Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 25, 2006

Ex-Loyola student charged in fire at professor's Pa. home

SHREWSBURY, Pa. -- Police in York County, Pa., have charged a former Loyola College student with attempted homicide and arson after they say he set fire to a former professor's home early yesterday.

Southern Regional Police in York County accused 25-year-old Garrett Alder of Manchester, Conn., of setting fire to the garage attached to the home of Bradley T. Erford. Flames spread to the home.

Erford and his two children were home but were not injured, authorities said.

Alder was found in a wooded area near the home and arrested a short time later. He was taken to York Hospital for treatment of a drug overdose, police said.

Alder, who had recently been expelled from the college, left a note at his Connecticut home outlining his plans, police said.

Erford is a professor in the education department of the college in Baltimore and director of graduate programs in school counseling.

Associated Press

Planner sentenced in fraud

A Bank of America financial planner was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison yesterday and ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution for defrauding elderly clients, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Thomas P. Gibbons, 44, of Forest Hill pleaded guilty in May in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to diverting funds from clients into his own account at Provident Bank. As a financial planner, Gibbons was permitted to buy and sell securities for his elderly clients, and he acted without their knowledge or that of his employer, according to prosecutors.

Gibbons was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release after his prison term, prosecutors said.

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