Digest

September 06, 2007

Police are seeking man in two bank robberies

County police are seeking the public's assistance in finding a man suspected in two bank robberies.

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Thomas Charles Ahalt Jr., 32, of no fixed address.

Ahalt is suspected in the July 19 robbery of the First Horizon Bank in the first block of Painters Mill Road in Owings Mills. A man entered the bank just before 6 p.m., walked up to a teller, implied he had a handgun and demanded money, police said. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man also is suspected in the Aug. 17 robbery of the Farmers & Merchants Bank in the first block of Westminster Road in Reisterstown. A man entered the bank just after 11 a.m., handed a teller a note demanding money, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Ahalt is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with blue eyes and medium-length brown hair. Police think he might be frequenting the Owing Mills and Reisterstown areas.

Anyone with information was asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP. Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.

Jennifer Choi

White Hall

Big Falls bridge will close for work

The Big Falls Road Bridge over Gunpowder Falls in northern Baltimore County is expected to close today so that the aging structure can be replaced, county officials said.

The bridge, built in 1933, has shown signs of serious concrete deterioration and has been scheduled for replacement since 2001, officials said. The project is estimated to cost about $1.8 million.

Demolition and reconstruction are expected to take 12 to 14 months, said David Fidler, a spokesman for the Department of Public Works. County officials hope to open the new bridge in November next year.

During construction, traffic will be detoured from Big Falls to Bernoudy to Wiseburg to York and to Monkton roads.

Essex

Gandhi grandson to speak at CCBC

As part of the Spotlight Speakers Series, the Community College of Baltimore County will host Arun Gandhi, grandson of spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, on the Essex campus Wednesday in the B Building Theatre.

Gandhi will lecture from 12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. followed by a reception starting at 1:30 p.m.

Gandhi has said that growing up in apartheid South Africa as a person of Indian heritage meant racial confrontations with blacks and whites.

After spending 18 months with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi said the experience helped shape the foundation for his life's work. In 1991, Gandhi and his wife founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, headquartered at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.

Wedneday's event is free and open to the public.

Information: Office of Student Life at 410-780-6572.

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