Baltimore County Digest

November 21, 2007


An article in yesterday's Maryland section on the availability of free parking during the holiday season in Baltimore County's 12 "neighborhood downtowns" omitted one area. Parking meters on streets and lots in Pikesville will not have to be fed today through Sunday and Dec. 16-25.


Free parking in shopping districts

Free parking will be available in Baltimore County shopping districts during the holiday season, county officials announced yesterday.

Parking meters on streets and lots will not have to be fed tomorrow through Sunday and Dec. 16 to 25. On those days, meters will be dressed in red "Seasons Greetings Free Parking" bags.

The free parking program is designed to encourage shopping in the county's "neighborhood downtowns" in Arbutus, Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex, Liberty Road, Loch Raven, Overlea-Fullerton, Parkville, Reisterstown, Towson and Woodlawn Village.

Man who tried to exclude fingerprints is sentenced

A 22-year-old West Baltimore man who unsuccessfully challenged fingerprint evidence at the heart of the murder case against him has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

An attorney for Kevin Banks had asked a judge to throw out the forensic evidence in Banks' case after a Baltimore County judge ruled last month that fingerprints are too unreliable and untested to be presented in a death penalty trial.

Banks entered an Alford plea Monday to one count of first-degree murder, acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him without admitting guilt in the killing.

He was arrested in May after investigators matched his fingerprints to seven latent prints left on the trunk and windshield of a car parked at the scene of a fatal shooting in the Woodlawn area in March.

Jamar Mackie, 24, was killed March 31 after he and two friends were robbed by two men with a 9 mm handgun.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Patrick Cavanaugh sentenced Banks to 30 years in prison.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed armed robbery and handgun charges.

At a pretrial hearing last month, Cavanaugh declined to exclude the fingerprint evidence, saying that he disagreed with the ruling of his colleague, Judge Susan M. Souder.

She found that fingerprinting - though long accepted in courtrooms throughout the world - was "a subjective, untested, unverifiable identification procedure that purports to be infallible."

Jennifer McMenamin

Trash, recycling pickups rescheduled

Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally be collected tomorrow should set it out tomorrow night for collection Friday, county officials said.

Residents whose recyclable bottles and cans or mixed paper would have been collected tomorrow are asked to hold these recyclables until Dec. 6, the next scheduled day for those materials.

Trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill, as well as county offices, will be closed tomorrow.

The landfill will be open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Information: or 410-887-2000.

Drive to benefit A Place Called Hope

Baltimore County Savings Bank is collecting gift items for A Place Called Hope for the holidays during business hours through Friday at its branches around the county.

Needed items for A Place Called Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides support to families living with childhood cancer, include grocery and gas gift cards, vouchers to area attractions, cameras, hand-held electronic games, MP3 players, children's books, DVDs, art supplies, stuffed animals and toys.

Items also will be collected tomorrow at the Calvert Hall-Loyola Turkey Bowl game from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


White Marsh

Raw sewage spill alert is issued

Warnings have been issued to avoid contact with certain county waterways after the spill of 90,000 gallons of raw sewage Sunday into White Marsh Run near Still Meadow Road in Baltimore County.

Utility crews discovered the sanitary sewage overflow coming from a damaged manhole at 11:40 a.m. Sunday and had it repaired by 5:40 p.m., according to county officials.

The White Marsh Run flows into the Bird and Gunpowder rivers. The county has issued an alert advising residents to avoid contact with the waters of White Marsh Run and Bird River.

Normal precautions, including avoiding water contact on open cuts or wounds and washing thoroughly with soap and water after any unavoidable contact, should be followed.

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