Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Discounted rate at Marriott for people without power

From David Marks: We have worked with Towson University to arrange a discounted rate at the Marriott for those without power. The rate will be available by 5 pm today and open for the next 7 days. The cost is $79 for a single Suite and $99 for a 2 bedroom suite. Guests will be able to obtain this special rate by calling Marriott Central Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 .They will need to ask specifically for the "Towson Marriott Hurricane Relief rate." Many thanks to TU and the Marriott for their help.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trick-or-treating is still planned for Oct. 31

RFCA President Stu Sirota said he hasn't heard anything from the county about rescheduling trick-or-treating, so unless the county initiates a last-minute, large-scale effort to change it, things are on track for the night of Oct. 31.


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Chocolate lab on 400 block of Murdock

From a reader: There is an older healthy looking chocolate lab running around our block at this hour, 9pm.  I tried to see if it has a name tag and it has a dark collar but no name tag.  Hopefully someone will see this and know where he belongs.

(Short and sweet from my phone.)


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Most county schools open Oct. 31

Details are here: http://bcps.org/status/. City schools are closed Wednesday.


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No word yet on school tomorrow



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Dry-ice info

From Baltimore County alerts:

You could also try Ayd Hardware: 410-377-0220


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Monday, October 29, 2012

List of impassable roads in Baltimore County

Via Councilman David Marks:

Here is a list of roads that are now impassable in the county:
 
•Cuckold Point Road at 7th Avenue
•Oakleigh Road and White Oak Avenue
•11300 block Raphael Road
•1500 block of Providence Road
•1700 block of Cherry Garden Road
•1800 block Back River Neck Road
•2000 to 2400 block of Holly Neck Road
•2800 block of Bay Drive
•Windsor Mill Road at Gwynn Oak Road
•Gwynn Oak Road and Pernell Drive
•Cool Spring Road and Five Springs Road
•Liberty Road and Buckingham Road
•Buckingham Road and Prince Georges Road
•Milford Mill Road and Scotts Level Road
•Buckingham Road and Rock Ridge Road
•Bellona Avenue and Malvern Avenue
•Circle Road and Ruxton Road
•York Road and Cockeysville Road
•York Road and Belfast Road
•Bucks Schoolhouse Road and Ridge Road
•Silver Spring Road and Yvonne Road
•Northpoint Boulevard and Old Battle Grove Road
•Northpoint Road and Beechwood Road

County Councilman David Marks
dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov


(I'm going to guess the list is growing rapidly.)


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Has Sandy knocked out your power?

Keep us posted with updates in the comments section. A friend in West Towson just said her's is out. You?


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Trick-or-Treating

There has been some discussion of rescheduling Halloween festivities, and Stu Sirota, president of the Rodgers Forge board, said he's waiting to hear from Councilman David Marks about whether there will be a county-wide effort to reschedule trick-or-treating. I'll keep you posted if I hear of anything official.


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County schools closed Tuesday

http://bcps.org/status/


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Latest crime report

October 26: First Degree Burglary, Unit block of Solar Circle, 21234

Between 6:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the victim's apartment and took a television. There were no signs of forced entry.

October 25: Commercial Burglary, 7600 block of Bellona Avenue, 21204

At 3:30 a.m., a white male broke into a shed attached to Carroll Fuel. Nothing was taken. The suspect also searched through two vehicles on the lot, but did not take anything.

October 24: Robbery, 800 block of York Road, 21204

At 7:49 p.m., the suspect removed money from the victim's pocket and fled northbound on York Road. The victim was able to detain the suspect until police arrived. Anthony Wallnofer, 26, of the 2000 block of Gallway Road, 21050, was arrested and charged with robbery.


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The latest on Hurricane Sandy's path and timeline


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Trash and recycling today: it's a toss up

I just talked to someone at the county's office of solid-waste management and she said trash and recycling trucks are on the roads but if the weather gets too bad to continue the routes, they'll stop. So she said it's your call if you want to put out trash/recycling for pickup if today is your scheduled day.


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

County schools closed Monday

http://bcps.org/status/

(Short and sweet from my phone.)


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

D batteries at Giant

They just put out a fresh supply at the York Road store.


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Friday, October 26, 2012

Police seeking suspects on York Road

4:25 PM: Police say they are searching, with a helicopter and cars, for three male suspects who just robbed a pedestrian of a wallet at York and Wilton.


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Early voting starts Oct. 27



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Thursday, October 25, 2012

10 commandments for screen time

From the Huffington Post:  If I were Queen, I would make everyone repeat after me: "Technology is addictive and allowing children to attempt to regulate themselves is akin to helping them regulate their use of cocaine or alcohol."

