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March 19, 2013: William L. Howard, II Plea Agreement and Statement of Facts

FORMER COPPIN ACADEMY PRINCIPAL PLEADS GUILTY TO  FELONY THEFT FROM STUDENT ACTIVITY FUND

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that former Coppin Academy Principal William L. Howard, II, 37, pleaded guilty in the Baltimore City Circuit Court to stealing over $10,000.00 from the Coppin Academy High School Student Activity Fund. When indicted last December, Dr. Howard was employed as Assistant Vice President for Academic Services at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. The Honorable Michael Reed imposed a sentence of probation before judgment, placed the Defendant on 4 years probation and ordered him to pay $10,300.00 in restitution to the school system, which Dr. Howard immediately paid at sentencing. He further ordered Dr. Howard to perform 150 hours of community service.

 According to a statement of facts presented to the court, between April 25, 2011 and November 30, 2011, Dr. Howard made four unauthorized transfers totaling $10,300.00 from the Coppin Academy Student Activity Fund bank account into his personal bank accounts and used the money for personal purposes including wedding expenses. Dr. Howard had left Coppin Academy in 2008. This matter was referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor by the Baltimore City School System.

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Stealing from a Student Activity Fund set up for the students of Coppin Academy is a reprehensible offense and simply cannot be tolerated.”

FORMER COPPIN ACADEMY PRINCIPAL PLEADS GUILTY TO  FELONY THEFT FROM STUDENT ACTIVITY FUND State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that former Coppin Academy Principal William L. Howard, II, 37, pleaded guilty in the Baltimore City Circuit Court to stealing over $10,000.00 from the Coppin Academy High School Student Activity Fund. When indicted last December,  Read the Rest…

January 2, 2013: Major in Carroll County Sheriff’s Dept Charged with Misconduct in Office

MAJOR IN CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CHARGED WITH MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE

 

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Major Nicholas Plazio, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Carroll County Sheriffs Department, has been charged in the Circuit Court for Carroll County with Misconduct In Office.

 

It is alleged that, between October 31, 2011 and February 29, 2012, Major Plazio falsely reported to the Office of the State’s Attorney for Carroll County and falsely testified in the Circuit Court for Carroll County in two criminal cases, State v. Laderer, and State v. Glover. Charges against Laderer for first degree murder and related offenses and Glover for being an accessory after the fact to murder were eventually dismissed as a result of the suppression of substantial portions of the State’s evidence.

 

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Any law enforcement officer, let alone a commander of a criminal investigations unit, must be held to the highest standards of conduct and integrity. False reports and false testimony are never acceptable under any circumstances and cannot be tolerated”

 

Although charged, the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until there is a conviction.

MAJOR IN CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CHARGED WITH MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE   State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Major Nicholas Plazio, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Carroll County Sheriffs Department, has been charged in the Circuit Court for Carroll County with Misconduct In Office.   It is alleged that, between  Read the Rest…

January 2, 2013 Nicholas Plazio Charging Document

STATE OF MARYLAND                                     IN THE CIRCUIT COURT

 

V.                                                                    *          FOR CARROLL

                                                                        *          COUNTY

NICHOLAS PLAZIO                                   *          Criminal No. :

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INFORMATION

 

            THE STATE PROSECUTOR for the State of Maryland informs and charges NICHOLAS PLAZIO, Defendant, with having committed the following offenses:

 

 

COUNT I

 

            On or about September 14, 2010 at Carroll County, Maryland, being then and there a duly sworn officer of the Carroll County Sheriffs Department, charged with the duties of said office, and engaged in has capacity as commander of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Carroll County Sheriffs Department in directing and supervising the investigation into the homicide of Jeremiah Demario in Hampstead, Carroll County, Maryland

 

NICOLAS PLAZIO

 

did willfully, knowingly and intentionally order Detective Douglas Epperson to continue to interrogate Cassandra Glover, well knowing that the said Cassandra Glover was in custody and had invoked her right to counsel, and that further interrogation of the said Cassandra Glover in the absence of legal counsel was prohibited, in violation and perversion of his official duties and his oath of office, an act constituting misconduct in office in violation of the Maryland Common Law and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

(Misconduct in Office, Common Law)

 

 

COUNT II

 

            Between on or about October 31, 2011 and February 29, 2012 at Carroll County, Maryland, being then and there a duly sworn officer of the Carroll County Sheriffs Department, and charged with the duties of said office, duties to conduct criminal investigations fairly and impartially and to honestly and accurately report to, assist and cooperate with the Office of the State’s Attorney in such investigations and any resulting judicial proceedings and, and to testify fully and truthfully if called to do so in any such proceedings,

 

NICOLAS PLAZIO

 

did willfully and knowingly falsely report to the Office of the State’s Attorney for Carroll County, and testify in connection with the cases of State v. Laderer and State v. Glover in the Circuit Court for Carroll County, and the continuing motions hearings in those cases that the said Nicholas Plazio:

 

1.  Did not watch the interrogations of Russell Laderer or Cassandra Glover while they were being conducted on the morning of September 14, 2010 and;

2.  Did not talk to detective Epperson directly about the case in the Northern

Office of the Sheriffs Department on September 14, 2010 and;

3.  Knew nothing about what had occurred in the interviews of Mr. Laderer and

Ms Glover except what he was told by Captain Clarence Lust and;

4.  Did not tell Detective Epperson to go back into the interview room with

Cassandra Glover after she had invoked her right to counsel,

 

well-knowing that said statements were false, in violation and perversion of his official duties and in violation of his oath of office, an act constituting misconduct in office in violation of the Maryland Common Law and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

(Misconduct in Office, Common Law)

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                        EMMET C. DAVITT

                                                                        STATE PROSECUTOR

STATE OF MARYLAND                                     IN THE CIRCUIT COURT   V.                                                                    *          FOR CARROLL                                                                         *          COUNTY NICHOLAS PLAZIO                                   *          Criminal No. : **************************************************************************** INFORMATION               THE STATE PROSECUTOR for the State of Maryland informs and charges NICHOLAS PLAZIO, Defendant, with having committed the following offenses:     COUNT I               On or about  Read the Rest…

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