Ellicott City/elkridge

October 07, 1992

Suspect in slaying held in upstate N.Y.

A 25-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a woman whose body was found in the woods of Patapsco State Park last week.

David Clarence Boser of the 200 block of S. Vincent St. was being held yesterday in Le Roy, a small town in upstate New York, after being arrested at a relative's home at 12:45 p.m.

Police said Mr. Boser became a suspect in the case after investigators learned of a car accident that he had Sept. 23 on Main Street at Furnace Avenue in Elkridge. The accident happened about two miles from where the body of Emma Jean Wantland, 29, was found Sept. 29.

Howard County police investigating the accident became suspicious of the large amount of blood found in Mr. Boser's station wagon and the stab wound he had on his arm. Police said that Mr. Boser told them conflicting stories of how he got the wound, and investigators said they could not verify his stories.

Homicide investigators in Anne Arundel County learned of the accident when they contacted Howard County police for help in identifying the woman's remains, said Sgt. Dennis Bailey, head of the Anne Arundel County police homicide squad.

Daughters sue driver in father's death

The daughters of a man fatally injured while crossing U.S. 1 in Laurel in 1990 has sued the driver of the vehicle that struck him for $600,000 in damages.

Kimberlee Casanova and Anjeanette Cruz of Elkridge contend in a suit filed in Howard County Circuit Court on Oct. 1 that Stephen M. Novotny acted negligently in causing the death of their father.

Roy W. Cruz suffered severe head and internal injuries after being struck by a 1987 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Mr. Novotny, of Ellicott City, on Sept. 30, 1990.

Police said after the incident that Mr. Cruz was walking across the southbound lanes of U.S. 1 in an area that was designated for crossing when he was struck by Mr. Nototny's car at 12:55 p.m.

"As a direct and proximate result of [Mr. Novotny's] negligence, Mr. Cruz suffered intense physical pain and mental shock and anguish at the time he received his injuries," the suit states.

Mr. Cruz was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died several hours after being struck.

The case has not been scheduled for proceedings.

Candidates forum scheduled Friday

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a Congressional Candidates Forum where the contenders for the 3rd and 6th congressional districts will meet the public. The forum will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 10910 Route 108, in the Board of Education rooms A and B of the school's headquarters.

The forum will be Howard County residents' only opportunity on home turf before Nov. 3 to hear and meet the four candidates for the two congressional districts in which the county lies.

Information: 730-0142.


* Ellicott City: 8800 block of Autumn Hill Drive: Someone used an object, possibly a baseball bat, to destroy a mailbox Friday or Saturday.

* 3000 block of Hearthstone Road:

Someone destroyed a mailbox Friday or Saturday.

* 4900 block of Worthington Way: Someone threw a boulder through a 1985 Datsun 210-SX and shattered the windshield Friday or Saturday.

* 4700 block of Round Hill Road: Someone threw a rock at a window in a 1992 Nissan Stanza between Friday and Saturday. The rock bounced off the window and struck the driver's side mirror, destroying it.

* 3200 block of Sonia Trail: Someone stole a yellow 1992 Geo Tracker last weeend.

* 3100 block of West Springs Drive: Between Sunday and Monday, a 1987 Buick LaSalle was stolen and recovered in Baltimore City.

* Elkridge: 7200 block of Route 1: Someone stole 30 tire rims valued at $1,500 from a fenced yard between Friday and Saturday.

* 500 block of Tufts Drive: Someone threw eggs on the hood of a 1986 Toyota Corolla on Saturday or Sunday.

* 8800 block of Rowanberry Drive: On Sunday, police arrested David E. Brokus, 22, of Catonsville in a domestic-related breaking and entering.

* Hanover: 6300 block of Hanover Road: Someone damaged two mailboxes using a hard object between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

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