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Plaintiffs respond to request by UMBC police chief to dismiss claim against him in sex-assault lawsuit | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2018
Five women alleging a broad conspiracy by Baltimore County authorities and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to suppress reports of rape and sexual assault are asking the U.S. District Court to reject a motion by the campus police chief. In a court filing Friday, a lawyer for the plaintif...
Park School leaders are investigating the conduct of a middle school teacher in the 1980s | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2018
The Park School is investigating “inappropriate physical contact” and the “purposeful, targeted, persistent emotional manipulation of a middle school student” by one of its teachers in the 1980s, school officials disclosed in a letter. Dan Paradis, head of the independent school, and its boa...
Man shot on Taylor Avenue in Parkville | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2018
A suspect fled after shooting a man Saturday night on Taylor Avenue in Parkville, police said. Baltimore County police are investigating the shooting at the intersection of Taylor and Beverly avenues, near a Dunkin’ Donuts. The victim’s injuries are life-threatening, police said. ywenger@baltsun...
Ahmadi Muslims welcome their spiritual leader to Baltimore County mosque | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2018
Ahmadi Muslims from around the United States and Canada welcomed the spiritual leader of their faith to their Baltimore County mosque Saturday — an occasion as inspirational to them as a papal visit to Catholics. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth Khalifa of Islam, came to Rosedale to inaugurat...
Passing citizen comforts Baltimore County bus crash victim in his final moments | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2018
In Nick Collin’s past, he might have kept driving if he spotted a vehicle crash on his way home from work. However, when the Carroll County man came across a charter bus with a car crashed into its side Wednesday, he thought of his own child and said he dashed to comfort a young man in his final.....
Who is Mirza Masroor Ahmad? The head of the global Ahmadiyya Muslim Community leads more than 10 million members | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2018
His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad — an international religious figure who is scheduled to inaugurate a Baltimore-area mosque Saturday — is the caliph, or head, of the more than 10 million members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community around the globe. He is on a three-week tour of the United States.....
Tradepoint Atlantic to scale back request for government financing for Baltimore County site | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2018
Executives with Tradepoint Atlantic say they plan to pare down their request for millions of dollars in government-assisted financing. Aaron Tomarchio, a senior vice president at Tradepoint Atlantic, said the financing request submitted to Baltimore County — initially estimated to be up to $150...
Damaged Catonsville roads will be replaced but not improved, officials say | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2018
After months of uncertainty, Baltimore County officials announced Thursday night their intentions to rebuild Thistle and River roads in Catonsville to their pre-storm conditions after they were damaged by flooding in late May. “We are not addressing any other issue other than bringing both River.....
Police identify 7-year-old Essex girl killed by van outside elementary school; vigil planned for tonight | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2018
Police on Friday identified the 7-year-old Baltimore County girl who was struck and killed by a vehicle on her way home from elementary school the day before. Police said that 7-year-old Na Tasha Newman, of the of the 1000 block of Punjab Drive, was struck by a work van near her school in Essex...
Baltimore County Fire Department battling house fire in Overlea | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2018
Baltimore County fire crews were on the scene of a fire Friday afternoon in Overelea, according to the department. Crews were battling a house fire at 6905 Belair Road involving a rescue, according to tweets from the Baltimore County Fire Department. It’s unclear how the fire started and if there....
Three former UMBC students join sex-assault lawsuit; one alleges she was raped by 4 UMBC basketball players | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
Three former University of Maryland, Baltimore County students have joined a lawsuit against Baltimore County authorities that alleges systemic indifference to crimes of sexual violence and bias against women. One of the new plaintiffs alleged she was raped by four UMBC basketball players on campus....
Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce donates $15,000 to May flood victims | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Columbus Patapsco Council No. 1960, with Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler on hand, distributed 16 checks last week to victims of the severe flooding that hit Catonsville in late May. The chamber raised about $15,000 at a “Taste...
With 500 consecutive football games, Maryland fan goes deep with his pledge of allegiance | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
Bob Baker has been through nearly as many cars as head coaches. That’s what happens when you’ve been to the number of Maryland football games Baker has attended over the past 43 years. When Baker and his wife Carol show up Saturday for kickoff at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, it will mark his 50...
