McCrone seeking a second term

State's attorney's announcement made at fundraiser in Ellicott City

April 07, 2006|By LAURA CADIZ | LAURA CADIZ,SUN REPORTER

Howard County State's Attorney Timothy J. McCrone announced this week he is seeking a second term as the county's top prosecutor.

At a fundraiser at Yingling-Ridgely VFW Post 7472 in Ellicott City, McCrone told supporters that he never forgets that the county's quality of life depends "in significant measure on public safety and justice."

"Our children, our businesses and our senior citizens can only thrive in a community where we cherish safety and justice," McCrone said Wednesday evening, surrounded by a crowd of more than 150 at the event that grossed about $15,000.

Whom McCrone, a Democrat, will be facing in the election is unclear. Brian Harlin, chairman of the county Republican Party, said the party will have a candidate, but no one has filed for the position.

A 1980 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, McCrone was sworn into office in January 2003. The 52-year-old Ellicott City resident and father of three children also serves as the president of the Howard County Bar Association.

Under McCrone's leadership, the state's attorney's office has had a number of convictions in high-profile murder cases.

Melissa Burch Harton was convicted in February of involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation of her friend and fellow Loyola College clinical psychology doctoral student Natasha Bacchus Magee.

Kathy Lynn Gray and Anthony T. Williams were convicted last year of second-degree murder in the death of Tamaria Hughes, whose body was found stuffed in a freezer.

Ryan Furlough is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2004 of first-degree murder in the death of classmate Benjamin Vassiliev.laura.cadiz@baltsun.com

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