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April 30, 2012
Recently, Baltimore County stepped up efforts to eliminate signs on lawns and poles in residential neighborhoods ("Crackdown on nuisance road signs," April 26), but what we have around Park Heights Avenue and Stevenson Road is a problem with numerous tractor-trailers parked from Friday night to Monday morning on Brooks Robinson Drive (formerly Radio Tower Drive). This road primarily serves a residential neighborhood, and anyone who wants to walk along this stretch of road must do so in traffic as the trucks occupy the shoulder.
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Tim Wheeler | October 8, 2014
With minor flooding forecast Wednesday morning for Baltimore and elsewhere along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, there's a new warning that rising seas are likely to encroach more often and reach farther inland in coming decades. The National Weather Service issued a coastal flooding advisory Tuesday night for Anne Arundel, Calvert and Harford counties and southern Baltimore. Onshore winds combined with higher than normal tides were expected to cause "minor shoreline inundation" in low-lying areas.
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February 7, 2012
After living here in Columbia for 34 years, I thought I had become inured to the oddities and missteps of amateur government. Well, a decorative fountain meant for children to play in the middle of Symphony Woods ("Reviews mixed for planned fountain," Feb. 2) certainly ranks up there with bad software decisions and water flumes that break down. Has anyone ever sat near that same kind of fountain now operating in Fairfax, Va.? What you see there is a constant parade of parents and children and noisy adolescents.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Tuesday's flooding may have been extreme, but it wasn't unfamiliar for much of the region. The low spots are well known: Compromise and Dock streets in Annapolis, Caroline and Thames streets in Fells Point. After a good rain and a high tide, they're under water. For Maryland's two largest cities on the Chesapeake, flooding that once occurred just a day or two in any given year is increasingly common - more so than anywhere else in the country, according to a recent federal study.
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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | November 26, 2009
Baltimore police padlocked Suite Ultralounge on Wednesday night after an administrative hearing officer declared the bottle club in the basement of the historic Belvedere Hotel to be a "public nuisance" earlier this month. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III decided to shut down the club for a year after several violent incidents in and around the bar over the past 18 months, a spokesman for the department said. A written report released last week by the administrative officer found the club guilty of providing an unsafe environment, clearing the way for Bealefeld to close the business.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The average number of days Annapolis and Baltimore see flooding that causes road closures or overwhelmed storm drains has grown ten-fold over the past 50 years, the largest increase in the nation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. What NOAA calls "nuisance flooding" events occurred an average 39 days each year in Annapolis from 2007 to 2013, up from an average of just fewer than four days per year from 1957 to 1963. That increase of 925 percent is the highest in the United States, according to NOAA.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | July 13, 1995
The notices Anne Arundel County police slapped on the doors of 19 homes in the Warfield Condominiums Tuesday declared the property, not the tenant, a nuisance. But that was little consolation for some of the residents."My house ain't no nuisance," fumed an indignant William McDonald, 39, of the 8300 block of Pioneer Drive. Police put the notice on Mr. McDonald's door while he was at work. His wife was at home and became so upset after receiving the notice that he left work early.On Monday the state's attorney's office filed a complaint in District Court asking a judge to declare the 19 condominiums nuisance properties because of the drug dealing, shootings, robberies and other crimes that occur in the area.
NEWS
June 27, 2002
IN A CITY whose too-many homicides are so often the result of complex societal and criminal problems, you'd think authorities would be quick to enforce simple regulations that could help lower the body count. But you'd be wrong. A good example can be found in the city's dealings with a raucous hip-hop club called the Tunnel. Last month, a 19-year-old college student was shot dead during a robbery as he walked toward the Eutaw Street club. In April, a 19-year-old barber was gunned down in his shop after an argument with a man outside the club.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
We live in a lovely area with nice homes, so why are our thoroughfares so cluttered with illegal signage? Many businesses in Towson, along York Road and Joppa Road, post plastic signs, flashing signs, vertical flags, banners, pennants, etc., for which they do not have permits. Unfortunately, a citizen complaint must be filed for each violation. Citizens can call the county at 410-887-8099 for these unattractive nuisances, but I wish that these businesses could be cited without having to call the county about each one. In the meantime, when you see an attractive business with a well-kept exterior, be sure to tell the owner that you appreciate it!
