Second man arrested in bid to rob grocery

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

December 23, 2006

A man wanted in the attempted robbery of a grocery store that led to the death of one suspect and the shooting of a Baltimore County police officer was arrested yesterday, police said.

Andrew D. Cawthorne, 32, of no known address was arrested yesterday morning by city police after a tip led authorities to a house in the 2400 block of N. Calvert St., county police said. About 9:30 a.m. officers went to the house and found Cawthorne inside, where he was arrested without incident, county police said.

Cawthorne has been charged with two counts of attempted armed robbery in the Dec. 14 incident at a Super Fresh grocery store in the 8900 block of Belair Road, police said.

Another suspect, Vernon E. Brown III, 34, was arrested soon after the attempted robbery. Brown was ordered held without bail to await trial on charges of attempted second-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and first-degree assault.

A third suspect Learnold A. Jones, 33, was killed by police after he shot and seriously wounded Officer David T. Garner, county police said. Garner was released Wednesday from Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said they believe Cawthorne and Brown might be responsible for six similar robberies in the area that started Jan. 6.

Nick Shields

Sparrows Point

Hearing on dredging postponed

A hearing on whether dredging off Sparrows Point should be allowed to continue was postponed yesterday.

A new date for the hearing has not been scheduled.

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge granted a temporary injunction Monday, ordering the Sparrows Point shipyard owners to stop the work. But the dredging was allowed to resume late Tuesday because the opponents, Dundalk-area residents who say the work is stirring up toxic muck that could harm the community and the Chesapeake Bay, could not post a $750,000 bond required by the judge. The bond was to cover potential losses to the shipyard owners if the work was stopped and the request for a permanent injunction was found to be without merit.

The owners of the Sparrows Point shipyard have permits to remove 600,000 cubic yards of sediment in the area and dispose of it at Hart Miller Island. They began the work this month.

Laura Barnhardt

Countywide

No trash pickup on holidays

Baltimore County will not collect trash or recycling on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

The trash of residents normally scheduled for Monday pickups will be removed on Tuesday, county officials said.

Recycling of bottles and cans or paper will be collected at the next scheduled pick-up date for those items.

Information: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling, 410-887-2000.

Education

CCBC plans to add health programs

To help meet a growing demand for workers in the health care industry, the Community College of Baltimore County plans to introduce two associate degree programs next school year through its School of Health Professions.

Medical Laboratory Technology, a proposed two-year, 66-credit program that is awaiting approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, would be offered at the college's Essex campus beginning in the fall.

The state has a 6 percent vacancy rate for medical laboratory personnel, according to school officials.

A two-year, 70-credit dental hygiene program is scheduled to be offered starting in spring 2008 at the school's Dundalk campus, pending MHEC and Commission on Dental Accreditation approval.

School officials pointed to Bureau of Labor statistics that project a greater-than-average demand for dental care in the coming years.

Information: School of Health Professions' Office of Selective Admissions, 410-780-6112.

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