Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

October 20, 2006

Brochin calls GOP mailings `scare tactic'

Flanked by a Republican state delegate, Democratic state Sen. James Brochin denounced yesterday mailings by a GOP group that say Brochin "didn't protect our homes," referring to his record on property condemnation.

Douglas B. Riley, the Republican challenger in the race for Brochin's seat, responded that the ads are fair and accused Brochin of trying to hide his record.

The ads, sent to voters last week by the Republican Senatorial Slate Committee, refer to Brochin's vote for 2003 legislation that allows the Baltimore government to condemn certain properties valued at less than $25,000.

Brochin, seeking a second term representing District 42 in Baltimore County, said the legislation applies to a minute number of structures, such as dilapidated properties that pose a safety hazard, and said that many Republicans voted for the legislation. "This is a scare tactic," he said of the ads.

John G. Trueschler, a Republican state delegate in District 42, said the ads are misleading. "I am disappointed in my own party for resorting to lies in an effort to increase their numbers in Annapolis," he said.

Josh Mitchell

Essex

Girl hospitalized after fall from bus

A 14-year-old girl was taken to an area hospital after falling from a school bus yesterday afternoon in Essex, Baltimore County police said.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a Chesapeake High School student fell from the school bus in the 900 block of Punjab Circle, police said. Investigators were not told of the accident until the teen arrived at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, said police, who did not have details of the girl's injuries.

A county school system spokesman reached late yesterday afternoon did not provide additional information.

Investigators did not speak with other students on the bus because they had gone home by the time police officials learned of the incident, police said, adding that because public schools in Baltimore County are closed for students today, other students might not be interviewed until Monday, police said.

Nick Shields

School board

Volunteer sought for ethics panel

The Baltimore County Board of Education is seeking a volunteer to fill a vacancy on the Ethics Review Panel of the county public schools.

The panel serves as an advisory body to the school board to interpret its ethics code policies, issue advisory opinions and act as a hearing examiner. The panel consists of five members appointed by the school board.

To be eligible for the review panel, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the county; at least 18 years old; not hold or be a candidate for any elected or appointed office; not be an incumbent member of the board, an employee or the spouse of such person; and not be a registered lobbyist for any organization that might create a conflict of interest.

Residents interested in being considered for the Ethics Review Panel should send a letter of interest no later than Nov. 1 to Dr. Carol R. Batoff, Ombudsman/Administrative Liaison to the Ethics Review Panel, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles St., Towson 21204. Letters may be faxed to Batoff at 410-887-4308.

Information: 410-887-4138.

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