Maryland Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Report Released

The Maryland Comptroller’s Office holds unclaimed property records from hundreds of thousands of accounts, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.  The Comptroller’s Office attempts to locate owners through newspaper ads, media campaigns, mass mailings and outreach programs. Many do not realize there is money owed to them from unclaimed property. Current or former residents can search their names on the Comptroller of Maryland’s website to find out if the…

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Local Pediatrician Indicted for Sex Offenses

Dr. Ernesto Torres was indicted on Monday, May 20, 2019, on an additional 65 charges, including sex abuse of a minor and sexual assault.  These indictments followed an arrest on May 3, 2019, for the  rape of an 18-year-old patient.  Since his initial arrest, more than 10 more victims have come forward, including an 11-year-old girl. The 68-year-old doctor has been a licensed physician since 1979, specializing in pediatrics.  He…

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Two Lives Lost in Edgewood Group Home Fire

The attorneys at Azrael Franz are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured in disastrous fires. On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Ernest Milton Lee, 57, and Kimberly Ann Shupe, 47, lost their lives when the group home they lived in caught fire in Edgewood, Maryland.  A third victim’s identification is still pending.  The lone survivor was a man who jumped from a top floor window to safety. The fire…

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9 Questions You Should Ask Your Auto Insurance Company

Choosing auto insurance coverage can be overwhelming.  Whether purchasing a new insurance plan or revisiting a current one, it is best not to go into the process blind.  Auto insurance is meant to provide protection and peace-of-mind, but this is only possible if drivers know the facts behind the insurance they possess.  Here are some questions to ask the agent about coverage, policies, premiums, and personal injury protection. After carefully…

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Keith Franz Interviewed by CBS Concerning Growing Calls to Ground Boeing Max Aircrafts

After two fatal plane crashes occurred within a five-month span, there was a growing call for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ground Boeing 737 Max-series aircrafts for public safety reasons but the FAA remained hesitant. On Sunday, March 10th, 157 people were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, which comes on the heels of the Indonesian Lion Air jet crash into the ocean five months earlier, killing 189…

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Fatal House Fire in Cumberland

On Monday 4, February, emergency officials responded to a late afternoon house fire that occurred at 614 W. Industrial Blvd in Cumberland, where a one-alarm fire took place. During their efforts, responders managed to rescue one individual from the fire, while another occupant remained trapped in the house fire. The owner of the property is Laura Parkinson. A comprehensive investigation is currently underway. A 911 call was received at approximately…

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Fatal House Fire in Salisbury

On Friday 1, February, emergency officials responded to an early morning house fire that occurred at 201 Louise Avenue in Salisbury, where a one-alarm fire took place. Upon further investigation, responders discovered the body of a male individual and a dog at the scene. Police are yet to identify the victim. A comprehensive investigation is currently underway. A 911 call was received at approximately 4:22 a.m. from a neighbor who…

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Fatal House Fire in Glen Burnie

On Saturday 26, January, emergency officials responded to a call in the 7430 Bensville Road in Waldorf, where a one-alarm fire took place. Upon further investigation, responders discovered the body of a male individual and a dog at the scene. Police are yet to identify the victim. A comprehensive investigation is currently underway. A 911 call was received at approximately 11:05 p.m. from an occupant who discovered the fire. It…

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Fatal House Fire in Catonsville

On Monday 20, January, emergency officials responded to a call in the 400 block of Commonwealth Ave., 21228, Catonsville, where a one-alarm fire took place. Upon further investigation, responders discovered the body of a male individual at the scene. Police identified the man as Francisco J. Cabezas, 34. A comprehensive investigation is currently underway. A 911 call was received at approximately 6:59 p.m. from an occupant who discovered the fire.…

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Keith Franz Speaks With WJZ-CBS Baltimore: Shutdown-Related Air Travel Concerns Grow

Aviation attorney Keith Franz said he is alarmed over the impact of the government shutdown on America’s air travel system. Franz represented four Maryland families who sued airlines over security issues after their loved ones died in the 9/11 terror attacks. “The consequences of a failure—as we saw during 9/11—could be catastrophic,” Franz said. There is great concern that the extended hours that air traffic controllers are being asked to work without getting…

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