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Herring Run Nursery hosts Earth Day tree giveaway to help 'keep Baltimore green' | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2018
Myesha Jones tied a pink ribbon around the skinny trunk of Jim Grill’s new red maple tree, a native species the 67-year-old planned to plant to entice bees and other pollinators into his Catonsville yard. “Hopefully it’ll attract those little devils,” Grill said. Behind him, a long line of d...
Weis Markets ready to open new Fullerton store | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
Overlea residents Lana and Regis Connors got a sneak peak Wednesday in Weis Markets newest Maryland supermarket, this one in the Fullerton Plaza shopping center in Baltimore County, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I think it looks great,” Lana Connors said as she and her husband stood amon...
Baltimore County school board declines to release ethics report of Interim Superintendent White | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
In the middle of a debate this month about who will be Baltimore County’s next school superintendent, county school board member Ann Miller revealed something about Interim Superintendent Verletta White that hadn’t been made public before. Miller said one of the two violations for which the boar...
Almond, Brochin trade barbs over fundraising in Baltimore County executive race | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
Baltimore County executive candidates Vicki Almond and Jim Brochin are trading barbs over sources of past campaign donations. Almond called on Democratic rival Jim Brochin to donate the money he has accepted over the years from gun-related groups to gun violence prevention efforts. “The next Balti...
Baltimore County police identify Towson double homicide victims | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
Baltimore County Police released the names on Wednesday of the two city men who were found dead Monday in an apartment on Lambourne Road in Towson. The victims were identified as Stanley B. Brunson Jr., 29, of the 1500 block of E. Northern Parkway, and Shameek Davone Joyner, 28, of the 5300 block...
Explosion in Randallstown apartment was accidental, Baltimore County fire department says | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
A natural gas explosion in a Randallstown apartment Wednesday morning was accidental and came from a second-floor HVAC unit, Baltimore County officials said Thursday. Firefighters were called to an apartment in the 3400 block of Carriage Hill Circle where an explosion was reported in the three-story...
Baltimore County Council hears no criticism of deal to sell site of 'tree-gate,' Royal Farms controversies | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
A proposal to significantly cut the sales price of a county-owned property in Towson that’s being sold for private development sailed through a Baltimore County Council work session on Tuesday. Only the head of Towson’s Chamber of Commerce spoke during a public hearing on the plan, which involve...
Two men found dead in Towson apartment; police investigating as double homicide | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
Two men were found dead Monday with signs of physical trauma in an apartment in Towson, and Baltimore County police said they are investigating the deaths as a double homicide. A maintenance worker doing routine work discovered the two victims at about 9:19 a.m. Monday in a fifth-floor apartment...
Democratic candidates for Baltimore County executive face off for the first time | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
For the first time, the three leading Democrats running for Baltimore County executive shared a stage during a debate Wednesday night. It did not take long for them to level sharp criticisms at one another. Councilwoman Vicki Almond, state Sen. Jim Brochin and former state Del. Johnny Olszewski...
Former Howard High football standout Saif Bryant killed in Ellicott City car crash | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
In his nine seasons as football coach at Howard High, Bruce Strunk says he led more than his fair share of committed and talented athletes. None, however, epitomized Howard football more than Saif Bryant. “We’ve had so many special kids come through, really dedicated kids, but I can honestly say...
Nearly 20 years after fall, steeplechase thoroughbred owner Irv Naylor lifted by passion for horses | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
The chilly spring day finds Irv Naylor whirring around his 150-acre horse farm near Glyndon in his motorized wheelchair, greeting the thoroughbreds and even snuggling at times. “I love it when one of them rests his head on my shoulder,” says Naylor, 83. “If you rub the outside of his jaw, you ...
Library patrons check out a diverse group of 'human books' in Baltimore County | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
A woman in an Islamic headscarf sat in Baltimore County’s Owings Mills branch library on Saturday trying to dispel misconceptions about Muslims. Seated nearby, an African-American woman discussed subtle forms of racial profiling she said she has encountered. And near her was a Baltimore County...
