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Mich. man indicted in fatal crash

A Michigan man has been indicted on vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges in an auto crash in Ohio that killed a Parkville mother and four children Dec. 30.

A Lucas County, Ohio, grand jury on Wednesday indicted Michael P. Gagnon, 24, of Adrian, Mich., on five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

He faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Killed in the crash were Bethany L. Griffin, 36; Jordan Griffin, 10; Vadie Griffin, 8 weeks; Haley Burkman, 10; and Lacie Burkman, 7. Griffin's husband, Daniel Griffin Jr., and two other children were injured.

Police said Gagnon drove drunk and the wrong way on a Toledo interstate when his pickup truck hit a minivan returning to Maryland from a family Christmas trip to Michigan. Police said Gagnon's blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

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East Joppa Road

Bank robbery suspect sought

Baltimore County police released a photo yesterday of a man who robbed the 1st Mariner Bank in the 1600 block of E. Joppa Road on Jan. 4

Authorities said the man was given an undisclosed amount of cash after entering the bank about 12:15 p.m. with a note demanding money.

Police said they were asking for the public's help in identifying the man, who was described as about 18 to 25 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a medium build and brown eyes. He was wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt with white lettering on the front, and a black knit cap.

The photo of the man came from a bank camera.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307- 2020, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000, police said.

Awards for Women

Nominations deadline is today

The deadline is today to submit nominations for the 26th Woman of the Year and Young Woman of the Year awards presented by the Baltimore County Commission for Women.

Female county residents who have made significant and lasting contributions to the community, workplace or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the Woman of the Year award.

Nominees for Young Woman of the Year must be high school seniors in Baltimore County who have made contributions in the community to further the interest of women and families.

Awards will be presented in March.

Information and nomination forms: Jackie Wilson, 410-887- 3448; or online at www.

Financing college

Parent information nights scheduled

The College Savings Plans of Maryland program will hold Parent Information Night meetings at 14 county middle and elementary schools.

Meetings are open to all Baltimore County parents who want information on how to plan to pay for a college education for their children.

All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. as follows:

Monday: Sussex Elementary School, 515 S. Woodward Drive, Essex.

Tuesday: Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road.

Wednesday: Catonsville Middle School, 2301 Edmondson Ave., and Timonium Elementary School, 2001 Eastridge Road.

Events or news items for the Baltimore County Digest may be submitted to Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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