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Support offered for $78 million Baltimore County deal to help Tradepoint Atlantic | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2018
Baltimore County Council members heard from a long string of East-side residents, business owners and labor leaders Tuesday who urged them to vote in favor of a $78 million assistance plan for Tradepoint Atlantic. Council members are weighing whether to give the assistance to the company redevelopin...
GM chairman to meet with U.S. lawmakers from Maryland and other states over recent plant closure decisions | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra will meet this week with members of Maryland’s congressional delegation at the request of the lawmakers, who said the automaker’s decision to end operations at its White Marsh plant demonstrates "extremely poor corporate citizenship....
Baltimore County judge denies motions for gag order and suppression of teens' statements in Officer Caprio murder case | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
A Baltimore County Circuit judge denied separate motions on Monday brought by state and defense attorneys in the case of four teens charged in the death of county police Officer Amy Caprio. Assistant State’s Attorney Zarena Sita argued in support of a gag order that would have limited defense atto...
Former Baltimore County pharmacist sentenced to prison for exchanging opioid prescriptions for sexual favors | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
A former Owings Mills pharmacist was sentenced Monday to over three years in federal prison for filling fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone for several women in exchange for sexual favors. Richard Daniel Hiller, 64, filled the prescriptions on numerous occasions between January 2014 and February....
Kathleen Causey elected chair of Baltimore County school board | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
Baltimore County’s newly partially elected school board voted Tuesday night to give leadership positions to two board members who have been highly critical of the current administration. Kathleen Causey, representing the Hereford area, was unanimously elected the chair of the board and Julie Henn....
Ralph Ferrell, bank official and board member, dies | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
Ralph Harris Ferrell III, a banker and Parks and People Foundation board member, died of Parkinson’s disease complications Dec. 1 at St. Joseph University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 76 and lived on Greenwood Road. Born in Richmond, Va., he was the son of Ralph H. Ferrell Jr. an attorney,.....
Towson University names new provost after national search | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
Towson University named its new executive vice president and provost Tuesday morning, ending a months-long national search that began in May. Melanie Perreault of Buffalo State College is set to begin her tenure as Towson University’s provost and executive vice president of academic affairs on...
Franklin Square breaks ground on new surgical pavilion | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center broke ground Monday on a $70 million surgical pavilion that will house 14 state-of-the-art operating rooms. They will replace older, undersized rooms that are now spread over two areas in the adjacent hospital. The Rosedale facility won approval from state...
Baltimore County to hold hearing on $78M for Tradepoint Atlantic | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
The Baltimore County Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a $78 million financial assistance deal for Tradepoint Atlantic. If approved, the complex deal will help Tradepoint Atlantic pay for roads, water lines and sewer pipes at the five-square-mile former steel mill property in Sparrows...
Bus service launches routes between Towson, White Marsh and New York City | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
OurBus, a New York City-based tech-and-transportation company, is expanding a bus route in the Baltimore area that will take travelers to New York City for as little as $10 per ticket. The company is adding stops in Towson and White Marsh to a bus route that currently runs from 8100 Broken Land...
Suspect in serious condition after jumping from third-story apartment following standoff, Baltimore County police say | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
A suspect is in serious condition Monday after jumping from a third-story apartment window in Dundalk following a four-hour standoff with officers, Baltimore County Police said. In a series of tweets, police said officers were “dealing with a person in crisis” in an apartment on Shipping Place.....
Democrats assume control of leadership in Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
A political power shift in the Baltimore region was made official Monday as Democratic county executives were sworn into office in the three suburban counties surrounding the city. Steuart Pittman and Calvin Ball took the helm from Republican executives in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, while...
Are tax hikes on the table in Baltimore County? New executive Olszewski inherits a sobering financial forecast | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
When Johnny Olszewski Jr. takes the oath of office Monday as the new Baltimore County executive, he’ll inherit a financial forecast for the county that could force him to consider raising taxes. A new advisory report on county finances warns that Baltimore County cannot sustain its current rate...