Two teenage girls arrested in carjacking of pregnant Baltimore County teacher | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
Two teenage girls were arrested Saturday for their involvement in Friday’s carjacking of Baltimore County teacher outside a Parkville elementary school, police said. Baltimore County police said they were still trying to locate two other girls who were involved in the assault and car theft at Vill...
Social media threat against school 'had nothing to do with' Maryland, police say | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
A threatening message circulating online that seemed to warn of an impending school shooting came from out of state and has “nothing to do with” Maryland, Baltimore County police said Sunday. The message was originally posted to Snapchat and featured a young man apparently holding an assault rif...
Ahead of Earth Day, volunteers clean up Bear Creek Park in Dundalk | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
Three-year-old Naomi Jones crept closer to the shallow waters of Bear Creek, leaves crunching under her pink rain boots. “I think I see something over here,” she yelled. With her too-big gloves, Naomi picked up a discarded bottle wrapper and some Styrofoam to bring back to her mother, who had a....
Arbutus residents meet with police about homelessness, crime, quality of life | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
Baltimore County police Officer Tom Warehime sat down with a half-dozen Arbutus residents Wednesday night, and dove straight into one of the most persistent rumors he has gotten calls about and seen on social media over the last few months: that homeless residents of Arbutus are sleeping in the...
Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2018
A 51-year-old man was struck and killed by a car early Saturday as he was standing in the shoulder of Martin Boulevard near Compass Road in Middle River, Baltimore County police said. The man, Jeremy W. McCoy, who had no fixed address, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was struck by a 2005.....
Meet the former Maryland prosecutor who pursued Sheila Dixon, Linda Tripp — and Dallas Dance | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2018
Veteran public corruption prosecutor Thomas "Mike" McDonough spent three decades convicting government and elected officials of bribery, perjury and other crimes. The former deputy Maryland state prosecutor's swan song was the Dallas Dance conviction.
Former Baltimore County schools superintendent Dallas Dance to be sentenced Friday | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2018
Former Baltimore County school superintendent Dallas Dance will be sentenced Friday morning in a Towson courtroom on four counts of perjury.
Baltimore County officials fear that Dallas Dance's conviction has hurt public trust in schools | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2018
Trust is a tricky commodity to measure. But education observers say public trust in school district officials is essential for success — especially given the stakes involved with providing for the daily education and safety of tens of thousands of students. In Baltimore County’s public school di...
Pregnant Baltimore County teacher carjacked outside school, police say | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2018
A pregnant Baltimore County teacher was carjacked outside of a Parkville elementary school Friday, police said. Baltimore County police said four teenage girls came to Villa Cresta Elementary School under the guise of enrolling a child, and when they left they approached a teacher walking to her...
What they're saying about jail sentence of Dallas Dance, former Baltimore County schools superintendent | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2018
Reaction to the sentencing of former Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance.
Some Maryland students walk out to protest gun violence on Columbine anniversary | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2018
A group of about 100 Baltimore County students left their classrooms at 10 a.m. Friday and gathered on the sidewalk outside the Patapsco High School building. The students who walked out on Friday, the anniversary of the deadly 1999 Columbine High School shooting, said they want public officials...
Judge sets $75,000, $150,000 bail for brothers charged in Towson double homicide | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2018
A judge set bail — $75,000 and $150,000 — for two Baltimore County brothers charged with first-degree murder in a double homicide in Towson last week. District Court Judge Sally C. Chester set the respective bails at a hearing Thursday for Nyghee Nicholas Johnson, 21, and Norwood Thomas Johnson....
'Nerd-speak' and thwarting hacks: Top youth cyber-security competition comes to Baltimore | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
A Loyola Blakefield student squinted at his laptop screen, slowly scrolling through rows of computer code. One of his classmates typed deliberately beside him, as another clicked between a few open windows. Over the loudspeaker, someone issued a warning: remember to use your library voices. “It’...
