Baltimore County Digest


September 26, 2006

Police search for man who robbed area banks

Police departments in the region are searching for a man suspected in a string of bank robberies in Baltimore, Howard and Charles counties, authorities said yesterday.

The most recent robbery occurred Sept. 18 in Howard County when a man entered a Chevy Chase Bank inside a Giant grocery store in Columbia, indicated that he had a weapon and demanded cash.

The man took an undisclosed amount of money and fled, police said.

On Aug. 26, the same man robbed a Provident Bank inside the Shoppers Food Warehouse in the 5400 block of Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore County police said.

It is believed that the man is responsible for other robberies of banks inside food stores in Charles County and Prince William and Fairfax counties in Virginia, Baltimore County police said.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields


Fire museum gets grant

The Fire Museum of Maryland was awarded yesterday a grant by county officials that will help improve the facility, officials said.

The $20,000 grant came from the Baltimore County Arts and Sciences Commission and was presented by county Executive James T. Smith Jr., said Melissa Heaver, a spokeswoman for the museum.

The museum, located in Lutherville, was also awarded $100,000 from the state, officials said. To receive the state money, the museum must raise $100,000 to match it, museum officials said.

The money will go to the building's lighting, roof and air-conditioning system, Heaver said.

Nick Shields


Reading program trophy winners

Twelve schools in Baltimore County won trophies for their pupils' participation in the county library's summer reading program.

The public elementary and middle schools with the highest participation rate within their areas won trophies, as did two private schools, according to the library system.

The winners, and participation rate: central area, Prettyboy Elementary (65 percent) and Cockeysville Middle (25 percent); northeastern area, Gunpowder Elementary (75 percent) and Perry Hall Middle (19 percent); northwestern area, Chatsworth Elementary (44 percent) and Sudbrook Magnet Middle (16 percent); southeastern area: Chesapeake Terrace Elementary (53 percent) and Dundalk Middle (19 percent); southwestern area, Lansdowne Elementary (86 percent) and Lansdowne Middle (23 percent); and private schools, Our Lady of Grace (59 percent) and St. Clement Mary Hofbauer (42 percent).


International dance on display

The Community College of Baltimore County dance program will present its 2006 World Dance Festival Gala at 8 p.m. Saturday in the B Building Theatre on the Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

This year's gala will feature an international mix of music and dance:

Farafina Kan, a West African percussion and dance ensemble, will perform traditional Djembe rhythms.

Musician Jamal Mohamed will perform jazz and Latin dance.

Olympic Brotherhood Dance Group will demonstrate Greek dance.

Piscataway Indian Nation's "Turtle Island Dancers" will a program of American Indian music and dance.

Hip-hop artist Shodekeh will perform vocal renditions of Soca (Caribbean) music.

Silk Road Dance Company presents international dance techniques.

Information: 410-780-6369.

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