In Baltimore City
Birth certificate left at robbery site leads to indictment
A birth certificate that was left behind led to a man's indictment yesterday in two bank robberies.
Fredrick Morrallis McMillan, 30, of no known address, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of robbing the Bank of America branch in the 100 block of S. Charles St. about noon Wednesday and theAllfirst branch in the first block of S. Charles St. Monday afternoon, the FBI said. Small sums of money were taken in the unarmed holdups.
A copy of McMillan's birth certificate was left behind during Wednesday's robbery, said Special Agent Peter A. Gulotta Jr., a spokesman for the Baltimore office of the FBI. Gulotta said agents gathered other evidence that led to the indictments. McMillan was being sought.
Oak Street church to hold back-to-school rally
Oak Street AME Church will hold a back-to-school rally at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at the church, 123 W. 24th St. Children from kindergarten to the 12th grade will receive free packages of school supplies.
Choirs from around the area will provide entertainment, and barbecue dinners will be served beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free. Information: 410-947-2454.
In Baltimore County
3 beaches stay closed by high levels of bacteria
CHASE - Three beaches in eastern Baltimore County will remain closed through this weekend because of high levels of fecal coliform bacteria, officials said yesterday.
Swimming continues to be prohibited at the riverfront beach at Gunpowder Falls State Park's Hammerman area in Chase, at Hart-Miller Island in the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of Middle River and at Miami Beach in Middle River.
Officials said the beaches will remain closed until tests show a "good trend," with bacteria within allowable limits. The high levels of bacteria are believed to be caused by warm temperatures, runoff from rain and waste from waterfowl.
SADD sets meeting today to discuss traffic safety
TOWSON - Members of Baltimore County Students Against Destructive Decisions called an emergency board meeting for today to discuss how to get the message to their peers about traffic safety and responsible decision-making.
Organizers said they were calling the meeting because of recent area car accidents involving young drivers, including the Fort McHenry Tunnel crash, the Subaru Outback that slammed into a tavern in Carney and the death of a motorist at the light rail crossing in Lutherville.
All SADD members are invited to the session at 2 p.m. in the county Department of Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse conference room, 401 Washington Ave. Information: 410-887-3828.
Woman's body found on Owings Mills street
OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore County police found the body of a 50-year-old Baltimore woman in Owings Mills yesterday and are awaiting a determination from the state medical examiner's office today on the cause of death.
Police said they received a call about 8:30 a.m. from the 100 block of St. Thomas Lane about a woman lying face down about 50 feet from a car. Police said the woman's keys and pocketbook were found in the vehicle.
The woman's husband had reported her missing early yesterday, police said. Police were withholding her name pending notification of relatives.
Community picnic planned for HotSpot neighborhood
WOODLAWN - A community picnic to highlight one of Baltimore County's newest HotSpot programs - in the Woodmoor neighborhood - will be held tomorrow in Gwynn Oak Park, 6010 Gwynn Oak Ave.
The picnic will begin at noon, followed by a brief ceremony at 1 p.m., and games and contests. Residents from Woodmoor and surrounding neighborhoods are expected to be joined by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan.
The HotSpot program is a partnership between state and county governments to improve the quality of life and respond to crime in selected neighborhoods.