Change of venue sought in carjacking trialELLICOTT CITY...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

December 01, 1992

HOWARD COUNTY ELLICOTT CITY — Change of venue sought in carjacking trial

ELLICOTT CITY -- A Washington teen-ager charged in the carjacking death of a Savage woman in September is asking that his case be moved to Prince George's County so he can receive a "fair and impartial" trial.

An attorney for 17-year-old Bernard Eric Miller cited the outcry by Howard residents that followed the slaying of Pam Basu, who was dragged to her death after thieves forced her from her car on Sept. 8.

Mr. Miller is one of two defendants facing first-degree murder and other charges.

Carol Hanson, Howard County's chief public defender, has not said whether she will file a similar request for Rodney Eugene Soloman, 26, of Washington, charged as a co-defendant.

Howard State's Attorney William Hymes said he will oppose the request.

Police employee fired after theft

ELLICOTT CITY

ELLICOTT CITY -- A Howard County Police Department employee was fired last week after a routine audit of the property section uncovered the gradual theft of more than $3,000 in cash.

No criminal charges have been filed. Police are continuing their investigation of the theft, in which amounts were stolen several times during 1989. Records for other years are being checked.

The theft was uncovered in a routine audit of the property section in October.

The fired employee, whom county officials have refused to identify, was suspended with pay Nov. 20 and fired after an dTC administrative hearing four days later.

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