Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

March 02, 2006

Boy arrested at school after robbery attempt

A 13-year-old boy was arrested at a Baltimore County school yesterday after an attempt to rob a student with a BB gun, police said.

A day earlier, county police pulled over a school bus and arrested a teenager who they said had shown another student a loaded handgun.

FOR THE RECORD - A brief item in the Maryland section of yesterday's editions of The Sun included an inaccurate figure for the revenue generated by the Brooklandville post office. The post office, in Green Spring Station, brings in nearly $1 million in revenue each year, according to a statement from Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's office.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday outside Lansdowne Middle School, police said, an attempt was made to rob an 11-year-old boy by another boy who pointed a BB gun at him.

Other pupils who saw the incident told the principal, police said. The principal told a school resource officer, who approached a boy and found a "non-functional" BB gun inside his jacket, police said.

The boy was arrested and charged as a juvenile with attempted armed robbery, possession of a deadly weapon on school property and disturbing school activities, police said. He was released to the custody of his parents.

Tuesday afternoon, police pulled over a school bus carrying students from the Rosedale Center alternative school and arrested a 14-year-old boy who was charged as a juvenile with possession of a handgun.

Nick Shields

Hereford

Accident victim a high school senior

The 18-year-old man who was killed in a car accident early Tuesday in southern Pennsylvania was a senior at Hereford High School, Baltimore County school officials said yesterday.

Richard Cunningham of Upperco was a popular student at Hereford, where he wrestled and played lacrosse, said Principal John Bereska.

Word of the accident spread about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, he said. "[Tuesday] was the day of shock," Bereska said.

County school system spokesman Charles A. Herndon said the system's trauma loss team went to Hereford High on Tuesday afternoon and yesterday morning.

Assistant varsity lacrosse coach Steve Turnbaugh said Cunningham, who went by the name Taylor, was a lacrosse goalie at Hereford for three years. Turnbaugh said the senior probably would have been the star this year. Yesterday was the first day of practice, the coach said.

Cunningham "liked to have a good time and could be a character sometimes," Turnbaugh said.

The fatal accident was the second this school year involving a Hereford student. A ninth-grader was killed in an accident in November.

Two members of the Class of 2002, both Marines, were killed in separate incidents in Iraq in the fall.

Liz F. Kay

Brooklandville

Talks held on new post office site

Negotiations are under way to secure a new space for the Brooklandville post office in the same neighborhood, officials said yesterday.

Postal officials told representatives of Maryland's two U.S. senators and two congressmen about the negotiations during a meeting Tuesday in Washington.

Heather Molino, a spokeswoman for Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, said, "Right now we are in the heart of negotiations, and we think things are going very well." She declined to say where the new location might be.

The Brooklandville post office, at 10751 Falls Road in Green Spring Station, has 700 rented post office boxes and brings in close to $100,000 a year in revenue. The U.S. Postal Service announced recently that it would close the post office on June 30 because its lease was expiring.

Since the announcement of the closing, Ruppersberger, Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes, and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin have been flooded with phone calls and e-mails from constituents urging them to ask the Postal Service to move the post office within the neighborhood.

Molino said she hopes negotiations will be completed within a few weeks. She said the Postal Service would do everything it could to avoid an interruption in service.

Reisterstown

Humane Society needs volunteers

The Humane Society of Baltimore County is seeking volunteers to help walk dogs, groom cats, feed animals, clean animal areas, do other jobs associated with the animals and provide administrative help.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must attend a two-hour orientation session. The next orientation session will be held at 1 p.m. March 11 in the Windswept Building on the Humane Society grounds at 1601 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown.

Information: 410-833-2387.

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