Digest

November 07, 2007

Woman dies of injuries in fire near Lansdowne

A woman died yesterday of injuries she suffered in an early-morning fire in a Baltimore County home owned by a member of the county Fire Department, officials said.

The fire began at 1:15 a.m. in a two-story bungalow in the 2700 block of Alderwood Ave. in the English Consul area near Lansdowne, officials said. The woman was trapped in an upstairs bedroom and was in cardiac arrest when firefighters, who encountered heavy smoke, pulled her from the house, according to fire officials.

The woman, identified by police as Myrtle Louise Bury, 70, was taken to St. Agnes Hospital and later to the hyperbaric chamber at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She died yesterday afternoon, officials said.

The house, which was heavily damaged, belongs to a Baltimore County Fire Department emergency medical technician, according to the department.

The victim is the mother-in-law of the EMT; the victim's grandson is a volunteer with the English Consul volunteer fire company, officials said. Their names were not available. The grandson was riding on the fire engine that was the first to arrive at the home in response to the fire call, according to the department. The EMT and another man were home when the fire began but were able to escape, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Essex

City man pleads guilty to robbery

A 30-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to a Baltimore County bank robbery in July during which he and an accomplice used handguns to threaten tellers and customers, federal prosecutors said.

Daryl Ramon Jackson faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 18, according to prosecutors. His accomplice, Dwayne Saunders, 24, previously pleaded guilty to the same charges and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 4.

Prosecutors say that Jackson and Saunders, using a vehicle taken in a carjacking, went into the Wachovia Bank in the 600 block of Eastern Blvd. in Essex on July 12. Wearing masks, they pointed guns at customers to keep them from leaving and ordered tellers to lie on the floor, the prosecutors said.

In a statement, the U.S. attorney's office said Saunders stole $24,438.15 from drawers, and then the pair escaped in the car. A bystander called police with the license plate number and, prosecutors said, the robbers were arrested after a short chase. The money was recovered.

Schools

Board meetings moved to today

The Baltimore County Board of Education meetings scheduled for last night were postponed until today because of a power outage.

The meetings include the Building and Contracts Committee, which will convene about 4:45 p.m. The full board will meet in open session about 5:30 p.m. to discuss school board association events, school system and community meetings, and items of interest to board members.

The board will then move to closed session, resuming its open session about 7:30 p.m.

All meetings will be held in Room 114 of the ESS Building on the Greenwood campus, 6901 N. Charles St., Towson.

Information: 410.887.6111.

Freeland

Residents challenge development

A group of about 25 residents in northern Baltimore County is challenging the county's approval of Shelley's Fields, a residential development and recreational complex planned for the Freeland area, county officials said.

G. Macy Nelson, a lawyer for the Freeland Legacy Alliance, is asking the county Board of Appeals to review the decision last month by Zoning Commissioner William J. Wiseman III allowing developer Randy Shelley to build 16 single-family houses, four athletic fields and 338 parking spaces off Middletown Road.

Two homes now stand on the 153.8-acre parcel about five miles west of Interstate 83.

In September, Nelson said that the Freeland Legacy Alliance would not challenge the development plan from a technical perspective. But he said the group intended to object to the development's approval, saying the zoning designation for the project had been obtained "via contract zoning."

Another group of residents, the Freeland Community Association, reached a compromise with the developer, who scrapped plans to build a 32,000-square-foot indoor recreational building as part of the project.

As part of the deal that the Freeland Community Association, Hereford Zone Recreation Council and the developer reached in May, the number of fields and parking spaces was reduced and one home was removed from the plan. The developer and recreational group also agreed not to expand the complex, not to light fields, and to limit times and frequency of tournaments, games and practices.

Laura Barnhardt

Halethorpe

Ingate Road work to begin

Work to repair the collapsed section of Ingate Road in Halethorpe was scheduled to begin this week, according to county officials.

Fallston-based American Infrastructure was awarded the nearly $1.8 million contract to repair the road and shore up the ground beneath it, said David Fidler, a spokesman for the county's Department of Public Works.

The condition of the road in the Riverchase community has been deteriorating since last year. By spring, a basketball court-sized crater had formed in the road.

Work is expected to be completed by early February, Fidler said.

Laura Barnhardt

Parkville

Community Council to meet

The Greater Parkville Community Council will present updates on community issues of interest to the Parkville, Carney and Cub Hill area at its general meeting tomorrow.

James Smith, assistant secretary for residential services in the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, will give an update on recent changes in the supervision of the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, and is open to the public. Information: 410-668-2580.

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