In Baltimore County Fight outside court renews calls...

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August 14, 2002|By From staff reports

TOWSON — In Baltimore County

Fight outside court renews calls for more deputy funding

TOWSON -- A fight outside a county courtroom prompted county Circuit Chief Judge John G. Turnbull II to renew yesterday previous calls for additional funding for sheriff's deputies.

The fight broke out about 11 a.m. Monday after a woman, in court for failing to pay court-ordered child support, told Judge Robert E. Cadigan that she was being denied access to her children. Sheriff's deputies quickly broke up a fight between the woman and her ex-husband outside the courtroom. No one was seriously hurt in the fight.

Sheriff Anne K. Strasdauskas said yesterday that she will continue to lobby for funds to attract more deputies and will provide security for civil proceedings when a judge or lawyer requests it. No such request was made for the hearing Monday.

Mentors sought to work with disabled children

ESSEX -- Mentors are needed to work with disabled children and their parents in a fall program at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

Mentor orientation workshops will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21 and 28 at the college Physical Education Center. High school juniors and seniors are also encouraged to volunteer and earn volunteer service hours.

Information: 410-780-6387.

Commanders, technology featured on police TV show

COCKEYSVILLE -- Advances in technology in the Baltimore County Police Department and profiles of precinct commanders are featured in the current edition of Police Report, the county police cable TV program.

Capt. Ronald Schwartz and Lt. Marty Lurz, from the Cockeysville precinct, are interviewed in the 30-minute segment about area crime trends. The program also features visits to Cockeysville Police Athletic League Center and local apartment complexes, and a discussion with Col. Dennis Robinson, who oversees the county Police Department's technical services bureau.

Aired four times a week on Comcast Channel 25, the program will be broadcast at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 6.

In Baltimore City

Body found in car trunk is identified as city man, 38

A body found Monday night in the trunk of a car parked illegally on a street in West Baltimore was identified yesterday as that of a 38-year-old Southwest Baltimore man who had been reported missing Monday by his mother, city police said.

Police were awaiting results of an autopsy on Antonio McNeil of the 300 block of Martingale Ave., who was identified through fingerprints.

Homicide Detective Sean Jones said McNeil's body was found about 7 p.m. in the trunk of his Chevrolet Prizm in the 1800 block of Winchester St. by police responding to a 911 call of an odor coming from the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the death was asked to call Jones or Detective Kevin Hagan at 410-396-2100.

Ehrlich's wife recovering after surgery at Hopkins

Kendel Ehrlich, the wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate and 2nd District Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., was recovering yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after back surgery for a herniated disc.

Ehrlich said doctors there told him his wife "won the prize for the largest herniated disc at Hopkins this year." He said she is expected to return home soon, where she'll recover for a few months.

Ehrlich's running mate, Michael S. Steele, was to speak in the congressman's place in Cumberland this morning before the congressman resumes his campaign schedule.

Deadline is tomorrow for literary award entries

Tomorrow is the entry deadline for the Baltimore Book Festival's first literary award -- the Mayor's Award of Literary Excellence, with a $1,000 prize.

The competition is open to authors of fiction, nonfiction or poetry published between April 2001 and October 2002. The literary content must reflect a strong connection to the city.

The seventh annual festival is scheduled for Sept. 27-29 at Mount Vernon Place, and the award winner will give a reading at the event. Information: 410-752-8632.

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