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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Police are investigating an alleged "bias incident" in Baltimore County on Thursday afternoon in which a driver allegedly shot a BB or airsoft gun in the direction of three pedestrians as he yelled "Jews, Jews, Jews" at them. The three males told police they were in the 6800 block of Old Pimlico Road about 5:30 p.m., near the intersection with Green Summit Road when the driver approached them, rolled down his window, held a weapon outside and yelled the taunt, police said. He then fired the weapon, which "appeared to be some type of BB or air gun," in their direction, police said.
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By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Robert Gately Keenan Sr., a retired Baltimore County public schools agriculture teacher who was a Roman Catholic deacon, died of a brain tumor Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Parkville resident was 77. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Robert Keenan, an electrician, and Mary Catherine Gately, a homemaker. He grew up in Miami, where he attended schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture education at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1959. As a student taking senior-year education classes, he met his future wife, Olivia "Libbi" Lange.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
The headline "Howard County applauds Howard County" (Sept. 18) is perfect for this tale of shameless self-promotion. Hanging 242 banners is being spun as a way of attracting tourism. Do you choose your tourist destination based on the locale's libraries, schools or digital prowess? One just can't suspend reality enough to buy into this excuse for spending $28,000 in taxpayer funds. Both the Economic Development Authority and Howard County Tourism are county budget items. This project is offensive on so many levels it may backfire on accolade-obsessed Ken Ulman and candidates Calvin Ball and Courtney Watson.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
For most of Maryland, David R. Craig might be remembered best as the candidate for governor who finished second to Larry Hogan in the Republican primary earlier this year. But there's another title the outgoing Harford County Executive ought to have wrapped up - the elected official least interested in a pay raise. On Tuesday, Mr. Craig vetoed legislation that would have raised the county executive salary from the current $105,000 (a $90,000 base plus cost-of-living adjustments) to $130,000.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Baltimore County will spend $13 million to replace a sewer line and relocate thousands of feet of degraded stream bed of White Marsh Run in a project officials say is needed to reduce pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay. The stream feeds into the Bird River and the bay, and officials say erosion has exposed a sewer line along White Marsh Boulevard that has repeatedly overflowed into the stream. Vince Gardina, director of the county's Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, said the project is one of the largest of its kind ever undertaken by the county.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
T.J. Maxx will open late next year at The Village at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills, and a new Pier 1 Imports opened Monday at Annapolis Towne Center in Parole. Apparel discounter T.J. Maxx has signed a lease for more than 22,000 square feet at Waugh Chapel, a mixed use development of shops, offices and apartments, developer Greenberg Gibbons said today. The store will join sister companies Marshalls and Homegoods in the west Anne Arundel County center. Pier 1's newest Annapolis store, the 22nd location in Maryland, features a store design that lets shoppers try out products more easily.
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By Justin George and Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was charged with second-degree assault and has been suspended from his job after Baltimore police said he threatened to shoot someone during an argument outside a Canton bar on Saturday. Prince George's County Police said patrol officer Michael O'Connell, a three-year veteran, has been suspended with pay. Baltimore police got a missing-person call at 2:44 a.m. to a bar in the 2900 block of O'Donnell St., according to the arrest report.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Baltimore County jury found an Anne Arundel County man guilty Monday in the fatal stabbing of a woman he once dated. Jeffrey Shiflett, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder and related offenses in an attack in which he walked into Katie Hadel's Garrison apartment carrying a long knife and stabbed her nearly 30 times in front of her 2-year-old daughter. Hadel was under police protection at the time of her death after years of harassment and threats from Shiflett. As the verdict was read, Hadel's mother had tears in her eyes.
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By Doug Donovan and Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The chief financial officer of Prince George's County public schools and his wife resigned Monday, after the Maryland Insurance Administration found that the couple committed fraud on their personal insurance. The school system is also ordering "external independent auditors to confirm there are no improprieties" relating to its $1.8 million budget, according to a statement issued by board chairman Segun Eubanks and schools chief executive Kevin Maxwell. The Baltimore Sun informed school officials Friday of the insurance agency's findings that chief financial officer Colby White, and his wife, Keisha White, an auditor for the schools, knowingly submitted false information to an insurance company last year in an attempt to receive payment for a lost diamond ring that another insurer had covered six months earlier.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Baltimore County police are investigating a homicide in which a young male was found dead with severe trauma to his body early Saturday morning. The victim, whose age and identity were not immediately released, was found by police near Lantern Hill Drive and Sedgemoor Road in Lochearn around 2 a.m. Police did not elaborate on the nature of his injuries and said he was pronounced dead on the scene. Police later identified the victim as Jonathan Michael Watkins, 20, of Milford Mill.
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