Read the queen's 10 rules here


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BGE says to prepare for outages from Hurricane Sandy

They're looking at you, unit block of Regester ...

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/10/24/bge-urges-customers-to-prepare-for-possible-outages-ahead-of-hurricane-sandy/


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's your take on Mischief Night?

A friend of mine recently posed this interesting question about Mischief Night

"Mischief Night was a topic of conversation at my dinner table a few nights ago. My 6th grader wondered if he was old enough now to go out with his friends. He's really disappointed that this is not an option in our house. I gave him the reasons why, and he countered with the typical retort that other parents let their kids go out.

It got me wondering: Why do parents let their children go out to commit 'harmless' pranks? Toilet paper on trees and soap on windshields seem harmless enough, but they're unsightly and, frankly, a pain to clean up when there are already 10,000 things on the to-do list. Further, the 'harmless' pranks often get trumped by destruction (eggs, broken windows, etc).

I know the reasons why kids should be kept in. I want to know why it would be OK to let them wreak havoc on that one night when on any other night it would be prohibited/frowned upon."

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Ascension Lutheran Nursery School & Kindergarten closed today

Ascension Lutheran Nursery School & Kindergarten is closed today due to a water outage.  This also means that the "Growing Together" program for kids up to 24 mos. is canceled.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Towson High Music Boosters fundraiser dance this Friday

Click here for ticket order form.


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Sword-dancing performances this weekend

Dancing America Rapper Tournament,
Oct. 27-28 Fells Point, Mt. Vernon, Enoch Pratt central library

Rapper dancing is a traditional sword dance originating in the coal mining regions of northern England. Teams of 5 dancers, linked by flexible swords, weave through figures and step to a quick jig, accompanied by live music. This is your chance to see some great dancing - Sword Dancing performances will be in Fell's Point on SATURDAY, October 27th from 1:00-3:00 at the Fells Point Visitors Center, 1724-26 Thames St.; from 1:00-3:00 at John Stevens, Ltd, 1800 Thames St.; and from 3:15-4:45 at DogWatch Tavern, 709 South Broadway, with more demonstrations on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th at the Enoch Pratt Library from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to all, no reservations required. http://www.dart2012.org/index.php


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Monday, October 22, 2012

This Apple Breakfast Crisp looks great

Hint: Don't call it what it really is: Oatmeal Bake.
http://healthybodieshappyminds.org/blog/2012/10/oatmeal-by-any-other-nameis-a-total-hit


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Cuddle those kids

Nicholas Kristof writes in the Times: A McGill University neurologist, Michael Meaney, noticed that some of the mother rats he worked with spent a great deal of time licking and grooming their babies. Other rat moms were much less cuddly.

This natural variation had long-term consequences. Meaney’s team found that when the rats grew up, those that had been licked and groomed did better at finding their way through mazes.
They were more social and curious. They even lived longer...

Maybe we’re beginning to crack the code of how to chip away at so many of America’s domestic problems. [Researchers cite] evidence that while toxic stress or unsupportive parenting damages the prefrontal cortex in infancy, this damage can often be undone at least through adolescence...


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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mums show at Rawlings Conservatory


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Friday, October 19, 2012

Tornado warning for Baltimore County

http://www.weather.com/weather/right-now/Baltimore+MD+21212


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Come see some football at the Ravens' stadium

There won't be any actual Ravens there, but still, it could be fun. From a friend in Rodgers Forge:

"The Towson Spartans 9U football team will play this Saturday’s game against opponents from the Lutherville-Timonium Rec Council at a once-in-a-lifetime location: Ravens Stadium!

The LTRC Knights organization won the "Play at M&T Bank Stadium Youth Football Challenge," and they chose their game against 9U Towson on the Ravens field at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, October 20th at noon.

Everyone is invited to attend this special free event. Parking in Lot D is also free. Enter the stadium through Gate D. No tickets required."


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Keys lost

Forger needs your help: "I lost my (Volvo) car and house keys today, 10/17, somewhere in the neighborhood while taking a walk. They are on a simple metal keychain, (no ornaments or distinctive features). If found, could you please email me at "ravensrule2012@hotmail.com". THANKS!"


