School board member Robert Fulton Dashiell's...

LOCHEARN --

July 02, 1998|By From staff reports

LOCHEARN -- School board member Robert Fulton Dashiell's campaign against incumbent state Sen. Delores G. Kelley, a 10th District Democrat, has run afoul of county sign laws to the tune of $8,000.

The county accuses Dashiell's Democratic campaign of placing 40 signs in the public right of way along the Liberty Road corridor from Patterson to Washington avenues on June 24 and 25. A hearing on the citation is scheduled for Aug. 18, said James H. Thompson, county inspections supervisor.

Julius Henson, campaign manager for Dashiell, said he always has cooperated with county officials, and complained that the citation represents "harassment" and "lack of due process."

Neglected lawns target of councilman's bill

PIKESVILLE

PIKESVILLE -- Tired of citizens' complaints about weeds and tall, neglected grass in residential yards, County Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Randallstown Democrat, is seeking a change in the law that would mean quicker county action.

The bill, up for a vote Monday night, would include grass in a law that already lets the county cut down "weeds and rank vegetation" on private property. It also would reduce to five days from 10 the amount of time the county must wait before cutting lawns more than 1 foot in height.

Most important, the bill would remove the requirement that a notice of violation be served in person, which can stymie action ++ for months. Violators could face a civil fine of up to $200 per day. The changes would take effect July 10, if the council approves.

State rules heroin taker's death in Arbutus a homicide

ARBUTUS

ARBUTUS -- The state medical examiner has ruled that the death of a man who died after taking heroin was a homicide -- the county's eighth this year, according to county police.

Steven Reynolds, 44, was found dead in his home in the first block of Colony Hill Court on May 24 after an anonymous caller told police "there might be a body there," said Baltimore County Police Sgt. Kevin Novak. His wallet and car were missing.

Reynolds' girlfriend, 36-year-old Susan Covel, has been charged with several counts of theft and credit-card fraud involving Reynolds' belongings, Novak said. She is being held in the Women's Detention Center on $100,000 bail, he said.

A man wanted for strangling an Alabama businessman in 1989 was arrested last weekend during a routine traffic stop at the Harbor Tunnel and is to be extradited, authorities said yesterday.

Hubert Lewis Thomas, 51, was stopped Saturday morning by Maryland Transportation Authority Police in a random inspection a rented U-Haul truck. He was detained on charges of driving with a suspended license, after which police said they learned of the outstanding warrant.

Thomas is charged in the death of Wilmer Wayne Miller of Slocomb, Ala., who police said was strangled during a robbery Aug. 21, 1989. Thomas is being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center pending extradition, which police said would occur before July 9.

Woman found dead in home was stabbed, autopsy shows

An autopsy yesterday showed that a 91-year-old Brooklyn woman found dead in her ransacked house Tuesday morning had been repeatedly stabbed, police said.

The body of Leona Klimm of the 3500 block of Fourth St. was

found in a front first-floor room by a neighbor. Police said her body had been badly traumatized, and it was initially difficult to determine her injuries.

Police returned to the victim's house yesterday to gather additional evidence. They said there was forced entry into the house, but they had not determined if anything is missing.

Pub Date: 7/02/98

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