Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

March 09, 2007

Restaurant is closed after health probe

A Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in eastern Baltimore County, where members of a family say they dined Saturday before becoming ill, was closed yesterday by county restaurant inspectors.

The inspectors were following up on a report that three children and a woman were hospitalized Sunday after dining at the restaurant in the 8300 block of Eastern Ave., said David A.C. Carroll, head of the county's Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management.

During the visit, Carroll said, an employee reported having recently experienced diarrhea. Inspectors also found that the employee -- a food preparation worker -- had a 2-year-old in the kitchen, who was experiencing diarrhea. The child's presence was a health violation, Carroll said.

The restaurant was closed immediately and will have to undergo an intensive decontamination process and be reinspected before it will be allowed to reopen, said Carroll said.

He said that it was too early in the investigation to know whether there was a connection between the employee and the family that become ill. Members of that family will provide lab reports to county authorities, said their attorney Barry Glazer.

Three children -- all younger than 5 -- and a woman were hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday with stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, Glazer said. He said he'd also received a complaint from another family -- a party of 30 -- who said they had recently experienced similar symptoms after dining at the restaurant.

Brenda Holloway, a spokeswoman for parent corporation CEC Entertainment Inc., declined to comment on the restaurant closure yesterday, saying she had not received information about the inspection.

Laura Barnhardt

Towson

Suspect in fatal stabbing surrenders

A man wanted in the fatal stabbing of a man last year at a Randallstown bar has been arrested, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Thomas Buddy Harris, 33, of the 4400 block of Falls Bridge Drive in Baltimore, turned himself in at county police headquarters in Towson shortly before 6:30 p.m. yesterday, county police said. Police had obtained a warrant for Harris' arrest Feb. 19, and had distributed his picture to media outlets earlier this week, when they announced they were looking for the man.

Harris is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Karim Cross, 27, of the 3800 block of Nemo Road in Randallstown. Police answering a call for a fight about 1:45 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Rush Hour Bar in the 9800 block of Liberty Road found a large crowd and discovered that Cross had been taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he later died from a stab wound, police said.

Police said they do not believe that Harris and Cross knew each other, but both were believed to have been in the bar before the fight.

Harris was being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

Nick Shields

Essex area

Woman shot by officer is identified

Police yesterday identified a woman who was shot by an officer Wednesday in an apartment in the Essex area.

The woman, Victoria Louise Carr, 37, of the 13200 block of Cherwin Ave. in Chase, was armed with kitchen knives and had charged at the officer, police said. Carr remained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center yesterday, where she was taken after the incident with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Police investigating a report of a suicidal woman went early Wednesday afternoon to an apartment building in the 800 block of Brunswick Road. Police entered the foyer of the building, and Carr, armed with several kitchen knives, confronted an officer, police said.

The woman refused the officer's request to put down the knives and ran toward him, and the officer fired at least one shot, wounding Carr in the upper right chest, police said.

The officer, who is assigned to the Essex Precinct, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Police did not name the officer.

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