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Gutter-cleaning scam alert

A Forger sent this today:

"We are new to the neighborhood and have only lived here a month. Today I had a man ring my doorbell and tell me that my husband had told him to stop by to clean the gutters for $30, because he was cleaning the neighbors gutters and could just do ours while he was up there. Luckily I know that if my husband had told some guy to stop by to clean our gutters he would have told me. Also, this same scam happened to a friend of mine who lives in DC, so I was immediately aware. I told him that my husband told him no such thing. I've reported this to the Baltimore County Police but was unsure of how to alert our new neighbors of this scam artist. I hope that you can bring this issue to light in our neighborhood and hopefully deter other people for falling for this. Thank you so much!"


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So sexy, so soon

A friend and I were just discussing by way of Facebook the slutification of girls' costumes at Party City and she sent me this:

On October 23 at 7:30 pm, Jean Kilbourne will discuss her new book, So Sexy So Soon, The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids at Roland Park Country School's Robinson Health Colloquium. The event is free and open to the public.

Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. Generously funded by former RPCS Trustee and past parent James G. Robinson, who believes that parents must be fully engaged in the lives of their daughters, the Robinson Health Colloquium focuses annually on a health-related topic of importance to girls and their parents. rpcs.org


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CBS' Lee Woodruff to give lecture at Loyola

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Loyola University Maryland
McGuire Hall
4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21210

CBS This Morning correspondent Lee Woodruff will discuss the inspiration for her books Those We Love Most and Perfectly Imperfect, along with her husband, journalist Bob Woodruff’s, experiences with and recovery from a traumatic brain injury sustained while reporting from Iraq, and the impact that process had on their family. Woodruff and her husband are founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which assists wounded service members and their families, and her appearance at Loyola highlights the brain injury rehabilitation services available at the Loyola Clinical Centers.

This event is free and open to the public; seat reservations are recommended but not required. Guests can reserve seats online at http://loyola.edu/joinus/woodruff/reserve.aspx


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

GBMC's Nearly New sale starts this weekend



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Monday, October 15, 2012

Latest crime report

October 6: Attempted First Degree Burglary, Unit block of Dowling Circle, 21234
At 12:45 p.m., an unknown suspect used a rock to break an apartment window. A neighbor heard the noise and went to investigate. A screen was removed and the window was unlocked. It is unknown if entry was gained.

October 5 to October 6: First Degree Burglary, 400 block of Campus View Drive, 21204
Between 10:30 p.m. on October 5 and 2:30 p.m. on October 6, an unknown suspect cut the window screen to enter the apartment. Nothing has been reported missing at this time.

October 4: Armed Robbery - Knife, 6600 block of Collinsdale Road, 21234
At 8 a.m., two suspects approached the victim from behind and one suspect placed a knife to the victim's throat. The victim gave the suspects his phone and money, then slapped the arm of the suspect holding the knife. The suspect slashed at the victim, causing a cut to the victim's arm. The suspects, two black males in their late teens or early 20s, fled on foot.


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Adopt us!

At the Petco on York by Panera.


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Friday, October 12, 2012

Jazz at Towson University


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Zirkin to Kamenetz: Whatev!

The Owings Mills state senator says he'll introduce hybrid-school-board bill again despite the county executive's pleas to the contrary. Bryan Sears has the story.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kamenetz wants to stop "any discussion" of having a partially elected school board

This article in Patch is pretty amazing. The county executive is arguing that the school board made a great hire in Dallas Dance as superintendent, so citizens really shouldn't need any further input into school matters. Because, you know, hiring a superintendent is the only thing the board does. Wow.

http://towson.patch.com/blog_posts/kamenetz-to-legislators-stop-elected-school-board-talk


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tonight's Rodgers Forge board meeting

I wasn't able to make it to tonight's Rodgers Forge board meeting but Stu Sirota, the new board president, was kind enough to call and give me a quick recap.

The issue of getting community input regarding screened-in porches was discussed and Stu said he made it clear to the group that he wants to begin a two-way dialog with the greater Rodgers Forge community about covenants and architectural guidelines, and that back porches would be a part of that discussion. This would be an ongoing effort and could begin as soon as next month.

Stu will lay out more details about his ideas in a letter to the community in the next newsletter.


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Student is so hopeless it's "ridiculous" to think he could be a scientist

And, he just won the Nobel Prize.


