7-Eleven convenience store and gas pumps...


March 20, 1998|By From staff reports

OWINGS MILLS -- A 7-Eleven convenience store and gas pumps at Crondall Lane and Owings Mills Boulevard has received a green light from county zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt, despite community protests.

The 24-hour-a-day operation, on a 3.7-acre site in the southeastern quadrant of the intersection, would attract loiterers and too much traffic, some residents said. But Schmidt approved the development plan and granted a zoning exception March 17. He added that no left turns into the site would be permitted from Crondall Lane during rush hours.

The wooded lot would have a 32,980-square-foot building and six gas pumps, located away from busy Owings Mills Boulevard. Opponents have 30 days to appeal.

Police Foundation honors five officers at ceremony


HUNT VALLEY -- Five county officers were recognized yesterday at the Police Foundation's 18th annual awards dinner.

The foundation, a private Baltimore County group established in 1979, gave a valor award to Officer Michael A. Cortes. A crime prevention award went to Officer Richard L. McFillin; community service award to Officer Frank M. Rynarzewski; and exceptional police performance award to Detective Michael J. Malone. Capt. Brian Uppercue was recognized for distinguished contribution to the profession.

Each received a plaque, a ribbon and a $500 check in a ceremony at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. The speaker was Patrick V. Murphy, formerly a New York police commissioner and now director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Police Policy Board.

Students to compete in math for $1,000 savings bonds


TIMONIUM -- County students will take part in the 1998 First National Bank 24 Challenge tomorrow at the Holiday Inn Select on Greenspring Drive.

More than 220 students will represent 129 county public schools in the math competition, which involves adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing to come up with the number 24. Three grand champions and nine finalists will be named. Each grand champion will receive a $1,000 savings bond and a first-place trophy.

The competition is a joint venture between Baltimore County public schools and First National Bank of Maryland.

Two Southwestern District officers were honored for their efforts to get guns off the streets at a command staff meeting at police headquarters yesterday.

Officer Darren Belechto, a rookie with six months' service, pulled over a station wagon in the 4600 block of Edmondson Ave. last month and ordered the occupants out of the car when the driver could not produce a license. The driver had a .40-caliber handgun tucked inside his waistband. Other weapons recovered were a .380-caliber handgun and two 9 mm Glocks.

Officer Timothy Galt, a two-year veteran, seized 15 handguns last year and five this year, an unusually high number for a patrol officer who is often busy answering emergency calls.

Apartment units for elderly proposed in Coldspring

A proposal to build an apartment building for moderate-income senior citizens next to Waldorf School in Coldspring New Town was presented to the city's design advisory panel yesterday.

If the city approves the plan and helps with finances, construction of the 97-unit building could begin next year, said Jeffrey K. Hettleman, vice president of the Shelter Group, which builds housing for the elderly in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Vicky Westover of the Waldorf School said a building housing elderly people is "exactly the right partner to share this site with us. They share our vision for a real community here with intergenerational programs."

Police Youth Choir singing to celebrate 3rd anniversary

The Police Youth Choir will celebrate its third anniversary by performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Walbrook Senior High School auditorium, 2000 Edgewood St. in West Baltimore.

The 60 boys and girls, ages 8 to 17, will sing patriotic, gospel and pop selections to mark their 135th performance, all of them led by Officer Roderick O. Dotson, choir director.

"We want people to come out and celebrate these positive young people, who are involved in this positive endeavor," said Col. Alvin Winkler, chief of the Police Department's Youth Bureau.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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