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Owings Mills man arrested 24 years after murder conviction | Baltimore Sun Owings Mills man arrested 24 years after murder conviction
An Owings Mills man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly impersonated a federal agent. The charge comes nearly 24 years after the man pleaded guilty to a count of second-degree murder. Daniel Justin Leonard, 47, was charged with a count of stalking and a count of impersonating a police officer....
Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2017
Catonsville woman heading to the Philippines with Peace Corps to help at-risk youths | Baltimore Sun Catonsville woman heading to the Philippines with Peace Corps to help at-risk youths
Before Caroline Dye graduated from Towson University in 2014, she started filling out her application to volunteer in the Peace Corps. But it wasn't the right moment — a two-year commitment to live in another country was a big one, and the timing had to be perfect. So Dye stopped halfway through...
Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2017
Baltimore board approves $430 million project to tackle miles-long sewage backup | Baltimore Sun Baltimore board approves $430 million project to tackle miles-long sewage backup
A Baltimore spending panel on Wednesday approved the city's half of a $430 million project to eliminate a miles-long sewage backup beneath the city. A misaligned pipe prevents a massive sewage main from fully emptying into the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the problem is blamed for...
Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2017
Councilman will seek to block construction of Towson gas station | Baltimore Sun Councilman will seek to block construction of Towson gas station
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks said he will seek to block the construction of a Royal Farms gas station in Towson, a project that has faced vociferous opposition from the local community. That gas station is one part of a larger project that would see a vacant firehouse on York Road redeveloped...
Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2017
Curtain falls on manager's 46-year career at a Catonsville music shop | Baltimore Sun Curtain falls on manager's 46-year career at a Catonsville music shop
Jim Mays helped Bill's Music expand
Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2017
Police, MTA footage show Dundalk shooting; officers cleared | Baltimore Sun Police, MTA footage show Dundalk shooting; officers cleared
Baltimore County prosecutors have ruled that police were justified in shooting a man who opened fire while on a bus in Dundalk this month, an incident captured by newly released video footage from police and MTA cameras. Blaine Robert Erb, 35, was killed in the shootout with police June 7. A dramatic...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Catonsville student gallops toward national rodeo championship | Baltimore Sun Catonsville student gallops toward national rodeo championship
Catonsville's aspiring rodeo star, Charlize Stair, just finished sixth grade, an honor-roll student. She balances her training with playing soccer and a taking part in a book club. She has been riding horses since she was 2. She first learned the English style of riding, which focuses on jumps,...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Interim superintendent of Baltimore County schools to earn $265,000 | Baltimore Sun Interim superintendent of Baltimore County schools to earn $265,000
Baltimore County's interim school superintendent will be paid $265,000 in the next academic year. Verletta White, currently the district's chief academic officer, signed a contract with the county school board earlier this week. She begins her job as interim superintendent on July 1. Her pay is...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Towson mansion's historic designation remains on hold as new redevelopment plan moves forward | Baltimore Sun Towson mansion's historic designation remains on hold as new redevelopment plan moves forward
A hearing to decide whether county officials should designate the Bosley Mansion in Towson a historic landmark has been postponed for the fifth time, as the owner waits to finalize the property's sale to a pair of local developers. Bosley Estates LLC, a partnership of Martin Azola and Delbert Adams,...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Viewing set for Perry Hall soldier killed in Afghanistan | Baltimore Sun Viewing set for Perry Hall soldier killed in Afghanistan
A Perry Hall soldier killed in Afghanistan will be remembered during a public viewing on Saturday. The viewing for Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, will be held 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schimunek Funeral Home, 610 West MacPhail Road in Bel Air. Houck's family also will host a public memorial gathering at noon...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Baltimore County Police: Man breaking into car dies after being held by witness | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Police: Man breaking into car dies after being held by witness
Baltimore County police are investigating the death of man seen breaking into a car in the Halethorpe area. Early Sunday morning, a man in the parking lot of a business in the 4300 block of Annapolis Road said he saw another man breaking into a car, according to police. After the man approached...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Halethorpe man among 7 sailors who died in USS Fitzgerald collision off Japan | Baltimore Sun Halethorpe man among 7 sailors who died in USS Fitzgerald collision off Japan
YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — A Halethorpe man is among the seven sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said Sunday. Seven crew members were unaccounted for after the collision flooded berths with seawater. Navy divers recovered the bodies...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Baltimore County employee withdraws request for sewer deal that was questioned | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County employee withdraws request for sewer deal that was questioned
A Baltimore County government employee has withdrawn her request for taxpayer help to extend a public sewer line to a property she owns in Reisterstown, a proposal that was first approved by the County Council, then put on hold. Suzanne Berger, the county's deputy director of human resources, withdrew...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Baltimore water discount program short of meeting need of tens of thousands of families | Baltimore Sun Baltimore water discount program short of meeting need of tens of thousands of families
