Howard man's bail raised to $2 million as more weapons charges are filed

July 21, 2000|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Two-time Howard County sheriff candidate Richmond Laney is being held in lieu of $2 million bond after Howard County police brought 59 additional weapons charges against him yesterday.

Laney walked into the Howard County Commissioner's Office smiling and laughing last evening before his bail was set.

Escorted by police officers from his cell at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, Laney looked straight ahead and did not answer reporters' questions about the origin of weapons found last week in his foreclosed Ellicott City home.

Fifty-seven of the new counts are for possession of a destructive device. The remaining two are for possession with intent to manufacture a destructive device.

Until yesterday, Laney, 43, was being held on two charges - one of reckless endangerment and the other of possession of a destructive device.

The state charges deal mainly with the more than 80 military explosives found in Laney's Fels Lane home, Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

The state fire marshal's office is also investigating the explosives, which are being stored by the Army at Fort Meade.

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