Pa. man arrested in wife's death


A 78-year-old Pennsylvania man charged with murdering his wife was arrested last week in North Laurel, Howard County police said.

James P. Gantz Sr., from Manheim Township in suburban Lancaster, waived extradition Friday and was returned to Pennsylvania Saturday, police spokesmen said.

Mr. Gantz was arrested Thursday afternoon in his Chrysler minivan on the 9600 block of Canterbury Riding, said police Sgt. Steven Keller. Howard police had been alerted by Manheim police that Mr. Gantz might be with relatives in Howard or Montgomery counties, Sergeant Keller said.

The body of Mr. Gantz's wife, Billie, was found in their residence Wednesday, Manheim Township police said. She had been stabbed in the back and neck and had been hit on the head, according to police.

Police said they were contacted by family members who were concerned because they had not seen Mrs. Gantz, 73, for several weeks.

When police went to the Gantz home, Mr. Gantz told them his wife was out of state. He then said he was in a hurry and left, police said. After receiving information from relatives that the woman might have been killed, police returned to the house and found Mrs. Gantz's body.

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