Know Your Candidates: The Background Check in Baltimore City

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Center Maryland continues its review of court records for candidates seeking local offices around Maryland. Today, we feature Baltimore City's candidates for the Maryland legislature.

Too frequently in the past several years, unfortunate disclosures have emerged from court records about candidates – after the election has already taken place. So Center Maryland is going to publish the findings from its Maryland court record checks on the candidates and provide links to review the electronic files.

In many instances, the records seem relatively minor, and are unlikely to affect voters’ choices. For other candidates, the charges or civil lawsuits seem more serious. Center Maryland hopes this will inspire voters, or members of the print or broadcast media, to ask some additional questions.

Here are previous races that have been reviewed by Center Maryland:
Prince George's County executive
Prince George's County Council (Part 1)
Prince George's County Council (Part 2)
Baltimore County Council (Part 1)
Baltimore County Council (Part 2)

For Center Maryland, Ben Waldron – a recent graduate of Tufts University – has been leading this records project.

If candidates want to add their own explanations for the court records -- or if they believe that the records are in error -- please email us your thoughts or comments at . We will add your comments to the website. And if you think we missed an important case involving one of your opponents, you're welcome to email Center Maryland, too.
House of Delegates

District 40

Frank M. Conaway, Jr.

11/17/1997 – Sinai Hospital Vs. Conaway. Contract suit. Conaway ordered to pay $461.95.

08/18/2003 – Thomas Vs. Conaway. Domestic violence, protective order. Case is closed.

Will J. Hanna, Jr.

08/10/1993 – District court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Battery. Case placed on inactive docket.

06/25/1999 – District court for Prince George’s County – Criminal System. Summons for possession of Marijuana. Case not prosecuted.

07/17/2006 – A&G Management Company, Inc. Vs. Hanna. Regular claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

Barbara A. Robinson

12/22/2004 – Bierman Vs. Self Pride Inc., et al. Foreclosure suit against an organization run by Robinson. Case was eventually dismissed due to lack of prosecution.

03/30/2006 – Chao Vs. Self Pride Inc., et al. Judge ruled that Robinson and Self Pride Inc. must pay $527,903.63 for back wages and liquidated damages.

10/06/2009 – Comdata Network Inc. VS. Star Associates Inc. Contract case against Robinson and her company, Star Associates Inc. Robinson and the company ordered to pay $1,326.58.

Shawn Z. Tarrant

District 41

Jill P. Carter

08/18/2006 – Director, Office Of Budge and Finance for Baltimore County Vs. Carter. Contract claim. Carter ordered to pay $158.

09/04/2007 – Townsend Vs. Carter. Contract claim. Carter ordered to pay $236.15.

03/12/2008 – Burson Vs. Carter. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed due to lack of prosecution.

08/29/2008 – Capital One Bank USA NA Vs. Carter. Contract claim. Capital One sued Carter for $1,020.07. Case remains active.

04/01/2009 – District court for Anne Arundel County – Criminal System. Failure to file campaign finance. Case was ultimately dropped by prosecutor.

07/30/2010 – Director Office of Budget and Finance for Baltimore County Vs. Carter. Contract claim. Plaintiff sued Carter for $132. Case remains active.

Nathaniel T. Oaks

04/12/2002 – Jack & Harvey Inc. Vs. Oaks, et al. Complaint for Ejectment. Case was eventually dismissed by court.

06/30/2003 – Henry Vs. Oaks. Contract claim. Oaks ordered to pay $1,318.

Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg

Mark Ehrlichmann

District 43

Curt Anderson

01/20/2010 – De Lage Landen Financial Services Vs. Anderson. Foreign claim. Anderson ordered to pay $4,712.93.

Rodney C. Burris

Kelly Fox

Leon Winthly Hector, Sr.

Maggie McIntosh

Mary Washington

District 44

Chris Blake

Gary T. English

05/13/1992 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Found guilty of battery.

10/06/1995 – District Court for Baltimore County – Criminal System. Charged with two counts of battery. Found guilty of one count.

Arlene B. Fisher

Keith E. Haynes

Ruth M. Kirk

06/15/2000 – Baltimore Gas & Electric CO. Vs. Kirk. Contract suit. Kirk ordered to pay $428.67.

Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr.

Melvin L. Stukes

Billy Taylor

Brian D. Jones

Trae Lewis

District 45

Talmadge Branch

10/13/1994 – Ellerbe, Marian & Antonio Vs. Branch. Tort claim. Branch ordered to pay $8,522.33.

10/13/1994 – Allen Vs. Branch. Tort claim. Branch ordered to pay $6,500.

02/11/2004 – Flanigan Vs. Branch. Motor tort. Case was ultimately dismissed.

Cheryl D. Glenn

03/31/2004 – Seton Imaging Center Vs. Glenn. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

06/22/2005 – GE Money Bank Vs. Glenn. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

Hattie N. Harrison

05/16/2008 – Sun Trust Bank Vs. Harrison. Contract claim. Harrison ordered to pay $1,059.08.

