Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

November 28, 2006

Woodlawn woman, 33, held in fatal stabbing

A 33-year-old Woodlawn woman was being held overnight by county police in connection with the fatal stabbing yesterday evening of her live-in boyfriend.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the woman called police and told a dispatcher she had just stabbed her boyfriend during an argument and gave her address as No. 2 Wickman Court, a two-story townhouse, said Cpl. Mike Hill, a police spokesman.

Police and paramedics found the man in the house, bleeding from at least one stab wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Hill said.

Hill declined to provide details of the incident, and names of the dead man and the woman in custody were not divulged.

Two children - the victim's 8-year-old son from a previous relationship, and the couple's 1-year-old boy - were found unharmed in the townhouse, and arrangements for their care were being made by the police, Hill said.

Charges were expected to be lodged against the woman today, he said.

Richard Irwin

Arbutus

Man held in spate of robberies

An Arbutus man surrendered to police and told investigators that he went on a robbery spree over the weekend to pay for crack cocaine, court records show.

Joseph Gregory Henderson Jr., who is charged with robbing four convenience stores in the Catonsville area within about 15 hours Saturday, told investigators that he had been drug-free for about seven months but had relapsed about two weeks ago, according to charging documents.

He is charged with robbing a Royal Farms in the 4000 block of Wilkens Ave. about 3 a.m. Saturday, a Royal Farms in the 500 block of Edmondson Ave. less than two hours later, a 7-Eleven in the 6000 block of Frederick Road about 2 p.m. that day, and a Shell gas station in the 700 block of N. Rolling Ave. about 6 p.m.

Henderson, 33, of the 1000 block of Howland Square, implied he had a weapon during the robberies, but apparently didn't actually have one, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman. Henderson surrendered to authorities Sunday, police said.

Henderson was being held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail. He received a four-year, suspended sentence and a $100 fine after being charged with felony theft in 1994, according to court records.

Laura Barnhardt

Schools

System is asbestos-compliant

The Baltimore County school system, accused last year of violating federal asbestos regulations, has avoided penalties by coming into compliance with the law, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The county schools spent nearly $110,000 to remedy alleged violations of the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, according to the EPA. The alleged infractions included failing to maintain updated asbestos-management plans, failing to conduct required surveillance and inspections of asbestos-containing materials such as insulation, wall paneling and floor tiles, and failing to conduct required employee training.

In 2004, the Maryland Department of the Environment inspected 17 county schools and reported findings to the EPA, which cited the system last year for violations in a notice of noncompliance, Bonnie Smith, an EPA spokeswoman, said yesterday.

Also last year, the EPA cited the Baltimore City school system for similar alleged violations after MDE inspected 18 schools there in 2004. Smith said a similar settlement recently had been reached with city school officials after the district addressed alleged violations.

The school systems could have faced penalties in excess of $100,000, but avoided such sanctions because of efforts that went "above and beyond" compliance at the schools that were inspected, Smith said.

"They were not only willing to come into compliance with the alleged violations, but to look at all their schools and conduct an audit" to ensure systemwide compliance, she said.

Gina Davis

Toy drive

Libraries among drop-off sites

Holiday toys for needy children in Baltimore County are being collected at county library branches and other sites.

Unwrapped, new toys can be dropped off at: Bradford Bank branches at 11 W. Ridgely Road in Timonium and 6900 York Road in Towson; Silhouettes fitness center in the Kenwood Shopping Center in Rosedale; Beverly Hochstedt Florist, 9502 Harford Road in Carney; or any public library branch.

The county Department of Social Services Volunteer Office's toy drive runs through Dec. 22.

Information: 410-853-3024.

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