Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

June 02, 2006

Police seeking suspect in numerous robberies

Baltimore County police are searching for a man suspected in more than a dozen armed robberies throughout the county.

The man is suspected of 16 robberies at grocery and convenience stores and service stations in areas including Dundalk, Towson, Rosedale, Middle River, Nottingham, Lutherville and Windsor Mill since April 2, police said.

In each case, a man entered the store, flashed a handgun and demanded cash, police said.

The latest armed robbery occurred May 23. Police said a man walked into a High's store in the 4000 block of North Point Boulevard about 9 p.m. that day and demanded money from two clerks. The women gave him an undisclosed amount of money before he fled.

Police said no one has been injured in the robberies and that it is not known whether he is connected to other robberies in the region.

The suspect was described as black, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, about 200 pounds, with a large muscular build, a mustache, a goatee and, possibly, braided hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Nick Shields

Hunt Valley

Traffic signal to be inaugurated

A traffic signal designed to accommodate increased traffic brought by Hunt Valley Towne Centre is to be turned on this morning.

The area's primary developer, Greenberg Commercial Corp., contributed $50,000 toward the traffic light, which is at McCormick Road and International Circle, county officials announced.

A brief ceremony with elected officials and representatives from the shopping center and the developer is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today.

Scheme

Man ordered to repay nearly $20,000

A 70-year-old Baltimore man has been ordered to repay 10 people, including five from Baltimore County, who bought nearly $20,000 worth of airline and concert tickets from him that he never provided, according to the Maryland attorney general's office.

Peter Toronto of Curtis Bay has also been directed to stop selling goods and services in Maryland, according to a cease-and-desist order issued last month and served Wednesday night by the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general's office, the office said.

A preliminary investigation by the division has found 10 victims who paid Toronto a total of $19,956 for airline travel and Rolling Stones concert tickets that they never received, said Kevin Enright, a spokesman for the attorney general's office. He said investigators have not determined whether Toronto ever worked legitimately as a travel agent.

Five of the people claiming that Toronto owes them money live in Baltimore County, Enright said. Others in Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey also contracted his services.

Anyone who purchased but did not receive goods or services from Toronto can call the Consumer Protection Division at 410-576-6569 or write the division at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore 21202.

Jennifer McMenamin

College

Lawyer named to CCBC board

An Essex lawyer has been appointed to the board of the Community College of Baltimore County Foundation, the college announced.

Robert J. Romadka, a charter member of the Essex Community College Foundation when that entity was formed in 1981, will join the board of the CCBC Foundation, which was formed last June to coordinate fundraising with the private sector for the college's three branches.

Romadka is past president of the Baltimore County Bar Association and has served on the boards of organizations including the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Company and Franklin Square Hospital Center. Romadka, a resident of White Marsh, practices law part time, according to the college's announcement.

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