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MARYLAND

EDGEWATER

Woman sues police over killed pit bull

An Edgewater woman is suing Anne Arundel County police for fatally shooting her pit bull.

Deborah Ransom, 48, said she wants more than $3 million.

She said the dog, Chopper, enthusiastically and gently pulled at a county officer’s sleeve before the officer maliciously shot the dog.

Police declined to comment yesterday because of the lawsuit. But when the shooting happened, a department spokesman said the dog bit the officer twice. Police said it was the third time the dog had bitten someone.

TOWSON

DNA leads to suspect in 1978 rape

DNA evidence has led police to a suspect in a 1978 rape, Baltimore County police said.

Police said Edward Wood, 59, of Westminster, was arrested Friday at his home. He is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree burglary.

The department is reviewing past sex crimes to see if DNA evidence could be helpful. Police said it is the oldest outstanding case that has been resolved so far using DNA evidence.

Wood was convicted of the first-degree rape of another woman in 1978. He was sentenced to prison and released in 2001.

He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County jail.

HAGERSTOWN

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