City woman, Talbot man are accused of trying to buy handguns illegally

March 05, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore woman and a Talbot County man have been accused of trying to illegally purchase handguns, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday.

Iva Theresa Cruse of the 3700 block of E. Lombard St. and James Otis Blann of the 30300 block of Harris Range Road in Cordova were charged Monday in Howard County Circuit Court.

Cruse claimed on an application she filed with Maryland State Police on Nov. 29 that she had never been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of more than two years, authorities said. Records show she was convicted of malicious destruction of property in 1998.

The attorney general's office charged Cruse with two counts of making a false application to purchase a regulated firearm, two counts of perjury and two counts of attempting to possess a regulated firearm.

Authorities said Blann falsely stated that he was not under a protective order when he filed his application with state police Oct. 5. He was charged with making a false application to purchase a regulated firearm, perjury and attempting to illegally possess a handgun.

Cruse and Blann's applications were investigated by the state police Cease Fire Unit, which is based at the Waterloo barracks in Jessup.

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