Sparrows Point's 'Star of Bethlehem' gets a new home this holiday season | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
Sparrows Point's "Star of Bethlehem" is getting a new home. Officials with Tradepoint Atlantic, the company that’s redeveloping the site of an old steel mill in Sparrows Point, announced Thursday that they'll put the mill's famous star atop the property's water tower. “It will have a much more.....
Cunningham's remains a vibrant dining spot in Towson | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
Cunningham’s, the popular restaurant just north of the Towson Circle, is located in a sleek, if faceless, building. The interior design, flecked with puffy fabric ceiling lights and other touches that would be at home in a Boca Raton club, approaches the edge of kitschy. Once you get seated in...
High school students rattled after fatal charter bus crash in Baltimore County | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
A group of Catholic school students have rejoined their classmates on a spiritual retreat Thursday after their charter bus was involved in a crash that left one person dead. Police said 19-year-old Joel William Drawbaugh of Havre de Grace died Wednesday after his Infiniti collided with the bus...
Baltimore County executive candidate Redmer misses significant time at state insurance commission during campaign | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
Baltimore County executive candidate Al Redmer Jr. has taken significant time off from his day job as the state’s insurance commissioner during the campaign, according to documents. The Maryland Insurance Administration released hundreds of pages of Redmer’s schedules, time cards and time-off ba...
Rosedale man arrested in relation to theft, burglary and other related charges | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
A Rosedale man is accused of theft, burglary and other charges stemming from incidents in October, August and July. Jesse Allen Lamartina, 36, of the 8500 block of Pulaski Highway, was charged Wednesday with six counts of rogue and vagabond, stealing a credit card, theft scheme $100 to $1,500 and...
7-year-old girl hit by work van near elementary school in Essex | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
A 7-year-old girl was seriously injured after being hit by a work van near her school, according to Baltimore County police. The crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. across the street from Sandalwood Elementary School, on the 900 block of S. Marlyn Ave. Police said the girl ran in front of a white.....
Family, friends and officers share in jersey dedication at Loch Raven High for fallen officer Amy Caprio | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2018
Amy Caprio never played on one of the six state championship teams for the Loch Raven High girls soccer team, but PFC Officer Caprio, who died in the line of duty on May 21, 2018, will never be forgotten at the school where she graduated from in 2006. Friends, family, police officers and the Loch...
Police documents reveal new details in sexual-assault lawsuit against Baltimore County authorities | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
On Nov. 15, two Baltimore County police detectives sat down at a Chick-fil-A to interview the first of three University of Maryland, Baltimore County baseball players accused of rape, according to investigative notes obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The first interview began at 8:35 a.m. and lasted...
Air campaign: Baltimore County executive candidates Olszewski, Redmer to face in radio debates | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Baltimore County executive candidates Johnny Olszewski Jr. and Al Redmer Jr. are capping off a marathon series of debates and forums with a pair of radio debates over the next week. Olszewski, a Democrat, and Redmer, a Republican, will face off on “The Larry Young Show” on WOLB (1010 AM) at 8 a....
Parkton man arrested in relation to drug, weapon charges | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
A Parkton man was arrested on drug and weapon charges. Garrett Stephen Schwartz, 20, of the 200 block of Stablers Church Road, was charged with having a concealed dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana of more than 10 grams and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distrib...
Heaver Plaza in Lutherville sold for nearly $7M, is slated for renovations | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Heaver Plaza in Lutherville has been sold and is slated for renovation, MacKenzie Real Estate announced last week. The project will be spearheaded by MacKenzie Vice President Sean Langford, who represented the buyer in the transaction, a press release said. “It is exciting to be part of Heaver...
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank halts work on Baltimore County mansion | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank has stopped work on the nearly 35,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom mansion he was building on the ridge of an historic estate in a rural part of Baltimore County. Plans for what might be the biggest house in the state had raised concerns among conservationists....
