Judge extends protective order for officer


A Carroll County judge extended yesterday a temporary peace order to six months for a Westminster police officer seeking the court's protection from Richard A. Ruby, a former co-worker who resigned last month to avoid a possible criminal indictment.

District Judge Marc G. Rasinsky made the order effective until Dec. 11. It requires Ruby not to threaten Officer Nikki Heuer with violence, contact or try to contact her, harass her or visit her home.

Ruby also may not go to the Westminster police headquarters.

Heuer was granted a seven-day order last week, after testifying that Ruby told Westminster Police Sgt. David Hooper that "if he saw [her] out of town, he would kill her."

During yesterday's brief hearing, Hooper told Rasinsky that Ruby made the threatening remark to him May 13.

He said he had no doubt Ruby was referring to Heuer, noting he reported the incident to a supervisor within an hour. He filed a written report on the incident, he said.

Sgt. Mark Carter of the Maryland State Police told the court Ruby was the subject of investigations by the state attorney general and the county state's attorney after Heuer filed a complaint, alleging that Ruby had tried to plant suspected drugs on a man she was questioning last summer.

Not mentioned in the courtroom yesterday was a second, similar allegation against Ruby, made by Officer Chris Ilyes, arising from an unrelated incident the same night.

Neither Ruby nor Joseph Murtha, his attorney, attended yesterday's hearing.

Throughout the investigations, Ruby denied wrongdoing and was not charged with any offense.

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