Natural gas odor in Timonium dissipated without incident, fire department says; cause unknown | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2018
A natural gas odor noted in “multiple reports” in Timonium cleared on its own late Monday morning, fire department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said. Armacost said the county was not able to determine the cause of the odor, but “it dissipated on its own.” No evacuations were ordered and no inj...
3 injured in car crash following police chase in Reisterstown | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2018
Three people were injured, including one with life-threatening injuries, after a car crash in Reisterstown Monday afternoon, according to Baltimore County Police. Police spokesman Shawn Vinson said a patrol officer attempted to stop a car at 4 p.m. The car’s driver then fled, leading police on...
Timonium-based foundation brings dental, medical care to those in need in Ecuador | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2018
The joy of giving to others is not just a holiday happening for Tammy Fesche. The Lutherville resident embraces that attitude all year long, primarily by running a nonprofit she founded 30 years ago that is dedicated to bringing medical and dental aid to the poor in her native Ecuador. The Timonium-...
Reward for information about 1996 fatal shooting of Jody LeCornu increases to $100,000 | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2018
The reward for information surrounding the 1996 murder of a woman in Towson has more than tripled to $100,000, according to the woman’s family. Jennifer Carrieri, the twin sister of Joann “Jody” LeCornu, has been pushing for more than 20 years to uncover information that would solve LeCornu’...
Baltimore County spending $1.4M to replace police department guns that could accidentally misfire or fail | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2018
Baltimore County is spending more than $1.4 million to replace pistols used by county police that may have a tendency to accidentally misfire — or not fire at all. The county awarded a no-bid contract to replace more than 2,000 FNS-40 pistols used by police officers, sheriff’s deputies and corre...
Pedestrian, 20, killed in hit-and-run on Charles Street in Towson | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 09, 2018
A 20-year-old pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run in Towson Saturday night, and Baltimore County Police are searching for the driver, the department said Sunday. Mzimazisi Ncube of the 300 block of Burke Ave. was struck about 10:30 p.m. by a 2007-2019 Toyota Tundra or Toyota Sequoia truck while.....
Police: Parkville man killed in crash Saturday morning | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 09, 2018
Kevin Spaugh, 51, of Parkville, was killed Saturday morning in a car crash one mile from his home, Baltimore County police said. Police were called around 11:30 a.m. to the crash at East Joppa and Silver Spring roads. Police said the car Spaugh was driving hit a tree. tprudente@baltsun.com twitter.c...
'We can make a difference': Dumbarton Middle class fundraises for girls' education Malala Fund | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 08, 2018
Many middle school language arts classes follow a pattern: Read a book, write an essay, rinse and repeat. But this year, Dumbarton Middle School language arts teacher Justin DePrima’s eighth-grade classes broke the mold, raising thousands of dollars to support girls’ education through the Washin...
Family of man shot dead by police in 2015 sues Baltimore County | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
Relatives of a man fatally shot by police officers in Bowleys Quarters three years ago are suing the Baltimore County Police Department, alleging that officers violated his civil rights by firing on him unnecessarily. An attorney for the family of Jeffrey Gene Evans, 52, says he was shot six times.....
Three arrests made in Catonsville connected to Towson vehicle thefts | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
Two men and one juvenile were arrested Wednesday in connection with a series of automobile thefts and thefts from cars in the Riderwood area of Towson following a call for a parking complaint in Catonsville, Baltimore County Police said on Thursday. Malik Kobe Warren, 18, of the 100 block of Nunnery...
Arbutus-based Taste of Aloha food truck closes abruptly | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
Taste of Aloha, a Hawaiian food truck based out of Arbutus, announced on Wednesday on its Facebook page and website that it is “closing operations.” The news came abruptly. On Tuesday, Taste of Aloha was operating as normal and advertising a location it would be traveling to for serving lunch......
New restaurant and retail concept featuring Korean, Chinese and Japanese food coming to Catonsville | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
A new restaurant and retail concept boasting Korean, Japanese and Chinese fare is coming to Catonsville next month. Be-Se-To, named for the capital cities of Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo, will be a two-story retail and dining space that includes four Korean-style eateries and boutiques that have special...