Cockeysville Middle eighth-grader in spotlight as positive role model, future leader | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Edwin Hernandez, an eighth-grader at Cockeysville Middle School, has been named the Baltimore County Public Schools’ (BCPS) “Face of the Week.” This online series spotlights the accomplished students, employees and community supporters of BCPS by sharing stories of the talented people who make...
Multiple people injured in serious crash involving charter bus in Baltimore County; person trapped | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Multiple people were injured in a serious crash involving a charter bus and another vehicle in Baltimore County on Wednesday, officials said. A person is trapped inside the vehicle, the fire department said. The crash occurred at the corner of Brick Store and Falls roads. A Maryland State Police...
In Towson, journalists, citizens grapple with changing media landscape in era of 'fake news' | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Six Baltimore-area journalists told about 30 audience members Tuesday night at the Towson Branch Library that journalism is facing a crisis: a deterioration in trust in the media in the era of “fake news.” “For democracy to work you have to have accurate information you can trust,” said Davi...
Arthur Schmersal, former music director of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, dies | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Arthur H. Schmersal, a retired Baltimore County high school music teacher who had served as music director of the old Baltimore Colts Marching Band, died of cancer Oct. 12 at the Bob Hooper Hospice House. He was 82 and lived in the Phoenix area of Baltimore County. Born in Baltimore and raised...
Catonsville's Maker Practice to host Arts Guild market for artists, vendors | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
The second annual Art Market hosted by the Arbutus-based Baltimore County Arts Guild is scheduled to take place in Catonsville on Sunday, Nov. 4. The market will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Maker Practice, a relatively new crafting studio at 721 Frederick Road. Arts guild board member Kate.....
83-year-old pedestrian killed in Pikesville when struck by side mirror of car | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Baltimore County Police are investigating another fatal crash Wednesday, this one involving an 83-year-old pedestrian on DeRisio Lane in Pikesville. Police say Leonid Isaakovich, 83, of the 3600 block of Fords Lane, was attempting to cross DeRisio Lane at Sudbrook Lane on foot just before 3 p.m.,...
Weber's Cider Mill Farm in Parkville offers fall fun activities, bounty of apples, pumpkins | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
On a drizzly Thursday morning in late September, Weber’s Cider Mill Farm is relatively quiet. A few toddlers and preschool-aged children have the run of the place, getting close to the barnyard goats and chickens without having to jockey for position with the hordes of visitors that overrun the...
Costco to open Thursday at Mill Station in Owings Mills | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Costco will open its newest store Thursday morning at the Mill Station redevelopment in Owings Mills. Costco is the first store to open Mill Station, a 620,000-square-foot retail development on the site of the old Owings Mills Mall, which closed in 2015 after years of decline. The warehouse club...
A survey teens took in 1960 is now being used to determine their risk for dementia | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Nothing seemed special about the test Darla Scharf took back in 1960 when she was a junior at Howard Senior High School. “It was like every other test,” she recalled thinking as a typical teenager at the time. “At that age you are just doing whatever they tell you to do.” Except that it woul...
Squish squash: Maryland farmers see meager pumpkin crops after wet summer | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Maryland farmers say their gourds are far from handsome or abundant this fall after an unusually wet summer drowned the state’s pumpkin crops. As 2018 marks one of Maryland’s rainiest seasons on record, pumpkins are the latest seasonal joy — along with outdoor movies, festivals and baseball ga...
Three Baltimore County police officers and woman hospitalized after house fire in Essex | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2018
Three Baltimore County police officers and an elderly resident were hospitalized after a house fire in Essex on Tuesday night. Crews were called to a Russell Frost Court house in Essex around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to fire officials. Nicholas Tyson, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Fire...
Owings Mills woman indicted on vehicular homicide charges | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2018
An Owings Mills woman was indicted by a grand jury on charges of vehicular homicide stemming from a December 2017 crash on the Md. 30 bypass in Hampstead. Kathryn Margaret Cleary, 31, of the unit block of Hartley Circle, is charged with two counts of negligent homicide with a boat or automobile...
