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June 19, 2007

Appeal planned of ruling that firing was illegal

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration plans to appeal a judge's ruling that the firing of a midlevel Maryland Department of Transportation employee was illegal, a spokesman for the department said yesterday.

"We are taking the appropriate steps to have the ruling reviewed," said Jack Cahalan, the department spokesman, who declined to comment in detail because it is a personnel matter.

Last week, an administrative law judge ruled that the manner of Greg Maddalone's firing was "unconstitutional." Maddalone, a Republican, was fired days after the Democratic governor came into office in January.

Judge Susan Sinrod ordered that Maddalone must be reinstated to his position with full back pay and benefits, effective to Jan. 23 when he was fired.

Associated Press

Arrest in Cecil killing

A Cecil County man was arrested early yesterday in what investigators say was the drug-related killing of a Delaware man Saturday.

Raymond C. "RC" Lupfer, 30, of the first block of Kent Road in Earleville was arrested at 5 a.m. at a truck stop on Interstate 95 at Route 272 in North East, said Sgt. Robert Kerner. Lupfer was ordered held without bond at the Cecil County Detention Center.

Lupfer was charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime.

The victim, Jeremy E. Yarbary, 20, of the 100 block of Haman Drive in Dover, Del., had been shot in the body and head. Two small bags of suspected crack cocaine were found in the victim's hand, police said.

Nicole Fuller

2 children sought

Montgomery County police were seeking the public's help yesterday in locating two children who were believed to be with their father, who had threatened to harm himself and the children, authorities said.

Police said Navid Eghterafi Nanaf Abadi, 43, of Germantown and his two children were last seen Saturday in Olney.

Family members said Eghterafi told them he was going to Ocean City with his children, Juliette, 10, and Anis, 8, police said. The missing man is divorced but has joint custody of his children.

Eghterafi was driving a silver 1998 Honda CR-V EX, with Maryland tags 427M597, police said.

Anyone with information should call at 301-840-2347.

Staff reports

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