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Heather Elizabeth Cook is the second-ranking official in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. The 58-year old is charged with manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident in the death of bicyclist Thomas Palermo on Dec. 27, 2014, in Roland Park.

A parole hearing is scheduled for 9:30 Tuesday morning for Heather Cook, the former Episcopal bishop who pleaded guilty to four criminal charges in connection with a drunk-driving crash that killed a married father of two.
The trial of former Episcopal bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook in the December drunken-driving death of a popular bicyclist in Baltimore was postponed Thursday until Sept. 9..
Heather Elizabeth Cook, the Episcopal bishop accused of drunk driving and fatally striking a bicyclist in December, has resigned as bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Maryland, the diocese announced Friday.
Criminal charges against Bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook in a fatal hit-and-run have put the stewardship of the national church's presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, in the spotlight.
The head of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland apologized Wednesday for failing to recognize "warning signs" that Bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook -- now facing
Episcopal Church officials are considering whether the Rev. Heather Elizabeth Cook — now facing criminal charges in connection with a drunk-driving accident that killed a bicyclist in December — may have lied about her struggles with alcohol to smooth her path to election as the No. 2 bishop in the Diocese of Maryland last year.
Thursday column on Heather Cook case
Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook, who is charged with killing a bicyclist with her car while drunken driving in December, was formally restricted by the national church on Tuesday from acting as a member of its clergy.
Episcopal Bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook was indicted on 13 charges Wednesday in the death last December of cyclist Thomas Palermo in North Roland Park, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.
The leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland suspected that the Rev. Heather Elizabeth Cook — now facing drunken driving and manslaughter charges in the December death of a local bicyclist — was intoxicated at a dinner two days before she was installed as bishop last year, according to the diocese.
Top officials in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland have asked the bishop implicated in a fatal collision with a bicyclist in Baltimore to immediately resign her position in the church.
An audio recording from an October 25, 2010, court hearing provides some of the first insight into Bishop Heather Cook's struggle with alcohol.
The Episcopal bishop charged with killing a cyclist while drunk and texting was to be released from Central Booking after posting $2.5 million bail — an amount her attorney said earlier this week she would not be able to meet.
An inquiry by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland into a fatal hit-and-run crash involving its second highest-ranking official, Bishop Suffragan Heather Elizabeth Cook, will include a reassessment of the process by which Cook was elected to the post last May
Episcopalian Bishop Heather Cook is expected to remain jailed pending the outcome of her court proceedings after a judge upheld her $2.5 million bail — an amount her attorney says she cannot post.
Cook also faces charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident; driving under the influence; and causing an accident due to texting while driving. Both the manslaughter and leaving the scene charge carry a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment. A warrant has been issued for Cook's arrest, prosecutors said.
Preacher shaken by death of bicyclist in Baltimore
Before being elevated to a position as a high-ranking bishop, Heather Elizabeth Cook was subjected to an extensive background check and psychological investigation regarding her 2010 drunken-driving incident, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland said Tuesday.
New State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby comes into office with a major decision looming: How to handle the death of Thomas Palermo, the prominent local cyclist who died in a collision with a car driven by an Episcopal bishop two days after Christmas.
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