Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

February 16, 2006

Police are investigating body found in woods

Baltimore County police are investigating the death of a man whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded area in Edgemere.

The remains, and a handgun, were found Friday as four dog-handling officers conducted a training exercise near the Peninsula Expressway and Reservoir Road, police said yesterday. No identification was found near the remains, police said.

Finding a handgun near the remains suggests that the death might have been a suicide, police said, but the case was classified as a suspicious death. The remains were taken to the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death, police said.

Nick Shields

Owings Mills

Missing infant found; father arrested

A 4-month-old infant was found yesterday in Owings Mills after she allegedly was abducted from her home in Washington state, Maryland and Washington authorities said yesterday.

Maryland State Police said they arrested Albert Lasalle Murphy Jr., 34, of Federal Way, Wash., and recovered his daughter unharmed about 4:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of Riverstone Drive.

Police from the King County Sheriff's Office in Seattle said Murphy is suspected of abducting the child in late November. An arrest warrant was issued in charging him with felony kidnapping, police there said.

Murphy was also wanted for a violation of probation in Baltimore, Maryland State Police said. He is being held without bail at the city's Central Booking and Intake Center.

Nick Shields

Catonsville

Police seek information on teenager

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 15-year-old girl from Catonsville who was reported as a runaway.

Brittany Freeland of the first block of Shady Nook Ave. has been missing since Jan. 8, and county police said she needs medication. She was last seen in the area of Federal Street and Washington Street in East Baltimore, police said.

She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 165 pounds, with brown eyes and black shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, jeans and white shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020.

Towson

$271,133 grant to address drug abuse

A $271,133 grant to address the role that substance abuse plays in crime has been awarded to Baltimore County from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

State officials said the funds will be used to set up a 45-bed therapeutic treatment community in the county Detention Center. The program will provide a full range of inmate treatment services while they are incarcerated and after they have been released.

The funds will also provide salary support, contractual services, administrative operating expenses and other related program equipment and supplies. The Office of Crime Control and Prevention will oversee this new program, said public information officer Alex Ray.

Catonsville

Snowed-out College Goal event reset

College Goal Sunday at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event is designed to encourage college-bound students and their parents to meet with financial aid professionals to learn how to complete their first Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required by most colleges, universities and private career schools to qualify for scholarships, grants and loans.

Students need to take 1040 tax forms, their own or their parents; and W-2 forms or other 2005 income and benefits information.

The event had been scheduled for last weekend at the Catonsville and Dundalk campuses of CCBC, but the college was closed because of snow. The event at the Dundalk campus is not being rescheduled, but students can receive assistance with the form at the campus' financial aid office until March 1.

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