$100,000 bail set for man in harassment of woman

March 04, 1998

A Manchester man was being held on $100,000 bail yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center after his arrest Monday on charges of violating a protective order by harassing a former girlfriend.

Paul C. Markel, 42, is accused of taking flowers to the woman's home in Westminster on Feb. 19 and following her at Cranberry Mall on Feb. 25, and again at the 140 Village shopping center in Westminster on Feb. 26 and Monday. The woman is the mother of his child.

Requesting high bail, prosecutors said Markel has pending cases stemming from previous incidents involving the same woman, including a Dec. 27 arrest on charges of assaulting two state troopers who tried to get him to leave her home.

Court records show Markel posted $10,000 bail after being charged with two counts of second-degree assault, trespassing and resisting arrest.

District Judge JoAnn M. El- linghaus-Jones told Markel yesterday that if he makes bail on the most recent charges, he is forbidden to contact the woman or their daughter.

The protective order, signed Jan. 5, remains in effect until Jan. 4, 1999, court records show.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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