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DNR officer suspended until charges settled

February 19, 1998

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources police officer has been suspended pending resolution of charges filed against him last week.

Cpl. Larry W. Browning, 42, of 13901 Oleander Drive, Cumberland, Md., was suspended without pay as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, DNR Capt. Lou Ritter said. That status will continue until the charges are resolved.

Browning was released on $5,000 bond on Feb. 14 after being charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to officials at the Allegany County Detention Center.

A hearing was held Tuesday in Annapolis in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, Ritter said.

Maryland State Police Sgt. G.M. Long said Browning's wife, Nancy Browning, told an Allegany County District Court commissioner that she was accosted around 1 p.m. while she was in a second-floor bathroom of the couple's home.

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Long said threats were made against Nancy Browning and Larry Browning's former wife, Julia Browning, a former Hancock police officer.

Long alleged that a gun was pulled from a gym bag, pointed at Nancy Browning's head and a threat made to "take her out."

After Nancy Browning filed charges, police picked up Larry Browning at the YMCA Riverside Recreation Center in Cumberland shortly after 4 p.m., Long said.

A DNR police officer in the Western Region, Larry Browning initially was placed on emergency suspension with pay, according to Ritter.

Efforts to reach Larry Browning were unsuccessful. His telephone number is unlisted.

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