City/county Digest


July 06, 2006

Ex-convict a suspect in 10 bank robberies

Prosecutors say this bank robber just couldn't quit.

Gerald Alex Bigsby, who was supposed to be living in a halfway house after his release from prison, is a suspect in 10 bank robberies across Maryland and the District of Columbia, federal prosecutors told a judge in court yesterday.

Federal marshals apprehended Bigsby, 55, in a Baltimore hotel yesterday morning on a warrant charging him with violating the terms of his probation. At his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday, Magistrate Judge Susan K. Gauvey ordered him to remain in custody until his detention hearing Monday.

Bigsby was convicted in 1993 of armed bank robbery. After his recent release from prison, District Judge William M. Nickerson ruled in September that Bigsby had violated his probation and ordered him to spend a year with the Volunteers of America halfway house. Court records obtained yesterday did not detail how he violated his probation.

But prosecutors said he was already afoul of the law, robbing banks as far back as July of last year. Authorities believe the total taken may have exceeded $60,000.

Matthew Dolan

Howard County: Allview Estates

Workers complete sewage-spill cleanup

Workers have finished cleaning up a 500,000-gallon sewage spill in the Allview Estates development along U.S. 29 in Howard County caused by last week's heavy storms. The spill, which came to light Sunday night, took place after a small, unnamed stream behind the 6600 block Seneca Farm Road flooded and knocked out a 4-foot section of manhole and supporting pipe, said Jeff Mozal, operations manager for the Bureau of Utilities. The stream had to be diverted during repairs, which were completed Monday, he said.

Larry Carson

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

Severn woman, 39, dies after accident

A Severn woman died Monday after the 1993 Infiniti in which she was a passenger hit a utility pole near Glen Burnie, police said yesterday. Sharon Denece Anderson, 39, of the 8200 block of Autumn Lake Court went into cardiac arrest while being extracted from the car, police said. She was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The driver, Emmanuel Thompkin Green Jr., 42, of Lafayette Ave. in Annapolis, was heading east on Queenstown Road about 1:40 p.m. when he lost control of the car, swerving and then overcorrecting as he tried to get back onto the road, police said.

Annie Linskey

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