WASHINGTON - Hildebert Criste, chairman of Bank Maryland Corp., said he bought 45,410 additional shares of the company's stock, raising his stake to 15.4%, or 308,807 common shares.

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission said the latest purchases were made between Dec. 12 and July 8 for prices from $1.94 to $3.20 a share.

Mr. Criste said he made the purchases for investment. Bank Maryland Corp. owns the $200 million-asset Bank of Maryland, Towson.

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