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Lorraine Mirabella | June 6, 2012
Taco Bell is going gourmet. The Irvine, Calif.- based fast food chain plans to roll out its new Cantina Bell menu to nearly all 5,600 locations on July 5, according to a story in Nation's Restaurant News. The menu was created by chef Lorena Garcia, who was a judge on "America's Next Great Restaurant" on NBC last year and is slated to appear on "Top Chef Masters" on Bravo, the chain said. "Lorena worked incredibly hard as a member of our team to make this happen, starting with 26 recipes and eventually we ended up with eight," Brian Niccol, chief marketing and innovation officer, said in a statement.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
It's a snowy night.  You have a few drinks, play some video games and then it hits you -- an overwhelming desire for a taco.  That's what apparently happened to one Baltimorean last night who posted on Craigslist under the title "DRIVER WITH 4 WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE NEEDED FOR EMERGENCY TACO BELL RUN. " The poster said his or her vehicle, a "little hybrid douchemobile," wasn't up for the two-mile round trip to Taco Bell through the snow. ...
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2012
Howard County police are investigating a shooting early Sunday morning at a Taco Bell restaurant on Minstrel Way in Columbia. Police responded at about 1 a.m. to reports that a manager had been confronted and shot multiple times by two unknown men outside the restaurant. Employees at the store called police. The manager, whom police did not identify, was flow by Medevac to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was listed in critical condition. Howard County police said an investigation continues.
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November 7, 2013
Aberdeen Someone was trespassing Tuesday in the 200 block of Perrywood Court. An assault was reported Tuesday in the 4900 block of Villapoint Drive. Aberdeen police report: A man was exposing himself at Taco Bell, in the 1000 block of Beards Hill Road, on Tuesday. Someone was disorderly Tuesday in the 1000 block of Middleton Road. A theft was reported Tuesday in the first block of Aberdeen Shopping Plaza. Someone was disorderly Tuesday at McDonald's, in the 900 block of Beards Hill Road.
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By Matt Ebnet and Kathryn R. Markham and Matt Ebnet and Kathryn R. Markham,Sun Staff Writers | August 26, 1994
A 26-year-old cancer patient has filed a $500,000 lawsuit, accusing his former employer -- Taco Bell -- of discriminating against him because of his illness.Thomas Callahan of Greenbelt charged in a suit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore that he was fired from his job at the restaurant in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village the day after telling his manager that he would begin receiving radiation treatment for testicular cancer.Mr. Callahan has been battling the disease since April 1991, according to court documents.
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June 27, 1994
An employee of the Taco Bell in the 8000 block of Veterans Highway was cut on the left hand, right arm, neck and chest during a robbery Thursday morning, police said.A man walked up to the drive-in window around 1 a.m., ordered food, then reached into the open cash register. The employee, Kenneth Schmansky, 26, tried to hold onto the man's arm, but the man started stabbing him with a large knife, police said.The man broke away and fled with an undetermined amount of cash. Mr. Schmansky was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released.
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August 16, 1996
An armed robber left a Laurel Taco Bell empty-handed yesterday after the manager told him that she did not have keys to the safe, county police said.The manager called police to the store in the 2600 block of Old Annapolis Road shortly before 3 a.m. She told officers a man broke the west side glass door to get inside, jumped over the counter and pulled out a silver handgun.He demanded money from a safe, but the manager told him she did not have the keys, police said. The man fled in a waiting car that sped off toward Baltimore-Washington Parkway, police said.
NEWS
September 28, 1994
A man who may have been armed with a handgun robbed a Taco Bell in Linthicum Sunday afternoon of an undisclosed amount of cash, county police said yesterday.The man walked into the restaurant in the 5100 block of Raynor Ave. shortly after 1:30 p.m. He pointed his right hand, which was wrapped in a dark shirt, at the cashier and demanded money, police said.The cashier complied, and the man ran out the front door and toward a motel in the back of the restaurant. The cashier told police that the man appeared to have a gun.Needle used as weapon in $50 robberyTwo men held a needle to the throat of a Baltimore bar owner Monday night and robbed him of $50 after he drove them to a house in Ferndale, county police said yesterday.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2008
Raymond Schaefer Correctional officer Baltimore County Detention Center, Towson Salary --$40,000 Age --43 Years on the job --One How he got started --After almost 20 years in the restaurant business, most recently as a general manager of a Taco Bell, Schaefer decided he wanted a career with more stability. He said he had gone through corporate ownership changes over the years and his benefits and pay were reduced at Taco Bell. "The main reason was stability here. It's guaranteed." Training --Schaefer went through a six-week training program that focused on academics, self-defense, communication skills and legal issues.
