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March 4, 2009

Leopold inquiry is still alive

The Anne Arundel County Council upped the attention to the mysterious case of John Leopold and the 911 call last night when members suggested that a female county employee's car was parked near Leopold's in the mall parking lot when officers came to investigate suspected sexual activity in the back of a car that turned out to belong to the county executive. Julie Scharper and Tyeesha Dixon report on Arundel Police Chief James Teare Sr.'s appearnace before the council:

The chief said that he had not asked Leopold whether he had been alone in the car. After the meeting, Teare said, "I did not ask him because I was not conducting a criminal investigation."

Middlebrooks suggested that members of the council believe that a county employee had been present with Leopold that day and that her silver-colored sport utility vehicle had been parked next to the county executive's. "We all know whose SUV it was, by the way, but we don't have to go down that road," he said.

The councilman described the situation as "suspicious." "I don't buy it for one minute," he said. "It smells bad."

And now Leopold has issued another statement:

"Chief Teare's testimony speaks for itself," Leopold said in the statement. "Proper police procedure was followed, and an anonymous call was deemed unfounded. There is too much important work to be done in this county to engage any further in this political circus."

Something tells me we aren't anywhere near hearing the end of this one.

Posted by Andy Green at 1:57 PM | | Comments (1)


Sounds like someone may have been setting up the man for a future skeleton to be brought out when politically expedient.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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