Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

April 07, 2006

Police seek man in bank robbery

Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of robbing a Catonsville bank.

A man entered a Wachovia Bank in the 500 block of Frederick Road about 10 a.m. Wednesday, gave a bank teller a note that suggested he had a bomb and demanded money, police said. The teller gave the man an undisclosed sum of money, and the man fled out of the bank north on Frederick Road, police said.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 30 years old, about 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, with a light beard and mustache. He was wearing a black leather jacket over a white or khaki ribbed shirt, khaki pants and a white sailor-style hat with the rim pulled down, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

Detention facility

Zirkin wants to group 3 counties In an attempt to keep a large juvenile detention facility from being built in Baltimore County, state Del. Bobby A. Zirkin has proposed to group Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties into a region that would share facilities.

His bill responds to a state plan released this year to build a juvenile detention center and several smaller facilities in a region that includes Baltimore County and Baltimore City. The facilities are planned partly to replace a portion of the troubled Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, in Baltimore County, which was closed last fall.

Zirkin, a Pikesville-Owings Mills Democrat, said his bill would provide more options for any new juvenile detention facilities to be built outside the county. He said yesterday that he is not confident the bill would be passed until after the November election. Zirkin has said he would prefer a new detention center on the Hickey School property over a new facility in another part of the Baltimore County.

In February, Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. created a task force on the future of state-owned property at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, as the state began looking at potential sites for a new juvenile facility.

Josh Mitchell


Building would replace 3 others

A proposed office building on Towson's roundabout could give the area surrounding the traffic circle a new look, county officials said.

The "contemporary signature building" is being designed for Fidelity Investments, which plans to relocate from Towson Commons, said Andrea J. Van Arsdale, commercial revitalization director for the county's Department of Economic Development. It would replace three small office buildings, which would be razed, Van Arsdale said.

The work could be start as early as the fall, she said, and the county is working to redevelop a site, with an abandoned gas station, across York Road from the site of the planned Fidelity office.

Sophie Launay, a spokeswoman for Fidelity Investments, said she could only confirm that the company's Towson office, which opened in 1987, would be relocated, but she would not provide details on the new location.

Laura Barnhardt


Part of Academy Lane will close

A portion of Academy Lane in Reisterstown will be closed from Monday until next Friday, county officials announced.

The section of road between Gwynnbrook Avenue and Brushwood Drive will be shut down to repair and smooth the road.

Traffic will be detoured from Gwynnbrook to Owings Mills Boulevard to Timber Grove.


County will collect electronics

Baltimore County will collect unwanted electronics for recycling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Southwest MTA Park and Ride lot in the 1200 block of South Rolling Road in Catonsville. The parking lot is a mile south of Catonsville High School.

Last year, about 1,750 vehicles dropped off more than 160,000 pounds of electronics in just four hours, said Joe Pistorio, public information specialist for the county.

Acceptable items include: computers, cell phones, printers, and VCRs. Appliances and electronics from businesses will not be accepted. The event will be held rain or shine. Information: or 410-887-2000.

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