March 26, 2013
The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455. North Calvert Street 2800 block, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. March 18. Razor, cash stolen from package delivered to apartment building. North Charles Street 2400 block, between 9 p.m. March 19 and 9 a.m. March 20. 62-inch TV stolen from Natural Textures.
March 20, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget for next year sailed through the Senate on Wednesday after an unusually brief debate, seen by some as a sign of the state's improved fiscal condition. Senators voted 42-5 to pass the $36.8 billion budget and send it to a conference committee with the House. All 35 Democrats and seven Republicans voted in favor of the budget, which comes close to eliminating what was once a nearly $2 billion long-term revenue shortfall. "I can't remember any time the budget was adopted by a larger margin.
February 28, 2013
Police report four incidents in the past two weeks during which packages or goods delivered to the front of homes in Towson have been stolen in the afternoon hours. According to police reports, on Feb. 14, between 1:30 and 5 p.m., a package containing a men's LLBean jacket and an Edible Arrangement were stolen from two different homes on Picadilly Road. Then, on Feb. 21, betweem 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., a FedEx package was taken from a house in the 6900 block of Bellona Avenue. Yesterday, a box from Amazon containing children's toys delivered by UPS to Murdock Road was stolen at around 3 p.m. Lt. Randy Guraleczka, of the Towson Precinct, said police are asking residents to keep an eye out for suspicious persons on their neighbors' properties and to call 911 if they witness suspicious activity.
January 29, 2013
Cameras that stream live to police stations and patrol cars, new entry systems in all schools and a state-of-the-art visitor identification system are part of a $3.7 million plan unveiled Tuesday to improve security in Baltimore County public schools. "We have no greater responsibility as leaders than to protect our children when they go to school each and every day," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in announcing the proposal at a news conference in Towson, where he was joined by Superintendent Dallas Dance, Police Chief Jim Johnson and County Council members.
January 28, 2013
Most days, the college trained chemist analyzes the wastewater from the Westminster treatment plant before it's discharged into Big Pipe Creek. But once a month, acting on his Christian faith, Richard Yoder and his wife, Sonya, set up on the lawn in front of Kohn Creative in the old Westminster Post Office at 83 East Main Street. There, they hand out sack lunches of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, chips and lemonade. During the cold weather, they provide hot soup and cocoa in addition to the PB&J.
January 25, 2013
The Patriots' coach might be a sore loser, but Boston mayor Thomas Menino has sportingly made good on the losing bet he made with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on the AFC Championship game. A package filled with goods from Boston's public markets arrived at Baltimore City Hall on Friday. Inside were cannoli, ravioli, various packaged goods and an assortment of seafood, including mussels, scallops, oysters -- and four live lobsters. Rawlings-Blake, who was not in Baltimore on Friday, will be making a visit next week to the Cottage Avenue Community , the Park Circle transitional housing program for homeless families she chose as the recipients of the package.