Man fatally shot while delivering food in Catonsville, Baltimore County police say | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2018
A food delivery man was fatally shot in Catonsville on Monday night, Baltimore County police said. Idrissa Derme, 46, was found unconscious in the street in the 900 block of Vanderwood Road in Catonsville around 8 p.m., police said. Derme, of the 1900 block of Mosher Street, was delivering a food...
Towson University releases crime reports, some incidents in past years undercounted | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2018
Towson University released last week its annual report of crime on campus showing a rise in stalking incidents and revised its three previous reports to indicate that some crimes, including sexual assault and dating violence, had been undercounted. The 2017 Clery Act report, a legally required...
Baltimore County officials to discuss future of flood-damaged Catonsville roads | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2018
County officials will be at a public meeting in the Hillcrest Elementary School cafeteria on Oct. 18 to discuss future plans for three roads in Catonsville that were affected by flooding in late May. Parts of River Road and Thistle Road remain closed or partially closed after being devastated by...
Wilkens Beltway Plaza adding new building with more retail, including Dunkin' Donuts | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2018
Wilkens Beltway Plaza in Catonsville is adding a new building with six retail spots that includes space for a new Dunkin’ Donuts, developers announced. Kimco Realty, which owns the shopping center at the intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Maiden Choice Lane, is developing a single-story retail...
Baltimore County Council resolution seeks youth curfew at White Marsh Mall where fight led to teens' arrest | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2018
Baltimore County Council members are making a public push to convince the owners of White Marsh Mall to enact a youth curfew. A resolution calling for a policy on youths comes after council members lobbied mall owners to take measures curtailing late-night gatherings of young people after a fight...
Towson residents to request flood mitigation funding at Oct. 18 county budget hearing | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2018
Flood mitigation throughout Towson will take top priority at an upcoming public hearing that will kick off Baltimore County’s capital project budgeting process for the years 2020 through 2025. Representatives from at least three neighborhoods in eastern Towson and one from West Towson are planning...
HomeGoods will open in former Hunt Valley Sears | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2018
Discount home decor store HomeGoods is moving into part of a former Sears department store in Hunt Valley. HomeGoods will open a nearly 22,000-square-foot store Sunday within the former Sears space at Hunt Valley Towne Center, at Shawan and York roads. Sears Holdings Corp., parent of the struggling....
Baltimore County Council nixes tax on mobile home residents | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2018
Members of the Baltimore County Council voted Monday to abolish a tax of up to $240 per year levied on residents of mobile homes. Council members voted 5-2 to eliminate the tax, which was instituted in the 1950s as a way to capture revenue from people who moved to the area for short-term work. ...
Inside Pivot Creative Spaces, a co-working office opening in Catonsville | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2018
For a decade, Lisa Kuznear has operated her bookkeeping business out of her home in Howard County. She said usually people think of working from home as a good thing because it can be free of distractions and quieter than working in an office. But, she said, “you get stagnant working at home.”....
Candidates for Baltimore County Executive make their case at Catonsville forum | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2018
The two candidates for Baltimore County Executive, Democrat John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr. and Republican Alfred “Al” Redmer Jr. squared off in front of about 100 people at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Monday night. The candidates discussed topics from school construction to m...
After summer slowdown, bookmobiles back on the road in Towson | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2018
After taking the slower-paced summertime to reassess how to best allocate its mobile services, the Baltimore County library system will be upping its stops in Towson, a library official said. The mobile libraries will double their monthly visits at the Blakehurst, Edenwald, Oak Crest, and Pickersgil...
Man killed in Woodlawn | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2018
A 26-year-old man was killed Sunday morning in Woodlawn, according to Baltimore County police. Police later identified him as Andy Lymonne Jackson Connely of the first block of Lincoln Avenue in Catonsville. Connely was fatally shot during a fight in front of a home in the 5900 block of Queen Anne.....
Baltimore County considers eliminating monthly tax on mobile homes residents | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2018
The Baltimore County Council could vote Monday on a measure that would eliminate a monthly tax that’s charged to owners of mobile homes. The county’s roughly 2,600 mobile home owners have been paying the $20-a-month tax for decades, while residents of conventional homes and apartments do not. Th...