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Windsor Mill man gets 25 years in girlfriend's death | Baltimore Sun Windsor Mill man gets 25 years in girlfriend's death
A Windsor Mill man was sentenced Friday to 25 years for the murder of his girlfriend, who vanished in 2010 and whose body was never found, prosecutors said. Travis Eugene Elleby, 31, was convicted in November of second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Cherice Ragins. Judge Judith C. Ensor...
Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2018
Victim of Middle River fire in critical condition, according to Baltimore County officials | Baltimore Sun Victim of Middle River fire in critical condition, according to Baltimore County officials
Baltimore County officials said Friday night that a heavy fire had left an unidentified victim in critical condition. Fire crews responded to the unit block of Mariners Walk Way in Middle River around 8:50 p.m. for dwelling fire where a rescue was needed. Crews reported encountering heavy flames...
Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2018
BGE workers set out for Puerto Rico to join post-storm restoration | Baltimore Sun BGE workers set out for Puerto Rico to join post-storm restoration
A crew of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers left Maryland on Saturday morning to join restoration efforts in Puerto Rico, where hundreds of thousands of people remain without power. Sixteen men, mostly overhead line workers, set off from White Marsh for at least 30 days. Outside a BGE training...
Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2018
Grief camp provides children with emotional outlets through arts and activities | Baltimore Sun Grief camp provides children with emotional outlets through arts and activities
Flower pots painted by children at the Jemicy School Saturday morning were adorned with colors reflecting their makers’ emotions. Jyaire, 10, decorated his pot with rainbow colors and glitter; 13-year-old Rene painted his red and blue; and Jediah, 12, painted two pots with themes from Star Wars...
Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2018
Gourmet grocer to set up shop in downtown Catonsville | Baltimore Sun Gourmet grocer to set up shop in downtown Catonsville
More than two decades ago, downtown Catonsville’s only grocery store closed, leaving no replacement in its wake. Today, Catonsville residents Patrick Baldwin and Dan Zakai are working to bring groceries back to downtown with a new gourmet grocery store called 818 Market. Named for its address,...
Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2018
A show good enough to eat planned at Towson High | Baltimore Sun A show good enough to eat planned at Towson High
Friends, family and community members of Towson High School are invited to an art show of edible proportions next week. The school’s National Arts Honor Society will hosts its 25th annual edible art exhibit, an open contest for the most creative sculptures that can be made out of edible materials....
Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2018
Baltimore County Interim Superintendent Verletta White files amended financial disclosure form | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Interim Superintendent Verletta White files amended financial disclosure form
Baltimore County Interim Schools Superintendent Verletta White has filed amended financial disclosure reports to show she worked as a consultant while holding her job as chief academic officer for the school system. White reported that she worked for Dulle Enterprises from 2013 through 2016, the...
Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2018
Former Baltimore health commissioner Peter Beilenson to run for Baltimore County school board | Baltimore Sun Former Baltimore health commissioner Peter Beilenson to run for Baltimore County school board
Former Baltimore City and Howard County health commissioner Peter Beilenson has announced a campaign for the Baltimore County school board. Beilenson, who lives in Towson, has launched a campaign website — beilensonforschools.com — that says he has a “history of making a difference for children...
Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2018
Jury deliberates in civil trial against Baltimore County over Korryn Gaines' fatal shooting | Baltimore Sun Jury deliberates in civil trial against Baltimore County over Korryn Gaines' fatal shooting
A civil lawsuit against Baltimore County over the fatal shooting of Korryn Gaines by county police in 2016 is now in the hands of a jury. The six women of the Baltimore County Circuit Court jury were set to begin deliberations at 12:30 p.m. Friday following a morning of final arguments from attorneys...
Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2018
Construction on Radebaugh Park in Towson expected to start in July | Baltimore Sun Construction on Radebaugh Park in Towson expected to start in July
After three years of discussion, plans for Radebaugh Park, in Towson, will move forward as early as this spring. The small park, named after the fourth-generation Radebaugh family florist that donated the land on which the park will be built, is planned for Towson’s Aigburth Manor. Baltimore County...
Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2018
Korryn Gaines' family won one of the largest awards ever against Baltimore-area police. Will they see the money? | Baltimore Sun Korryn Gaines' family won one of the largest awards ever against Baltimore-area police. Will they see the money?
The verdict of more than $37 million won Friday by the family of Korryn Gaines against Baltimore County police is one of the largest ever against law enforcement officers in Maryland. But legal experts question whether they will actually see all that money. Maryland’s cap on local governments’...
Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2018
Closing arguments in Korryn Gaines civil trial against Baltimore County police set for Thursday | Baltimore Sun Closing arguments in Korryn Gaines civil trial against Baltimore County police set for Thursday
Lawyers are expected to spend all day Thursday making closing in arguments in a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Korryn Gaines against the Baltimore County government and the police officer who fatally shot her in 2016.
Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2018
Catonsville High senior named county Catonsville High senior named county "Young Woman of the Year"
About three years ago, Gabriella McLean was volunteering at the Night of Peace Family Shelter in Windsor Mill when she saw a little girl wearing the red plaid dress she used to own. The Catonsville High School student, then a freshman, had worn that dress for her first day of middle school, before...
Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2018
In closing arguments, lawyers for Korryn Gaines' family ask $42M in Baltimore County police shooting | Baltimore Sun In closing arguments, lawyers for Korryn Gaines' family ask $42M in Baltimore County police shooting
Lawyers representing the family of Korryn Gaines, who was fatally shot by a Baltimore County police officer in 2016 during a six-hour standoff, told the jury in their civil case Thursday that they are seeking more than $42 million in damages. For most of the day in Baltimore County Circuit Court,...
Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2018
Knollwood community in Towson kicks off 5K sign-ups with series of videos on heart health | Baltimore Sun Knollwood community in Towson kicks off 5K sign-ups with series of videos on heart health
Though the Towson Healthy Hearts 5K isn’t until June 9, organizers of the health-focused neighborhood race have kicked off sign-ups with a series of videos meant to encourage the Towson community to get healthy. The skits, posted to the neighborhood association’s Facebook page, feature a mock talk...
Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2018
Loch Raven High School lockdown lifted: Student in custody, Baltimore County police find pellet gun | Baltimore Sun Loch Raven High School lockdown lifted: Student in custody, Baltimore County police find pellet gun
Baltimore County police say a pellet gun was found at Loch Raven High School on Thursday and a student is in custody. The school was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon while police searched the building following a report that a student brought a gun to school in a backpack. The lockdown has...
Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2018
Driver dead, passenger hospitalized after stolen car crashes in Reisterstown | Baltimore Sun Driver dead, passenger hospitalized after stolen car crashes in Reisterstown
A driver is dead and a passenger hospitalized after their car crashed in Reisterstown on Wednesday afternoon, according to Baltimore County police. The car, a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, crashed head-on into a tree on Tufton Avenue near Dover Road just before 4 p.m. Police said they later learned that...
Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2018
On Valentine's Day, one Towson couple's 66 year love story | Baltimore Sun On Valentine's Day, one Towson couple's 66 year love story
When David Ross and Phyllis Cheek met in 1949 it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. The University of Maryland students enjoyed each other’s company after getting set up on a blind date by friends, but when after a year of dating David Ross attempted to seal the deal by giving the young Kappa...
Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2018
The Cloisters is giving Baltimore couples a chance to rent their wedding venue for free | Baltimore Sun The Cloisters is giving Baltimore couples a chance to rent their wedding venue for free
Getting married in a castle is a fairy tale dream for some. Being able to rent one for free? Even better. The Cloisters, also known as “The Cloisters Castle” — a historic home located in Lutherville — is giving one couple a chance to rent the 1932 venue for their wedding at no cost, according...
Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2018
Fifty Shades of Pink: Arbutus, Catonsville celebrate Valentine's Day | Baltimore Sun Fifty Shades of Pink: Arbutus, Catonsville celebrate Valentine's Day
Twenty minutes before the doors were set to open, a long line of women snaked outside the Hollywood Cinema in Arbutus, beside a poster that said: “DON’T MISS THE CLIMAX.” It was less than a week before Valentine’s Day, and some of the women had plans — one said she hoped her husband would get her...
Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2018
State Del. Lam to run for Senate seat | Baltimore Sun State Del. Lam to run for Senate seat
Del. Clarence Lam will run for the District 12 seat in the Maryland legislature being vacated by longtime state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer. The decision to run, Lam said, was made in collaboration with the other two delegates who represent the district, Terri Hill and Eric Ebersole. “What was a priority...
Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2018
Baltimore County Council opposes building new Dulaney High School | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Council opposes building new Dulaney High School
A majority of the Baltimore County Council wrote a letter to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Tuesday saying they oppose his plans for a new building for Dulaney High School. The council members said they believe the cost of building a new school would put the county in a “difficult financial...
Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2018
Towson residents give mixed reviews for Bosley Mansion redevelopment | Baltimore Sun Towson residents give mixed reviews for Bosley Mansion redevelopment
Residents of Towson’s Southland Hills community gave a mixed assessment Tuesday of plans to turn the historic Bosley Mansion in the heart of their neighborhood into luxury condominiums. The mansion, built more than 150 years ago, sits at the center of a complex that for generations served as the...
Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2018
Towson Town Center closed for power outage | Baltimore Sun Towson Town Center closed for power outage
Towson Town Center was closed Tuesday due to a power outage that occurred at around 5 p.m., according to Baltimore County Police. A BGE outage map shows the outage, and police confirmed that it had taken place. They could not immediately determine the cause of the outage. BGE did not immediately...
Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2018
Lansdowne community bristles at decision to build new Dulaney High School | Baltimore Sun Lansdowne community bristles at decision to build new Dulaney High School
The Dulaney High School community celebrated a victory when Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced plans to build a new school to replace its aging facility. Across the county, though, the decision left parents and supporters of Lansdowne High School feeling betrayed and angry, and...
Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2018
Confusion swirls as deadline looms for Baltimore County school board election | Baltimore Sun Confusion swirls as deadline looms for Baltimore County school board election
Baltimore County residents interested in running for the first-ever school board election this year might have to file their paperwork sooner than the Feb. 27 deadline to satisfy financial disclosure requirements.
Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2018
Hogan, cabinet officials kick off tour of Baltimore County | Baltimore Sun Hogan, cabinet officials kick off tour of Baltimore County
Gov. Larry Hogan kicked off a daylong tour of Baltimore County on Monday with stops at a Dundalk diner and a cabinet meeting in Essex — where he took a few jabs at a potential political rival, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. This was the third “regional cabinet meeting” for the Republican...
Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2018
Orokawa Y to host free Olympic-themed program | Baltimore Sun Orokawa Y to host free Olympic-themed program
As a celebration of all things Olympic, the The Orokawa Y in Towson will host a free family and heart-friendly event Feb. 16. Olympic Hearts is a special program featuring games, food, music, crafts and other activities inspired by the 2018 Winter Olympics, which run through Feb. 25 in Pyeongchang,...
Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2018
Baltimore County officer who fatally shot Korryn Gaines testifies in civil trial | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County officer who fatally shot Korryn Gaines testifies in civil trial
Cpl. Royce Ruby Jr. testified Monday that on that August 2016 day outside the apartment of Korryn Gaines, he spent five hours in the line of gun fire. All around him were brick walls, he said, which if hit by stray bullets would expose him and fellow Baltimore County police officers to the equivalent...
Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2018
Bill seeks to limit beers served by Maryland's small breweries | Baltimore Sun Bill seeks to limit beers served by Maryland's small breweries
A bill introduced by Maryland Dels. Talmadge Branch and Dereck Davis seeks to roll back how much beer small breweries in Maryland can serve in their taprooms while allowing larger facilities, such as the one being built in Baltimore County by Guinness, to maintain existing limits. House Bill 1052...
Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2018
House fire in Baltimore County Saturday, no injuries reported | Baltimore Sun House fire in Baltimore County Saturday, no injuries reported
Baltimore County Fire Department responded to a non-fatal house fire in Parkton Saturday night, according to the fire department. The department was dispatched around 6:06 p.m. to the 19300 block of Middletown Road, where they found heavy fire conditions on the second-floor of the home, and were...
Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2018
Two dead after crash on I-695 near Reisterstown Road | Baltimore Sun Two dead after crash on I-695 near Reisterstown Road
Two people died early Saturday morning in a crash on the Baltimore Beltway near Reisterstown Road, Maryland State Police said. Troopers went to the single-vehicle crash on the inner loop of Interstate 695 shortly after 2 a.m. They found a 2017 Hyundai car that had gone off the roadway and struck...
Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2018
Maryland's Democratic hopefuls for governor try to appeal to college voters at Goucher forum | Baltimore Sun Maryland's Democratic hopefuls for governor try to appeal to college voters at Goucher forum
Seven of the Democrats hoping for a chance to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan took their message to students at Goucher College on Friday, promising to work to make college more affordable and create better job opportunities for young Marylanders. The candidates tailored their pitches for the younger crowd...
Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2018
Quirk to introduce bill allowing tattoo shop in Arbutus | Baltimore Sun Quirk to introduce bill allowing tattoo shop in Arbutus
Three to five years ago, Zach Volatile tried to open a tattoo shop in his hometown of Arbutus. Faced with zoning laws that restrict where tattoo shops can open, Volatile approached what was then called the Arbutus Business and Professional Association, to discuss getting an exception that would...
Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2018
Towson library to host Black History Month session on genealogy | Baltimore Sun Towson library to host Black History Month session on genealogy
The Baltimore County Public Library will host an African-American genealogy presentation at the Towson branch Feb. 8 as part of a series of Black History Month events across the county. The Research Your Roots event, in Towson, will teach participants how to start researching their family histories,...
Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2018
Blue Iris Flowers to move back to Catonsville | Baltimore Sun Blue Iris Flowers to move back to Catonsville
On Feb. 6, Allison Glascock, owner of Blue Iris Flowers, marked a dark anniversary: One year before, her Catonsville shop, which she had owned since 2011, was destroyed in an early-morning fire. Two days later, Blue Iris had a brighter announcement: The shop, which has been working out of a temporary...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Maryland Senate budget chief Kasemeyer decides not to run for re-election | Baltimore Sun Maryland Senate budget chief Kasemeyer decides not to run for re-election
Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, who chairs the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, said Friday that he will not seek re-election after more than three decades in the General Assembly. Kasemeyer, a Democrat who represents Howard and Baltimore counties, has led the Senate’s budget panel since 2010. The...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Bill would allow tattoo shops in downtown Towson with some exceptions | Baltimore Sun Bill would allow tattoo shops in downtown Towson with some exceptions
Grant Aikin, a full-time member of the National Guard, in Towson, and Deirdre Aikin, a tattoo artist, live to the east of Towson in Baltimore’s Hamilton neighborhood. For more than 27 years, Deirdre Aikin has worked at tattoo shops in Baltimore and elsewhere along the East Coast because Baltimore...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
'The barrel was pointed right dead at my chest and my face,' says Baltimore County officer at Korryn Gaines lawsuit trial | Baltimore Sun 'The barrel was pointed right dead at my chest and my face,' says Baltimore County officer at Korryn Gaines lawsuit trial
The first Baltimore County police officer who encountered Korryn Gaines two summers ago recalled in court Friday seeing her sitting cross-legged and pointing a shotgun at him — a move that set off a six-hour standoff that culminated in Baltimore County police fatally shooting the Randallstown woman....
