Sunday, November 9, 2008


State Penalizes Home Builder

The Maryland attorney general's office has reached a settlement with a Rockville home builder accused of refusing to finish homes unless customers paid him extra fees.

The home builder, Smart Development/Premiere Homes, and owner Edward Kevin Smart were accused of writing up building contracts with illegal clauses that were used to terminate the contracts when house prices rose. After the contracts were terminated, the builder refused to finish the homes unless buyers paid more, according to Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

Charges were filed in August. In the settlement, announced Friday, Premiere Homes denied that it violated any law but agreed to remove the cancellation clause from its contracts and to pay restitution totaling $925,000. It also paid $75,000 for costs and a penalty.

-- Daniel de Vise


Man Found Killed in Temple Hills

A man was found fatally shot late Friday near his home in Temple Hills, Prince George's County police said.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting found Charles Leroy Ware, 53, in a neighbor's yard in the 5000 block of Wilkins Drive shortly after 10 p.m., police said. Ware, who had been shot more than once, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Detectives have not identified any suspects or determined a motive in the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the homicide unit at 301-772-4925. If a tipster wants to remain anonymous, he or she may call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS. A reward of as much as $25,000 is available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

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