Baltimore County Digest


November 04, 2006

Smith campaign denies using deputies illegally

A candidate for county executive said yesterday that he has filed a complaint with the state prosecutor's office over a political advertisement that includes two county sheriff's deputies.

Clarence W. Bell Jr., the Republican candidate for county executive, said his request for an investigation stems from an advertisement for Scott D. Shellenberger, a Democratic candidate for state's attorney, in which County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and two sheriff's deputies appear.

Bell said the deputies' appearance in the advertisement "appears to be a clear violation of" a Baltimore County sheriff's office rule that prohibits deputies from engaging in political activity while in uniform.

Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for Smith's campaign, denied any wrongdoing and said the two deputies volunteered to appear in the advertisement on their own time.

"We asked human resources, we asked the attorney general, we asked the sheriff, and we got the OK from all of those places," Clifford said.

Attempts to reach Shellenberger, Baltimore County Sheriff R. Jay Fisher and State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh were unsuccessful yesterday.

Nick Shields

Cable TV

Explorers program discussed

This month's edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, will include a segment about the department's Explorer program for teenagers.

Guests will include Greg Klein, a school resource officer at Perry Hall High School, and Eric Gardner, a member of the program.

The cable show will be broadcast through Dec. 1 on Comcast Channel 25 at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.


3 Credit transfer agreement signed

The Community College of Baltimore County has signed an agreement that allows students in its information technology program to transfer credits to an online university in pursuit of bachelor's degrees, according to school officials.

The agreement allows the students from the technology program, part of CCBC's School of Applied Information Technology, to transfer up to 60 credits to American Public University.

American Public University is an online institution that awards associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.

The School of Applied Information Technology has similar agreements with Towson University, the University of Baltimore, Villa Julie College, the University of Maryland University College and the Johns Hopkins University, according to CCBC.

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