More than 10,000 additional Republican voters...

TOWSON --

August 26, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- More than 10,000 additional Republican voters are registered in the county this year than in 1994, compared with an increase of 2,000 Democrats, election board Administrator Doris J. Suter said, but the real registration growth is in independents.

The number of independents increased from 24,646 four years ago to 35,506 registered before the Sept. 15 primary. Overall, Democrats outnumber Republicans in the county by more than 2-to-1, with 246,887 Democrats, compared with 110,647 Republicans.

Including a few hundred people registered to small parties, 394,576 county residents are registered to vote this year, up from about 24,000 since 1994.

Public schools to receive Weather Alert Radios

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TOWSON -- The county's 160 public schools will be receiving XTC Desk Top Weather Alert Radios today to alert them to dangerous weather conditions.

The radios -- which are endorsed by the Office of Emergency Preparedness and the school system's Health and Safety Committee -- turn on when a weather alert has been issued for the area, giving school administrators a chance to follow the school system's emergency procedures.

The radios will be demonstrated by county fire and school officials today at noon at Holabird Middle School.

Suspect in bank robbery remains jailed without bond

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TOWSON -- A man accused of robbing a bank, then trying to carjack a judge and an off-duty auxiliary city police officer, was denied bail and remained in custody at Baltimore County Detention Center yesterday.

Michael J. Raines, 35, of the 1600 block of E. 31st St. in Baltimore was charged with armed robbery, two counts of carjacking and three counts of first-degree assault, said county police spokesman Bill Toohey.

The charges stemmed from a bank robbery on York Road on Monday. A man robbed Bradford Federal Savings Bank, then fled with the money. A district judge and an off-duty officer who were driving past saw the dye pack in the money explode, followed the man and held him until police arrived.

Officer Gary McLhinney has been elected to a third two-year term as president of the Fraternal Order of Police Baltimore City Lodge No. 3.

McLhinney, an 18-year veteran, ran unopposed, pledging to continue focusing on city crime-fighting strategies. The union represents 4,600 members, including 3,200 sworn officers.

When he was first elected in 1994, McLhinney, 38, was the youngest president ever of the union, which has represented city police officers since 1966. He serves on the boards of directors of the national FOP and the Municipal Employees Credit Union.

Two men charged in death of W. Baltimore man

Two men were each charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the beating death in June of a man in West Baltimore, police said.

Julius T. Bolger, 21, of the 2000 block of Clifton Ave. and Donnell Johnson, 18, of the 1800 block of N. Dukeland St. were arrested about 2 a.m. in a car, police said. They were being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center pending bail hearings, police said.

Police said Gary W. Hawkins, 47, of the 1500 block of McCulloh St. was beaten with fists and kicked in the 1900 block of Ridgehill Ave. June 14 and died of his injuries a short time later.

Pub Date: 8/26/98

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