Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

December 22, 2006

Warrant issued for man in attempted robbery

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a third man who police believe is connected with an attempted grocery store robbery that led to the arrest of one man, the death of another and the shooting of a Baltimore County police officer.

Andrew Cawthorne, 32, of no known address, is charged in the warrant with the attempted robbery Dec. 14 of a Super Fresh grocery store in the 8900 block of Belair Road, police said.

One man was arrested soon after the attempted robbery, and another was later found dead in a nearby shed after firing at police, officials said.

Officer David T. Garner, who was shot and seriously wounded in the exchange, was released Wednesday from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, officials said.

Cawthorne was described as about 6 feet tall with a heavy build and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $7,000.

Nick Shields

Middle River

$750,000 donated for Glenmar school

A developer and a builder have donated $750,000 for construction projects at Glenmar Elementary School in Middle River, a gift described by county school officials as the largest single contribution to the system's education foundation.

Mark Sapperstein of Miramar Development Corp. and representatives of Ryland Homes, builder at the Miramar Landing development, presented school and county officials with a ceremonial check yesterday in the school's library.

The money is to be disbursed in three yearly installments of $250,000, beginning with this school year, said county schools spokesman Brice Freeman.

"Much more than just brokering a deal, our staff together with Mr. Sapperstein and representatives from Ryland Homes have worked together to build a relationship that will bring maximum benefit to the school and the community," county schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston said in a statement. "This is a model that can, and should, be followed as other areas of our county are developed."

The education foundation, which will accept and administer the funds for Glenmar Elementary, was formed in 1992.

"The foundation was established for purposes like this - so that meaningful contributions can be accepted on behalf of our schools and our students for projects that will benefit education in Baltimore County," said Donald L. Arnold, president of the system's school board and the foundation's board of directors.

Miramar Landing, a development on 100 acres surrounding the elementary school, is slated to include single-family homes, townhouses, a senior center and walking trails.

Glenmar Elementary, which has 353 students, draws children in prekindergarten through fifth grade from the Glenmar, Greenfield and White Marsh Estates communities. It was built in 1957.

Gina Davis

Dundalk

Section of road dedicated to Arnick

A section of Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk has been dedicated to a longtime state delegate who died this year.

A ceremony was held yesterday to mark the dedication of a one-mile stretch of Merritt Boulevard near its intersection with Holabird and Wise avenues to John S. Arnick, a Dundalk lawyer who was elected nine times to the House of Delegates.

Arnick died in June.

"John will be missed by all of us," Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said during yesterday's ceremony.

He said Arnick was a "giant figure in the history of Maryland politics."

Nick Shields

Towson

Free parking available at garage

Baltimore County is offering free parking today through Monday at all metered spaces on streets and lots and at the Towson Library garage to encourage shopping in the county's traditional commercial centers.

Neighborhood downtowns are in Arbutus, Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex, Liberty Road, Loch Raven, Overlea-Fullerton, Parkville, Pikesville, Reisterstown, Towson and Woodlawn Village.

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