Martins Ferry, Ohio, police chief Barry Carpenter goes on trial tomorrow on charges that he burglarized the home of Michelle Ross. The 26-year-old surrogate mother, hired by “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, gave birth to the couple’s twin daughters June 23. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Carpenter and suspended Bridgeport, Oh., police Chief Chad Dojack — who is to be tried separately — conspired to sell items and information obtained from Ross’ home to an unnamed tabloid.
Prosecutor Shawn Hervey said he’d been contacted by more than 30 national news organizations after a grand jury issued indictments July 29. One of those subpoenaed to testify as a prosecution witness is David Perel, former editor-in-chief of the National Enquirer, who now oversees its Web site, Radaronline.com. The Enquirer denies any involvement in the case.