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Search ongoing for man missing off Hart Miller Island | Baltimore Sun Search ongoing for man missing off Hart Miller Island
Crews are searching for a man who dove off a boat near Hart Miller Island in the Chesapeake Bay and did not resurface on Wednesday evening. The search began around 6 p.m. The Baltimore County fire department and police department were searching along with the U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland Natural...
Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2017
The 137th Maryland State Fair promises mix of old and new | Baltimore Sun The 137th Maryland State Fair promises mix of old and new
In a room at her family's farm in Glen Arm, 13-year-old Katie Yoder is preparing her rabbits to be the fluffiest, furriest versions of themselves they can be. Katie checks two-year-old Artemis, one of about 30 to 40 rabbits she breeds and raises at Cozy Hill Rabbits and Cavies, in preparation for...
Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2017
A Catonsville girl's life-changing illness puts a family on an uncharted path to recovery | Baltimore Sun A Catonsville girl's life-changing illness puts a family on an uncharted path to recovery
Outpouring of community support after a 12-year-old is paralyzed, begins rehabilitation
Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2017
Guinness gets liquor license for Baltimore County taproom | Baltimore Sun Guinness gets liquor license for Baltimore County taproom
The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House took another step forward as the brewer secured a liquor license for its planned Baltimore County taproom. The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County unanimously approved the on-premise consumption permit, the county said Wednesday....
Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2017
Reward increased for info on hit-and-run that killed bicyclist | Baltimore Sun Reward increased for info on hit-and-run that killed bicyclist
The reward for information about the driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Towson in June has been increased to $5,000. Aaron Laciny, 20, of South Baltimore, who had been a summer intern at a Johns Hopkins engineering lab, was killed on June 19 as he rode his bike on Charles Street south...
Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2017
Towson library to host eclipse viewing party | Baltimore Sun Towson library to host eclipse viewing party
The Baltimore County Public Library branch in Towson will host a special viewing party ahead of a total solar eclipse that is expected to occur Aug. 21 — though an official added that an unexpected level of interest in the event might mean that the library won't have enough special glasses on hand...
Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2017
Model airplane group's fundraiser takes off Saturday at Southwest Area Park | Baltimore Sun Model airplane group's fundraiser takes off Saturday at Southwest Area Park
The Southwest Area Park Modelers, expanding its annual community-service fundraiser, will hold its first Baltimore Bash Saturday. The Baltimore Highlands-based group is part of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a nonprofit that promotes model aviation as a recreational sport and hobby. The group,...
Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2017
Annual Taste of Towson fundraiser will feature food from more than 30 restaurants | Baltimore Sun Annual Taste of Towson fundraiser will feature food from more than 30 restaurants
The 7th annual Taste of Towson event is set for Sept. 21 at Towson University's SECU Arena. The fundraiser includes unlimited tastings of food prepared by more than 30 participating local restaurants, along with an open bar. Proceeds benefit the Towson Chamber of Commerce. Participating restaurants...
Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2017
Baltimore County prosecutors rule fatal Catonsville shooting by off-duty officer justified | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County prosecutors rule fatal Catonsville shooting by off-duty officer justified
Baltimore County prosecutors have ruled that the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man by an off-duty officer outside a Catonsville Giant store this month was legally justified. County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger announced the decision Monday. Surveillance footage from the store will be...
Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2017
Most of damaged Edmondson Avenue cherry trees need to be replaced | Baltimore Sun Most of damaged Edmondson Avenue cherry trees need to be replaced
Group estimates costs could top $12,000; roses also are dying
Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2017
Kamenetz: Caves Valley has 30 days to mediate new plan for Towson corner | Baltimore Sun Kamenetz: Caves Valley has 30 days to mediate new plan for Towson corner
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is setting a 30-day deadline for a developer to meet with residents and devise a new proposal — likely without a gas station — for a high-profile site in downtown Towson. Kamenetz said Friday that officials with Caves Valley Partners have agreed to meet...
Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2017
Royal Farms dispute far from resolved, residents say | Baltimore Sun Royal Farms dispute far from resolved, residents say
The head of a group that represents dozens of community associations in the Towson area said this week that the group might take its fight to stop construction of a Royal Farms gas station proposed for the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue to court, if necessary. "We would prefer to not have...
Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2017
Interest grows in pet CPR, first aid training | Baltimore Sun Interest grows in pet CPR, first aid training
Industry grapples with education, certification of classes
Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2017
Project to prevent massive sewage backups begins at Back River | Baltimore Sun Project to prevent massive sewage backups begins at Back River
Officials kicked off a three-year, $430 million project on Thursday that will eliminate miles-long sewage backups that lead to overflows into the Jones Falls and the Inner Harbor. The so-called “headworks project” at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Dundalk will add pumps to move backed-up...
Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2017
Baltimore County Council attorney questions whether officials' pension deals can be revoked | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Council attorney questions whether officials' pension deals can be revoked
As a Baltimore County Council member seeks to repeal a policy that allows the county executive and other high-ranking officials to collect lucrative pension benefits, the council’s attorney is warning that it might not be legal to take the benefits back. Councilwoman Vicki Almond introduced a bill...
Baltimore Sun | August 09, 2017
Baltimore County firefighters battle fire in Woodlawn building | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County firefighters battle fire in Woodlawn building
Baltimore County firefighters are battling a blaze Wednesday evening at a vacant restaurant in Woodlawn. Firefighters responded to the building which had heavy fire before 6 p.m. No injuries have been reported, fire officials said. This breaking story will be updated.
Baltimore Sun | August 09, 2017
Man shot in Middle River | Baltimore Sun Man shot in Middle River
A man was shot in Middle River on Wednesday evening, Baltimore County police said. Police did not have the man’s condition. They said he was shot sometime in the evening in the first block of Akin Circle amid a dispute with a group of people. The suspect ran away, police said. More details were...
Baltimore Sun | August 09, 2017
Beekeeping is a sweet something for Timonium man and other area apiarists | Baltimore Sun Beekeeping is a sweet something for Timonium man and other area apiarists
Alex Kochmarsky has a full-time hobby, and it's a sweet one at that. The 75-year-old native of the Ukraine is a beekeeper with a small but loyal following of neighbors and friends who have come to rely on the raw honey he cultivates for Pot-Spring Bees. The modest business, which Kochmarsky runs...
Baltimore Sun | August 09, 2017
Halethorpe sailor who died in USS Fitzgerald collision buried at Arlington cemetery | Baltimore Sun Halethorpe sailor who died in USS Fitzgerald collision buried at Arlington cemetery
Xavier Martin of Halethorpe, a 24-year-old Navy sailor who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald in June, was buried Wednesday afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery. Daneace Jeffery, Martin’s aunt, said about 100 friends and family traveled from across the country to attend the ceremony. Five Naval...
Baltimore Sun | August 09, 2017
Drive seeks to equip young students with much-needed supplies | Baltimore Sun Drive seeks to equip young students with much-needed supplies
When Arianna Sanchez started as a first-grade teacher at Padonia International Elementary School last school year, she planned to buy extra school supplies to help out students who might be short on pencils and paper. As a first-year teacher, Sanchez said she expected to spend some money on supplies...
Baltimore Sun | August 08, 2017
New trial for woman who says she feared for her life when she ordered husband killed | Baltimore Sun New trial for woman who says she feared for her life when she ordered husband killed
A White Marsh woman convicted of hiring a hit man for $400 to kill her husband seven years ago will receive a new trial, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled this week. Karla Porter, now 55, was sentenced to life without parole in the death of her husband, William "Ray" Porter III, who was shot...
Baltimore Sun | August 08, 2017
Downtown Towson businesses evacuated after gas leak | Baltimore Sun Downtown Towson businesses evacuated after gas leak
Businesses in downtown Towson were being evacuated and streets were closed Tuesday after a gas main break, authorities said. Fire officials said a hazmat crew has been dispatched and BGE crews are on site after the leak was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the area of East Joppa Road and Virginia...
Baltimore Sun | August 08, 2017
North Carolina restaurant chain to open first Maryland store in Lutherville-Timonium | Baltimore Sun North Carolina restaurant chain to open first Maryland store in Lutherville-Timonium
A Maryland-based team of franchise owners plans to open the state's first location of a popular North Carolina breakfast and lunch spot near Towson. Rise Biscuits Donuts, of Durham, N.C., is eyeing the November opening of an 1,800-square-foot store in the new shopping center at the former Watson's...
Baltimore Sun | August 08, 2017
Club Pilates franchisee bringing three studios to Baltimore County | Baltimore Sun Club Pilates franchisee bringing three studios to Baltimore County
A Club Pilates franchisee plans to open three studios in Baltimore County within the next six months, including one in Owings Mills and one in Hunt Valley. Franchise owners Liana Bateman and Karla Kay of southern Pennsylvania have leased space in Metro Centre at Owings Mills and Hunt Valley Towne...
Baltimore Sun | August 08, 2017
Baltimore County Council to vote on Towson Royal Farms Monday | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Council to vote on Towson Royal Farms Monday
The Baltimore County Council will hold a key vote on Monday night on plans for a proposed Royal Farms gas station and retail center in Towson. Developer Caves Valley Partners has a contract to buy a former fire station at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue from Baltimore County for $8.3...