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | August 16, 1994
At precisely noon yesterday, 70-year-old William Springs silently watched a bulldozer demolish the home he said he built 40 years ago, the home Anne Arundel County police and prosecutors say had become a public nuisance and haven for drug dealing.The front porch went first. Then the front wall. The T. R. Wilkinson Excavating Co.'s bulldozer swung around to the north side of the house in the 800 block of Mount Zion-Marlboro Road in Lothian. Within an hour, the house was a pile of rubble, the latest victim of State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee's use of the state "common nuisance" law."
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Baltimore animal control officers would have more leeway to seize dogs, cats or other pets deemed to be a nuisance under a measure the City Council will consider Monday. The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Robert W. Curran, would allow animal control officers to evaluate complaints, such as dogs barking or running loose, and decide whether to take the animal to the pound without having to observe the violation. The animal's owner could get the pet back after a hearing process in the city Health Department, Curran said.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
John Vontran says he bears no responsibility for the latest death in the abandoned Seagram's plant of which he is part owner ("Man falls to death in former Seagram's plant in Dundalk," Jan. 3). Sorry to tell Mr. Vontran this, but he does bear some of the responsibility for this latest tragedy. Sollers Investors LLC is maintaining a nuisance, albeit on private property. As stated in Baltimore County Code Article 13 Public Health, Safety, and the Environment, Title 7 Nuisances, Subsection 13-7-112: "An owner may not create or allow to exist on the owner's property a nuisance determined by the County Health Department...to be detrimental to public health, safety, or welfare....
NEWS
November 15, 2013
I fail to understand why Baltimore City continues to pursue small nuisance taxes on certain businesses while it forgoes the operation of its speed cameras ( "Taxi, limo services refuse to pay new city tax," Nov. 12). The amount of funds collected from the taxicab tax and the roadway sign taxes are small, but they are nevertheless injurious to businesses in the city. It is evident that the city government cares little about small businesses. Increasing the bottle tax can be added to the list of taxes that bring in nominal amounts of revenue that are far exceeded by the losses from those associated with the speed cameras.
NEWS
April 21, 2013
One of the ironies of the art world is that for all its important holdings the Baltimore Museum of Art is laying off 14 people in order to balance its budget (" Baltimore Museum of Art lays off 14," April 9). Yet right over the city line, in Towson, the federal government is funding the construction of a new museum to house a collection of unknown value - the artifacts of the Ridgley family of Hampton. To make matters worse, the site chosen for the building is in an area of running streams and granite deposits.
NEWS
April 15, 2013
For years, Baltimore officials felt they could do little more than throw up their hands in frustration over the archipelago of small liquor stores that blight many of the city's poorest neighborhoods. Local residents complain the businesses are magnets for crime whose patrons are unruly and a threat to public safety, while public health officials cite the strong correlation between a range of serious health disorders and the number of liquor stores in a community. The ineffectiveness of the state-controlled city liquor board, as documented in a recent audit, only makes matters worse.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
Forecasters are continuing to model a passing snowfall expected Friday in the Baltimore area, and while odds of significant accumulation are decreasing, the timing could make for a messy end-of-the-week commute home. Meanwhile, a separate system could slicken Thursday morning's commute. Meteorologists have backed off predictions of a wintry mix Friday, with warm air aloft that could have brought sleet instead of snow no longer expected. Any snow that falls will be light and powdery given the frigid temperatures, said Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.
NEWS
October 28, 1994
County workers boarded up a house in Deale yesterday morning after a District Court judge ruled Tuesday that it was a crack house and a nuisance, authorities said.The house is the second boarded up since Friday, and the fifth that State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee has taken action against under the state's nuisance abatement law. Three of the houses were demolished.Paul Alan Warren, 39, the owner of the house in the 5800 block of Swamp Circle Road, has confessed to selling crack to support his drug habit and to letting his friends use crack in his house, officials said.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
We live in a lovely area with nice homes, so why are our thoroughfares so cluttered with illegal signage? Many businesses in Towson, along York Road and Joppa Road, post plastic signs, flashing signs, vertical flags, banners, pennants, etc., for which they do not have permits. Unfortunately, a citizen complaint must be filed for each violation. Citizens can call the county at 410-887-8099 for these unattractive nuisances, but I wish that these businesses could be cited without having to call the county about each one. In the meantime, when you see an attractive business with a well-kept exterior, be sure to tell the owner that you appreciate it!
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