Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

August 15, 2007

Firefighters injured in apartment blaze

Three firefighters were injured and three apartment buildings heavily damaged in a two-alarm fire yesterday at a Randallstown apartment complex, officials said.

Seventeen apartments were damaged in the three adjoining brick buildings in the Brookhaven Estates complex in the 5400 block of Old Court Road, said Lt. John Cromwell, a county fire spokesman. The cause of the fire, which was reported about 2 p.m., was under investigation last night, he said.

One injured firefighter was treated at the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and released, Cromwell said. Another firefighter was taken to Sinai Hospital, and a third firefighter was taken to Northwest Hospital Center, he said. None of the firefighters' injuries was life-threatening, Cromwell said.

Robin Williams, manager at Goldstar Property Management Company, said 18 families were displaced by the fire. She said they would be able to live in vacant apartments in the 583-unit complex. A spokesman for the American Red Cross said last night that the organization is also providing help to the families.

A dollar figure on damage was not immediately available.

More than 100 firefighters and more than 30 firetrucks and other apparatus from Baltimore City and Howard, Carroll and Baltimore counties fought the fire, Cromwell said.

Laura Barnhardt

Freeland

Suspect sought in attack

Baltimore County police were searching for man suspected of attacking a woman and stealing her purse last month as she tried to enter a northern Baltimore County campground.

The woman, 44, told police she was sitting in her 2004 Lexus at the entrance of Morris Meadows Recreation Farm in the 1500 block of Freeland Road in Freeland about 3:15 a.m. July 7. As she looked in her purse for an access card to the front gate, a man approached her, talked to her briefly and then punched her in the face, police said.

The man grabbed the woman's purse and pulled her out of the car, the woman told police. She was thrown to the ground and aggravated an incision from a recent surgical procedure, and the man fled, police said.

Police believe they have a surveillance photograph of the man making a purchase at the Mount Carmel Exxon just before the attack. Anyone with information was urged to call county police at 410-307-2020.

Josh Mitchell

Essex

Woman charged in van accident

A woman was charged with traffic violations yesterday after she drove away in a van as two children were getting out of the vehicle at an Essex intersection, causing minor injuries, Baltimore County police said. Chere Annette Gatson, 28, had stopped the van at a light on Stemmers Run Road at Old Eastern Avenue about 7:59 a.m., police said.

Her fiance got out of the van during an argument, and his two daughters, ages 5 and 10, were attempting to get out when Gatson drove away, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. The children "stumbled and fell out of the van" and were treated for minor bruises and cuts, Toohey said. Gatson, of Middleborough Road in Essex, was charged with negligent driving and reckless driving, Toohey said.

Josh Mitchell

Catonsville

Woman reported missing

Police yesterday asked for the public's help in finding a 42-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and other health problems.

Sandra J. Green was last seen Friday walking near a day care center in Catonsville, police said. She was last seen walking on Frederick Road about a block from the center, in the first block of Winters Lane, county police said.

Green can tell people her name but not where she lives, police said.

She is described as about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with medium complexion, brown eyes and short black hair. She is missing her three front teeth and was last seen wearing a white short-sleeve blouse, turquoise shorts and olive-green sneakers with white socks, police said.

Anyone with information was asked to call county police at 410-307-2020.

White Marsh

Recycling schedules announced

New schedules for trash and recycling pickup for residents in the Rosedale and White Marsh areas are to be mailed by the end of the month, Baltimore County officials said.

More than 6,800 houses in the area will receive the four-year schedules, which also include information about collection holidays and materials accepted by the county's recycling program.

Information: Bureau of Solid Waste Management, 410-887-2000 or www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/solid_waste/index.html.

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