Kevin W. Parson

10/27/2003 – Capital One Bank Vs. Parson. Contract claim. Parson ordered to pay $1,135.97.

09/24/2008 – Director Office of Budget & Finance for Baltimore County Vs. Parson. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

10/18/2008 – District Court for Baltimore City – Traffic System. Driving vehicle on highway with suspended registration. Fined $140.

05/14/2009 – District Court for Baltimore County – Traffic System. Driving without current tags, failure to maintain required security for vehicle during registration period, operating motor vehicle with operator/occupant under age 16 not restrained by seatbelt, driving motor vehicle on highway on suspended license. Parson received probation before judgment.

Jamaal D. Simpson

06/22/2006 – Director, Office of Budge & Financing for Baltimore County Vs. Simpson. Contract claim. Simpson ordered to pay $223.

12/10/2008 – Pasadena Receivables Inc. Vs. Simpson. Contract claim. Simpson ordered to pay $570.17.

02/06/2009 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Theft: Less than $500 value. Case was ultimately dropped by the prosecution.

Rick Saffery

Larry O. Wardlow, Jr.

09/04/1993 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Possession – Not Marijuana. Case was ultimately dropped by prosecutor.

10/23/1993 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Disorderly in Pubic, Disobeying police. Case was ultimately dropped by prosecutor.

03/16/1996 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Deadly weapon – intent to injure, Disorderly in Public Place. Case placed on inactive docket.

03/02/2000 – Smith Vs. Wardlow. Tort claim. Wardlow ordered to pay $10,000.

04/14/2002 – District Court for Baltimore County – Criminal System. Disorderly contact. Case placed on inactive docket.

08/15/2002 – Wardlow Vs. Wardlow. Domestic violence, protective order.

03/30/2003 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Assault – second degree. Defendant committed and then released.

05/02/2003 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Assault – first degree. Wardlow plead guilty, received probation after conviction.

06/12/2009 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Assault – second degree. Prosecutors dropped the case.

06/16/2009 – A&A Realty Investment Inc. Vs. Wardlow. Contract claim. Wardlow ordered to pay $4,349.25.

06/24/2010 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Failure to obey lawful order. Prosecutors dropped the case.

Ronald M. Owens-Bey

05/20/2004 – District Court for Anne Arundel County – Criminal System. Five counts each of Failure to pay late fee and Failure to file. Case was ultimately dropped by prosecutor.

District 46

Luke Clippinger

09/17/2007 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City – Civil System. Motor Tort case. Case was ultimately dismissed.

Jason Filippou

05/11/2009 – District Court for Baltimore City – Traffic System. Operating motor vehicle with operator and occupant under age 16 not restrained by seatbelt. Plead guilty and was fined $25.

Peter A. Hammen

Brian K. McHale

Bill Romani

Melissa A. Techentin

Roger Bedingfield

State Senate

District 40

Catherine Pugh

07/24/2006 – Palisades Collection LLC Vs. Pugh. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

02/01/2008 – Bush Plumbing & Heating Inc. Vs. Pugh. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

District 41

Lisa Gladden

08/27/1998 – Ardella Vs. Gladden. Tort claim. Gladden ordered to pay $2,144.

04/29/2004 – Parkview Crossing Community Assn., Inc. Vs. Gladden. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

06/02/2004 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. Vs. Gladden. Contract claim. Gladden ordered to pay $480.39.

09/15/2004 – Corporate Mailing Services, Inc. Vs. Gladden. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

06/16/2005 – Servpro of Catonsville, Inc. Vs. Gladden. Contract claim. Gladden ordered to pay $250.

01/29/2007 – Director, Office of Budget and Finance for Baltimore County Vs. Gladden. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

District 43

Joan Carter Conway

02/09/1999 – District Court for Baltimore City – Criminal System. Obstructing firefighters etc. Case was ultimately dropped by prosecutor.

Hector L. Torres

District 44

Verna Jones

Bernard Joseph Reiter

Summit Aneshthesia Vs. Reither. Contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

District 45

Nathaniel J. McFadden

06/23/1995 – McCauely Vs. McFadden. Motor tort. McFadden ordered to pay $6,500.

03/29/2000 – Curran, et al Vs. McFadden, et al. Foreclosure suit. Plaintiff awarded possession of property.

03/26/2007 – Garrison Vs. McFadden. Motor tort. McFadden ordered to pay a total of $1,878.14.

District 46

George W. Della

09/06/1985 – Schlueter Vs. Walls, et al. Della listed as a defendant in a motor tort suit. Decision not included in case record.

12/31/1985 – Hertzbach, Sapperstein & Sidle PA Vs. Della. Civil claim. Decision not included in case record.

11/19/1991 – Della-Massing Vs. Della. General equity case. Decision not included in case record.

10/13/1994 – Della Vs. Della. Civil suit. Case was ultimately dismissed.

01/26/2006 – Jenkins Vs. Advent Senior Housing Inc. Della listed as primary defendant in contract claim. Case was ultimately dismissed.

07/06/2010 – Hammer Vs. Della, et al. Civil suit. Case is currently active.

Bill Ferguson
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