City / County Digest


December 30, 2006

Fire damages crab house on Belair Road in Overlea

A landmark Overlea crab restaurant caught fire yesterday, causing substantial damage to the kitchen, Baltimore County fire officials said.

No one was injured in the fire at Schooner's Restaurant in the 7700 block of Belair Road, said Fire Director James Korn. The cause of the fire was faulty electrical wiring in the kitchen area, he said.

The owner of the restaurant and bar reported the blaze about 10:30 a.m., but no one was working at the time, Korn said.

Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the kitchen when the first firefighters arrived, Korn said. About 110 firefighters with 30 pieces of equipment responded and were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes and contain it to the kitchen, he said.

One of the building owners, Rose Conway, said she thought the restaurant would be able to make repairs and reopen quickly because the bar and dining areas had not been heavily damaged.

Laura Barnhardt

Baltimore County: Police

Children returned to their mother

Three children abducted by their noncustodial father in August have been returned to their mother, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Police said that Stephen George Kokinakos, 35, of the 800 block of Cold Bottom Road in the Sparks area returned the children to their mother unharmed Dec. 19.

Kokinakos took the children Aug. 18, police said.

Under an agreement negotiated by his attorney, police said, Kokinakos returned the children to their mother, and the warrant for his arrest was changed to a criminal summons.

Police did not disclose the children's return until now so the family could have privacy during the holiday season.

Nick Shields

Ridge road

Section to close for bridge work

A section of Ridge Road in western Baltimore County will be closed starting Tuesday to replace a bridge, county public works officials said.

Ridge between Old Court and Dogwood roads will be closed, officials said.

The bridge can no longer safely carry school buses, and the access roads to the bridge are inadequate, officials said.

Construction is expected to take eight months and cost $743,000.

Baltimore: christmas trees

Mulching and pickups scheduled

Baltimore residents who want to have their Christmas trees turned into free mulch can bring them to the parking lot at Polytechnic Institute Jan. 6 and Jan. 7. Workers from the Department of Public Works will be on hand from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the parking lot at Cold Spring Lane and Falls Road. Residents must remove tinsel and ornaments before bringing the trees for recycling. They should bring bags or containers if they want to take the mulch home. The city also will collect trees from people's homes on their second collection day of the week, from the week of Jan. 4 through Jan. 27.

New Year's Eve

Extended hours for subway, light rail

The Maryland Transit Administration plans to operate extended hours for the Metro subway and light rail tomorrow night to accommodate people who plan to attend the Inner Harbor's midnight fireworks. Metro Subway stations will remain open as late as 1:30 a.m., and the last light rail train will operate as late as 1:30 a.m. Information: 410-539-5000 or

Notre Dame

Registration open for English institute

Applications are being accepted for the winter session of the College of Notre Dame's English Language Institute. The session -- which runs from Jan. 8 to Jan. 24 -- will offer classes in grammar, reading, listening and speaking, from beginning through advanced levels. The classes are open to men and women and are available for full-time or part-time study. Registration is open through Tuesday. For information or to register, call 410-532-5566 or go to

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