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IN THE REGION

November 21, 2008

City police are seeking help in finding Forest Park woman

Police are renewing calls for the public's help in the disappearance of a Forest Park mother of three who was last seen Oct. 28. Mia Lynn Nichols, 27, of the 3900 block of W. Forest Park Ave. has not been heard from since she left her job at the Volunteers for America in the 4600 block of E. Monument St. Her vehicle was found outside her home, where she lived with a boyfriend, and detectives could find no signs of foul play. "People go missing all the time on their own accord, for whatever reason, but Ms. Nichols had no reason to leave her home or family without saying anything," said Lt. Lenny Willis. "She's never done this before." Willis said Nichols did not have a criminal record and did not have any incidents of domestic violence. Anyone with information was asked to call police at 410-396-2100 or Clarence Nichols at 443-622-2834.

Justin Fenton

Accused of abducting son, 6, woman is arrested

A Bel Air woman accused of abducting her 6-year-old son was arrested yesterday in New York City, and the boy was found unharmed, Maryland State Police said. The woman, Silvia Houzouris, 44, of the 900 block of Araby Court, is alleged to have taken her son, George Houzoris, on Nov. 11, police said. At the time, she shared custody with her husband, Nick, from whom she is separated. Investigators found Silvia Houzouris in New York City and arrested her without incident, state police said. She is in jail there, waiting to be extradited to Maryland, police said. She has been charged with child abduction, police said. The boy is being returned to his father.

David Kohn

Howard police actions in man's arrest being reviewed

Howard County police said they have launched an internal investigation into the actions of officers during the arrest of a man who led them on a chase on Route 32. The arrest yesterday of Stephen Zombro, 40, when the chase ended was videotaped by news stations. "I have watched the video, and I am concerned," Howard Police Chief William McMahon said. Police declined further comment on the specific actions of the officers. The incident began just before 1 p.m. on Dorsey Run Road and Patuxent Range Road in Jessup, after officers tried to stop Zombro, who was wanted on a theft warrant, police said. Zombro fled in a pickup truck onto Route 32. Officers used stop-sticks near U.S. 29, flattening three of the pickup's tires, police said. The truck eventually came to a stop, and several officers made the arrest. Zombro was taken to Howard County General Hospital, but a preliminary evaluation showed no serious injuries, police said. He is facing charges of fleeing and eluding police, assaulting law enforcement officers, possession of heroin and crack cocaine, and reckless endangerment, police said.

Tyeesha Dixon

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