Baltimore Sun | August 07, 2017
Good Shepherd lists Halethorpe property for sale | Baltimore Sun Good Shepherd lists Halethorpe property for sale
71-acre site has zoning that allows industrial, business and residential uses
Baltimore Sun | August 07, 2017
Food Bank's latest students complete training seminar, gaining 'a core set of skills' | Baltimore Sun Food Bank's latest students complete training seminar, gaining 'a core set of skills'
Jerome Gause always liked cooking, but for the 20-year-old from Towson it had always been just a hobby. But one month into unemployment, when he could no longer "sit around all day and do nothing," he realized he could turn that hobby into a career path. So in February he searched online for culinary...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Towson's National Night Out has new venue | Baltimore Sun Towson's National Night Out has new venue
The local version of an annual national event seeking to curb crime and strengthen community relationships with police will have a new venue and setup this year in Towson. National Night Out, which is hosted by the Baltimore County Police Department and the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol, is set...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Lawsuit alleges Baltimore County police assaulted teen during 2016 arrest | Baltimore Sun Lawsuit alleges Baltimore County police assaulted teen during 2016 arrest
A teenage boy is suing Baltimore County police, alleging officers assaulted him during an arrest in Woodlawn last year. In a lawsuit filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Shawn Curtis Harris said he suffered a broken nose and other facial fractures after police stopped a vehicle in which he...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Severance pay for top Baltimore County officials questioned | Baltimore Sun Severance pay for top Baltimore County officials questioned
Baltimore County has eliminated a provision for a severance package for its chief administrative officer amid calls to change the practice of paying top officials when they leave government employment. County officials announced last week that the administrative officer position would no longer...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Frederick I. Scott, Jr., Johns Hopkins University's first African-American undergraduate, dies at 89 | Baltimore Sun Frederick I. Scott, Jr., Johns Hopkins University's first African-American undergraduate, dies at 89
Frederick I. Scott Jr., the Johns Hopkins University’s first African-American undergraduate, who went into a successful career as an engineer and editor, died July 15 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from an infection. The Mount Vernon resident was 89. It began as a dare from several...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Man charged with kidnapping Baltimore County girl | Baltimore Sun Man charged with kidnapping Baltimore County girl
Baltimore County police charged a 65-year-old man with kidnapping after they said he drove off with a baby girl who remained missing for several hours Saturday. The man, identified by police Sunday as Clarence James Harris of Gaithersburg, is currently being held at Baltimore County Detention Center....
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries | Baltimore Sun Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries
John Seifert was having trouble renting out his shuttered flower shop in Baltimore County. Finally, a real estate agent found a potential tenant: a medical marijuana dispensary. Seifert signed a five-year lease with the firm, which wants to sell cannabis tinctures, oils and other products to patients...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Heavy rains cause flash flooding, power outages in Baltimore region | Baltimore Sun Heavy rains cause flash flooding, power outages in Baltimore region
A storm dumped more than 5 inches of rain Friday and Saturday on parts of central Maryland, causing flash flooding in some areas, knocking out power, closing parks and uprooting trees. According to the National Weather Service’s preliminary rainfall totals, the storm dumped more rain on parts of...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Henrietta Lacks' legacy honored in Turner Station | Baltimore Sun Henrietta Lacks' legacy honored in Turner Station
Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancer cells became some of the most important in the history of medical research, now will have a day dedicated to her each year in Baltimore County. Lacks was honored by Baltimore County government Saturday morning at the Fleming Community Center in Turner Station,...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Suspect being held for robbery escapes from St. Agnes Hospital, rearrested in city | Baltimore Sun Suspect being held for robbery escapes from St. Agnes Hospital, rearrested in city
A man being held on robbery charges escaped from police custody while being treated at St. Agnes Hospital late Thursday but was located Friday in Baltimore and rearrested, Baltimore County police said Friday. Joshua Jerome Brown, 21, was being treated at the Southwest Baltimore hospital when he...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Nearly 1,000 Baltimore County police officers now have body cameras | Baltimore Sun Nearly 1,000 Baltimore County police officers now have body cameras
A year after launching its body camera program, the Baltimore County Police Department says about 950 of its officers are equipped with the devices. The agency began distributing the cameras to officers in July 2016. The goal is for all uniformed officers — about 1,435 people — to have cameras...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Former Baltimore County fire captain loses pension benefits following sexual harassment investigation | Baltimore Sun Former Baltimore County fire captain loses pension benefits following sexual harassment investigation
A former Baltimore County fire captain who was terminated after an investigation found he sexually harassed subordinates and created a hostile work environment won’t be able to collect his pension. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled Thursday against Theodore C. Priester Jr., who was appealing...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Restaurant Week approaches with seven stops in Towson | Baltimore Sun Restaurant Week approaches with seven stops in Towson
After a few years of participating in Baltimore County Restaurant Week, Michael Velleggia, general manager of Towson Tavern, said he decided to forgo the twice-a-year promotion last year because he thought he could do without it. Now with a new chef at the helm of the downtown Towson restaurant,...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017
Baltimore County Council joins executive in revoking employee severance policy | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Council joins executive in revoking employee severance policy
The Baltimore County Council revoked its severance policy for its employees Thursday, one day after County Executive Kevin Kamenetz canceled a similar policy for his top appointees. The policies had come under criticism because they granted severance payouts to departing employees even if they...
Baltimore Sun | August 06, 2017