Baltimore County Digest

January 17, 2008

Fire officer should be dismissed, board rules

A county administrative board found that a fire lieutenant should be fired for failing to properly report a work-related injury, his attorney said yesterday.

William J. Gilbert, a 24-year veteran of the department, will appeal the decision to Fire Chief John J. Hohman, said his lawyer, John M. Singleton.

Gilbert was suspended without pay in July but was returned to the county payroll in October as the litigation concerning his career continued.

The administrative board found Gilbert not guilty of a charge associated with medical billing but upheld the most serious charges against him, Singleton said.

A lawsuit Gilbert filed against the county in federal court claims that his right to due process was violated and that the fire chief had a vendetta against him.

Last week, Singleton filed a motion asking that computer evidence described as potentially able to prove Gilbert's innocence be preserved. The county has until Jan. 28 to respond to the request.

Hohman has until next week to weigh in on the administrative hearing board's findings.

Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman, declined to comment on the case, saying it is a personnel matter.

Laura Barnhardt

Essex

Man is accused in child porn case

An Essex man was arrested and charged with distribution and possession of child pornography, state police said yesterday.

Joseph A. Nawrocki, 46, of the 800 block of Brunswick Road was charged with four counts of distributing child pornography and six counts of possessing child pornography, police said.

The investigation began in late 2006 after police received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Investigators traced images to Nawrocki and his home, state police said in a news release.

During a search of the home in June last year, state troopers recovered two computers and several pieces of storage media, police said. An analysis of the equipment found more than 180 images of child pornography, including several saved e-mails with similar images, police said.

Nawrocki was arrested at his home Tuesday and was ordered held in lieu of $35,000 bail. If convicted on all counts, Nawrocki could receive a sentence of up to 46 years in prison and be fined $115,000.

Robberies

Police seek man in 2 bank holdups

County police said yesterday that they are trying to identify a man they suspect of robbing two banks within two hours Jan. 8 near the Baltimore line.

1st Mariner Bank in the 3700 block of Washington Blvd. in Halethorpe was robbed at 11:56 a.m. and the PNC Bank in the 700 block of Frederick Road in Catonsville at 1:14 p.m., police said.

In both incidents, a man passed notes demanding money to tellers and said he was armed, police said. When the tellers gave him the cash, he ran out of the banks, police said.

Witnesses at 1st Mariner told detectives that they saw a man get into a light blue van, police said.

The suspect is described as thin, 25 to 30 years old and 6 feet tall. At the time of the robberies, he was wearing a blue jacket and walked with a cane, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Arin Gencer

Seniors

Buses are available for legislative rally

The Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations will provide a bus to the 31st annual United Seniors of Maryland Legislative Rally on Tuesday in Annapolis for those who want to make their views known to state legislators.

The cost is $25 and includes transportation, rally registration fee, continental breakfast and box lunch. Buses will leave from Liberty Senior Center in Randallstown at 6:45 a.m., Towson United Methodist Church at 7:15 a.m. and Ateaze Senior Center in Dundalk at 7:35 a.m.

For reservations, call Beth Wiseman at 410-484-6866 or 410-358-1575 before noon weekdays.

Gunpowder park

Employee to discuss Appalachian Trail

Gunpowder State Park will hold an Appalachian Trail slide show lecture series, "Walk 2,000 Miles in his Shoes," this month.

A park employee will discuss his experiences hiking along the trail in 2004, along with photographs and stories, flora and fauna. He also will show equipment he used on the hike.

Lectures will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail's Monkton Station and Jan. 26 at the North Point State Park Visitor Center.

Information: 410-887-2817.

White Marsh

Author to sign book on starting business

Barnes & Noble Booksellers in White Marsh will hold a book signing for Country Living Crafting a Business at 7 p.m. today at 8123 Honeygo Blvd.

Author Kathie Fitzgerald will sign copies of her book and talk about starting businesses and the women she profiled in the book.

Information: 410-933-9670.

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