Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

March 22, 2006

City prosecutors drop charge against Ponson

Baltimore prosecutors yesterday dropped the remaining charge that had been filed against former Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson in connection with a drunken-driving case.

The ballplayer had been accused of knowingly making a false statement on a Motor Vehicle Administration application. But prosecutors said they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Ponson, 29, was convicted by a Baltimore District Court judge of his third drunken-driving offense and sentenced in December to five days in jail. The drunken-driving charge and the false-statement citation stemmed from a Maryland Transportation Authority Police stop Aug. 25 on Interstate 95 in South Baltimore.

Ponson spent 30 days in a rehabilitation clinic after that arrest. He has since signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Julie Bykowicz

Kickboxer charged in death

A Towson kickboxer has been charged with the fatal beating of his girlfriend at a Rhode Island motel, police said.

Malbon D. Bolden Jr., 44, of the 6900 block of Lachlan Circle was arrested Sunday morning at a Motel 6 in Warwick, R.I., after police found the body of his girlfriend in the room, said Warwick police Capt. Sean Collins.

Police were called to the motel for a report of a domestic dispute about 10:32 a.m. The argument was "described as `going at it good' from the desk clerk," Collins said.

Maria Sample, 44, of the 6000 block of Macbeth Drive in Baltimore was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers had to use pepper spray to arrest Bolden, who was in Rhode Island participating in a kickboxing competition, police said.

Bolden is being held at the Adult Correctional Institute in Cranston, R.I., on charges of murder and resisting arrest.

Nicole Fuller

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