State Digest


July 23, 2005

Governor grants pardons to 9 convicted of crimes

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. granted pardons yesterday to nine people, bringing the number he has issued since taking office to 100.

Among those receiving pardons: Fred Ben, 40, convicted of assault and theft in 1986; Donna Cumerlato, 35, convicted of two counts of misdemeanor theft in 1989 and 1990; Misha Preyer-Dowdye, 29, convicted of theft of less than $300 in 1996; and Delores Edwards, convicted of felony theft in 1989.

Also receiving pardons were Robert Ibanez, 30, who in 1993 was convicted of two counts of theft of under $300; Beverli Mormile, 43, convicted of possession of a controlled dangerous substance in 1993; Robert Sarrio, 42, convicted of forgery and theft in 1982; Shirlena Spencer, 42, who received a 1987 conviction for battery; and Kathleen Weaver, 55, convicted of narcotics possession in 1969.

Miller, S. Md. leaders back Cardin for Senate

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and several other Southern Maryland political leaders endorsed Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin for U.S. Senate yesterday.

Also backing Cardin were state Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, a Charles County Democrat, and state Sen. Roy P. Dyson of St. Mary's County.

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