Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

April 18, 2006

Police investigating death of a pedestrian

Baltimore County police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck and killed Sunday night on Harford Road.

Louis Nemphos Jr., 42, of the first block of Hayloch Court in Nottingham was crossing Harford Road at Manns Avenue in Parkville about 8:45 p.m. Sunday when he was hit by a 1993 Mazda Protege driven by Steven Poljak, 17, of Towson, police said.

Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman, said he did not know whether Nemphos was in a crosswalk or what might have caused the accident. No charges had been filed.

Jennifer McMenamin

County Council

Bill on campaign signs is withdrawn

A proposal to set limits on the posting of campaign signs on private property was withdrawn before a scheduled vote of the County Council last night.

Councilman Kevin Kamenetz had proposed to prohibit the posting of campaign signs on private property until 45 days before an election. The measure would have also set limits on the size of the signs and required that they be removed within seven days after the election.

In testimony at a council work session last week, several residents said the proposed limits were unconstitutional and would benefit incumbent politicians while hurting political newcomers with less name recognition.

"I'm careful to maintain the highest ethical posture, and I don't want anyone accusing me of self-serving legislation," Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat, said before last night's council meeting.

He also pointed to a state law that he said already imposes limits on the posting of campaign signs.

In other action, the council approved legislation that makes it a misdemeanor to protest within 300 feet of funerals. The bill, spurred by an anti-gay Kansas church's protests of military funerals nationwide, passed unanimously. Violators face a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail.

And two council members introduced a bill to strengthen a law that aims to restrict growth near crowded schools. The bill, introduced by Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Towson Democrat, and Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat, would preclude the county from approving developments near some crowded schools unless the school system agreed to allow children from the new developments to attend schools that are not crowded.

The county defines a crowded school as one that exceeds its capacity by more than 15 percent.

Josh Mitchell

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