As Baltimore continues to raise its water rates for city customers, the public works department has set a goal of doubling enrollment in discount programs to help the poor and the elderly. But even if the city hit that target — and records show it is not close — it would be missing tens of thousands...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Baltimore County police investigating double homicide in Woodlawn motel | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County police investigating double homicide in Woodlawn motel
Baltimore County police are investigating a double homicide Saturday inside a Woodlawn motel. Officers were called about 1:30 p.m. to the Motel 6 in the 1600 block of Whitehead Court after a motel employee found two men dead in a room, police said. Both men had suffered gunshot wounds, and detectives...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Death of man, 45, in southwest Baltimore County parking lot remains under investigation | Baltimore Sun Death of man, 45, in southwest Baltimore County parking lot remains under investigation
Baltimore County police are investigating the death of a man in a Baltimore Highlands parking lot who they said was held down by another man who believed he was breaking into a car.Police did not release the name of the 45-year-old man. Baltimore County police spokeswoman Natalie Litofsky said...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Fallen Perry Hall soldier remembered at memorial service on Father's Day | Baltimore Sun Fallen Perry Hall soldier remembered at memorial service on Father's Day
Sgt. Eric Houck's family stood together, embracing, on Sunday as a bugler blew taps. A member of the Gunpowder Veterans of Foreign Wars proceeded forward to hand Houck's wife, Samantha, a folded American flag.Houck, 25, of Perry Hall and two other soldiers were shot to death in the Peka Valley...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Goucher College will move dorms to make room for new buildings | Baltimore Sun Goucher College will move dorms to make room for new buildings
Later this week, a nearly 1,200-ton, stone-and-concrete building should roll 800 feet across the campus of Goucher College in Towson.It's the first of three 1950s-era dormitories Goucher is relocating to preserve and to make room for new residence halls.Workers have spent recent weeks separating...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Kibitz Room deli opening in Pikesville | Baltimore Sun Kibitz Room deli opening in Pikesville
A Baltimore-area native is bringing his New Jersey deli home to Pikesville. Neil Parish is opening the Kibitz Room in the former Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. space at the Hooks Village mixed-use complex later this summer. It’s the second location for the deli, which also has a shop in Cherry Hill,...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Halethorpe man, among 7 who died in USS Fitzgerald collision, had followed in father's Navy footsteps | Baltimore Sun Halethorpe man, among 7 who died in USS Fitzgerald collision, had followed in father's Navy footsteps
Xavier Martin joined the U.S. Navy to follow his father's footsteps. He excelled, and by 24 had become the youngest petty officer with a rank of first class aboard the USS Fitzgerald, based in Yokosuka, Japan, his father, Darrold Martin, said. "He was mimicking me," said Martin, of Halethorpe,...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Police release update, another video in Towson hit-and-run case | Baltimore Sun Police release update, another video in Towson hit-and-run case
Baltimore County police said Tuesday that they have determined that the car of a person who came forward last week was involved in a fatal hit-and-run, but that it was not the first car to strike the cyclist. Police also released an additional video of another vehicle of interest in the case in...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Towson garage staircase partially collapses onto construction worker | Baltimore Sun Towson garage staircase partially collapses onto construction worker
A staircase under construction at a Towson University parking garage fell onto a worker Tuesday, Baltimore County police said. Paramedics were called at 10:12 a.m. to the Towson University Union Garage where workers were dismantling an exterior set of stairs when it started to collapse, said police...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
In labor of love, an army of volunteers puts on Towson's July 4 events | Baltimore Sun In labor of love, an army of volunteers puts on Towson's July 4 events
Long before the last marcher heads down Washington Avenue, Carol Hunter can be found working on Towson's annual Fourth of July parade. Hunter has been a volunteer member of the Towson Parade Committee for more than 20 years. She spends an entire year helping to plan each edition of the annual parade,...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Baltimore County police investigating triple stabbing | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County police investigating triple stabbing
Baltimore County police are investigating a triple stabbing at the El Rich Motel in the 8200 block of Pulaski Highway early Tuesday morning. Three men were in a motel room around 2:30 a.m. when another man knocked on the door, police said. The suspect then pulled out a knife, began stabbing the...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Letter campaign seeks to sink proposed Royal Farms in Towson | Baltimore Sun Letter campaign seeks to sink proposed Royal Farms in Towson
Opponents of a proposed commercial and retail development in downtown Towson that is centered around a Royal Farms gas station have organized a letter writing campaign aimed at stopping the project. The effort seeks to convince Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, to...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Closely watched race for Baltimore County executive opens with Olszewski announcement | Baltimore Sun Closely watched race for Baltimore County executive opens with Olszewski announcement
The 2018 campaign for leadership of Baltimore County — Maryland's third-most populous jurisdiction — gets underway today as Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. officially launches his bid for county executive. Olszewski, 34, a former teacher and state delegate from Dundalk, is scheduled to announce his...
Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2017
Staging Catonsville's July 4th festivities takes a corps of dedicated volunteers | Baltimore Sun Staging Catonsville's July 4th festivities takes a corps of dedicated volunteers
Planning continues all year for popular parade, fireworks
Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2017
New academic standards will keep more immigrant students in English proficiency classes next year | Baltimore Sun New academic standards will keep more immigrant students in English proficiency classes next year
Hundreds of Baltimore-area immigrant students and many others statewide may need to repeat or take additional English language classes next school year after state education officials retroactively raised the standards for English proficiency. State officials say the change, implemented in May,...
Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2017
Local Little League players participate in Dundalk movie shoot | Baltimore Sun Local Little League players participate in Dundalk movie shoot
Thirteen-year-old Chris Rolfes has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember, but he never felt as nervous on the diamond as he did Sunday. Rolfes joined dozens of other Little League players and other young enthusiasts of the game at Battle Grove Field in Dundalk to play extras in a...
Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2017
Motorcyclist dies in crash in Baltimore County | Baltimore Sun Motorcyclist dies in crash in Baltimore County
A motorcyclist died in a crash on the Interstate 95 north ramp to the inner loop of the beltway in Baltimore County Sunday morning, State Police said. Benjamin Lovell Brabham, 30, of Catonsville was driving a 2007 Honda Sport Bike north on the ramp when he lost control of the bike and fell off...
Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2017
Hundreds gather to mourn victim of bicyclist killed in Towson hit-and-run | Baltimore Sun Hundreds gather to mourn victim of bicyclist killed in Towson hit-and-run
Hundreds of mourners stood shoulder-to-shoulder filling a South Baltimore funeral home Saturday to remember 20-year-old Aaron Laciny as a passionate learner who seemed destined for "wonderful things." Laciny was killed while riding his bike on Charles Street in Towson around 10:30 p.m. on June...
Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2017
Camp promotes reunion of separated siblings in Maryland | Baltimore Sun Camp promotes reunion of separated siblings in Maryland
Thirteen-year-old Jeffrey has enjoyed horseback riding, swimming in the pool and gobbling ice cream with his 7-year-old brother, Markus. Their sister Akira, 12, has had a blast keeping up her scrapbook and decorating blankets bearing messages of love for her brothers. For 51 weeks of the year,...
Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2017
Perry Hall's Double T Diner prepares to roll to new location | Baltimore Sun Perry Hall's Double T Diner prepares to roll to new location
The doors have been shut, the dessert cases are empty and the kitchen no longer serves up spinach pie, omelettes or milkshakes at the Double T Diner in Perry Hall. Contractors have emptied the basement and are disconnecting the utilities in preparation to carefully roll the entire diner about 300...
Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2017
Duck Donuts is opening in White Marsh | Baltimore Sun Duck Donuts is opening in White Marsh
Topped with sprinkles, covered in bacon or dipped in powdered sugar, Duck Donuts is bringing its made-to-order doughnuts to Baltimore County. The North Carolina-based doughnut shop is opening at 5272 Campbell Blvd. in the Nottingham Square shopping center in White Marsh. It opens to the public...
Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2017
As holiday nears, Towson fireworks show still needs funding and volunteers | Baltimore Sun As holiday nears, Towson fireworks show still needs funding and volunteers
A 20-minute fireworks display lighting up the skies is a tradition of celebrating America's birthday in Towson. With less than two weeks to go until the big display, about $7,500 is needed to make sure Towson's annual July 4 fireworks at Loch Raven Technical Academy will go off this year, according...
Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2017
Sears will close stores at Hunt Valley Towne Centre and in Hagerstown | Baltimore Sun Sears will close stores at Hunt Valley Towne Centre and in Hagerstown
Sears will shutter two Maryland stores in its latest round of closings, including at Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Baltimore County and in Hagerstown. Sears Holdings Corp. will terminate leases for 20 unprofitable stores with landlord Seritage Growth Properties, part of cost cutting measures as the...
Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2017
New movie 'All Square' seeks Little Leaguers for Dundalk shoot | Baltimore Sun New movie 'All Square' seeks Little Leaguers for Dundalk shoot
A new film starring actors from “House of Cards” and “The Wire” is looking for local Little Leaguers to serve as extras. “All Square,” with Michael Kelly from “House of Cards” and Isiah Whitlock from “The Wire,” will be shooting next week at Battle Grove Field in Dundalk and needs young baseball...
Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2017
Neglect, abuse charges filed against operator of Lansdowne adult-care home | Baltimore Sun Neglect, abuse charges filed against operator of Lansdowne adult-care home
The owner and a worker at a Lansdowne assisted-living home where 16 residents were found in a facility licensed for four beds have been charged with multiple criminal counts of neglect and reckless endangerment, the Baltimore County prosecutor's office announced Thursday. Dione Griffin, owner of...
Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2017