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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | September 16, 1998
In the Baltimore County courthouse campaigns, the most hotly contested races were for some of the most obscure jobs, while higher profile positions -- including state's attorney -- went unchallenged in the primary.In the race for register of wills -- a little-known, $75,000-a-year job being vacated by Peter J. Basilone after 20 years -- Democrat Grace G. Connolly defeated Bonnie Lou Leisure 71 percent to 29 percent. Connolly had resigned as chief judge of the Orphans' Court to run.On the Republican side, Patrick L. McDonough, a former state legislator, defeated William J. Withers Jr., an accountant and employee in the Baltimore City court clerk's office, 79 percent to 21 percent.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Angela M. "Angie" Keister, a retired Baltimore County Courthouse secretary and avid gardener, died Dec. 11 of dementia at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 98. The daughter of a flooring salesman and a homemaker, Angela Rosemond Menchine was born on Woodbrook Avenue near Druid Hill Park and was raised in Reisterstown. "As a young girl growing up, she used to spend summers at 'Windmill,' a shoreline property in Virginia on the Potomac belonging to her mother's family," said a nephew, William Menchine of Santa Cruz, Calif.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2004
EASTON - The lawn of the county courthouse boasts a monument to Vietnam veterans and a statue honoring "The Talbot Boys," heroes of the Confederacy. Now, sponsors of a memorial to the county's most illustrious native, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, have been told that he does not qualify for a similar honor - because he was not a soldier. Supporters in the Colonial capital of the Eastern Shore see the courthouse, a political hub since before Douglass was born nearby in 1818, as the only worthy site for his tribute.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
When members of the Baltimore County police tactical unit prepared to conduct raids in volatile, high-risk situations, they often turned to Officer Jason Schneider to be the first through the door. Colleagues say Schneider was extremely dedicated and trained relentlessly - qualities that made him stand out even in a unit known for its hard work and discipline. "He absolutely loved it," said retired police Lt. Kevin Novak, who headed Schneider's unit for four years. Schneider, a 36-year-old father of two, was shot and killed in Catonsville on Wednesday morning as the unit tried to execute a search-and-arrest warrant for a suspect in a shooting.
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June 16, 1994
A 28-year-old Ellicott City woman who was arrested June 6 and accused of making bomb threats at the Carroll County Courthouse has been released from the county jail.Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. lifted the $10,000 bail on which Debra Jane Thurman had been held since her arrest and ordered the woman released on her own recognizance Tuesday, court records show.Ms. Thurman of the 9700 block of Hillsmere Road was charged with two counts of making bomb threats and two counts of telephone misuse, all misdemeanors.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun reporter | February 14, 2007
Farmville, Va. -- Morgan State men's basketball coach Todd Bozeman surrendered to authorities here yesterday afternoon, when an April 24 preliminary court date was set for two misdemeanor charges against him. Ten days after Bozeman got into an argument at a nearby restaurant, he appeared before a magistrate at the Prince Edward County Courthouse, where warrants for his arrest on Class 1 assault and battery and Class 3 curse and abuse were executed behind...
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August 6, 2004
IN BALTIMORE COUNTY Italian Festival slated for tomorrow and Sunday The Baltimore County Italian Festival is scheduled for this weekend. The free festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in and around the Towson Courthouse Plaza, which stretches out from the county courthouse at 401 Bosley Ave. The event will include art and craft exhibits, food vendors and entertainment. Proceeds from the festival will support a college scholarship fund and other charitable endeavors of the Towson Dulaney Lodge of the Sons of Italy.
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September 3, 1992
About a dozen Baltimore County firefighters, two fire engines and a ladder truck were called to the county courthouse yesterday when smoke alarms in the 130-year-old stone building went off.The culprit?"
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September 9, 2005
Howard County's official flag flew for the first time 37 years ago this month. The flag, designed by Jean O. Hannon, "is quartered by the red cross of Lord Baltimore; in the upper left-hand quarter is a yellow shock of wheat representing Howard County of the past," according to a Sun article at the time. "In the lower right quadrant is a green map of the countys industrial future." The flag was lofted officially at the county courthouse in Ellicott City on Sept. 19, 1968 -- although the occasion was less than dramatic.