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Theft from autos

From Towson Police: Once again we've seen reports of thefts from autos in the York Rd corridor. Six cars were broken into and some property removed because the cars were not properly secured while parked outside the residences. The targeted vehicles were parked in the 500 block of Wilton Rd and 100 block of Lapaix Ln. As members of Towson Precinct Captain Trentzsch, Lt Stankowski and myself are asking you as community leaders in these affected neighborhoods to get the word out and stress the importance of properly securing all personal property when not being used.
Thank You,
Sgt Stephen Fink, 2815, PC06 COT


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall Family Days at Radebaugh's

On Saturday, October 13th and Saturday, October 27th, from 9am-1pm, Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses will be having Fall Family Days. Free pumpkin decorating, paper-ghost making, and scarecrow stuffing. (Please bring your own clothes; straw and help will be provided.) Apple cider and cookies will be served. 120 E. Burke Avenue www.radebaugh.com




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Fall Harvest Festival this weekend at Cromwell Valley



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Monday, October 8, 2012

Latest crime report, including burglary on Hopkins Road

September 23: Attempted Burglary, 700 block of Anneslie Road, 21212 
Between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., an unknown suspect cut a screen and attempted to raise the garage door. Entry was not gained.

September 22: Fourth Degree Burglary, 100 block of West Road, 21204 
At 9 a.m., an employee found a man inside the building. The suspect asked for a medic and was transported to the hospital.

September 21: Fourth Degree Burglary, 600 block of Wilton Avenue, 21286 
At 3:30 p.m., a black male in his 20s removed a UPS package containing a purse from the front porch.

September 21: Fourth Degree Burglary, 400 block of Jefferson Avenue, 21204 
Between 12:01 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the front porch and took two patio tables.

September 19 to September 20: First Degree Burglary, 400 block of Hopkins Road, 21212 
Between 11 p.m. on September 19 and 6:25 a.m. on September 20, an unknown suspect entered the home through an unlocked window and took a laptop computer.

September 19: First Degree Assault, Beechwood Road and Saint Albans Road, 21239 
At 9:24 p.m., two men struck the victim in the face with an unknown object. Henry Young, 18, of no fixed address, and James McCoy, 21, of the 900 block of Overbrook Road, 21239, were arrested and charged with assault.

September 19: First Degree Burglary, Unit block of Dowling Circle, 21234 
At 12:25 a.m., three suspects kicked in the front door of the apartment. One of the suspects threw bleach on the victim. When officers responded to the apartment, a woman threw bleach on the officer, striking her in the face, arms and legs.

September 18: Commercial Burglary, 800 block of Dulaney Valley Road, 21286 
At 1:54 a.m., two suspects jumped over the counter of The Great Cookie inside Towson Town Center. The suspects took 24 pounds of cookies.

September 17 to September 22: Fourth Degree Burglary, 1700 block of Roland Avenue, 21212 Between 4:30 p.m. on September 17 and 10 a.m. on September 22, an unknown suspect entered a detached garage and took golf clubs and tools.


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Screened-in porches on agenda for Oct. 10 RFCA meeting

In August, the Rodgers Forge board started to discuss porches but ran out of time and voted to postpone the discussion until the October meeting, which is this Wednesday, the 10th. You can see a full agenda here. Although porches aren't mentioned specifically but Stu Sirota, the board president, said they will be discussed in the "old business" section.

From August:
Resident Kathy Kolish spoke first and proposed that the issue of allowing screened-in porches be put to the community as a whole via canvassing or some other means. (The board recently looked at the issue of allowing porches but decided against them.) She volunteered to help in this effort. "Instead of a handful of people making the decision, are we open to finding out what people think?"

Board president Jennifer Helfrich said they would discuss the matter at the end of the meeting because they had a full agenda. ...

That brought the meeting to about 8:55 PM and it had to end at 9:00 PM because that's when RFES staff were told to lock up. Helfrich suggested the board vote to discuss the screened-in porch issue at the October meeting, after the September board election. The board voted to discuss in October.


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County hosts tree sale

As part of the County's ongoing efforts to increase the tree canopy in communities, the Department of Environmental Protection & Sustainability (EPS) is hosting their Fall Big Trees Sale on October 13, with the opportunity to purchase trees online prior to sale day.

Each spring and fall, EPS offers residents the opportunity to purchase larger native tree species. The Big Tree Sale features a selection of more than 300 trees. Big Trees are Maryland native species such as oaks and maples that grow taller and cast shade over a wider area than do smaller trees such as dogwoods and flowering cherries. Big Trees need room to grow and take longer to mature, but they provide greater and longer-lasting benefits to homeowners when properly sited. Big Trees are intended to be planted on private yards. Descriptions and conditions needed for each tree are located on the County's Big Trees site.

 The public can order Big Trees online, or purchase trees at the sale event on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture, located at 1114 Shawan Road in Cockeysville. (Directions: I-83 North to Exit 20; West on Shawan Road).

