Two Hillendale victims were shot and stabbed

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

June 23, 2007

The man and the woman found dead this week in a townhouse in the Hillendale area were stabbed and shot, county police said yesterday.

Girard Scott Hall Jr., 22, and Frances Theresa Childress, 25, both of the first block of Astro Court, died of at least one stab wound and gunshot wounds, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman.

Hill said police were not releasing any more details on the fatal injuries "for investigative reasons."

Hall and Childress were not believed to have been victims of a random attack, police said.

Their bodies were found shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday - Hall on the first floor of their townhouse and Childress on the second floor - after police received a call from a nearby resident.

A neighbor said that a crying child knocked on her door and said her parents were dead. Two children found at the house were turned over to the Department of Social Services, police said.

The victims were new residents in the community, the neighbor said.

Police said no motive for the killings was known.

No arrests had been made, and the investigation was continuing, police said.

Nick Shields

Towson

Man charged in pit bull attack

A Bel Air man has been charged in pit bull attacks that injured two children in Towson, court records show.

Thomas C. O'Halloran of the 300 block of W. Hall St. is the owner of a pit bull that attacked two children, according to the court documents. He is charged with reckless endangerment, court records show.

On April 28, county police called to the 200 block of Ridge Ave. for a report of a pit bull attack found Dominick Solesky, 10, with severe injuries to his nose, cheek, leg and left forearm, according to charging documents.

Police also discovered that a 9-year-old child had been attacked earlier by the dog, according to court papers.

After the first attack, the dog was placed in the same kennel from which it had just escaped, and the owner "made no attempt to secure the dog any further," charging documents state.

Tony Solesky, 46, Dominick's father, said yesterday that his son walks with a limp but that his condition is improving.

Nick Shields

Performing arts series to begin

The Summer Performing Arts Series at Towson University will begin Friday with jazz pianist and Baltimore native Cyrus Chestnut and the Cyrus Chestnut Trio.

The 11-part series that celebrates comedy, jazz, Broadway and dance, will run until the production of An Enchanted Evening: The Music of Broadway on July 22. The performances will feature groups from all over the country and include music from Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley.

Tickets range from $10 to $36 and can be purchased at the Centre for the Arts box office at Osler and Cross Campus drives or online at www.towson.edu/spas. The box office is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Overlea

Closures planned for Kenwood Ave.

A section of Kenwood Avenue between Brookwood and McCormick avenues will be closed periodically during the day for utility repairs, starting Monday, county officials said.

Traffic will be detoured to Lillian Holt Drive, Rossville Boulevard and Belair Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, for the next two months while construction is taking place.

The work is in preparation for construction on Kenwood Avenue between Leslie and Lyndale avenues.

Work on a $1.2 million project involving curbs and gutters, sidewalks and storm drains is to begin later this year, officials said.

East side

New trash, recycling schedules set

Residents in eastern Baltimore County will be receiving new trash and recycling collection schedules this month.

The current schedule for the Parkville-Overlea-Perry Hall area is expiring and will be replaced by a new four-year plan.

The change will affect almost 11,000 households and is the first in a series of 18 schedule distributions planned across the county.

Timonium

Robot camp scheduled for next week

Students ages 11 to 14 will build and program their robots and compete with other campers during a camp at Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Road, Timonium.

The camp, which runs Monday to Friday, is sponsored by the Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology division of the Johns Hopkins University. The campers also will design Web pages. At the end of the week, campers in morning and afternoon sessions will take home their "Boebots," fully programmable robots that the students will be creating.

Information: Dulaney High School, 410 887-7633.

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