Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

March 23, 2007

Dundalk club raided, and alcohol is seized

County police and agents from the state comptroller's office seized about 400 containers of alcohol during a raid on a private club in Dundalk, the comptroller's office said yesterday.

Undercover agents had twice entered the Trial Club, in the 8400 block of Cove Road, and found that it was not restricted only to members, according to the comptroller's office, which said that businesses open to the public are required to be licensed to sell alcohol and to pay the appropriate taxes.

During the raid Monday night, authorities seized 108 containers of liquor, 10 containers of wine and 279 containers of beer, including seven one-half kegs. The club's president, William Donnick, 39, of Baltimore, faces charges of allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages without a license and unlawfully possessing alcoholic beverages for the purpose of sale, the comptroller's office said.

Countywide

Foundation honors officers' work

The Baltimore County Police Foundation presented its 2007 awards during a ceremony yesterday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.

Officer Betty Lou Dewey was honored for community service for her role in organizing an annual food drive and Toys for Tots program in the Essex precinct.

Detective Christina L. Childs received the crime prevention award for her efforts to ensure proper registration of sex offenders and educate police officers and citizens about registration laws. She began the effort after taking part in the investigation of the murder of a child by his stepfather, who was an unregistered violent sex offender.

Detective Steven L. Byrd was honored for distinguished contribution to the profession for his role in bringing Tasers to the department. To become a local expert on the device, a less-lethal weapon used to subdue suspects, Byrd researched the device and subjected himself to several shocks.

Detective Peter Hanlon was honored for exceptional police performance. In 18 years with the department, Hanlon has earned a reputation for taking cases that had been difficult to solve, including a string of violent restaurant robberies from North Carolina to Pennsylvania.

Sgt. Mark A. Crump and Cpl. Joseph A. Putnam received awards for valor for risking their lives to move Officer David Garner to safety after he was shot by a suspect fleeing a grocery store robbery in Perry Hall in December. Garner made a full recovery and recently returned to active duty.

Dundalk

Women's commission confers awards

A Dundalk woman who founded a nonprofit corporation that fights juvenile delinquency is the Baltimore County Commission for Women's Woman of the Year.

Carla Crisp, founder and director of Project Millennium, was the winner in the 25th edition of the annual award.

Jennifer Oswald, a Timonium senior at Carver Center for Arts and Technology, was named Young Woman of the Year. She is an advanced-placement, gifted-and-talented and honors student, has volunteered at the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and has raised money for Ursuline Academy, a New Orleans school that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Receiving the Women Making a Difference Award were Laurie Amatucci of Phoenix; Madeline Baker of Reisterstown; Joan Gottlieb from Pikesville; Alice Mason of Turners Station; and Pamela Rutledge of Cockeysville.

The awards were scheduled to be presented last night at a ceremony at the Grey Rock Mansion in Pikesville.

Countywide

Discounts given for planting trees

For a second year, Baltimore County officials are offering a discount to residents who plant trees as part of its "Growing Home" campaign.

More than two dozen garden centers and nurseries in the county are accepting the $10 coupons on trees with at least a $25 price tag, according to county officials. The Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management has also created a brochure about the best trees to plant in the area, how to plant the trees and how to care for them.

Information: 410-887-4488 or www.baltimorecounty md.gov/go/trees.

Lutherville

Committee on emergencies to meet

The annual meeting of the Baltimore County Local Emergency Planning Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27.

The meeting - open to the public - will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Green Spring, Pavilion II, Suite 125A, 10753 Falls Road, Lutherville.

The meeting is expected to last about an hour.

The planning committee -comprising community and business leaders, local fire, police, EMS and emergency management responders - meets regularly to develop and review contingency and evacuation plans for emergencies, including weather disasters, industrial or transportation accidents and terrorist attacks.

Towson

Activist, reporter to speak at Goucher

Foreign correspondent and human rights activist Kati Marton will talk about her experiences documenting conflicts around the world at Goucher College's second Kurtz Seminar lecture.

The activist will give a lecture titled "From Journalism to History: The Writing Life - A Conversation with Kati Marton," at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in Buchner Hall in the college's Alumnae/Alumni House. Tickets are free but must be reserved by calling 410-337-6333 or e-mailing boxoffice@goucher.edu.

Marton has spent more than 20 years covering conflicts from Northern Ireland to the Middle East, leading her to become a human rights activist. She was the primary advocate for children in war zones for the United Nations and is actively involved with the International Women's Health Coalition, the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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