ONE OF TWO CHARGED IN WOLF KILLING RETURNED
One of two men charged in the March 29 slaying of state police trooper Theodore Wolf was returned to Maryland from a New York prison Sunday, prosecutors said.
Eric Tirado, 26, is awaiting trial in the Howard County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond. Police believe Tirado to be the trigger man in the fatal shooting, which occurred on Interstate 95 near the state police barracks in Waterloo.
William R. Hymes, the chief state's attorney for Howard County, said he expects his office will enter a plea for the death penalty in the Tirado case. Hymes refused to answer any other questions.
Wolf was found shot to death in the early morning hours, shortly after making a traffic stop on I-95.
Tirado was serving time in the New York state prison system for a weapons charge prior to his extradition Sunday.
Prosecutors expect the first trial date to be set for mid-February.
The other defendant in the Wolf slaying, Francisco Rodriguez, is in custody but has not been returned to Maryland.
MAN, 34, STABBED IN LAUREL MOTEL ROOM
A Laurel man suffered a serious stab wound to the abdomen Sunday when two unidentified men attacked him in his motel room during a robbery attempt, county police said.
Joseph Barker, 34, of the 9100 block of Stebbing Way, is in fair condition at the Prince George's County Shock Trauma Center, where he was flown by helicopter after police found him bleeding outside his room at a motel in Laurel.
Barker told investigating officers that two black males attacked him after entering the room through an unlocked door shortly before 4:20 p.m.
The men demanded the victim's money and then stabbed him before he could hand it over, police said.
The two men then fled from the motel, which is in the 9800 block of Washington Boulevard. Police say they are still investigating the motive behind the stabbing.
TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN ROUTE 32 COLLISION
Two people were seriously injured Sunday in a head-on collision between two cars on Route 32, county police said.
The accident occurred shortly before 12:10 a.m. in the westbound lane of Route 32, approximately a half-mile from the Anne Arundel County line.
Police say they are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.
The collision occurred when a car driven by Casimir A. Ferenc, 60, of the 9200 block of Ispahan Loop in Laurel, was heading eastbound in the westbound lane, police said. Ferenc's car collided with another driven by Kimberly Ann Pearre, 24, of the 5000 block of Woodbine Road in Woodbine.
Both victims were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. Pearre was treated and released Monday.
Ferenc remained in serious but stable condition yesterday.
TIP LEADS TO ARREST OF ROBBERY SUSPECT
County police arrested a Baltimore man Wednesday on a bank robbery charge after receiving a tip from a resident who identified the man from a composite sketch on a wanted poster.
Albert Ronald Christian, 49, of the 3600 block of Gelston Drive, is being held on $25,000 bond in connection with the Aug. 1 robbery of the Signet Bank of the Long Reach Village Center.
Christian was arrested Wednesday afternoon while leaving the county Circuit Court building, where he had just received a six-month suspended jail sentence on an unrelated possession-of-marijuana charge, police said.
Police say an area resident recently provided the breakthrough after seeing an artist's sketch of the suspect. The drawing had appeared in the newspaper and had been posted in area village centers.
The bank was robbed by a man who gave a teller a note announcing a robbery. No gun was displayed, but the teller complied with the threatening note and gave the man $2,000 in cash, police said.
Police say Christian, who has been charged with robbery and theft, formerly lived in the 8700 block of Airy Brink Lane, which is across the street from the bank that was robbed.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to state police and Howard County police:
6500 block Quiet Hours, Owen Brown: Nov. 13, a 1987 Pontiac Firebird automobile was reported stolen at 7 a.m. from a residential parking lot.
5300 block Smooth Meadow Way, Oakland Mills: Nov. 12, a 1989 Ford Probe automobile was reported stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a residential parking lot.
10300 block Crossbeam Court, Hickory Ridge: Nov. 9, several tools and a radio were reported stolen at 7:30 a.m. from a car parked in a residential area.
7100 block Winter Rose Path, Owen Brown: Nov. 9, a car stereo was reported stolen sometime before 8 a.m. from a car parked in a residential area.
12200 block Fawn Haven Court: Nov. 13, several pieces of stereo equipment were reported stolen between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. from a home that was forcibly entered through a kitchen door.
9400 block Tiller Drive: Nov. 13, a wallet containing cash was reported stolen sometime before 7 a.m. from a car that was left in an unlocked garage of a home.
4900 block Dorsey Hall Drive: Nov. 9, a 1989 Mazda truck was reported stolen at 6 a.m. from a business parking lot.
8300 block Silver Trumpet: Nov. 13, a 1988 Toyota pickup truck was reported stolen sometime before 9 a.m. from a residential neighborhood.
6600 block Santa Barbara Court: Nov. 12, automotive parts were reported stolen at 6 a.m. from several trucks parked on a business lot.
10100 block Guilford Road: Nov. 12, electronic equipment and tools were reported stolen sometime before 11:30 a.m. from a house forcibly entered through a basement window.