Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

July 15, 2006

Montgomery Co. man sought in killing

Police were searching yesterday for a Montgomery County man charged with murder in the death of a man whose body was found this month under a bridge in Stevenson.

Hector Manuel Murcia-Brizuela of Colesville is charged in a warrant with first-degree murder, Baltimore County police said yesterday. He is charged in the death of Adin Ventura, 29, of the Silver Spring area of Montgomery County, according to police.

Ventura's body was found by highway workers July 1 under a bridge in the 1700 block of Greenspring Valley Road. A medical examiner determined the man died of multiple stab wounds. Detectives believe the man's body was placed under the bridge after he was killed, but they know of no motive for the crime.

Police said they believe Murcia-Brizuela has fled the state. Anyone with information was asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.


Country club deal may be near

A hearing on a housing development proposed for a Towson country club was canceled yesterday, as residents opposed to the project and club members appeared to be nearing a settlement, according to a Baltimore County councilman.

The Country Club of Maryland has proposed building 46 houses on a nearly 16-acre portion of its member-owned golf course. Members had said the development would help the club restore a stream running through the property, make repairs on the golf course and reduce debt.

Residents in the nearby neighborhood of Idlewylde, worried about school crowding, traffic and the loss of open space, had been trying to negotiate for a plan with fewer houses and a promise that the remaining 143 acres wouldn't be developed.

Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall-Towson Democrat, said he was hopeful the two sides would reach a compromise by early next week.

Attempts to reach lawyers for the residents and for the country club were unsuccessful yesterday.

Another hearing date, before the county's zoning commissioner, has been set for Aug. 30.

Laura Barnhardt


River warnings are lifted

Warnings against having contact with water in the Bird, Gunpowder, Middle and Back rivers and their navigable tributaries, along with Hawk's Cove, have been lifted, according to county officials.

Tests showed water quality has improved in the rivers, officials said.

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