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Police charge four more for involvement in Perry Hall High School fight | Baltimore Sun Police charge four more for involvement in Perry Hall High School fight
Two adults and two juveniles have been charged for their involvement in a fight in the Perry Hall High School parking lot on Jan. 18, according to Baltimore County police. A video of the fight was widely viewed on social media. The video showed a man holding a long gun in his hand while standing...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Towson High's Colophon staff credits 50 years of success to hard work, camaraderie | Baltimore Sun Towson High's Colophon staff credits 50 years of success to hard work, camaraderie
In more than five decades of production, Towson High’s Colophon has racked up dozens of awards and even more bragging rights. Certificates and plaques received by the literary magazines staff from state and national contests are stacked throughout the third-floor classroom of literary adviser Nick...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Baltimore County Council seeks audit of school tech contracts | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Council seeks audit of school tech contracts
The Baltimore County Council is asking state auditors to review county school system contracts with education technology companies in the wake of allegations against former superintendent Dallas Dance related to money he received for consultant work. All seven members of the council signed a letter...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Teacher fired from Beth Tfiloh suing accusers | Baltimore Sun Teacher fired from Beth Tfiloh suing accusers
A rabbi who was fired from Beth Tfiloh school in Pikesville amid abuse allegations has sued the parents of his accusers, as well as an activist in New York. Rabbi Steven Krawatsky and his wife, Shira, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Maryland. Krawatsky, who also goes by the...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
'All grown up': UMBC invests in athletics with $85 million Event Center | Baltimore Sun 'All grown up': UMBC invests in athletics with $85 million Event Center
A fan seated in the uppermost rows of the new arena at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will get a sweeping view of $85 million of gray and gold and glass. After buying popcorn from a full-size concession stand, the fan will watch from one of 5,000 seats as a team of UMBC athletes —...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Baltimore County school board could conduct national search for next superintendent | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County school board could conduct national search for next superintendent
With time running out to conduct a national search for a new superintendent, the Baltimore County school board is expected to discuss Tuesday whether to initiate that process or to keep the current interim superintendent, Verletta White. The board has received bids from firms to conduct a national...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Five women charged with stealing more than $100,000 of merchandise from Maryland retail stores | Baltimore Sun Five women charged with stealing more than $100,000 of merchandise from Maryland retail stores
Five women were charged with stealing more than $100,000 of clothing and other merchandise from retail stores in an alleged organized theft ring operating in Baltimore, Harford, Anne Arundel, Charles and Montgomery counties, the state Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday. Tyrayah Shonita...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Towson car owner says pothole did $2,300 in damage to vehicle | Baltimore Sun Towson car owner says pothole did $2,300 in damage to vehicle
Towson resident Max Hernandez was on his way to meet friends for dinner in downtown Towson Sept. 7 when he encountered something that got in the way—a half-foot deep pothole in the right southbound lane on Fairmount Avenue just before East Pennsylvania Avenue. The damage to his Mini Cooper Countryman...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Towson Arts Collective on the move again | Baltimore Sun Towson Arts Collective on the move again
When Diane Margiotta and Drew Davidsen start talking about art, it’s easy for the two to get sidetracked. The self-described art lovers and board members of the Towson Arts Collective live and breathe all of the mediums they help promote at the 200-member nonprofit arts organization, which is moving...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Lawyer for Korryn Gaines family in civil shooting trial says Baltimore Co. police knew she was mentally ill | Baltimore Sun Lawyer for Korryn Gaines family in civil shooting trial says Baltimore Co. police knew she was mentally ill
An attorney for the family of a Randallstown woman fatally shot by Baltimore County police in 2016 focused on her mental health as a civil trial opened Tuesday in her family’s lawsuit against the county and the officer who killed her. County police “knew they were dealing with someone who had a...
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018
Snooki, viral anti-hate snowman, snowballs into Catonsville community mascot | Baltimore Sun Snooki, viral anti-hate snowman, snowballs into Catonsville community mascot
A month after the holiday season, Snooki, the snowman taken down for its message of “No Hate in 21228,” has not melted. Snooki has such sticking power that its creators, real estate agents Marybeth Brohawn and Meg Christian, have started joking that they will have to put it on a surfboard for summer....
Baltimore Sun | February 09, 2018