MARYLAND

New Trial Denied A Howard County judge has rejected a request for a new trial from a man convicted in the 1990 murder of a state trooper.

Eric Tirado shot and killed Cpl. Theodore D. Wolf during a traffic stop on Interstate 95. In his request for a new trial, Tirado argued that he had ineffective defense during his trial and an appeal.

Howard County prosecutors argued that this was Tirado's second request for post-conviction relief, when Maryland law allows only one. Another man, Francisco Rodriguez, who was also convicted in the killing, is due to be released in October after completing a 15-year sentence.

VIRGINIA

Teacher Charged A Fairfax County high school teacher has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly touching a female student inappropriately in the classroom last month, police said yesterday.

Police said that a 17-year-old student at West Potomac High School reported the incident to school officials June 9 and that the officials then notified police. After interviewing potential witnesses in the classroom, police obtained a warrant for Robert A. Boyd, 41, of the 8700 block of Susquehanna Street in Lorton.

Boyd turned himself in Monday, police said. Paul Regnier, a schools spokesman, said Boyd was hired in 1996 and started teaching at West Potomac in 2001. "He has been out of the classroom since the police were involved," Regnier said.

Trials Scheduled The drivers of two vehicles involved in a fatal bus crash in April appeared in court yesterday and were scheduled for separate trials in Arlington County this fall on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving.

School bus driver Pamela Sims, 37, is to stand trial Sept. 27. Sims, of Arlington, was indicted Monday on one count of reckless driving and one count of failure to pay full time and attention. A jury trial for James Wallace, 42, is set for Oct. 25. Wallace, of Fairfax, was indicted on one charge of reckless driving. All the charges are misdemeanors.

Neither Wallace nor Sims commented yesterday on the charges, which stemmed from the April 18 crash in which a bus carrying 15 children to Hoffman-Boston Elementary School collided with a trash truck at Columbia Pike and South Courthouse Road. Lilibeth Gomez, 9, a third-grader, was killed, and Harrison Orosco, 7, a second-grader, suffered a severe head injury and died two days later.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.