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By Information for this column was compiled by Diane Mullaly from the files of the Howard County Historical Society's library | January 16, 1994
25 Years Ago (Week of Jan. 5-11, 1969):* In the same weekend, two flags were stolen from the Howard County Courthouse. A Maryland flag was taken from the county commissioners' hearing room, and the American flag, which was flown from the flagpole outside the courthouse, was also taken.50 Years Ago (week of Jan. 9-15, 1944):* Two Howard County brothers serving in the Army met in Australia for the first time in more than three years. The two brothers, Pvt. Edward Affeldt and Sgt. John Affeldt, hailed from the Pine Orchard area.
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Editorial from The Aegis | January 22, 2013
At least in theory, the Harford County Council is supposed to be the county's part time citizen legislature, responsible for responding to the needs of the voters when the executive branch fails to do so. Supposedly, the council also should be acting as a check on potential largesse in the county executive's budget. And it is also supposed to, from time to time, draft and enact new legislation to deal with local problems. In recent years, the council has generally failed when it comes to drafting and enacting new legislation.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
A Baltimore County union representing about 800 public employees filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the county Thursday, asking for an independent investigation after working for five months without a contract. Members of Local 921 of the American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees have been without a contract since July and say the county administration has not negotiated in good faith to reach an agreement. The union's members include heavy-equipment operators, truck and snowplow drivers, and sewage workers.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
Christopher Brown's family and other supporters gathered in Towson again to protest what they believe are weak charges brought against the police officer charged in the teen's death. The crowd gathered outside the Baltimore County Circuit courthouse Monday - exactly two months after Brown's death - to lobby the state's attorney's office to consider murder charges against James D. Laboard. The Baltimore County officer faces manslaughter charges. The family's attorney, Russell Neverdon, said he believes Laboard could have received a stricter second-degree murder charge given that Laboard chased Brown before the teen died from asphyxiation.
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March 6, 2012
If the smoking ban on Harford County government properties applies to parks and recreation ball fields, there's no reason why it can't apply to the County Courthouse, official excuses notwithstanding. Beginning Jan. 1, smoking on county property was banned, a move that came as welcome news for anyone - government employees and members of the general public alike - who has been subjected to secondhand smoke while trying to run the siege line of smokers standing outside various county government buildings.
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November 21, 2011
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, now holds regular office hours at the Seven Oaks Senior Center every first and third Friday of the month. The senior center hours, which began Nov. 18, allow residents to meet with him on issues of their choosing. Councilman Marks is available from 1 to 3 p.m. every first and third Friday of the month at the center. The Seven Oaks Senior Center is located at 9210 Seven Courts Drive, in Perry Hall. Marks expressed his thanks to the senior center for allowing him to meet constituents at the facility.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
Back in the summer, plans were made for Howard County Courthouse offices and operations to temporarily relocate while the 170-year-old building was renovated. They were supposed to move around Labor Day. But nobody has budged yet. Telephone and security issues had delayed the Circuit Court's change of venue, but now all that remains is to work out the switch of telephone service to the temporary site in Columbia, officials said. A new date for the move has not been set, but county officials said they expect it will take place within a few months.
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March 8, 1992
A hearing on a bill that would set zoning restrictions for future adult bookstores has been scheduled for 6 p.m. April 7 in the County Council Chambers, Level A of the County Courthouse on Main Street in Bel Air.The bill, introduced last week by Councilman Philip J. Barker, D-Havre de Grace, would exempt the four existing county adult bookstores. Three of the four bookstores are on U.S. 40; one is on U.S. 1 in Fallston.Under the proposal, new adult bookstores would have to operate atleast 1,000 feet from a school, church, day-care center, park or residential area.
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By Andrea Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
Volunteer lawyers will provide up to a half-hour of free legal advice for three afternoons this week in the county's law library. People can come into the law library between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to talk with a lawyer about a civil legal issue, said law librarian Joan M. Bellistri. No appointment is required. Advice will not be given on criminal matters. The law library is located on the third floor of the Anne Arundel County Court House on Church Circle, Annapolis.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2011
When he first heard that the Howard County Circuit Court was moving into temporary headquarters while the 170-year old courthouse in Ellicott City was being refurbished, Maj. George Voll scoured the Internet looking for similar relocations. He couldn't find any. "Most counties just get new courthouses," said Voll, who has worked for the county sheriff's department for 25 years. When the renovation was first approved two years ago, there was a brief discussion about whether the courthouse could be renovated at night, on weekends or while court was in session, or whether another suitable locale would have to be found.
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