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Fight involving pepper spray breaks out inside Woodlawn High School; 2 students arrested | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
Two Baltimore County students were arrested Tuesday morning after a fight broke out inside Woodlawn High School, police said. One of the students involved used pepper spray, affecting five other students in her vicinity, said county police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson. Two of the students who were...
Sun/UB Poll: Brochin and McDonough lead Baltimore County executive primaries | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
With just days until primary voting begins, state Sen. Jim Brochin is leading the field of Democratic Baltimore County executive candidates, while Del. Pat McDonough has the lead among Republicans.
Widow of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says politics intruded on family's mourning | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
The widow of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says her family was caused “additional emotional pain” by a political consultant who she says sought her support for a county executive candidate as the family was mourning his death. In a statement released to The Baltimore Sun, Jill Kamene...
Anne Arundel prosecutor loses manslaughter case in fentanyl overdose | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
A Baltimore County man charged with selling a lethal dose of fentanyl to a Pasadena man was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday, the latest setback in an attempt by the Anne Arundel County state’s attorney to hold drug dealers responsible for overdose deaths. Circuit Court Judge.....
Baltimore County gives hospitals naloxone to send home with at-risk patients | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
The Baltimore County Department of Health gave four county hospitals a total of more than 4,000 doses of naloxone last week to help combat opioid overdose deaths. Greater Baltimore Medical Center and University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson each received about 1,200 doses of the...
Baltimore County police say officer rear-ended car in Dundalk on Tuesday | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
A Baltimore County police officer hit a car in Dundalk while driving to a medical call Tuesday morning, police said. Baltimore County police received a call at about 10:23 a.m. for a car accident involving a police car at the intersection of Wise and Seabright avenues, police spokeswoman Julia...
Meet the council candidates in central Baltimore County | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
Voters in the northern and central parts of Baltimore County are set to choose between a slate of County Council candidates in the June 26 primary. In District 3, the northernmost district, which stretches from Lutherville and Timonium up to the Maryland line, incumbent Wade Kach faces a challenge.....
Rise of 'wishcycling,' plummeting value of paper and glass raise concerns about 'a new reality of recycling' | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
The economics of recycling have shifted drastically over the past year, threatening the viability of single-stream curbside collection in Maryland and across the United States.
Following controversial tree-painting at Baltimore County park, environmental commission seeks code revisions | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2018
After about 50 trees were painted in Oregon Ridge Park in September 2017, Baltimore County’s Commission on Environmental Quality is seeking a change in how some county parks projects are reviewed and approved. The Nikki Perlow Foundation, a group aimed to help young adults dealing with drug and...
Video depicting Baltimore County officer stopping shopper goes viral | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
A video showing a Baltimore County police officer stopping a man at a Kohl’s in Timonium to check his identity has gone viral following their encounter last week. The video portrays John Holt, 24, in a tense discussion with Baltimore County Police Officer H.R. Persuhn at the department store. In.....
'Baby shower' fundraiser set for Baltimore sheriff's deputy raising four grandkids after their mother's death | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
A veteran Baltimore sheriff’s deputy is now raising his four grandchildren after their mother was killed last month — and the sheriff’s office is hosting a “baby shower” fundraiser for him Tuesday. The event will raise money for Deputy James Dunton Jr., whose daughter Jasmine Kennedy was f...
Middle River development to include memorial for late Baltimore County executive Kamenetz | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
A prominent developer plans to honor late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz with a memorial at a development in the works in Middle River. St. John Properties plans to include memorial features in a park area at its Greenleigh at Crossroads development along Route 43 in Middle River, part...
90-year-old Holocaust survivor stresses importance of education to Catonsville Middle students | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
Between the ages of 9 and 16, Edith Mayer Cord lived life as a refugee, fleeing the uncertainty and terror of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers — all the while feeling she should have been living the normal life of a student. Born Edith Mayer in Vienna in 1928, her family moved from Austria to Ital...
Rise Biscuits Donuts on York Road to offer free coffee June 14 | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
Rise Biscuits Donuts near Towson will be serving up free coffee on Thursday, according to a news release. The Durham, N.C. chain, known for its biscuits and other southern comfort foods, will serve free Counter Culture Coffee at its location just north of Towson, at 1620 York Road, between 7 a.m....
Baltimore County executive race: Redmer attacks McDonough in new TV ad | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
State Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. began running TV ads Wednesday in the Republican primary race for Baltimore County executive.
Pikesville volunteer firehouse gets $1.6 million renovation | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
When the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company’s East Sudbrook Lane firehouse opened in 1963, the company shared the building with the Baltimore County District Court. After the court moved in the 1970s, the fire company converted that space into a single large makeshift bunk room where the firefighte...
Ad watch: Brochin defends gun record, attacks Almond in Baltimore County executive race | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
State Sen. Jim Brochin’s newest television ad goes on the attack against one of his rivals in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive, County Councilwoman Vicki Almond. What the ad says: The 30-second ad airing on broadcast and cable stations opens with images of Brochin talking with...
