Two arrested in theft of catalytic converters

Baltimore County Digest

March 14, 2006

Two men have been arrested at the Owings Mills Metro station parking lot in connection with an investigation into thefts of catalytic converters from nearly two dozen vehicles in Baltimore and three area counties, the Maryland Transit Administration police announced yesterday.

Michael J. Norris, 25, of the 2600 block of Lehman St. in Southwest Baltimore and Toby Ward Trettie, 24, of the 6700 block of Railway Ave. in Dundalk were arrested March 7 on the parking lot by MTA Officers Shantel White and Lisa Matthews, who were aware of earlier converter thefts there.

One of the men was carrying a battery-powered metal cutting saw, and both were charged with possession of burglary tools, said the police agency's Deputy Chief John Gavrilis.

After the arrests, MTA officers searched the suspects' homes and reported seizing batteries, a drill set, bolt cutters and a pry bar, all believed to have been used to remove the equipment from sport utility vehicles and trucks, Gavrilis said.

He said a subpoena has been issued for the records of an undisclosed scrap yard where stolen converters were believed to have been sold for $70 to $100.

Gavrilis said Norris and Trettie were being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $3,500 and $50,000 bail, respectively, and that the investigation is continuing.

Countywide

12 police officers promoted

Twelve Baltimore County police officers have been promoted, the department announced.

The changes include the promotion of two captains to major. Maj. Joseph E. Burris is assigned to the department's Operations Bureau, and Maj. Lawrence R. Suther is assigned to the Administrative and Technical Services Bureau.

Lt. William J. Cordwell, promoted from sergeant, is also assigned to the Operations Bureau.

Four corporals were promoted to sergeant, and five officers were promoted to corporal. Also, one civilian employee in the Operations Bureau was promoted, according to the department's announcement.

A promotions ceremony was conducted yesterday at the conference center at Oregon Ridge Park.

Cockeysville

Panel to discuss open-meetings law

The League of Women Voters of Baltimore County will hold a panel discussion on openness in government and the Maryland open-meetings law.

The discussion will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Cockeysville library branch, 9833 Greenside Drive.

Panelists will include Bryan Sears of the Towson Times; Joan Floyd, a Baltimore City community activist; Thomas J. Peddicord Jr., legislative counsel for the Baltimore County Council; and Diana Dugan, head of the Baltimore County League's Observer Corps.

Information: 410-377-8046.

Politics

Candidates forum set at university

The Central Baltimore County Democratic Club with Towson University Democrats and Goucher Democrats will hold a forum for House of Representative candidates for Maryland's 3rd Congressional District tonight at Towson University.

The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the third floor of the University Union building at the university. Information: 410-592-3003.

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