Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

December 07, 2007

Man leads officers on car chase, escapes

A man caught peering into vehicles at Arundel Mills mall yesterday escaped after a police chase through three jurisdictions, Anne Arundel County police said.

The unidentified man was seen about 11:45 a.m. inside a Dodge Intrepid and on foot looking into vehicles at the Costco parking lot in Hanover, said Sgt. Sara Schriver, a county police spokeswoman. A check on his license plate number led officers to approach him with caution, she said. She would not elaborate.

The man fled when an officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, she said, beginning the chase on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and into Prince George's County, drawing in U.S. Park Police, and then into Washington.

County officers were called off at 12:47 p.m. after the man left his vehicle in Washington and ran, Schriver said.

Justin Fenton

Bromwell witness sentenced

A former Baltimore construction company manager received two years of probation in federal court yesterday for violating the conditions of her immunity agreement and withholding information about falsifying corporate documents from authorities who were investigating her boss and former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell.

Jeanie Ashfield-Testa, 64, of Ashburn, Va., had pleaded guilty to concealing knowledge of mail fraud from federal law enforcement officials, on the condition of full cooperation in the federal investigation of Bromwell and W. David Stoffregen, former president of contractor Poole and Kent.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz also ordered Ashfield-Testa to complete 2,000 hours of community service.

Bromwell and his wife pleaded guilty after being charged with racketeering, mail fraud and extortion. Bromwell was sentenced to seven years in prison.

His wife, Mary Patricia, was sentenced to a year and one day behind bars. Stoffregen was sentenced to 6 1/2 years.

Matthew Dolan

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