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By Karen Robinson-Jacobs and Karen Robinson-Jacobs,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 23, 2003
Taco Bell Corp., the nation's largest Mexican fast-food chain, started its sales comeback in the fourth quarter of 2001. Last year, sales at Taco Bell restaurants open for at least 12 months rose 7 percent, and so far this year same-store sales are up 1.5 percent. Along the way, Taco Bell, best known for selling tacos and burritos for less than $1, has gone upscale by introducing a $2.99 Chicken Caesar Grilled Stuft Burrito and the Southwest Steak Border Bowl for $3.49. "We're repositioning the brand," said Greg Creed, Taco Bell's chief marketing officer.
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February 25, 2013
The following is compiled from local police reports. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Wilkens Police Station at 410-887-0872. Baltimore National Pike, 6200 block, Feb. 22, 9:49 p.m. Man pointed gun at Taco Bell employee who ran. Nothing taken. Whitfield Road, 300 block, Feb. 19, between 10:50 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. Wallet and cell phone stolen by man armed with handgun.
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January 29, 2013
Maryland State Police and Sheriff's Office reports: Aberdeen Dwayne Webb, 44, of the 500 block of Pleasantwind Drive, was charged Sunday with second-degree assault. Shelby Barnes, 24, of the first block of Church Green, was charged Sunday with failing to display a registration card on demand, driving an uninsured vehicle, resisting arrest, failing to obey a reasonable police order and disorderly conduct. Aaron Lee, 31, of the 300 block of South Law Street, was charged Friday with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
Howard County detectives are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that helps identify two masked men they say shot a Columbia Taco Bell manager early Sunday. Gary M. Graham, 42, of Columbia, remains in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was shot multiple times. Just after midnight, Graham and another employee had walked outside of the fast-food chain restaurant on the 7100 block of Minstrel Way to confront a suspicious person when police say two masked men appeared near a trash bin. One fired at Graham, who was struck several times in the torso.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2012
Howard County police are investigating a shooting early Sunday morning at a Taco Bell restaurant on Minstrel Way in Columbia. Police responded at about 1 a.m. to reports that a manager had been confronted and shot multiple times by two unknown men outside the restaurant. Employees at the store called police. The manager, whom police did not identify, was flow by Medevac to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was listed in critical condition. Howard County police said an investigation continues.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | June 6, 2012
Taco Bell is going gourmet. The Irvine, Calif.- based fast food chain plans to roll out its new Cantina Bell menu to nearly all 5,600 locations on July 5, according to a story in Nation's Restaurant News. The menu was created by chef Lorena Garcia, who was a judge on "America's Next Great Restaurant" on NBC last year and is slated to appear on "Top Chef Masters" on Bravo, the chain said. "Lorena worked incredibly hard as a member of our team to make this happen, starting with 26 recipes and eventually we ended up with eight," Brian Niccol, chief marketing and innovation officer, said in a statement.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2010
A 19-year-old man charged in a Monday evening stabbing at an Edgewater Taco Bell turned himself in Tuesday to the Anne Arundel County Police Southern District, officials said. Tyrell Markell Dailey of the 100 block of Tydings Drive in Edgewater faces attempted second-degree murder and related charges in the stabbing of a 21-year-old Annapolis man. Officers were called at about 7:45 p.m. Monday for a reported stabbing at a Taco Bell at 3091 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater, where, on the parking lot, they found a man wounded in the torso.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | August 30, 1996
Samantha Whitmire, who was shot in the head Wednesday by her former boyfriend who then killed himself, died yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.Her former boyfriend, Torrone Queen, 23, of the 1000 block of Route 3, Gambrills, died Wednesday at North Arundel Hospital after he turned the .25-caliber handgun on himself in the parking lot of the Route 3 fast food restaurant where Whitmire worked.County police found Whitmire, 21, and Queen lying in the parking lot of the Taco Bell Restaurant, also in the 1000 block of Route 3, about 11: 30 a.m.Witnesses said Whitmire and Queen, who worked at Mama Ilardo's Pizza in the Crofton Metro grocery store, had argued in Taco Bell Wednesday, according to police.
NEWS
November 28, 1995
Police logLong Reach: 8700 block of Cloudleap Court: A man described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing 160 pounds, robbed a Taco Bell Wednesday. Witnesses said he was wearing a green jacket and hat, a scarf pulled up to his nose, baggy pants, a black baseball cap and boots.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2010
Police in Anne Arundel County were looking for a 19-year-old man in connection with a stabbing Monday evening at a Taco Bell restaurant in Edgewater. A girl, 17, who police say was with him at the time of the incident, was arrested shortly afterward. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Tyrell Markell Dailey of the 100 block of Tydings Drive in Edgewater. The warrant charges Dailey with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
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By Myrna Oliver and Tribune Newspapers | January 19, 2010
Glen W. Bell Jr., the innovator and entrepreneur who tapped an unsated hunger for Mexican fare as Americans discovered fast food, creating Taco Tia, El Taco and in 1962 his signature Taco Bell, has died. He was 86. Mr. Bell, who had had Parkinson's disease since 1985, died Sunday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., north of San Diego, the company announced. No cause of death was given. "We changed the eating habits of an entire nation," Mr. Bell said in his 1999 biography, "Taco Titan: The Glen Bell Story."
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