In Catonsville's District 44 primary, seven Democrats vie for General Assembly seats | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
Democratic primary voters in the Catonsville area will be choosing a candidate from among two running for state Senate and two candidates from among five running for the House of Delegates. The Republicans, with one candidate for Senate in District 44 and none for the House in District 44B, do...
Baltimore County police find body behind dumpster at Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
A man’s body was found behind a dumpster at Eastpoint Mall on Monday morning, and Baltimore County police are investigating his death. At about 8:46 a.m., police responded to a call regarding cardiac arrest behind the Kool Smiles dental office at 7839 Eastern Ave. Once at the scene, they found...
Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2018
Four Republicans and three Democrats are vying for their parties’ nominations for the Maryland House of Delegates race in District 44B’s primary this year. The candidates will face off on June 26 for the chance to compete for the district’s two seats in the state legislature. The district stre...
Sheriff's deputies in dispute with Baltimore County over wages, staffing, guns and vehicles | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2018
A group of Baltimore County sheriff's deputies is suing Sheriff R. Jay Fisher and the county government, alleging that they are owed tens of thousands of dollars in overtime.
6-year-old boy dies after being hit by vehicle in Reisterstown | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2018
A 6-year-old boy has died after being struck by a car in Reisterstown, Baltimore County police said Sunday morning. Marvin Steven Martinez, 6, of the 6900 block of Milbrook Park Drive, was hit by a Toyota 4Runner after running out from between parked cars on the 200 block of Highfalcon Road just...
Super PAC spends $32K on Baltimore County executive candidate Vicki Almond | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2018
A political action committee formed to boost the campaign of Baltimore County executive candidate Vicki Almond is reporting that it has spent tens of thousands of dollars on mailers — just days after noting it hadn’t previously raised or spent more than $1,000 in the race. The Baltimore County.....
Candidate's relationship with talk radio station raises questions about campaign finance | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2018
Nino Mangione’s family owns talk radio station WCBM 680. He is the station’s web manager. Until April, he even hosted a weekly, hourlong talk show. But Mangione, a Parkville Republican, is also running to be District 42B’s state delegate — a situation one of his opponents said is problematic...
Republican Rep. Andy Harris calls for more 'family facilities' on Southwest Border, criticizes Obama policy | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2018
Rep. Andy Harris, the only Republican in Maryland’s congressional delegation, said Monday he was working with colleagues to increase “family facilities” at the Southwest border so immigration authorities can stop separating children from parents. As Maryland Democrats denounced the practice of...
Comptroller charges commodore of North Point Yacht Club with unlicensed alcohol sales | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2018
A Baltimore County man was charged Monday with illegally selling alcohol, according to Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot’s office. Bruce Stanley Martin, Jr., 44, of Rosedale, whose title is commodore of the North Point Yacht Club in Sparrows Point, was charged on a criminal summons and releas...
Crowded field of eight Dems vie for three District 12 House seats | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2018
Eight Democrats, including two incumbents, are running in the June primary election for the Democratic nomination for three seats representing District 12 in the Maryland House of Delegates. The three top vote-getters will then face off with three Republican candidates in the Nov. 6 general election...
Neighbors help free 4-year-old boy after woman grabs him outside Essex home, police say | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2018
Neighbors helped free a 4-year-old boy from a woman who had grabbed the child outside of his family’s Essex home, Baltimore County police said. A woman, who has been taken into custody, scooped the child up in a “bear hug” while he was riding a scooter at 8 p.m. Friday and walked away with him...
Powhatan Park opens in Gwynn Oak, providing a community green space | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2018
The Powhatan Farms community in Gwynn Oak worked for more than a decade to reclaim a dead-end lot that had become a wild thicket of dead trees, vines and tall grass. But before they could transform the space into a small community park, they had one major obstacle — a large abandoned semi truck......
Dundalk boater killed in collision near Sparrows Point on Friday night | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2018
A 47-year-old Dundalk man was killed in a boating accident near Sparrows Point on Friday night, Maryland Natural Resources Police said. Shortly after 10 p.m. the victim’s 20-foot recreational boat struck a day marker, which helps boaters navigate, near Old Road Bay, Natural Resources Police spokes...
Ad watch: Brochin TV ad in Baltimore County executive's race touts accomplishments | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2018
State Sen. Jim Brochin has a new television ad out in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County executive. The 30-second spot reviews Brochin’s accomplishments in the Senate. What the ad says: The ad is narrated by Yara Cheikh, an activist on education issues in the county...
Jessup woman sentenced for 2017 crash that killed Halethorpe driver | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2018
A Jessup woman who was being chased by a state police trooper before she crashed into another car near Columbia, killing its driver, was sentenced to 10 years in jail Friday, county prosecutors announced. Natalia Diaz-Valle, 20, pleaded guilty in January to one count of negligent manslaughter by...
Baltimore judge closes courtroom to public to review juvenile record of teen charged with killing officer | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
State and city officials agreed 16-year-old Dawnta Harris shouldn’t have been on the streets last month when he allegedly hit a Baltimore County policewoman in a stolen Jeep. They disagree, however, on who is to blame for his release. Attorneys, public defenders and caseworkers appeared in juvenil...
