested there in August. The agency says Horton opened bank accounts in their area without depositing any cash, and then wrote himself checks from the various accounts.
Sheriff's deputies finally caught up with Horton's actions, they say, when he purchased a new Harley-Davidson, using money pulled from those fraudulent accounts. The agency says he also financed part of the purchase using his brother's name. When he was arrested the sheriff's spokeswoman says he was carrying multiple forms of identification that were not his.
Horton faces a hearing in Florida January 15 th. Once those cases are wrapped up, Horton could face extradition to face charges in his outstanding cases in the Baltimore area.
"It hurts, it hurts,” Michael Marion said. “Sometimes I just want to close my eyes when I go by. That way maybe it's not there, but it's there and every day we go by it, my boys see it every day, their bus goes by it every day."
Maryland hit-and-run reports by the numbers
Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has weighed in on a bill that asks Maryland hospitals with an ER to provide forensic exams for victims of sexual assault.
Lawmakers Friday introduced a bill in Annapolis that would place the responsibility on Maryland hospitals to provided certified forensic nurses for rape victims.
When a person is sexually assaulted, a clock starts ticking for evidence collection.
When a victim is raped, convincing them to go to the hospital can be tough. That’s just the first hard step after a horrific trauma.
This searchable database breaks down the number and dollar amount associated with rape kit reimbursements at certified Maryland hospitals.
Stats on hospital rape kit reimbursement claims 2011-2013.
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