Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

October 18, 2007

Girl, 3, dies after being hit by car in Arbutus; driver won't be charged

A 3-year-old girl who chased a ball onto an Arbutus street was struck by a passing vehicle Tuesday night and later died of her injuries, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Asha Kanwal had been playing with a ball in the 4700 block of Gateway Terrace about 6:20 p.m., according to Cpl. Mike Hill, a county police spokesman.

Asha chased the ball into the street and was hit by a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer at Gateway Terrace and Courtney Road.

Paramedics took the child to St. Agnes Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 7 p.m., Hill said.

Hill said that charges would not be filed against the driver because the accident was attributed to pedestrian error. Police could not say whether the child had been accompanied by an adult or guardian at the time of the accident.

Gus G. Sentementes

Owings Mills

Gun dealer is granted postponement of trial

The trial of a Baltimore County gun dealer charged with illegally providing weapons to a man killed in a police shootout in February has been postponed until Jan. 14.

Sanford M. Abrams, 58, of Owings Mills requested the postponement yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, a state prosecutor said. The man's lawyer, Norman King, declined to comment.

Abrams, a former National Rifle Association board member, is accused of illegally selling weapons to Keith J. Showalter, 25, who had a criminal record that prevented him from owning a gun legally, prosecutors say. Police responding to a call from Showalter's estranged girlfriend Feb. 18 fatally shot him after he refused to surrender and fired seven rounds from a military-style rifle at the officers, according to police.

Abrams owned Valley Gun Shop in Parkville until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms revoked his license for failing to keep track of his inventory.

Josh Mitchell

Police

Police seek help identifying suspect in string of burglaries

Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help identifying a man wanted in a string of burglaries this year in southwestern Baltimore County.

The burglar disabled utility lines before breaking into homes through windows or doors during the daytime, when no one was home, police said. The man ransacked rooms and took cash, electronics and, in one case, several guns, police said.

Between 8 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Aug. 27, an intruder broke a basement window and stole cash and electronics from a home in the 1200 block of Linden Ave. in Arbutus.

Between 9:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 6, an intruder broke a sliding glass door and stole cash, jewelry and electronics from a home in the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave. in Halethorpe.

Between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17, an intruder entered a home on the 1200 block of Leeds Terrace in Halethorpe after removing an air conditioning unit from a basement window, and stole jewelry and several guns.

Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 24, an intruder forced a basement door open and stole cash and jewelry from a home in the 1900 block of Featherbed Lane in the Woodlawn area.

Investigators have determined from evidence that the suspect was caught on videotape at a food store. They have also connected the suspect to a burglary Jan. 23 in the 5100 block of Edmondson Ave. in Baltimore.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Schools

Board seeking volunteer for opening on ethics panel

The Baltimore County school board is seeking a volunteer to fill a vacancy on its ethics review panel.

The panel, which consists of five members appointed by the school board, serves as an advisory body to the board, interpreting its ethics code policies, issuing advisory opinions and acting as a hearing examiner.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and reside in Baltimore County; be at least 18 years old; not hold or be a candidate for any elected or appointed office; not be an incumbent member of the board, a schools employee or the spouse of an employee; and not be a registered lobbyist for any organization that might create a conflict of interest.

The appointed member will serve a five-year term.

Applicants should send a letter of interest no later than Nov. 1 to Carol R. Batoff, ombudsman/administrative liaison to the ethics review panel, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 N. Charles St., Towson 21204. A letter may also be sent by fax to Batoff at 410-887-4308.

Information: 410-887-4138.

Towson

Stretch of Hillen Road to close for 5 weeks

A section of Hillen Road will be closed from Monday through Nov. 26, Baltimore County officials said.

Hillen Road east of York Road will be closed to replace and renovate a sewer line, officials said. The road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to minimize traffic congestion.

Traffic will be detoured to Aigburth Avenue and Burke Avenue.

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