October 25, 2007

Man gets 30 years for killing deputies

A man who shot and killed two sheriff's deputies in 2002 has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. James Logan was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison.

Logan shot Prince George's County Sheriff's Deputies Elizabeth Magruder and James Arnaud when they went to his parents' Adelphi home to take him into custody. The deputies had a warrant to take Logan in for a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation.

Logan confessed to the crime, but his lawyers argued that he should be acquitted because of mental illness.

A jury convicted Logan in 2003, and he was sentenced to 100 years in prison. A higher court overturned the conviction, and the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld that decision. A second trial ended in a hung jury.

State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said the plea deal will help the victims' families move on.

Associated Press

Wicomico County

Rape, burglary counts refiled

Wicomico County prosecutors have refiled rape and burglary charges against former Salisbury police officer Tracy Sparpaglione.

The 27-year-old man from Laurel, Del., is accused of raping a 19-year-old Salisbury woman at her home in May hours after Sparpaglione arrested her in a domestic disturbance.

The original charges were dropped on his trial date, Oct. 3, to give the state's attorney's office more time to gather additional DNA evidence.

Sparpaglione graduated from the police academy in January.

Associated Press

Garrett County

Wider gypsy moth trouble seen

The Maryland Agriculture Department says the area of heavily forested Garrett County likely to be infested by destructive gypsy moth caterpillars is likely to be bigger next year than this year, during which they have defoliated 45,000 acres.

Forest Pest Management Chief Robert Tichenor says early surveys of egg masses indicate large numbers of insects again in the eastern part of the county and an expansion into central and western sections.

Local government and timber industry leaders have asked Gov. Martin O'Malley to increase funding for insecticide spraying.

O'Malley said at a meeting this month that the state had not done enough to suppress the infestation but that he could not promise an increase before resolving the state's budget shortfall.

Associated Press

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