Police name suspects in March shooting at Owings Mills Target | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
Baltimore County police are searching for two men they say were involved in a March shooting at a Target in Owings Mills. Police are seeking the public’s help in locating Ronald Anthony Williams, 26, and Travonne Jamal Smith, 22. Police say Williams and Smith were involved in a March 12 shooting.....
In Baltimore County executive primaries, Democrats continue to out-raise and out-spend GOP counterparts | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
The Democratic candidates for Baltimore County executive continue to out-raise and out-spend their Republican counterparts, according to new campaign finance reports. Going into the final days of the campaign, Democrat Vicki Almond has the most cash on hand — about $241,000. Almond, a county counc...
Towson native Ryan Tucker enjoying bounce-back season with Bayhawks | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
Ryan Tucker came into Major League Lacrosse with much fanfare. The former University of Virginia All-American was the fourth overall selection of the 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft – the No. 1 pick of the Boston Cannons. Tucker enjoyed a solid rookie campaign with the Cannons while playing for his fath...
Authorities investigating death of construction worker at planned McCormick & Co. headquarters in Hunt Valley | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
Authorities are investigating the death Friday of a 31-year-old construction worker who was pinned against a wall after falling down an elevator shaft at McCormick & Co.’s planned headquarters in Hunt Valley — the second construction fatality in the Baltimore area this week. Michael David Zeller...
Heavy Seas Beer raises $4,000 for Ellicott City flood relief | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
Kevin Pyles had never patronized Heavy Seas Beer’s tap room in Halethorpe, but he knew he had to be there Thursday night after seeing on Facebook that there would be a fundraiser to help victims of the devastating May 27 flood in Ellicott City. The Columbia man wanted to be there to honor his frie...
Banneker Historical Park and Museum to host annual 'Colonial Market Fair' | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
An 18th-century American marketplace in the form of the Colonial Market Fair will come to life this weekend at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum and Park. On June 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors to the park at 300 Oella Ave. can dance to colonial music, watch craftsmen at work...
Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. seeks comeback in Baltimore County executive race | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
Johnny Olszewski Jr., a former state delegate from Dundalk, is one of three leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County executive.
Democrat Jim Brochin says his run for Baltimore County executive touts 'people's message' | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
Jim Brochin is one of the three leading Democratic candidates for Baltimore County executive in the 2018 election.
Democrat Vicki Almond seeks to complete rise in politics by becoming Baltimore County executive | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2018
Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond of Reisterstown is one of the three leading Democratic candidates running for Baltimore County executive.
Two shot in Parkville area late Wednesday | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2018
Baltimore County police are investigating a double shooting in the Parkville area Wednesday night. Police responded to a report of shots fired at about 11:32 p.m. Wednesday behind a home in the 1700 block of Yakona Road. They found one man laying on the ground who had been shot in the lower body,...
Developers, Baltimore County officials say long-stalled Towson Row project is ready for construction | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2018
Bolstered by a controversial public financing package, the developers of the Towson Row project plan to gather Thursday with Baltimore County officials to mark the planned revival of the long-stalled project.
Down-ballot races helping to drive turnout in lackluster primary | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2018
Steven Turner isn’t terribly excited about voting for governor this year. The Baltimore man was motivated, however, to visit the polls Thursday to vote for Marilyn J. Mosby in the Democratic primary for state’s attorney. Turner said Mosby saved the city from rioting three years ago when she char...
Expanded $1.1 billion I-95 toll lane plan announced for Harford, Baltimore counties | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2018
A plan to extend express toll lanes on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore into Harford County will be greatly expanded from what was originally proposed, it was announced Friday morning by the Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the highway. The $1.1 billion project will add two northbou...
Baltimore County teacher calls it a career after 41 years in the same first-grade classroom | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2018
Roxanne Russo taught first grade in the same classroom at the same school for 41 years because the Middleborough community in Essex embraced her and became like her family. She says she just couldn’t leave. On Friday, just hours before the final school bell rang, marking the end of her long career...
Two Democrats face off for state Senate District 12 seat | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2018
Two Columbia Democrats will go head to head in the June 26 primary election for the Democratic nomination for the District 12 Senate seat to then face off with the sole Republican candidate in the November general election. Mary Kay Sigaty and Clarence Lam both hold elected office: Sigaty represents...
Developers of Towson Row announce hotel vendor, construction timeline goals | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2018
Developers of Towson Row say they hope to complete the hotel and student housing components of the project by fall 2020. The new timeline was announced Thursday at a construction kickoff event for the 5-acre site on York Road. Plans for Towson Row stalled after they were first announced in 2013,...
Towson University applying to join state's RISE economic development initiative | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2018
Towson University officials say they are applying for a program that would target the campus and surrounding community for increased economic development. The university qualified under the state’s Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise program, or RISE, which allows it to seek a RISE Zone desi...