Bringing light into darkness: Public menorahs throughout Baltimore area seen as symbols of hope for Hanukkah | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
Outside a volunteer firehouse in northern Baltimore County, dozens of people will gather Sunday night for a ceremony that brings to life an old Jewish proverb: A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness. Shalom Zirkind, an Orthodox rabbi, will preside over the lighting of a 12-foot-tall...
Who is staying, who is going in Baltimore County under Olszewski | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced this week that he’ll do a national search for a new county police chief. Current Chief Terrence B. Sheridan plans to stay on for six months during the search, and then retire. Here’s a look at who else is staying and leaving under the Ols...
One patient in critical condition after house fire in Rosedale | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
One patient has been transported to a local hospital in critical condition after a Friday dwelling fire in Rosedale, the Baltimore County Fire Department said on Twitter. Baltimore County said units were dispatched to the house in the 1500 block of National Road in Rosedale at 3:30 p.m. Friday...
In state star ratings, Lansdowne and Woodlawn high schools fall behind Catonsville | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
A statewide rating system for public schools produced mixed results for the southwestern part of Baltimore County when the rankings were published Tuesday. Western School of Technology & Environmental Sciences, a public magnet school, was given a five-star rating and Catonsville High earned four...
Opening of UMBC's OCAMocha cafe in Arbutus delayed until spring | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
OCAMocha, a community space and coffee shop originally slated to open in Arbutus over the summer, has been delayed until spring 2019 because of a drawn-out permitting and approvals process, according to officials from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “We’ve been learning as we go,...
Thirty students being evaluated at Catonsville Middle School after
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
Thirty students at Catonsville Middle School were being evaluated Friday morning after an “unusual odor” was detected in the school, said Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost. Catonsville Middle School was evacuated by 10:33 a.m. for a “potential gas leak,” said Brando...
Man suffers life-threatening injuries in MTA bus crash in Catonsville | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 07, 2018
A crash between a Mazda 6 and an MTA bus in Catonsville has resulted in “critical injuries” for the driver of the Mazda, Baltimore County Police said. Police were dispatched around 9:31 a.m., to the area of Rolling Road between Valley Road and Wilkens Road. That area of the road remains closed.....
Catonsville library closed Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 for maintenance | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
The Catonsville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system will close Friday, Nov. 30, and reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 4, for maintenance work, library officials said Wednesday. Erica Palmisano, a spokeswoman for the library system, said the work was necessary to replace an air handling unit,....
19-year-old man shot to death in Lansdowne on Wednesday, Baltimore County police say | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
A 19-year-old man was shot to death in Lansdowne Wednesday night, Baltimore County Police said. The man, whose name was not released Thursday pending family notification, was shot multiple times in the upper body about 11:13 p.m. inside a home in the 4100 block of Twin Circle Way, police said. ...
Westchester community rallies around family displaced by fire in Catonsville | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
Melissa Schwarz, president of the Westchester Elementary School PTA, had a feeling that a fire on Frederick Road in Catonsville last Thursday night might have affected a family in her school’s community because of its location. When she went to check with the school Friday morning, she was beat...
For-profit college closes operations — including Maryland locations — surprising students | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
One of the nation's largest for-profit college chains announced Wednesday that it was abruptly closing in dozens of locations nationwide, after its accrediting agency suspended approval. Birmingham, Alabama-based Education Corp. of America said it was closing schools operating as Virginia College,.....
Athletic performances, theater production take center stage at Dulaney High School | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
As the fall draws to a close, so does the first high school sports season, and there are many talented Dulaney High School senior athletes who have received postseason accolades. Terrance Anderson, Devin Gilliam Jr. and Jevon Hawkins will be representing football at the Baltimore County East-West...
In Maryland, some schools overcome challenges to stand out in new rating system | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
Principal Matt Hornbeck rarely interrupts the school day to make announcements over the intercom. He doesn’t want to be a distraction during students’ time to learn. But on Tuesday, he couldn’t help himself. When he got the news that Hampstead Hill Academy was one of the top performing schools...
