3 Charged in Joppa Road Campaign Sign Incident: Police

One of the men charged was the husband of a candidate.

(Screenshot from YouTube video by Marc Lazerow)
(Screenshot from YouTube video by Marc Lazerow)
Three people have been charged in connection with a campaign sign violation reported over the weekend, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

After 3 p.m. on Saturday, authorities were called to Loch Bend Drive at East Joppa Road for a report of people taking "Brochin for Senate" signs, police said.

As a result, the following individuals have been charged with theft less than $1,000, according to a statement from police: James Ronald DeJuliis, 68, of Glen Arm; Charles Philip Buttiglieri, 62, of Essex; and Casey Akeem Addison, 29, of Rosedale.

In addition to serving as the commissioner on labor and industry for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, DeJuliis is the husband of Connie DeJuliis, who is running against Senator James Brochin in the Senate race, WBAL reported.

Connie DeJuliis reportedly said her husband had permission from the property owner to take the signs down and thought that Brochin's signage had been placed there by mistake. "...it's much ado about nothing," Connie DeJuliis told The Baltimore Sun.

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M. Sullivan May 13, 2014 at 02:37 AM
We could do without all of these giant obnoxious campaign signs. They have really gotten out of hand this year. The endless stupid Anthony Brown commercials should end too.
vbradley May 13, 2014 at 07:07 AM
It will be interesting to hear what the property owner or manager says. Lazerow had permission, as certified in his complaint, and in the video. Also, in the video, Dejuliis admits to taking down other signs in other locations, while accusing Lazerow of taking signs down, which Lazerow denies adamantly. Connie D. is going to say whatever makes it look OK...not sure she's right here though. And it's not 'much ado about nothing' It's obeying the law, and if she wants to be a legislator, that's important.
You May 13, 2014 at 08:50 AM
When I was 12-13 years old in '82 or '83, in Baltimore City, like all kids in those days would be outside playing all day in the summer. Every other week one summer we were approached by men driving by in fancy cars who would stop and call us over. They would give us $10 each to go through the neighborhoods and remove and throw away all the signs and porch political pamphlets (mailers) for everyone; except, we were told to leave all of Mayor Schaefer signs alone. We were also told to say nothing at all to no one including our parents. I look back on it and laugh, because we didn't know we were doing anything wrong. That is how politics were back in those days. Hell, it was a fun summer with all the money we made.
Heather Osrien May 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM
dejulius: NO VOTE from me! This signage theft is petty, pitiful, disrespectful and pathetic. I've had relatives in politics thru the years and they have all said the same thing-they put up signs only to have them ripped down. Sure you morons say you will "fight for us in congress, senate", etc. but you can't hold yourself accountable for your own lies and theft.
Roger May 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM
The shadow government of developers got caught and can't stand the light of a free press disclosing their scheme to steal this seat from Jim Brochin. It's straight from the Bob Ehrlich Joe Steffen play book. Has anyone else noticed how most of the Brochin signs are now gone from York Road? Is it a coincidence that all of the glitzy signs for the rich lady from Baldwin are on Hill Management properties? Scott Shellenberger knows who butters his toast.


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