Digest

May 12, 2008

Wicomico County

SALISBURY

State's Attorney to appear in court

Wicomico County State's Attorney Davis R. Ruark is scheduled to appear in court on drunken driving and weapons charges this morning.

The 52-year-old is set to appear in Worcester County District Court after his arrest by Ocean City police in February.

Police say Ruark was pulled over after officers saw him speeding and crossing the center line. Police say his blood-alcohol content of 0.15, nearly twice Maryland's limit for drunken driving.

Officers found that Ruark had a handgun in his car. Ruark has a Maryland permit to carry a loaded handgun, but Maryland law prohibits a person from transporting a handgun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Frederick County

FREDERICK

Black bear struck and killed by car

State police say a young black bear was struck and killed by a car in Frederick County.

It happened about 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the westbound lanes of U.S. 340 west of Mount Zion Road.

Police say they believe they chased the same bear Friday night after receiving reports of it roaming near U.S. 340 and U.S.15.

Jesse Jewell, the car's driver, said he was in the right lane and swerved left when he saw the bear coming from the right shoulder. Jewell was not injured, and his car ended up in the median.

No criminal charges in fatal Taser incident

The attorney for a Frederick County sheriff's deputy who delivered a fatal electronic shock to a 20-year-old man says his client is gratified that he won't face criminal charges.

A grand jury ruled Friday that Cpl. Rudy Torres was justified in using his Taser to subdue Jarrel Gray after police said he did not obey commands to show his hands last November. Gray was shocked twice and died three hours later.

Torres' lawyer, Patrick McAndrew, said his client's actions "were legally justified and in accordance with agency procedures."

Ted Williams, a lawyer hired by Gray's family, said he wasn't surprised the grand jury did not pursue charges. He said no Frederick County deputy has ever been indicted for, in his words, "murdering a black man." He added that they might take the case to the Justice Department.

Cecil County

NORTH EAST

Woman charged in death of ex-girlfriend

State police say a Joppatowne woman has been charged with shooting her former girlfriend to death in the doorway of her Cecil County home.

Police say 46-year-old Sandra Heim and 47-year-old Helen Sparks had recently broken up, and an argument occurred before the shooting.

The women were driving away from Sparks' home in North East about 1 p.m. Saturday, when the car stopped. Witnesses told police that Sparks began walking home, but Heim got a gun from her trunk and started firing, pursuing Sparks to her doorstep.

Police say Sparks' 22-year-old son caught Heim and neighbors helped hold her until police arrived. Heim is charged with first- and second-degree murder, assault and handgun violations in Sparks' death.

Associated Press

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