Eastpoint couple held in string of robberies
An Eastpoint couple arrested Friday night have been charged in a string of armed robberies of businesses in Dundalk and Southeast Baltimore that began Feb. 19, authorities said yesterday.
James Sparacco, 38, was arrested after city and county police stopped his car near a cemetery in the 7300 block of German Hill Road in Eastpoint, city police said. A fake handgun, believed to have been used in the robberies, was recovered in the car, police said.
His wife, Carol Sparacco, 41, was arrested moments later while attempting to hide in a Friendly's restaurant on nearby Merritt Boulevard, said city robbery squad Detective Michael Debord.
The couple, residents of the 7000 block of Edsworth Road, were charged with six counts of armed robbery in the county and two in the city, Debord said.
They included robberies at Little Tavern in the 6400 block of Holabird Ave. on Feb. 21; Dunkin' Donuts in the 600 block of Dundalk Ave. on Feb. 21; and Dot's Clothing store in the 1400 block of Merritt Blvd. on Thursday.
In most of the holdups, police said, a woman armed with a handgun demanded money from clerks and escaped in a Buick driven by a man. Police said a small amount of money was taken in each robbery.
Based on the pattern of the robberies, city and county police saturated affected areas with officers, Debord said. About 9 p.m. Friday, police spotted the Buick near the cemetery.
The Sparaccos are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Police identify man killed in crash
Baltimore County police identified yesterday the man who was killed Sunday afternoon in a crash on a rural road in the northern part of the county.
Nathaniel D. Kennedy, 18, of the first block of E. Broadway in Bel Air was driving at a high speed when he lost control of his car on a slight curve on Spooks Hill Road between Rayville and Armacost roads near Prettyboy Reservoir, police said. The 1992 BMW hit a tree, spun across the road and hit an embankment before being struck by a 1985 BMW driven by a friend who was following Kennedy.
Kennedy's passenger, Aaron J. Kikola, 20, of Felton, Pa., was taken to York Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Neither the driver of the second BMW, Nathaniel L. Bucklew, 20, of Glen Rock, Pa., nor his passenger, Jaymes A. Campbell, 20, of Stewartstown, Pa., was injured, police said.
All four men were wearing seat belts, police said.
Task force backs group-home bills
A community task force in western Baltimore County is recommending support of two legislative proposals involving the state's group-home system.
A General Assembly proposal would tie the placement of group homes to the areas that need them. The county administration has said that a majority of the residents of group homes in Baltimore County are from other counties. Another bill would provide grants to help build facilities.
The nine-member Group Homes Task Force was convened by County Councilmen Kenneth N. Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat, and Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, an Owings Mills Democrat, whose districts include group homes.
Infill development is meeting topic
The League of Women Voters of Baltimore County will hold a panel discussion on the county's standards and procedures for infill development within the Urban-Rural Demarcation Line at 7 p.m. today at the Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive. Panelists include Jeff Long, deputy director, Office of Planning; David Carroll, director, Environmental Protection and Resource Management; Don Rascoe, deputy director, Permits and Development Management; and Donna Spicer, community activist.
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