House GOP names Leopold chief deputy whip Del. John R...

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January 03, 2002

House GOP names Leopold chief deputy whip

Del. John R. Leopold, a Republican who represents District 31, which includes Pasadena and Brooklyn Park, has been named chief deputy whip by his party's leaders in the House of Delegates.

Leopold will work with other deputy minority whips to communicate the Republicans' message in the General Assembly.

"His appointment as chief deputy whip is a reflection of his proven leadership skills in the GOP caucus as well as his effectiveness in building coalitions to get things done in the General Assembly," minority leader and Republican Del. Alfred W. Redmer Jr. said in a statement.

Man serious but stable after leap from Bay Bridge

An Anne Arundel County man who jumped from the Bay Bridge yesterday was in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after a fall of about 200 feet, authorities said. The man, Christopher F. Miller, 21, of Linthicum, was found on rocks near the bridge about 2 p.m. by police from the Maryland Transportation Authority and Department of Natural Resources who had searched for him in the Chesapeake Bay for about 10 minutes.

Police said Miller apparently floated to the rocks. He was recovered by Natural Resources police and flown to the hospital.

Transportation authority police discovered Miller's 1993 Oldsmobile on the eastbound span of the bridge in the far right lane, which had been closed for maintenance, said Cpl. Gregory Prioleau.

Police look into carjacking at Arundel Mills mall

Anne Arundel County police were investigating a carjacking at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover yesterday evening, officials said.

Police said a woman was forced from her Mercedes-Benz in the parking lot in front of the Bass Pro outlet about 6 p.m. by a man who had fled from the store. Police said the man had been questioned by store clerks at the Saks Fifth Avenue outlet about a credit card transaction that they believed was illegal. He ran from the store and apparently pulled the woman from her car, police said. The woman was not injured.

The car was found abandoned on a southbound exit ramp onto Interstate 97 from Quarterfield Road about a half-hour later.

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