Baltimore County Digest


September 22, 2006

Dundalk woman charged with attempted murder

A 53-year-old Dundalk woman has been charged with attempted murder. She is accused of helping arrange a robbery at a restaurant where she worked, police said yesterday.

Deborah Delores Burton, 53, of the 2900 block of Cornwall Road was indicted this week on charges stemming from the Aug. 14 robbery of a manager at a Denny's restaurant in Fullerton, police said. Her 28-year-old son, David Burton, and his girlfriend, Sarah Lynn Higgins, 20, are also charged in the robbery, Baltimore County police said.

David Burton is accused of stabbing and robbing Michael Frederick, a 51-year-old manager at the Denny's restaurant in the 8000 block of Belair Road. Frederick had intended to deposit the money at a bank, county police said.

An investigation revealed that Deborah Burton was a Denny's employee at the time of the incident and helped arrange the robbery, police said. A Baltimore County grand jury indicted Deborah Burton on Tuesday on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed robbery, police said.

All three suspects were being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

Nick Shields


Officer involved in crash

A county police cruiser hit another car early yesterday morning in the Essex area, and both drivers were taken to hospitals, officials said.

Lola Fitzgerald, 52, of the first block of Cutlass Court in Essex was driving a 1988 Chevrolet Celebrity in the 8800 block of Kelso Drive about 5:45 a.m. when she stopped to make a left turn into a driveway, county police said.

A marked Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser driven by Officer Tammy Campbell rear-ended Fitzgerald's car, police said.

Campbell's emergency lights were not on, and she was not responding to a call at the time of the accident, police said.

Fitzgerald was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and Campbell was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, county police said. The women's injuries were not considered life-threatening, they said.

The cause of the crash is being investigated, police said.

Nick Shields

Owings Mills

Shire wins county award

Shire Pharmaceuticals, which has more than doubled the work force at its Owings Mills facility since 2002, will receive Baltimore County's New Direction Award, officials said yesterday.

The company, which is adding jobs through its recently completed, $6 million Pharmaceutical Technology Center, is to receive the award at the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Nov. 9 in Towson.

Shire Pharmaceuticals is the primary manufacturing facility for a United Kingdom-based company that focuses on attention hyperactivity disorder and gastrointestinal, renal and human genetic therapies, officials said.

At the awards dinner, Robert W. Cannon, a partner in Saul Ewing LLP, and Robert L. Caret, president of Towson University, will be inducted into the Chamber's Business Hall of Fame.


Fallen firefighters to be honored

A memorial service honoring members of Baltimore County fire services who have died during the past year is scheduled for Sunday in Towson.

The annual service honors all career and volunteer firefighters, emergency medical personnel, ladies' auxiliary members and other fire service members.

The ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane.


Community forums Monday

Community forums have been scheduled for Monday at three locations to give parents and other members of the public an opportunity to comment on the county school system's special education staffing plan for this school year.

The feedback will be used to refine and revise the current staffing plan in preparation for drafting the staffing plan for the next school year. The meeting is also designed to be a forum for parents to share opinions and viewpoints on other special education topics.

All meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The locations are: Dogwood Elementary, 7215 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn; Essex Elementary, 100 Mace Ave., Essex; and Ridge Ruxton School, 6916 N. Charles St., Towson.

Parents who cannot attend the community forums can provide input by sending an e-mail to, or by mailing their written comments to Staffing Plan, Office of Special Education, 6901 N. Charles St., Towson 21204.

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