Baltimore County Digest


February 02, 2007

Woman, man sought in Parkton theft

Baltimore County police were searching for two people suspected of using a stolen garage door opener to enter the owner's garage in the Parkton area, authorities said.

The device had been stolen from a Honda Odyssey, one of two vehicles broken into Jan. 21 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Parkton while their owners attended services, police said.

When the owner of the Honda returned home in the 1500 block of Rayville Road, he discovered that several power tools had been stolen from the garage, police said. The thieves did not get into the home, police said.

Two people believed to be the thieves were caught on a convenience store's video camera as they attempted to make a purchase using a credit card stolen from one of the cars, police said.

The suspects were described as a white woman with a medium build and shoulder-length dark hair, wearing a dark jacket, white tennis shoes and dark sunglasses; and a black man with a medium build, short black hair and wearing a tan and black jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Nick Shields


SHA to replace bridge over I-83

The State Highway Administration is starting a $3 million project to remove and replace the Freeland Road bridge over Interstate 83 in northern Baltimore County.

To expedite bridge demolition and construction work, SHA will close the Freeland Road bridge over I-83 and the Freeland Road ramp from southbound I-83 (Exit 37) for approximately seven months, beginning Monday.

The bridge, which is just south of the Pennsylvania line, was built in 1957. A detour will direct motorists to use Route 45(York Road), Route 439 (Old York Road), Bond Road and Harris Mill Road.

There will be temporary lane closures on I-83 during bridge demolition and construction, officials said.

Information: 410-357-4590 or toll free at 1-800-962-3077. E-mail inquiries may be sent to:


Credit transfer to W.Va. possible

The Community College of Baltimore County recently signed an agreement that will allow students who earn a two-year degree in criminal justice or forensic investigation to transfer credits to Mountain State University in West Virginia.

Students will have the option of completing a bachelor's degree in either an online or classroom-based criminal justice program offered at Mountain State campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg, or in forensic investigation, which is only available on-campus at both locations.

Mountain State's tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students for both online and on-campus classes.


Federal grant to clear the air

The Providence Volunteer Fire Department will use an $82,000 grant to install a system for removing diesel exhaust from its station house. The grant will also help the station to purchase 15 sets of firefighters' gear.

The grant was announced by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and is funded through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Maryland fire departments and fire service organizations have received nearly $43.7 million through the program, according to Mikulski's office.

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