Baltimore County Digest


December 19, 2006

County to restrict campaign signs

The Baltimore County Council approved last night legislation that restricts the posting of political campaign signs to 30 days before a primary election.

Under the legislation, violations will result in civil fines of $500 assessed to either the owner of the property on which the sign was posted or a campaign treasurer. The legislation was proposed by Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat, and passed by a 6-1 vote.

Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder voted no, saying the problem is a lack of enforcement.

Also last night, the council approved Executive James T. Smith Jr.'s choice of budget director Fred Homan to fulfill the final six months of the term of former County Administrative Officer Anthony G. Marchione, who retired.

Josh Mitchell


Jacobson named Smith adviser

Jonas A. Jacobson, the state's deputy environmental secretary, has been named senior adviser to Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr.

Jacobson will replace Damian O'Doherty, who is leaving the post after three years to become a lobbyist for a Baltimore law firm.

Jacobson, 40, has spent 11 years in various roles with the Maryland Department of the Environment. After a stint as a lobbyist for Constellation Energy, Jacobson, a Democrat, was appointed deputy environmental secretary by Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in 2004.

Smith, a Democrat who recently began his second term, said Jacobson has "a lot of experience in problem-solving" and "can negotiate with just about everybody trying to come out with a legitimate, good result."

Jacobson said his main duties as Smith's senior adviser will be to work with community groups and businesses on behalf of the administration.

"The hallmark of my career is working with people and bringing people together and being very inclusive," said Jacobson, who lives in Columbia with his wife and their three children.

Jacobson, who will begin his new job Dec. 26, said he will make about $130,000 a year.

Josh Mitchell


Victim identified in Sunday shooting

Baltimore County Police yesterday identified the man shot and killed in front of his Essex home Sunday night as Marquel Deandre Smith.

The 32-year-old was shot outside his door in the first block of Rumelia Court about 9 p.m. Sunday, police said. Detectives said they know of no motive for the killing. Police have an incomplete description of a suspect.

Officers were called to the home after a report of shots fired, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman. Smith, a former Eastern Vo-Tech High School football player, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Laura Barnhardt

County police

Two officers hurt in crashes

Two Baltimore County police officers were injured in separate accidents, one in the Hereford area and one in Pikesville, authorities said.

One of the officers, identified as S. Jacob, a nine-month veteran of the Pikesville precinct, was treated and released from Northwest Hospital Center yesterday after he struck a vehicle with his patrol car just before 6 a.m. yesterday, authorities said. The officer was westbound on Milford Mill Road when a 2004 Mercedes Benz crossed in front of him to turn onto Washington Avenue. Cpl. Michael Hill said the officer couldn't stop in time to avoid hitting the car.

Jacob suffered a hand injury, Hill said. Charges were pending yesterday against the driver of the Mercedes, who was not injured, said Hill.

In the other incident, an officer identified as C. Villard, a two-year veteran of the Cockeysville precinct, was treated and released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after he lost control of his patrol car and struck a tree Sunday, authorities said.

Villard was northbound on Spooks Hill Road responding to a report of someone rappelling off a bridge over the Prettyboy Reservoir about 5 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Laura Barnhardt

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