Baltimore County community remains divided on new school superintendent Verletta White | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
Baltimore County community members remain deeply divided about the school board’s decision to hire Verletta White as the district’s permanent superintendent, with some worried that the contentious and unconventional selection process will cast a shadow on her administration moving forward. “Th...
Baltimore County police: Two brothers charged in Towson double homicide | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
Two Baltimore County men have been charged with first-degree murder in a double homicide in Towson last week, county police announced Wednesday. Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr., 29, and Nyghee Nicholas Johnson, 21, both of the unit block of Paula Place in the Rossville area, were arrested Tuesday during....
Former Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance asks for probation instead of jail time | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
Former Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance is asking a judge to give him probation rather than jail time for failing to disclose nearly $147,000 he earned from part-time consulting jobs. In a sentencing memo filed by his attorneys, Dance is portrayed as taking responsibility for...
Who is Verletta White? What you should know about the next Baltimore County schools superintendent | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
The Baltimore County school board voted to make Werletta White the school system’s permanent superintendent. Here’s what you need to know about her: White has been the interim superintendent for the past nine months, taking over after Dallas Dance resigned. In January, a Baltimore County grand.....
Baltimore County school board votes to make Verletta White the next superintendent | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to make Verletta White its permanent superintendent, following months of stalemate. White has been the interim superintendent for the past nine months, during which the school board’s ethics panel determined she had previously violated ethics.....
Prosecutors claim new DNA evidence boosts case against husband in 2006 death of Perry Hall woman | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
Nearly 12 years ago, Roxanne Amick left the house she shared with her husband in Perry Hall and went shopping. Two days later her body was found in a wooded area about four miles away. She had been killed by what an autopsy determined was blunt-force trauma.
Board of Education postpones Lansdowne contract decision to May 8 | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
The Board of Education voted Tuesday night to postpone their decision on whether to move forward with a $60 million renovation for Lansdowne High School until their next meeting on May 8. The board debated for more than an hour over the renovation, which has been controversial because it would...
Wawa to open Thursday in East Towson | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2018
A Wawa gas station and convenience store will open its doors for the first time tomorrow in East Towson with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Pennsylvania-based chain will welcome customers at its new location at 1300 E. Joppa Road starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, according to a Wawa press release. A...
Baltimore County schools that are being renovated or replaced | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2018
These Baltimore County schools are among those that have been targeted for major renovations or new buildings. 
Baltimore County police looking to ID people accused of stealing $100K worth of tools in shoplifting crew | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2018
Baltimore County police are looking to identify two suspects who they say are involved in an organized shoplifting crew that has stolen more than $100,000 worth of tools from home improvement stores. Police said the two suspects were captured on surveillance footage taking tools from a Home Depot...
Towson University marks start of $180M project for new Science Complex on York Road | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2018
Towson University will host a ceremony Tuesday to break ground on the college’s new $180 million Science Complex, which officials say will become the largest academic building on campus when it’s completed in 2020. The new 320,000-square-foot center, being built along York Road south of the camp...
Pikesville barricade ends in arrest, Baltimore County police say | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2018
A barricade at a Pikesville apartment building on Monday ended when officers arrested a man wanted on a warrant, Baltimore County police said. Police attempted to serve a warrant at 9:30 a.m. at an apartment in the unit block of Farmhouse Court but the man refused to come out, a police spokeswoman.....
Divided Baltimore County Council approves reduced price for Towson property sale | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2018
A divided Baltimore County Council voted Monday to sell a controversial county-owned property to a private developer at a steeply discounted price. Under the deal, Towson-based Caves Valley Partners will buy a parcel at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue for $6.9 million — although the comp...
Study confirms what environmentalists knew about water quality: 'Sewage bad, stormwater projects good' | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2018
A study of 20 years of precipitation, pollution and water quality data has traced degradation of Baltimore's Gwynns Falls to frequent sewage leaks, and some environmental improvements to projects to clean up or reduce stormwater runoff.
