Baltimore County Digest

May 09, 2008

Broker pleads guilty to theft of $2 million

A former securities broker pleaded guilty yesterday in the theft of more than $2 million in investment funds, the state attorney general's office said.

Kevin Thomas Forrester, 32, former operator of Forrester Financial Group in Phoenix, pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to felony theft and fraudulent securities practices charges, according to the attorney general's office.

The state's investigation showed that Forrester, acting as a securities broker-dealer agent, took more than $2.2 million from 21 investors between January 2003 and March 2007, saying that he would place the money in a high-interest investment fund.

Forrester of Glen Arm then used the money for business and personal expenses, including a $1.2 million home, additions and furniture for the home, new vehicles, a country club membership and vacations, the attorney general's office said, adding that one of his victims was his grandmother.

The felony theft charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $25,000 fine. The Maryland Division of Securities revoked Forrester's registration as a broker-dealer agent and investment adviser in March 2007, the attorney general's office said.

Woodlawn

Benefit concert for cyclone victims

The Rising Sun First Baptist Church will hold a youth concert to benefit the victims of the Myanmar cyclone from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at 2211 St. Lukes Lane, Woodlawn.

The Joy Night event will feature 200 youth from the Baltimore area. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Baptist Foreign Mission Alliance.

Information: 301-768-1076.

Middle River

Waterfront Festival planned tomorrow

The county will present its fourth annual Community Waterfront Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow in Middle River.

Celebrating the county's 175 miles of waterfront, the event at Wilson Point Park, 950 Beech Drive, will feature these activities:

Deep Creek Elementary School Jazz Band at 10 a.m. and the vocal ensemble at 11:30 a.m.; sailing demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sandy Plains Elementary School Chorus at 10:45 a.m.; water rescue demonstrations at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Hawthorne Elementary School Chorus at 12:15 p.m.; Norwood Elementary School Music & Movement at 1 p.m.; Sparrows Point High School Steel Band at 2 p.m.; docking contest at 3 p.m.; and Blind Monkey from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will take place rain or shine. Information: 410-887-3871.

Reisterstown

Cake fundraiser for Hannah More School

Hannah More School will hold a "Take the Cake" fundraiser to celebrate its 30th anniversary at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at 12039 Reisterstown Road.

The event will feature Duff Goldman, the owner-chef at Charm City Cakes Bakery who is featured on the Food Network's Ace of Cakes, music and a celebrity cake-decorating contest.

General admission tickets are $100. VIP tickets, including a reception with Goldman, are $175.

Information: 410-526-5000.

Towson

Senior group to hold legislative wrap-up

The Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens will hold a legislative wrap-up from 9:45 a.m. to noon today at Towson United Methodist Church on Dulaney Valley Road.

Michele Douglas, advocate for seniors and the disabled and state policy director for the Alzheimer's Association, will give the update.

Information: 410-484-6866.

Reisterstown

Free ice hockey clinic held for children

Baltimore Youth Hockey will hold a free ice hockey clinic for boys and girls ages 6 to 16 from 9:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Reisterstown Sports Complex.

Prospective players will try on equipment and get on the ice with coaches and experienced players. Participants should arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. for a fitting, registration and instructions.

The program is free, but parents are asked to send in reservations at byhstars@aol.com.

Information: 410-426-4242.

Countywide

Older Americans Month observed

The County Department of Aging has scheduled activities in May in observance of Older Americans Month.

There will be a volunteer recognition luncheon Thursday, and an awards reception May 29 for winners of the Creative Expressions Contest.

Information: 410-887-2594.

Countywide

Preservation Award candidates sought

The Baltimore County Historical Trust is seeking nominations for its 2008 Preservation Awards.

Nominations will be accepted for outstanding projects, projects that are currently under way and projects performed by governmental agencies. The nomination deadline is Thursday.

For nomination forms: trishbentz@bcht.org or 410-832-1812.

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