Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 21, 2007

Boy, 5, hit and killed by Jeep is identified

A 5-year-old boy killed Saturday when he darted in front of a vehicle while chasing after a group of teenagers was identified yesterday.

Anne Arundel County police said Colin Matthew Cunningham of Stevensville had run onto Whispering Woods Drive in an Annapolis-area townhouse community around 6:30 p.m. and was struck by a Jeep Wrangler driven by an 18-year-old who lives in that community.

Police said a group of seven teenagers had crossed the road ahead of the Jeep on their way to play football in an open area, and Colin suddenly ran after them.

The driver immediately stopped after hitting the boy, who was flown to Johns Hopkins Children's hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, police said, but police are investigating whether speed played a role.

Carroll robbery suspect seized

State police apprehended a Westminster man charged with robbing a convenience store at gunpoint Friday night, authorities from the Westminster barracks said yesterday.

Brendon L. Marshall, 50, of the 100 block of E. Green St. was arrested later that evening on charges of robbery, second-degree assault and theft, police said. Marshall is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond, authorities said.

He is accused of fleeing on foot after robbing a High's store, in the 400 block of E. Main St. in Westminster, police said. When a state trooper caught up with Marshall, he ran again until he was apprehended near First Presbyterian Church in the first block of Washington Road, police said.

A large sum of money matching the amount stolen from the convenience store was recovered, police said.

Laura McCandlish

Woman admits $250,000 theft

The former controller for Harkins Builders Inc. in Woodstock pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $250,000 from her employer.

Christian Marie Eldringhoff, 37, formerly of Glen Arm and now of Kingwood, Texas, funneled company money from 2000 to last year to pay off her credit card and pay for repairs to her Mercedes and for personal items at Office Depot and Staples, according to court records.

Eldringhoff told a Howard County detective that she felt "victimized" by the company for having to work long, late hours by herself. The company paid her between $110,000 to $119,000 a year, court records show.

She reached an agreement with her former employer to return the stolen funds before a county grand jury indicted her in April.

Eldringhoff will be sentenced Nov. 2. She will remain free on $25,000 bond until then.

Melissa Harris

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