LOCHEARN -- Noting no proof of irreparable and immediate harm, a federal judge refused yesterday to issue a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the county's law banning campaign signs on private property until 30 days before an election.
U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin rejected arguments from Paul Mark Sandler, who was representing Warren Taylor Jr., a supporter of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Eileen M. Rehrmann. Taylor wants to display a lawn sign at his home in the 3900 block of Patterson Ave.
Smalkin ordered both sides to submit written arguments for a hearing to be scheduled next month on the county sign law's constitutionality. For now, he agreed with County Attorney Virginia W. Barnhart that no emergency exists. The primary election is Sept. 15.
Pikes Theater renovation into market to begin today
PIKESVILLE -- Groundbreaking for the transformation of the historic Pikes Theater into DiPasquale's Gourmet Italian Market will take place at 2: 30 p.m. today.
The 1930s-era building in the 900 block of Reisterstown Road will be converted into a coffee lounge and a 50-seat restaurant by the fall by Baltimore developers Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse. Design plans call for the market to keep the theater's original vaulted ceiling and stage and much of its interior walls.
The theater -- located in one of the county's 13 revitalization districts -- has been vacant since 1983.
Trial in theft from county postponed until Oct. 7
TOWSON -- The trial of a 43-year-old Owings Mills woman charged with stealing $103,921 in county money while working as a temporary employee for a private company handling county workers' compensation checks has been postponed to Oct. 7.
The delay is intended to give Sandra Ann Callis time to get an attorney. She faces 15 years in prison if convicted on two counts of felony theft for allegedly issuing fraudulent workers' compensation checks between July and December 1997.
Callis denies the charges, saying she was "set up" by some other person working for PMA Management Corp. the Pennsylvania company with the contract. The county handles the claims itself now.
Suspect in burglaries arrested in Connecticut
TOWSON -- A man charged in three Timonium burglaries, and a suspect in several others in Rodgers Forge, was arrested yesterday in Connecticut, county police said.
Gerhard P. Kurth, 22, of no fixed address was arrested in Stamford, Conn., said police spokesman Bill Toohey. Acting on information provided by Baltimore County burglary detectives, Connecticut officers found Kurth in Greenwich and pursued him into nearby Stamford, Toohey said.
County detectives will interview Kurth in Stamford about the Timonium burglaries July 10 and 11, and the Rodgers Forge ones July 16, Toohey said.
An unidentified woman walking in the fast lane of Jones Falls Expressway was killed yesterday morning when she was hit by a car whose driver made a futile attempt to avoid a collision, Baltimore police said.
The accident occurred about 4: 45 a.m. on the highway's northbound side, about 100 yards north of the North Avenue exit ramp. Witnesses told police that the woman, who was believed to be in her mid- to late 20s, was staggering up the highway.
Police identified the driver of the 1990 Plymouth Sundance as John Shell, 33, of the 1800 block of E. Baltimore St. Police ruled the cause of the accident pedestrian error and said no charges or citations are expected to be issued.
Morgan State receives $1 million from HUD
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Morgan State University $1 million as part of HUD's Economic Development Initiative, a 4-year-old nationwide program that provides grants to schools and areas needing a financial boost.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Democrat from the 7th District who endorsed the application, said part of the money will be used for financial aid and academic programs. He said $50,000 of the money will go to programs the university has with Northern High School that encourage students to attend college.
Pub Date: 7/23/98