Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 28, 2008

CLARIFICATION

A brief article Friday about a corruption case failed to note that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County alerted the attorney general's office after finding discrepancies in construction projects and cooperated in the resulting investigation.

Ninth person convicted in UMBC corruption

A ninth person has been convicted in the corruption investigation involving construction projects at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has announced. Michael Harper, former president of G.E. Tignall & Co. Inc., a Baltimore-area commercial construction firm, entered a guilty plea Nov. 20 and was convicted by Baltimore County Circuit Judge John Grason Turnbull II of conspiracy to steal $34,687 from UMBC. Harper is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Police investigate traffic incident, ensuing shooting

Montgomery County police are investigating an incident that unfolded outside a church service and ended with an officer shooting at a vehicle. Police say the off-duty police officer was directing traffic at the Church of the Redeemer in Gaithersburg about 7:10 p.m. Wednesday when a sport utility vehicle traveling fast struck the officer. Police have arrested 16-year-old Joseph Nelson of Clarksburg and charged him as an adult with first-degree assault for striking the officer. Investigators say Officer Josue Zelaya was treated for injuries to his foot. Zelaya fired shots at the SUV but didn't strike Nelson. Police say another officer was also directing traffic at the church and saw the shooting.

Associated Press

Hagerstown police: Man found stabbed in alley

Hagerstown police say a man has been found stabbed in an alley behind the Washington County Hospital parking deck. Christopher Lynn Pepple, 38, was found about 12:35 a.m. yesterday. The people who found him drove to the hospital, where he was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Associated Press

Del. store security guard foils theft of 8 GPS units

MILLTOWN, Del.: Delaware State Police say a man trying to steal GPS units from a store punched a security officer and fled. It happened about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Kohl's Department Store in Milltown in northern Delaware. Troopers say the man put eight GPS units in a shopping cart and covered them with a sweat shirt. A store security officerconfronted the suspect, who punched him twice in the face. The suspect fled without the merchandise.

Associated Press

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