Crime

Nottingham man who participated in Capitol protest facing federal indictment for drug conspiracy, firearms charges

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Nottingham man who participated in the Capitol protest with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Elias Nick Costianes, Jr., 43, is facing two counts of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance—specifically, testosterone and cocaine. The indictment also charges Costianes with possession of firearms …


Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore County police officer facing federal indictment for allegedly seeking, accepting bribes in exchange for falsely certifying completion of firearms training

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned an indictment charging a Baltimore County police officer with accepting bribes. William R. Johnson, Jr., age 32, of Baltimore, has been charged with honest services wire fraud, for allegedly seeking and accepting bribes and kickbacks to falsely certify that applicants for Maryland handgun qualifying licenses (HQL) and wear and carry permits (CCW) …


Former Executive Director of Maryland Environmental Service facing federal, state charges for allegedly fraudulently obtaining over $276,731 from employer, and state felony violations of the Maryland Wiretap Statute

BALTIMORE, MD—As a result of a collaborative investigation, a federal grand jury on Tuesday returned an indictment, and a state criminal information has been filed, charging Roy C. McGrath, 52, of Naples, Florida, for allegedly fraudulently obtaining funds from Maryland Environmental Service corporation. The criminal information also alleges that McGrath illegally recorded private conversations with senior Maryland state officials. McGrath …

FBI Baltimore launches hate crimes awareness campaign

BALTIMORE, MD—The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Baltimore Field Office this week announced the launch of a hate crimes awareness campaign throughout Maryland and Delaware. “Over the last five years, there’s been a 25 percent increase in reported hate crimes, even still, the vast majority of these crimes are going underreported and that needs to change. The FBI can help, but …

Parkville restaurant robber sentenced to more than nine years in prison

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for robbing a Parkville restaurant and for committing two other robberies. Javaughn Berry, 26, has been sentenced to 115 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for three armed commercial robberies. The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the …

71-year-old Baltimore man pleads guilty to robbing same bank branch twice in one week

BALTIMORE, MD—A 71-year-old Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to robbing the same bank branch twice in one week. Lloyd Phillip Simon pleaded guilty to bank robbery charges on Friday, in connection with two 2019 bank robberies. The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. …

Nottingham man previously charged for participating in Capitol riot now facing drug, firearms charges

UPDATE: A federal grand jury has returned an indictment in this case. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging Elias Nick Costianes, Jr., 43, of Nottingham, on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and for possession of firearms and ammunition by an unlawful user of …

Baltimore County man pleads guilty to murder-for-hire, extortion charges

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of murder-for-hire conspiracy and interstate communications with intent to extort. Clement Robert Mercaldo, Jr., 62, of Timonium, pleaded guilty on Friday in connection to the extortion and planned murder of a Baltimore County restaurant owner and his partner over a debt. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney …