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Woman, 34, accused of firing shots at husband She is released on $10,000 bond


A 34-year-old woman accused of firing three shots at her husband through the wall of their Bel Air home Oct. 29 was freed Monday on $10,000 bond with the understanding she stay away from her husband, police said.

Deborah Lowe France of the 900 block of Grosvenor Drive in Homestead Village was arrested several hours after the alleged 8:15 p.m. incident on charges of assault with intent to commit murder, assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

Richard France, the woman's husband, was not injured, but police said they found three holes believed to be caused by bullets in a closet door inside an office in the couple's home.

They said they also found a .38-caliber Colt revolver in the house with three spent shell casings and three live rounds in it.

Mr. France told police the couple had been arguing and that he had gone into his office to get away. He said his wife continued to yell at him.

He then heard several loud noises, saw the holes in the closet door and called 911, police said, but Mrs. France had left before officers arrived.

Police arrested her a few hours later when she returned home.

In other recent Harford County law enforcement matters:

* A 24-year-old Havre de Grace man who is awaiting trial on charges of assault and battery tried to hang himself at the Harford County Detention Center on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

Steven Lee Cunniff of the 200 block of S. Union Ave. was discovered suspended from cellblock bars about 2 p.m. with a bedsheet tied around his neck, jail officials said.

Inmates helped correctional officers lower the man to the floor.

After being treated at the jail, Mr. Cunniff was taken to Fallston General Hospital, where he was treated and evaluated, the sheriff's spokesman said.

Mr. Cunniff was transferred to another facility for further evaluation.

* A 28-year-old Delaware man is being held at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond and awaiting a Dec. 12 arraignment on robbery and assault charges.

Charles Edward Humbree III of Claymont was arrested Sept. 20, soon after state police began investigating a robbery at a Joppa convenience store in the 900 block of Philadelphia Road.

A store employee told police he was confronted in the parking lot by a man armed with a razor knife.

The employee said he was forced back into the store by the man, who also threatened a second employee and demanded money from the cash register.

The employees told police the man, with $69, fled west on Route 7 in a white and blue Ford Escort.

Minutes later, a state trooper on patrol in the southwestern end of the county saw an Escort fitting the description of the getaway vehicle parked outside a bar and restaurant on Route 7.

The trooper arrested the driver.

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