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IN THE REGION

November 25, 2008

Target of Howard chase has his bond reduced

A Howard County judge reduced bond yesterday for a man whose arrest last week after a chase on Route 32 sparked an internal police investigation.

At a hearing yesterday, the bond for Stephen Zombro of Jessup was reduced from $350,000 to $200,000 by District Judge Pamila J. Brown. However, Brown noted concern that Zombro has used several aliases. Zombro, 40, also is under an $8,500 bond on charges in an unrelated Baltimore County case.

Police said the incident occurred Wednesday when Zombro, who was under surveillance, led officers on a chase along Route 32. Much of the chase and ensuing arrest was videotaped by several TV news stations. After watching the footage, Police Chief William J. McMahon called for an investigation. One officer has been placed on administrative duty, police said.

Zombro faces 16 counts, including assault and drug possession. His attorney, Louis Willemin, said during yesterday's hearing that classifying his client's actions as assault is a "stretch." "A certain amount of 'street justice' was inflicted on Mr. Zombro by at least one member of" the Police Department, Willemin said. A police spokeswoman declined to comment.

Tyeesha Dixon

Overlea woman, 20, killed when car skids, hits pole

An icy road and an out-of-control car killed an Overlea woman Friday night, Baltimore County police said yesterday. A 1991 Volvo driven by Christina Marie Hadley, 20, of the 4300 block of Kenwood Ave., skidded while southbound on a slick stretch of Belair Road and struck a utility pole. The car came to a stop facing in the opposite direction and across the road's center line, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department said.

Nick Madigan

Cause of fatal Dundalk fire is under investigation

Baltimore County fire investigators continued yesterday to investigate the cause of a fire in a trailer home that killed a 73-year-old woman. Kay Jacobs died after an explosion in her trailer in the 3700 block of North Point Road in Dundalk on Saturday night, said Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman. Neighbors told firefighters of hearing an explosion, and investigators believe that oxygen bottles in the home might have caused or contributed to the blast.

Nick Madigan

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