Baltimore County digest

December 19, 2007

Police ask for help from the public in search for 2 burglars

Baltimore County police asked the public yesterday for help in identifying two men who burglarized of an optometrist's office in Lutherville.

The burglars entered Katzen Eye Group in the 1200 block of York Road about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 after removing a lock from the entrance door, police said. An employee discovered the burglary when the business opened the following Monday morning.

The business determined that the burglars took several thousand dollars' worth of designer glasses and sunglasses, police said.

The burglars' images were caught on surveillance videotape in the building, police said. Both are described as black men in their 40s, 6 feet tall, with medium builds. One was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, a multicolored cap and eyeglasses. The other was wearing a black, puffy-style jacket, blue jeans and a black cap.

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 of up to $2,000.

Playing fields

Sites chosen for artificial turf

Baltimore County officials have identified the sites that will receive artificial turf athletic fields in the next two to three years as part of an $8.5 million project.

Artificial turf fields will be installed at Northwest Regional Park; Meadowood Regional Park; Belmont Park; the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex and Dundalk campuses; and at Lansdowne, Woodlawn and Franklin high schools.

The artificial turf is designed for football, lacrosse, soccer and hockey, and is marked for each game. It allows games to be played year-round in all kinds of weather and is easier than natural grass to maintain, officials said.

The county's first artificial turf field was installed last year at Catonsville High School. The artificial turf field at Seminary Park in Lutherville was dedicated last week.

Ellie Baublitz

White Marsh

Meeting tonight on housing plan

A community meeting on a plan to build nine single-family homes in White Marsh will be held tonight.

The project, on Gladway Road near Bird River Road, is proposed by Owings Mills-based Pinewood Development Corp.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the White Marsh library branch, 8133 Sandpiper Circle.

Information: 410-887-3321.

Police

Department announces 6 promotions

The Baltimore County Police Department announced six promotions yesterday:

Lt. Alexander Jones, promoted to captain, assigned to the Towson precinct.

Sgt. Janet Ensor, promoted to lieutenant, assigned to the Pikesville precinct.

Cpl. Michael DiCara, promoted to sergeant, assigned to the Woodlawn precinct.

Cpl. William Isenhart, promoted to sergeant, assigned to the Woodlawn precinct.

Officer Joseph Ciampaglio Jr., promoted to corporal, assigned to the North Point precinct.

Officer Kyle Woodward, promoted to corporal, assigned to the Woodlawn precinct.

A promotions ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in the theater at Villa Julie College.

Holidays

Donations of toys, clothes sought

Rita's Italian Ice will be accepting new toys, clothes or other gifts from noon to 9 p.m. through Friday at Beltway Plaza Shopping Center, 7698 Belair Road. The items will be donated to the Baltimore County Department of Social Services for distribution during the holiday season

Information: 410-882-7482.

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