Baltimore County Council OKs 'Oscar's Law,' outlining unsafe outdoor conditions for animals | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2018
The Baltimore County Council on Monday unanimously approved an animal welfare law named in honor of a deceased Arbutus dog named Oscar. Oscar’s Law defines “adverse environmental conditions” that are unsafe for animals to be left outside without shelter, including temperatures below 32 degrees...
County Council unknowingly passes 'housekeeping' bill negating lawsuit against Kamenetz | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2018
Kevin Kamenetz is a defendant in a lawsuit asking that the court compel the county executive to carry out a task required by county law. But as of April 2, that lawsuit is likely moot, thanks to a bill amending the county’s ethics law passed by the County Council — at the request of the county.....
'You can’t give up': Maryland Holocaust survivors share their stories so others won't forget | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2018
Jacob Apelberg was just boy when the Nazis invaded Poland. “Ein, zwei, drei!” they shouted, marching into the village where he lived. The soldiers spoke German, but Apelberg thought it was Yiddish. In his innocence, he ran to tell his mother that a Jewish army had come to the town. “This is no...
Pediatric cuts at Medstar Franklin Square cause uproar: 'Those dollars and cents are attached to people' | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2018
Khalilah Barrier credits a doctor at the pediatric emergency room at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with saving her daughter’s life. The doctor recognized that the baby’s abnormal breathing could be the sign of a dangerous heart condition and ordered an immediate transport to a specialty...
Kamenetz's final Baltimore County budget has planning money for high schools; holds line on tax rates | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2018
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled a $3.3 billion budget plan Thursday that holds the line on county tax rates and puts a controversial decision on new high school construction in the hands of the school board. Parents have been clamoring for replacement schools for Dulaney High...
In Baltimore County exec race, Almond and Brochin land key endorsements | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2018
Democratic candidates for Baltimore County executive rolled out endorsements on Thursday as their race heats up. Candidate Vicki Almond secured the endorsement from the Teachers Association of Baltimore County — a valuable endorsement because it traditionally brings the support of thousands of...
Baltimore County woman allegedly participated in string of thefts | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2018
A Baltimore County woman was arrested March 22 after she was allegedly involved in a string of robberies, including one that targeted Walmart in Eldersburg. Heather Elizabeth Mellema, 25, of Gwynn Oak, was charged with five counts including robbery, first-degree assault and theft between $1,500...
Baltimore County executive candidates from both parties make pitch at interfaith gathering | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2018
With promises of more transparent government, better-trained police and improved public schools, four of the leading candidates for Baltimore County executive made their pitch to voters at a forum Saturday in Woodlawn. About 100 people gathered in Morning Star Baptist Church on the warm spring...
Catonsville man seriously injured after crashing motorcycle Friday night | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2018
A 24-year-old Catonsville man was seriously injured after crashing a motorcycle in Ellicott City on Friday night, according to Howard County police. Devin Trey Burs lost control of the 2006 Kawasaki Ninja that he was driving west on Md. 100 near Snowden River Parkway at about 11:41 p.m. Friday,...
Baltimore County fire officials say 12 apartment units 'uninhabitable' after two-alarm blaze in Windsor Mill | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2018
Baltimore County fire officials are reporting that 12 units in an apartment in Windsor Mill are uninhabitable after a two-alarm fire Saturday afternoon. The department tweeted at about 2:30 p.m. that county crews were responding to heavy fire conditions in the apartment on the 2400 block of Bytham.....
Books will sell 'by the foot' at Friends of Towson Library's annual book sale | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2018
On the last day of Friends of Towson Library’s annual used book sale, co-chair Pam Bowman won’t bother with price tags; the books will be measured by the foot. “I’m telling you, I check out with a yardstick,” Bowman said. The book sale, in its 24th year, is scheduled to start on Thursday, ...