Digest

September 14, 2007

County Council to vote on purchase of land

The Baltimore County Council is scheduled to vote Monday on the purchase of two parcels in Owings Mills as part of a plan to extend Dolfield Boulevard.

The county would pay $260,000 to Evelyn A. Holbrook and $250,000 to Anna C. Spencer for their properties in the 100 block of Pleasant Hill Road.

The price the county would pay for Holbrook's land is $30,000 more than that given by appraisers, and the proposed price for Spencer's land is $27,000 more than the appraisal.

In both cases, the two sides agreed on the final price after the owners rejected the county's initial offer.

The parcels, a combined 1.2 acres, would be purchased as part of a $6.8 million plan to extend Dolfield Boulevard from Interstate 795 to Reisterstown Road.

The project is expected to begin in April 2009 and take about a year to complete.

Josh Mitchell

Towson

Crohn's, colitis group to hold 5K walk

The Maryland/Southern Delaware Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation hold its second Guts & Glory Walk tomorrow at Towson University.

Donations from the event will help fund research for improving treatment and finding a cure for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis and support programs for those who suffer from these conditions.

Registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K walk begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of Towson University's University Union, 8000 York Road, Towson.

A complimentary continental breakfast and brunch will be provided by Chartwells, a company that manages dining at the university.

The first 200 participants who raise or donate $25 or more will receive a Guts & Glory Walk T-shirt.

Those who raise $50 or more will be entered into a drawing to win two free round-trip airline tickets to any destination within the continental United States.

Registration is $10.

Information: 443-276-0861 or http:--ccfa.kintera.org/md/towsonwalk.

Crime

Warnings issued about fraud scheme

Baltimore County police warned elderly residents yesterday to beware of a fraud involving criminals passing themselves off as Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. representatives.

In the scheme, a woman first calls a BGE customer and says a bill, usually for a substantial amount, is due, said county detectives and BGE security specialists.

In one case, a Rosedale man was told he owed $1,000, but that $750 would be accepted, police said.

The caller warns that if the bill isn't paid immediately, power will be shut off, but that a BGE representative in the neighborhood can come to the home to be paid in cash.

In more than one case, the person claiming to be a BGE representative has shown up at the door while the resident was still on the phone with the bogus service representative.

Victims of the counterfeit representatives have said that the caller has identified herself as either Samantha Barkley or Erica Walker.

BGE says it does not contact customers by phone if a customer is in arrears with a bill.

The consumer is contacted by letter or in person by a legitimate BGE representative who is required to have proper BGE identification.

If in doubt, the customer is encouraged to ask for additional proof.

Anyone who has been a victim of the fraud was asked to call 911.

Literacy program

Adults sought to tutor other adults

Literacy Works Inc. is recruiting adults with high school diplomas to tutor other adults.

After a training program, volunteers would tutor a student for a minimum of two hours a week at a Literacy Works learning center or at a Community College of Baltimore County location.

Founded in 1990, Literacy Works, Inc., was founded in 1990 to improve adult and family literacy. The organization serves about 400 students and trains more than 200 volunteers in conjunction with the Community College of Baltimore County. It operates seven adult learning centers in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

For information or to sign up for an orientation, call 410-887-2001 or visit www.literacyworksinc.org.

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