Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

December 30, 2006

Baltimore: federal court

Olympian denied bail in abduction

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Myriam Bedard must remain in jail as she waits for Canadian authorities to bring her home to face charges of parental child abduction and violation of a custody order, a U.S. federal judge said yesterday.

Bedard, 37, was arrested a week ago in Maryland and is being held on a warrant for being an international fugitive. She allegedly violated a child custody order by bringing her 12-year-old daughter to the United States. U.S. marshals found her and the girl, Maude, at a hotel in Columbia.

Bedard won two gold medals in the biathlon competition at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. She won a bronze medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

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Maryland: special appeals

Court overturns murder conviction

A Baltimore man's second-degree murder conviction related to the collection of a drug debt was overturned yesterday by Maryland's Court of Special Appeals.

The decision by Maryland's second-highest court calls for a new trial for Harold Singfield Jr., 22, of the 1200 block of Ensor St. He was convicted in February 2005 of second-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence in the May 2003 death of Wayne Fisher, 30, and was sentenced to two consecutive 20-year terms.

The Court of Special Appeals ruled that the Baltimore Circuit Court judge erred when he rejected a request by Singfield's lawyers to ask potential jurors during voir dire whether "the nature of the case, specifically because it involves murder with a handgun, would make it impossible or difficult to render a fair and impartial verdict."

Anne Arundel: BWI airport

Screener charged with gun possession

A baggage screener at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has been fired after she was charged with bringing a loaded handgun to the airport, local and federal officials said yesterday.

Nicole Ashley Harris, 20, worked with the federal Transportation Security Administration and was assigned to guard the Southwest terminal at BWI by checking bags for contraband.

Sgt. Pamela Thorne, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said TSA employees are required to go through metal detectors before beginning their shifts. Thorne said another TSA worker saw a .22-caliber handgun in her computer bag about noon Wednesday.

Harris, of the 1200 block of N. Central Ave. in East Baltimore, was charged with possession of a handgun. She was released on her own recognizance.

Howard County: Ellicott City

Troopers seek robbery suspect

Maryland State Police are searching for a man believed to be involved in two thefts after he and two accomplices crashed into two vehicles on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City on Thursday afternoon while fleeing from authorities.

Steven Lee Cunniff is described as a bald, heavy-set man in his 30s. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 240 pounds. He is wanted for theft under $500 in Harford County, said Lt. James Eyler of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, and theft of more than 150 DVDs from a Wal-Mart in Mt. Airy before the crashes on Thursday afternoon.

State police have charged Ronald Rickie Holleman Jr., 29, of Edgerly Road in Glen Burnie and Carla Joanne Johnson, 33, of East Old Philadelphia Road in Elkton in the Wal-Mart theft, said Sgt. George Frazier of the Westminster barracks.

Carroll County: Westminster

Arrest made in man's stabbing

A man wanted in the stabbing of a Carroll County man last week was arrested in Westminster late Thursday afternoon and is being held without bail, police said.

Tareef Ibn Perkins, 36, of no fixed address is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, authorities said.

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