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By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS | March 28, 2008
What do you want to know about a neighborhood before you sign a sales contract or apartment lease? Lots of things, probably - but safety and schools top the list if you're like most people. You'll need to do your own research. The federal Fair Housing Act prevents real estate agents from giving you information about school quality or other factors that boil down to characterizing a neighborhood. "Realtors refer anyone who is interested in what goes on in the schools to the Board of Education," said Debbie Hager, director of communications for the Maryland Association of Realtors.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1996
Plans for a no-holds-barred motor race from Towson to Ocean City on Memorial Day weekend may have been scuttled, but Baltimore County officials say they remain on watch to quash such a race before anyone would see the finish line.For a $100 entrance fee paid to unnamed organizers, racers in the "First Annual Cannonball Run" were told to leave from an after-hours club in Towson between midnight May 25 and 3 a.m., and to arrive at an Ocean City restaurant by 6 a.m. May 26.Featuring a racing car and the 55 mph speed limit in a circle with a diagonal slash through it, a flier asks, "And how fast can you get there?"
NEWS
By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1999
The Baltimore County Police Department is among 149 agencies whose use of federal funding intended to put more officers on the street is being questioned by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice, officials said yesterday.The inspector general's report, made public this week, summarizes an extensive two-year audit completed last fall of how local police agencies used grants issued under the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994 -- part of President Clinton's promise to put 100,000 new officers on America's streets.
NEWS
October 12, 1994
Harford County badly needs to establish professionalism in its law enforcement agency, particularly in the leadership. The best way to achieve that is to create a county police department separate from the sheriff's office.Harford voters will get to make that choice Nov. 8. We strongly urge approval of ballot Question A in order to stop the political merry-go-round on this vital issue of public safety.A professional police chief, appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the County Council, will best serve Harford's interests as a rapidly growing and increasingly urbanized county.
NEWS
By Linda Linley and Linda Linley,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2003
Baltimore County police are working with Canadian authorities investigating a fraudulent lottery scheme that bilked a 90-year-old Towson woman out of $30,000 during the past year, officials said yesterday. In addition to the Towson case, at least two similar schemes have been reported in the county in recent weeks, said Bill Toohey, a spokesman for the county Police Department. One case involves Canada and the other Israel. Both apparently targeted the elderly. Toohey said the Towson victim was first notified by mail that she had won $1 million, but had to pay taxes and fees to collect the cash.
NEWS
May 3, 2002
Panel nominates two for vacancies on school board A fellow at a Washington think tank and the president of the county's Parent-Teacher Association were nominated Wednesday night to join the Anne Arundel County school board. The School Board Nominating Convention will send the names of New America Foundation fellow Jim Snider, 43, of Severna Park and PTA chief Eugene Peterson, 51, of Russett to the governor as its top choices to fill the board's at-large and District 32 seats, respectively.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1999
By this time next year, the Baltimore County Fire Department could face $3 million in retirement costs, the county fire chief said yesterday, with 217 firefighters, administrators and office personnel eligible to leave by June 30, 2000.Fire Chief John F. O'Neill told County Council members at a budget hearing that of the 217 employees, 23 are due to retire by July 1 of this year. He argued that the 6 percent pay raise proposed for firefighters in the budget negotiations this year should cut back on the number of firefighters who will retire in the coming year.
NEWS
July 30, 2004
Annapolis police officer finds snake in cruiser An Annapolis police officer returning to his cruiser from a routine check made a slithery discovery: a live snake wrapped around his steering column. Officer Adam Dufresne discovered the 18-inch-long snake - the type was not known - after stopping at West Street and Monticello Avenue around 4:30 a.m. It was unclear how the snake got into the cruiser. The officer captured the snake and turned it over to Anne Arundel County's animal control division, said Hal Dalton, an Annapolis police spokesman.
NEWS
By Ed Brandt and Ed Brandt,Sun Staff Writer | May 7, 1994
On a cool, breezy day perfect for remembrance, Maryland's fallen heroes were honored in an emotional ceremony yesterday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.Among the six police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty during the past year was Baltimore Officer Herman A. Jones, 50, shot dead in East Baltimore last May in a confrontation with three teen-agers who tried to rob him when he stopped at a carryout on his way home from work.One teen-ager is serving a life sentence plus 20 years.
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