'Not some transient character,' Don Mohler honored with speeches, portrait as he departs Baltimore County government | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler, whose brief tenure ends Monday, was honored Wednesday as a dedicated leader who packed all he could into his seven months in office. The occasion was the unveiling of Mohler’s portrait, the 13th county executive portrait to line a hallway at the Historic Cour...
Chadwick Elementary and Baltimore Highlands Elementary test positive for lead in water | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
Two elementary schools in the southwestern part of Baltimore County have tested positive for elevated lead levels in water samples, as Baltimore County Public Schools continue state-mandated testing. Chadwick Elementary and Baltimore Highlands Elementary schools both had fixtures test positive...
Assistance Center of Towson Churches among agencies looking for help during holidays | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
Every year, the Assistance Center of Towson Churches rounds up basket after basket of food to fill the Thanksgiving tables of families in need. Last year, the organization collected more than 2,000 baskets, director Linda Lotz said. The Thanksgiving baskets were being collected by more than 50...
Grocery store Green Valley Marketplace to open in Timonium on Dec. 14 | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 06, 2018
Two years after the Mars grocery store closed its doors in Timonium, the Padonia Village shopping center is angling for a comeback with the opening of grocery store Green Valley Marketplace. David Donato, senior vice president at Padonia Village owner Continental Realty, said the store will be...
I-895 construction, lane closures to begin Tuesday in Baltimore | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 05, 2018
The $189 million replacement of the Interstate 895 bridge north of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel — and expected heavy delays as the expressway is narrowed to one lane in either direction for three years — is scheduled to begin Tuesday. As the 60-year-old bridge is replaced, the northbound lanes of...
Jewish group in Towson claims court order to raze Chabad center is case of religious discrimination | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 05, 2018
Organizers of a Jewish outreach center for college students in Towson have launched a campaign against a Baltimore County judge’s order to tear down the center, describing the decision an act of religious discrimination. The Hasidic Jewish organization Friends of Lubavitch, which operates the Jewi...
House or religious center? Debate over Chabad of Towson facility spans more than 4 years | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 05, 2018
Controversy over expansion of a residence in the Aigburth Manor community Towson — used in part as a religious center for students from Towson University and Goucher College — has been ongoing for more than four years. Here’s a review of some of the actions in the case: August 2014: Aigburth n...
Arbutus Senior Center member leads charge to collect toys for Southwest Emergency Services | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 05, 2018
Nancy Cusic remembers growing up as one of nine children and what it is like to go without. She and her siblings filled their days with games like charades that didn’t require any toys, boxes or devices. “I know what it’s like to not get any toys at Christmastime,” Cusic, 84, of Arbutus, sai...
Lutherville consignment boutique Karma reopens after partner dispute | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 05, 2018
Lutherville consignment boutique Karma reopened at noon today after one of its co-owners emptied the shop in November in the midst of a partner dispute. Owner Teresa Blatchley temporarily closed the store after her business partner, Yolanda Maria Martinez, entered the store at 1508 Riderwood Drive.....
‘Tooch’ Time: New book chronicles former basketball coach Mark Amatucci’s career, including at Calvert Hall in Towson | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 05, 2018
Mark Amatucci’s recently released book about his life and long career as a basketball coach is not an autobiography. It’s not a memoir either, although both of those two descriptions could be used to describe “No Limits, one coach’s remarkable journey of athletic, social and cultural success...
Menorah lighting to take place in Towson | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 05, 2018
Towson University’s Hillel and Chabad of Towson are co-hosting a menorah lighting tonight on the fourth night of Hanukkah. The event at Olympian Park, 1 W. Joppa Road, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a holiday singalong, children’s crafts and traditional Hanukkah foods such as latkes an...
Maryland lawmakers ask GM to reconsider White Marsh plant closing, return grant money | Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun | December 05, 2018
Members of Maryland's congressional delegation asked General Motors Co. on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to end operations at its White Marsh plant and — at the least — to return more than $100 million in grant money it received for the facility. Delegation members, including Rep. C.A. Du...