Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

April 28, 2007

Body found on Shore is missing Dundalk teen

Human remains found in a shallow grave by hunters at a sportsmen's club in Dorchester County are those of a Dundalk teenager who had been missing since January, state police said yesterday.

The remains of Raymond G. Zubrowski Jr., 18, of the 2600 block of Page Drive were found Monday on the property of Big Buck Rod and Gun Club in Toddville, state police said.

The cause and manner of Zubrowski's death were unclear yesterday, and it was not known what, if any, connection Zubrowski had to the Dorchester County area, said 1st Sgt. Russell Newell, a Maryland State Police spokesman.

Zubrowski was last seen Jan. 29, and he was reported missing by his father the next day, state police said.

State police are working with the Baltimore County Police Department's missing-persons unit, and the investigation continues, Newell said.

Nick Shields

Reisterstown

Work to begin on ice arena

A groundbreaking is scheduled Monday for a new indoor ice arena and sports center at Reisterstown Regional Park.

The 58,000-square-foot facility, which will cost nearly $6 million, will house the only county-run indoor ice arena and an artificial turf field for sports such as lacrosse, soccer and field hockey.

The sports center is being jointly funded by Baltimore County government and the Baltimore County Revenue Authority. It is expected to open in January.

The facility will be available for youth lacrosse, soccer and field hockey programs at no cost, while the ice rink will be available to hockey teams and skaters for fees. The revenue authority will operate the ice rink and collect all revenue.

The rink should bring in an estimated $150,000 a year after operating expenses, according to George Hale, the revenue authority's executive director.

The county government will run the athletic field.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at 401 Mitchell Drive, Reisterstown.

Towson

Inmate died of natural causes

The state medical examiner has ruled that death row inmate Lawrence M. Borchardt Sr. died last month of natural causes.

The 55-year-old convicted killer, who had long suffered from liver disease and other illnesses, died March 11 of heart disease and chronic high blood pressure, according to Shirl Walker, a spokeswoman with the medical examiner's office. Borchardt's diabetes was determined to be a contributing factor to his death, she said.

Convicted in 2000 and sentenced to death in the fatal stabbings of an elderly Rosedale couple on Thanksgiving Day 1998, Borchardt told a judge two years ago that he wanted to abandon his remaining court appeals and be put to death because living in prison with his health problems was "just too hard." He later changed his mind.

After being found unresponsive in his cell in the maximum-security prison in Baltimore known as Supermax, Borchardt was taken to Mercy Medical Center and was pronounced dead a short time later.

"From the get-go, there was nothing to indicate anything suspicious, that his death was anything other than a complication from one or several of his many medical conditions," said Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

A review of Borchardt's death by the department's internal investigative unit also did not turn up anything unusual.

"The detective determined that we knew he was a very sick man," Vernarelli said. "The entire time he was on death row, the medical and correctional staffs kept a very close eye on him."

Borchardt was convicted of killing Joseph and Bernice Ohler in their Rosedale home after the couple had twice given money to Borchardt, a heroin addict who was going door to door claiming that his wife needed cancer treatments. He killed the couple when they told him they didn't have any more money to give.

Borchardt's death shrank the population of Maryland's death row to five men.

Jennifer McMenamin

Countywide

Nurses approve new contract

Members of the local chapter of the Federation of Public Health Nurses approved a labor contract yesterday with Baltimore County government, county officials said.

The estimated 90 county employees represented by the union will receive 3 percent pay raises under the contract, which covers the fiscal year that begins in July, county officials said. The union members also accepted changes in their health and retirement benefits, according to county officials.

An attempt to reach a union representative was unsuccessful.

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