In Baltimore County Judge OKs reprieve for golf course...

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August 07, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

TOWSON — In Baltimore County

Judge OKs reprieve for golf course facing foreclosure by bank

TOWSON - A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge granted a 10-day restraining order yesterday that prohibits a Carney-based bank from auctioning a Kingsville golf course Friday if the course's owners post a $150,000 bond.

Chesapeake Bank had filed foreclosure papers July 17 in Circuit Court after bank officials said the owners of Mount Vista Golf Course stopped making payments on $2.2 million in loans from 1993 and 1996. A bank official told Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. yesterday that Mount Vista is $154,000 in arrears.

But Bollinger agreed to postpone the auction after Mount Vista's accountant testified that the loan has been overpaid. Bollinger ruled that if the owners cannot post the bond by 5 p.m. tomorrow, the bank still may hold the auction at 11 a.m. Friday outside the clubhouse in the 1100 block of Raphel Road.

Parents asked to register kids for school by Aug. 15

TOWSON - Baltimore County public schools are asking parents to register their children before Aug. 15 to give the school system time to evaluate placement of each student and to adjust staffing.

Schools are open throughout the summer to allow parents to register their children. Parents should contact their local school to schedule an appointment.

County schools begin classes Aug. 26. Information: 410-887- 4554.

21 at supermarket to share $175,000 Mega Millions prize

WOODBROOK - Twenty-one co-workers and friends at Eddie's of Roland Park Supermarket are splitting a $175,000 prize, state lottery officials announced yesterday.

The group matched the first five numbers in the Mega Millions game - 10, 16, 23, 28, 31 - but missed the Mega Ball.

After taxes, the winners each will receive $5,458.35, lottery officials said.

Twenty of the winners work at Eddie's on North Charles Street, and the other is a regular customer at the store, said assistant manager Andrew Gleason.

In Baltimore City

Boy, 6, escapes from man who tried to kidnap him

A 6-year-old boy escaped the grasp of a man trying to kidnap him in an alley near the boy's Northeast Baltimore home, city police said.

The boy, of the 1600 block of MacBeth Drive, was playing with friends about 8:45 p.m. Monday in the 6100 block of Chinquapin Parkway when a man wearing a dark mask tried to pull him into a forest area, police said. One of the boy's friends, whose age was unknown, ran to help the boy, who fled.

"Upon the friend's arrival, the male [suspect] fell to the ground and then fled on foot," according to a police report.

17 injured when bus, car collide on Greenspring Ave.

A Maryland Transit Administration bus collided with a Cadillac yesterday morning in Northwest Baltimore, injuring 17 people, MTA police said. None of the injuries was serious.

The Cadillac's driver, a 62-year-old Baltimore woman, and a 73-year-old passenger were released from Sinai Hospital after being treated for minor injuries. The 15 bus occupants did not suffer serious injuries, police said.

Police said they are investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred about 10:15 a.m. The bus was traveling west on Greenspring Avenue when it collided with the car, which was turning onto Greenspring from Cold Spring Lane, an MTA spokeswoman said.

Douglass' autobiography 1st pick for book campaign

Mayor Martin O'Malley will launch the Baltimore Book Campaign at noon today by asking city residents to read Frederick Douglass' autobiography.

Descendants of Douglass, a former slave and abolitionist, will attend the announcement in the park area at Thames Street and Broadway. Officials from the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Fells Point Business Association will also be on hand.

The reading campaign runs through the Baltimore Book Festival, to be held Sept. 27-29.

Man acting as bondsman indicted in kidnappings

Three people acting as bounty hunters and one man acting as a bail bondsman were indicted on kidnapping charges in Baltimore Circuit Court stemming from an incident July 3, the state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

Joseph Zahl Jr., 45, of the 1800 block of Cremen Road in Pasadena told police that he was a bail bondsman and that he had deputized the others to act as bounty hunters. Zahl has never been a licensed bondsman, prosecutors said. He had posted bail for the people he is accused of kidnapping.

The others indicted were Michael Barringer, who is also known as Robert Lepson, 45, of the 5700 block of Franklin St.; Barbara Burton, 44, of the 5700 block of Franklin St.; and Jeffrey Lutz, 44, of the 100 block of Greenland Beach Road in Anne Arundel County. Zahl and Barringer/Lepson were also indicted on a kidnapping charge in another incident July 2.

@SUBHEDStancil campaign signs among items stolen from car

A car rented by a campaign worker for state's attorney candidate Lisa Joi Stancil was stolen Monday, and more than $500 worth of Stancil's campaign literature and signs are missing, police said.

The Dodge Stratus was taken from a residence in Cross Keys about midnight, and $1,680 worth of goods were stolen from the car, including a laptop computer and two cellular phones.

Police recovered the car about 3:20 a.m. when they saw the Dodge speeding near Pennsylvania and Fulton avenues. After a chase, four people jumped from the car and tried to run. Police arrested three: Butch Kimble, 18, of the 3200 block of Grayson St. and two juveniles. The items in the car were not recovered.

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