Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

December 16, 2006

Glen Arm man charged with stalking girl, 10

A Glen Arm man has been charged with stalking a 10-year-old girl he met while volunteering at an elementary school in Timonium, court records show.

Baltimore County police said they found Stephen Williams Stauffer, 54, in a parked sport utility vehicle on Dec. 8 after a caller reported seeing a man with binoculars in the car looking at houses in the 2100 block of Chapel Valley Lane in Timonium, court papers show.

Inside the SUV, police said, they found a .32-caliber handgun, a gun magazine with five bullets, a 35 mm camera, a Baltimore County substitute teacher identification card, a stuffed toy animal and a pair of binoculars. They also found a camera with a telephoto lens inside Stauffer's vehicle, according to the court records.

Stauffer, of the 4400 block of Meadowcliff Road, is charged with stalking and possession of a handgun. He was released Dec. 9 on $10,000 bond.

In a statement to police, Stauffer said he had grown attached to the fifth-grade girl he met while volunteering last school year at Pinewood Elementary in Timonium, charging documents show.

The man told police that seeing the girl gives him a "feeling of peace" and "just seeing her makes me feel good," according to the court records, which state that he also told authorities that he was watching the girl to keep her safe and that "we have a very close relationship."

Pinewood's principal said that about three months ago, Stauffer had been told not to return to the school, court records show. County schools spokesman Brice Freeman confirmed yesterday that Stauffer had been a school volunteer, but he declined to comment further on the case.

Stauffer told police he "had a hard time letting go of the relationship" after school officials told him to stay away and that he had taken photos of the girl during a Halloween parade, court records show.

A restraining order issued this week prohibits Stauffer from contacting the girl or going near the school.

Gina Davis

Hunt Valley

Officers to take children shopping

Baltimore County police officers will take disadvantaged children shopping today.

Police cruisers from all of the county precincts will converge on the Wal-Mart store in Hunt Valley, where the children will shop for gifts for themselves and their relatives, county police said. The Optimist organization has provided $100 for each child. About 100 children are to participate.

After the shopping spree, the children are to receive free breakfast at the Outback restaurant, police said.

The county police "Shop with a Cop" program has grown from 25 officers in 2001 to more than 100.

Towson

I-83 Charles St. ramp to close

The ramp from southbound Interstate 83 to Charles Street will be closed for several hours this morning to allow crews to perform resurfacing work, transporation officials said.

The ramp is scheduled to be closed from 4 a.m. to noon today. The right lane of the two-lane ramp from southbound I-83 to the inner loop of the Beltway also is to be closed during those hours.

Motorists traveling from southbound I-83 to Charles Street will stay on the left lane of the two-lane ramp to the Beltway's Inner Loop and proceed to Exit 26 (York Road) and through the interchange to the outer loops of the Beltway and back to the Charles Street interchange.

The State Highway Administration will also temporarily close the ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 to the Beltway's Inner Loop between 11 tonight and 11 a.m. tomorrow, weather permitting. Motorists will be guided through a temporary detour from eastbound I-70 to the outer loop of the Beltway, through the interchange at U.S. 40 and back to the inner loop.

The temporary ramp closure, and a temporary closing of a lane on each loop of the Beltway in the area, are to allow crews to repair bridges at the interchange, transportation officials said.

CCBC

Health care grant totals $2.6 million

Three area community colleges will receive a total of more than $6 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Labor for Community-Based Job Training program, state officials recently announced.

The Community College of Baltimore County was awarded the largest amount, a health care grant for nearly $2.6 million. Anne Arundel Community College will receive a transportation grant of $2 million and Frederick Community College will get nearly $2 million in a construction grant.

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