Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

July 29, 2006

Tobacconist gets jail for evading state tax

The owner of a Towson tobacco shop was sentenced yesterday to six months in federal prison for selling contraband cigarettes, the U.S. attorney's office announced.

Enoch Moon, owner and operator of Discount Tobacco Outlet in Towson and Ben Lex Tobacco Shop in Lexington Market in Baltimore, was ordered to forfeit $740,000 and pay restitution for lost state tax revenue, prosecutors said. The 39-year-old Elkridge man will have to serve three years' supervised probation upon his release.

Moon bought large quantities of cigarettes over the Internet, many from wholesalers on Indian reservations, and sold them from his stores without paying sales tax, prosecutors said.

Federal authorities said that the cigarettes the defendant bought were cheaper because the wholesalers did not pay state excise taxes. Prosecutors said he bought and resold more than 60,000 cigarettes and that the state lost an estimated $427,000 in tax revenue.

Beltway delays

I-95 ramps to be closed

Ramps from both loops of the Beltway to northbound Interstate 95 in the Rosedale area will be closed during overnight hours next week, highway officials announced.

Weather permitting, the ramps will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., tomorrow night through Thursday, according to the Maryland Transporation Authority. Lanes on both northbound and southbound I-95 near the Beltway are scheduled to be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. those days.

The closings are part of the Rossville Boulevard bridge replacement project, which is expected to be completed by next summer. The bridge replacement is the first associated with the I-95 Express Toll Lanes project. Information: www.I-95ExpressTollLanes.com.

CCBC

Information offered on enrollment

The Community College of Baltimore County is scheduled to hold sessions next week to provide information for prospective students.

College representatives will be available to discuss the school's programs and enrollment process.

Sessions are scheduled for: Monday in Room 312 of the college's Owings Mills location (410-363-4111); Tuesday in Room 100 of K Building at the college's Catonsville campus (410-455-4489); Wednesday in Room 137 of J Building at the Essex campus (410-780-6110); Thursday in Room 100 of G Building at the Dundalk campus (410-285-9683); and Aug. 9 at the college's Hunt Valley Center (410-771-6835). All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations can be made by calling the numbers for the locations or by sending an e-mail to infosession@ccbcmd.edu.

Road work

Part of Harford Road to be resurfaced

Work is to begin in early August on a $3.5 million project to improve a mile-long stretch of Harford Road in Carney, state highway officials announced.

Harford Road, from Jomat Avenue to north of Cub Hill Road will receive improvements including resurfacing and better storm drainage, officials said. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of next year.

County libraries

Reading Club record is broken

Five weeks into its nine-week Summer Reading Club program, Baltimore County libraries have surpassed last year's record number of participants, library officials said.

With 32,328 summer readers signed up, the previous record of 30,666 has fallen. Eight of the county's 17 libraries have surpassed their totals for last year.

People of any age can still sign up for the club and be eligible for prizes at any county library.

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