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Police officer jailed


A Western Maryland police officer charged with threatening public officials with anonymous letters and phone calls will remain behind bars until a court appearance next week, a federal judge in Baltimore ruled yesterday.

Jeffrey S. Shifler, 41, of Maugansville has been charged with sending racist and homophobic letters to public officials and community leaders, and phoning an anonymous anthrax threat to City Hall in Hagerstown.

He could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of two counts of sending threatening communication and five years on the anthrax charge, prosecutors said. He is a police officer in Boonsboro.

An affidavit filed by the FBI describes Shifler as a police officer in Hagerstown for 16 years before he was fired in 2003 for falsifying payroll records.

Matthew Dolan

2 plead guilty in spill

Two military contractors at Aberdeen Proving Ground pleaded guilty yesterday to falsifying records submitted to the Army to cover up a leak of untreated water into a marsh adjoining the Gunpowder River.

Former treatment plant supervisor Robert Lee Shewell, 59, of Joppatowne and plant engineer Joseph Edward Ambrozewicz Jr., 50, of Bel Air admitted that they made false statements regarding the leak of an estimated 2,200 gallons of contaminated ground water.

They were named in a five-count indictment in U.S. District Court in Baltimore in the Jan. 14, 2001, spill. Shewell and Ambrozewicz could receive maximum sentences of five years in prison and $250,000 criminal fines. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake scheduled sentencing for Shewell and Ambrozewicz for April 3 and April 5, respectively.

Matthew Dolan

Charges in bomb threat

A Carroll County woman has been charged with making multiple bomb threats against an Eldersburg store and harassing a store employee by phone, Maryland State Police officials said yesterday.

Vikki L. Dee, 36, of the 1600 block of Thrasher Drive in Finksburg was charged.

State troopers were called to a Wal-Mart in the 1300 block of Liberty Road in Eldersburg on Nov. 6 after a note was found inside that said a bomb was in the store. On Jan. 27, a caller made a second bomb threat to the store, police said. On Jan. 31, a female Wal-Mart employee received several threatening phone calls, police said.

About 1 p.m. Monday, a note was found in a store bathroom that said a bomb would be placed in the store, police said. Dee was released on a $10,000 bond.

Nick Shields

Man held after chase

A 22-year old Baltimore man was arrested Thursday after the car he was driving struck an Anne Arundel County police officer, police said.

Ronald Leon Sykes, 22, of the 2800 block of W. North Ave. was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and traffic violations, police said. He was being held in the county's detention center.

According to police, Cpl. Mike Galligan -- an 18-year veteran of the county police force tried to pull over Sykes for a violation as Sykes was driving on Ritchie Highway near Arundel Corporation Road. When Sykes did not stop, police said, Galligan followed him and caught up with him at a red light.

Galligan walked toward Sykes' car, but Sykes then drove toward Galligan, hitting him police said. The officer sustained minort injuries. Sykes then led police on a short chase in Brooklyn before he was arrested, police said.

Annie Linskey

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