City / County Digest


June 12, 2008

Currie data going to U.S. investigators

The Department of Legislative Services has compiled eight boxes of documents and plans to turn them over to federal authorities investigating Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie in connection with his work as an outside consultant for a grocery store chain.

The subpoena sought calendars, address books, business cards, notes and other documents from Currie's office and from the Budget and Taxation Committee, which he chairs.

It also sought all computers used by Currie and members of his staff.

The department, which provides legal, administrative and technological support to the legislature, was complying with a grand jury subpoena it received last week.

The FBI raided Currie's District Heights home and the offices of Lanham-based Shoppers Food & Pharmacy last month.

Currie has worked as a consultant for the company.

Officials with the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office have declined to discuss the case.

Laura Smitherman

Carroll County


Boy, 7, is killed, three hurt in crash

Maryland State Police were investigating a three-vehicle crash in Carroll County yesterday that killed a 7-year-old boy and injured three others, including his mother and sister.

Geoffrey C. Seargeant of the first block of Ridge Road in Westminster was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He had been riding in a 2004 Kia Sedona driven by his mother, Stephany E. Pond Seargeant, 31. Seargeant and her daughter, Keira O. Seargeant, 4, were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

About 7 a.m., Seargeant was driving east on Hook Road, approaching Route 97 in Westminster, and drove through the intersection without appearing to stop, witnesses told police.

State police said traffic signals at the intersection were not working, a possible result of the previous night's storm and power outages.

Seargeant traveled into the path of a northbound 1999 Ford F-450 truck, police said, which struck the Kia on the passenger side and caused it to spin in the intersection. The truck, driven by William E. Beall, 42, of New Windsor continued through the intersection and hit a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado that was stopped on westbound Hook Road, police said.

The occupants of the Chevrolet - Donald C. Coffey, 69; Dean C. Coffey, 41; John K. Coffey, 39, all of Westminster - said they were not injured and refused treatment, police said. Beall was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

No one in the Kia appeared to have been wearing a seat belt, police said, and Keira Seargeant was sitting in a booster seat but was not buckled in.

Arin Gencer

Howard County


Woman, 62, indicted in attack on officer

A Howard County grand jury indicted a 62-year-old Columbia woman yesterday on attempted murder charges in an April incident in which she is said to have lunged at a police officer with a knife before being shot by his partner.

Pearl Wardell Harris is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. She is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

According to charging documents, police responded to a call for a disturbance at the Park View at Snowden River senior citizen apartment complex in the 8600 block of Snowden River Parkway in Columbia on April 30.

A property manager at the complex, who called police about 4:30 p.m., said a woman was making verbal threats against her husband, who lived elsewhere in Columbia, and others. Police said the woman was "acting erratically."

When the two officers arrived, the woman came toward one of them while waving a large knife that she had retrieved from her bedroom, according to the documents. The officer was "backed into the corner of the living room" before the woman lunged at him with the knife. The other officer shot the woman once in the hip, the documents say.

When police interviewed the woman at the hospital where she was transported for treatment, she told them she was trying to kill the officers, the documents say.

Tyeesha Dixon

Wicomico County


Caregiver charged in neglect case

A caregiver at a Wicomico County assisted-living facility was charged yesterday with neglect of a vulnerable adult. Renald Orneus of Salisbury is accused of leaving unattended a developmentally disabled person who was in his care from the evening of Sept. 5 until the early hours of the next morning, the state attorney general's office said. The person required 24-hour care at a group home operated by nonprofit Bay Shore Services, the office said.

Tanika White

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