Trees ordered in advance of the October 13 sale event can be picked up at the reforestation nursery in Chase. Details for early pick-up will be provided with confirmation orders. Trees ordered but not picked up early can be held and will be brought for pick up to the sale event on October 13.

Questions about the Big Tree Sale may be directed to EPS at 410-887-4488, extension 242.


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Friday, October 5, 2012

Boy Scout denied Eagle rank because he's gay

ABC News reports: Ryan Andresen has spent a decade completing the requirements for the coveted Eagle Scout award, and now that he is just about to turn 18 -- the cut-off date for attaining the highest honor -- his Boy Scout troop won't approve it because he is gay. ... Read the full story here.

Has the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy affected whether or not you let your son participate in the group?


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New water line on York Road

Sen. Jim Brochin's office passed along this info from Baltimore County:

“Baltimore County’s contractors are replacing 9,500 feet of old water line in York Road, between Ridgely and Padonia Roads. The new 24-inch line, double the diameter of the old line, is expected to cost $5 million and take one to two years to install. The project, say County engineers, is designed “to build redundancy into the system." The County’s contractor, Burgermeister Bell, started the project in April 2010 and should be finished by December of this year. The project is about 82 percent finished, say engineers. The State Highway Administration plans to re-surface York Road, between Padonia and Timonium roads, next year.”


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Police say house fire on Bellona was arson

Councilman David Marks passed along this message from police regarding the recent house fire at Bellona near Charles:  

We understand their concern. The first fire at 7020 Bellona Ave (July 17, 2012) has been ruled as "undetermined." The reason being, there is simply too much destruction to make a determination. We did bring in an accelerent detection K-9 (a dog that has been trained to smell certain hydro carbon products such as gasoline etc. Unfortunately we don't have one in Balto Co and we used one from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office) and she made several hits. Samples were taken from those area but the lab results came back negative.

As for the most recent case at 7022 Bellona Ave. We can tell them it was an arson fire. Several items were taken from the house and we are actively working the case. To keep some of the information confidential I am not sharing everything we know. We have interviewed one of the property owners and will attempt to interview the other one next week. Additionally we can tell the people to look out for one another. If they see something that doesn't seem right call 911 and report it.

I can also tell you that the same house (7022 Bellona) was the scene of a burglary in 2006 in which a large amount of property was taken. In that case even furniture was removed.

 In this most recent case, I had two residents come up to me and tell me they smelled smoke during the night but never called the fire department. Both individuals commented how strong of an odor of smoke they smell and recounted how they even searched their homes for the source of the smoke smell. The one owner of the property at 7022 was out of the country at the time of the fire and the other owner was at work in Philadelphia.

As I stated earlier this is an on going investigation. Feel free to pass my name and phone numbers along to the concerned residents and I will be happy to speak with them.

Lastly, the first fire at 7020 Bellona involved a vacant house. No one lived there and there was no personal property inside vs. the current case at 7022 in which it was an occupied structure i.e. the people still lived there. The report number for the fire at 7020 Bellona Ave is 12-199-0187 and the fire at 7022 Bellona Ave on 10/1/12 is 12 275 0366.

Any other questions please feel free to call me.
- Det Tom Scally


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James Keelaghan concert Oct. 5 and 6



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Could RFES win a visit from Ray Rice?

The Greene Turtle and 105.7 have a contest in which the winning school gets a visit from Ray Rice. How much would the kids love that? Read more in The Baltimore Sun.


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Monday, October 1, 2012

House fire on Bellona at Charles this morning

You might have heard numerous sirens this morning; this is what was happening. From a reader: 

"Hey Kris, Curiosity got the best of us. We heard a slew of fire trucks about 8am this morning. Sad to see the cute house (almost at the corner of Charles & Bellona) on fire.  The owner put up a new fence & planted several trees along the property not too long ago. The pic is from the back of the house and ironically right next door to the house that burned about two months ago! Anyone know anything about that house? I know it was for sale not too long ago (the next thing I saw was a severely burned house) crazy! A firefighter told us one of the firemen fell through the floor of the house today -- thankfully okay!"


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New booster-seat law takes effect today

The new law says kids must seat in a booster until they are 8 years old or at least 4'9" tall. The old law waived the booster seat requirement if kids met certain weight requirements. Find the details here.

The law's backers also wanted to require that kids stay in rear-facing seats until they are at least two years old, because studies show it's much safer, and that kids not sit in front seats until they are 13 years old, but those parts of the law didn't pass.

(Do you let your kids sit in the front? My son tells me I'm the only mom on the planet that won't let her kid ride shotgun.)


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