Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

December 23, 2008

Cecil man is charged in shooting of deputy

Maryland State Police said yesterday that they have charged a Cecil County man with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a Harford County sheriff's deputy during a drug raid Friday morning. James W. Ratledge, 60, of the 300 block of Old Conowingo Road in Conowingo, was under guard at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was recovering from three gunshot wounds he received during the incident, police said. The deputy, who was not identified, was released after treatment of minor injuries at a Havre de Grace hospital, police said.

David Kohn

Harford teacher's death ruled a suicide

The Harford County Sheriff's Department said yesterday that the death of high school teacher Brian Norman has been ruled a suicide. Norman, 34, was found dead of a gunshot wound Saturday night at his home in Forest Hill. A teacher at North Harford High School, he had been arrested last month and charged with sla pping a 16-year-old female student and threatening school employees. Friends said he told them that he had been distressed lately, police said.

David Kohn

Three inmates charged in prisoner's death

HAGERSTOWN: Maryland State Police said three inmates at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of another inmate. James Proctor, 20, Robert Steingold, 51, and Chad Cirigliano, 29, were charged with numerous offenses after indictments were returned by a Washington County grand jury this month. The three are charged in the death of Armando V. Fernandez, 48, who died April 26. He was assaulted Feb. 22 while walking in the prison yard among a group of inmates, causing him to fall and hit his head. He was buried May 1, but state police obtained an exhumation order and an autopsy was performed in July. Fernandez's death was ruled a homicide; the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Police did not know of a motive for the killing.

Associated Press

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