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North High graduate to appear on TV show

September 09, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

erinc@herald-mail.com

Chuck Rowland, a Hagerstown native, will appear on Saturday's broadcast of "America's Most Wanted."

"Not as a fugitive, though," he said, laughing.

Rowland, a Deputy United States Marshal, who lives in Milwaukee, Wis., said he was interviewed about a fugitive for whom he is searching. He said he also will work in the show's call center Saturday.

Rowland graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1990 and moved to Wisconsin in 2003 shortly after leaving the United States Army, where he served as a military police officer.

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He also was a volunteer firefighter with Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co.

Rowland is searching for Cesar Lira of Milwaukee, Wis., who was chosen for the show because of the seriousness of the crime for which he is wanted, Rowland said.

Lira was hospitalized in police custody when he jumped out of a window and escaped with his girlfriend, who was waiting in a car, Rowland said. The two drove to Oklahoma, where Lira crashed the car, killing his girlfriend, Rowland said. Lira was charged and mistakenly released on bond once back in Wisconsin, Rowland said.

Rowland said he has been searching for Lira for four months.

Rowland said he was interviewed about one month ago for the "America's Most Wanted" episode. He said he always watches the show, and a few of the fugitives he has searched for have been on the program. This is the first time Rowland has been on the show, he said.

During the public call-in portion of the episode, Rowland will sift through tips. He might also listen to some of the phone calls, he said.

"They typically get a lot of calls," he said.

More than 900 fugitives have been caught with the help of tips received on "America's Most Wanted."

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