Police captain returns as department supervisor


Howard County Capt. Tara D. Nelson's police powers were restored yesterday, putting her back in charge of the department's criminal investigations after a monthlong inquiry into a domestic dispute with her husband.

Late last week, Baltimore County prosecutors dropped six assault charges against Nelson after her husband, Larry Nelson, refused to testify in the case. Larry Nelson had accused his wife of trying to run him and a friend over with her Lexus and destroying his motorcycle in the mid-October incident.

"She never harmed her husband, and she didn't even come near him," Clarke F. Ahlers, Tara Nelson's attorney, said Monday.

Police had no comment on the status of an internal investigation. Nelson supervises a staff of about 70 people, who investigate robberies, murders and assaults, among other crimes.

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