TOWSON -- County homebuyers will get a guaranteed $330 break on home purchase closing costs under a bill approved by the County Council last night. The vote was 6-1.
The bill changes current law, which says the reduction of county real estate transfer tax enacted in 1995 should be split between buyer and seller, unless otherwise agreed between the parties.
The change assures the buyer will get the full credit every time, said council Chairman Stephen G. Sam Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat. "We thought it would help sellers sell their houses," he said, and also might encourage more people to buy homes in the county.
Planning board to target areas for sign removal
TOWSON -- The planning board is set to vote tomorrow on the county's priority areas for nonconforming sign removal.
Under a sign law adopted by the County Council last year, a company wishing to place a new billboard must first remove a nonconforming sign of equal footage in a targeted area. The planning staff proposes that those areas be the county's revitalization districts and areas subject to design review regulations.
The areas include most of the county's older communities, such as Towson and Joppa-Loch Raven, Catonsville, Parkville, Woodlawn, Pikesville, Essex, Dundalk, Arbutus, Reisterstown, Overlea and the Liberty Road communities.
Council panel gives OK to 4.6% increase in spending
TOWSON -- Baltimore County may spend up to $880 million in local tax revenues -- or 4.6 percent more than this year -- during the next fiscal year, according to a county panel.
The County Council's Spending Affordability Committee yesterday approved the figures, which are based mainly on personal income projections in the county.
The figures mean County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger may ask the County Council for a $38.7 million increase in local spending in his proposed budget this spring. The county's budget is $1.5 billion.
Reading, discussion series on democracy begins today
TOWSON -- The Maryland Humanities Council is sponsoring a reading and discussion series on democracy in America that begins today at Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave.
The program, open to the public, starts with a 6 p.m. reception today for Selby Kiffer, vice president of the books and manuscripts department at Sotheby's auction house, and Chris Brady, a book appraiser. Kiffer will deliver a presentation on rare books and documents. He and Brady will appraise books at 7: 15 p.m.
The series continues from 10: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Feb. 4, 18 and March 4. Whitman Ridgway, a history professor at the University of Maryland, College Park will lead each session. Cost is $2.50. Information: 410-887-3094.
A retired city police officer and a citizen wrestled a handgun away from a man suspected of robbing and shooting a clerk at an Amoco station in Southwest Baltimore yesterday, and held him for police.
Clerk Emmanuel Daromole, 40, was shot once in the leg and twice in the abdomen about 8 a.m. outside the station in the 2000 block of N. Forest Park Ave. and robbed of a bag of money, police said. He was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Melvin Reed, 55, the retiree, and another man wrestled the gun away from the suspect and held him for police. Police said Donnell Hudson, 34, of the 200 block of Bolivar Ave. in Brooklyn Park was charged with attempted murder and armed robbery.
Unidentified man found fatally shot in car
An unidentified man was found fatally shot yesterday morning in a car on North Port Street in Southeast Baltimore and police said they knew of no suspects or motive in the case.
Homicide detectives were seen escorting at least one witness to headquarters for questioning shortly after the 11: 45 a.m. shooting in the 200 block of N. Port St., south of Orleans Street.
The driver's and passenger's side windows were shattered and the victim was slumped over the steering wheel, police said. He had been shot at least once in the head, detectives said.
Man pushes friends to safety, is fatally shot
A man was fatally shot last night in West Baltimore after pushing several friends to safety as a gunman approached, police said.
Detective Sgt. Errol E. Etting of the homicide unit said the man was walking with friends in the 900 block of Harlem Ave. about 9: 15 p.m. when a man with a large-caliber handgun approached.
Etting said the man pushed his friends aside as the gunman opened fire and was shot several times in the upper torso. The victim's name was withheld pending notification of relatives, he said.
Pub Date: 1/21/98