FBI help asked in hunt for Staubitz
The city Sheriff's Department today enlisted the assistance of the FBI in its search for John M. Staubitz Jr., the former deputy Maryland health secretary sought for his implication in the State Games scandal.
Davis L. Deangelis, a city chief deputy sheriff, said his agency asked for FBI assistance after developing additional information concerning the fugitive. Deputy Deangelis refused to elaborate on the new leads developed by the officers trying to serve the failure to appear warrant on Staubitz.
A car used by Staubitz was found late Monday night on the parking lot of the Double T Diner on U.S. 40 in Catonsville.
The car belongs to Staubitz's mother-in-law and he was last seen driving it Sunday.
Interviews with people in the diner indicate that Staubitz was there Monday night, said Deputy Deangelis. Staubitz failed to appear earlier Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court, where he was to have been sentenced for a conspiracy conviction stemming from the State Games scandal.
Staubitz, who was once second in command of Maryland's health department, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit misconduct in office after alleging that someone had tried to kill him.
Prosecutors, who are seeking a two-year prison term and $30,000 restitution, say Staubitz billed the state for such personal expenses as vacations, country club fees and an Ocean City condominium and lied to legislators deciding the future of the State Games program.
James E. Narron, former State Games director, was sentenced yesterday by Judge Andre M. Davis for his part in the scandal.
Narron, 37, of Woodbine, was placed on probation and ordered to pay $8,500 in fines and restitution. In exchange for his plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in office and his cooperation in developing the case against Staubitz, prosecutors did not seek jail time.
Narron received an 18-month suspended sentence, was placed on two years' probation and was ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service.
A 2-year-old boy was in critical condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he apparently crawled out of his crib and became entangled in a cord that then choked him, police said.
The boy's mother and grandmother told police they found him shortly before 7 a.m. yesterday with one end of the cord tangled around his neck and the other around a doorknob at their home in the 2100 block of Mura St., said Homicide Lt. Robert Stanton. Detectives still did not release the baby's name.
A 22-year-old Hyattsville woman was arrested after U.S. Customs inspectors found 8 pounds of heroin in her suitcases at San Antonio International Airport in Texas, authorities said.
Olimide O. Anibaba was detained Monday and appeared before a federal magistrate yesterday, said Ed Balderas, port director at the airport. She was being held without bond by the U.S. Marshals Service on a federal drug smuggling charge, Mr. Balderas said.
Inspectors found the heroin in the lining of coats and jackets in two suitcases, Mr. Balderas said.
A 23-year-old woman was killed yesterday when the car in which she was riding crossed the median strip of Interstate 83 near Timonium and collided with another vehicle. Two people were injured.
State Police said Monzella Theresa Phillips, of the 3800 block of Wabash Ave., died at the scene of the 8:10 a.m. accident in the southbound lanes of I-83 just north of Padonia Road.
Ms. Phillips was a passenger in a northbound 1990 Toyota Corolla driven by Regina Jones, 29, of the 6600 block of Wycombe in Parkside Heights near Hillendale.
Police said the car collided with a southbound Jeep Cherokee driven by Ronald Upole, 47, of Shrewsbury, Pa.
Ms. Jones was in critical condition today at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Mr. Upole was listed in fair condition there.
The ex-partner of Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger has filed suit against the judge over assets of their dissolved law partnership.
In the suit, Richard T. Cremin of Jupiter, Fla., is asking for an order requiring Judge Bollinger to provide an accounting of their former partnership's assets.
"[Judge Bollinger] has wasted and converted assets, and the interests of justice dictate that this court require an accounting of partnership assets," the suit says.
The suit calls for sale of the assets -- including office equipment, publications and "work in progress" -- with the proceeds divided between the two partners. The suit provides no estimate of the assets' value.
The plaintiff says in the suit that he permitted Judge Bollinger, appointed to the Circuit Court in August 1990, to serve as trustee of the partnership's assets when it was dissolved.
Mr. Cremin says expects the assets to be used to pay any of the partnership's debts.
The suit, filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court July 17, has been moved to Harford County Circuit Court for proceedings. A hearing date has not been set.