Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

April 19, 2006

Pair accused of lying about unserved papers

A father and son who own a Timonium debt-collection agency have been indicted on conspiracy and perjury charges stemming from allegations that they lied about serving hundreds of defendants in civil proceedings, the Maryland attorney general's office said yesterday.

The charges against Brian and Kevin Fitzgerald, the father and son owners of Patrick Investigations Inc., came after authorities found hundreds of fraudulent affidavits of service in Towson District Court where default - or no-show - judgments had been entered against civil defendants who had never, in fact, been served, according to the indictments.

Kevin Fitzgerald, 44, of West Lake Avenue in Baltimore, was charged with three counts of lying on affidavits of service that he personally served and with 134 counts of directing employees to lie on affidavits of service and with one count of conspiring with his father, Brian, to have employees lie on affidavits of service.

Brian Fitzgerald, 70, of Chetwood Street in Timonium, was charged with a single count of perjury; he is alleged to have lied on an affidavit of service that he had served personally.

The men were indicted late Monday, said Kevin J. Enright, a spokesman for Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. No arraignment date had been set, Enright said.

Laura Barnhardt

Towson

Lecture today on planning project

Transportation expert Ian Lockwood will present a free lecture at 7 p.m. today to generate interest in the June Urban Design Assistance Team (UDAT) Planning Project.

The presentation, sponsored by Tomorrow's Towson Inc. - a nonprofit organization that was formed to orchestrate the UDAT meeting - will be held at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St., Towson.

Lockwood is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Baltimore County Planning Board at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The public meeting will be held in Room 407 of the County Courts Building at 401 Bosley Ave., Towson.

Utilities

County plans no water restrictions

Baltimore County has no immediate plans to impose restrictions on water use during an upgrade of a city-owned water main set to begin this spring.

The 54-inch main in southwestern Baltimore County will be out of service as the city determines whether the main should be repaired or replaced, said Kurt L. Kocher, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

Anne Arundel and Howard counties announced this week restrictions on water use because of the work, but a Baltimore County spokeswoman said residents of that jurisdiction will face no immediate restrictions.

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