An article in the Oct. 11, 1940, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported a police chase for a criminal who managed to escape, despite a flurry of gunshots by his pursuers.

Nine policemen engaged in a futile chase of a colored man caught attempting to enter a Relay home last Sunday. The officers, including five from the Halethorpe station, two from Catonsville and two State Troopers, fired several shots at the fleeing man before he disappeared into a thicket.

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The would-be burglar was discovered by Robert L. Clayton and his wife who were on their way to visit his mother, Mrs. William A. Clayton of Gun road. While still many yards form Mrs. Clayton's home, they saw the Negro descending a ladder placed against the house.

Mr. Clayton summoned the police, who pursued the Negro through Avalon State Forest, firing at him whenever they caught a glimpse of his fleeing figure. The man finally escaped by leaping 15 feet to the ground from a bridge on Rolling road and plunging into the nearby brush.

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Motorcycle Patrolman Robert Sullivan of the Catonsville Police Station was thrown from his cycle last Saturday morning when his machine struck a dog on Bloomsbury avenue. The officer sustained a sprained thumb and bruises of the leg and was treated at St. Agnes' Hospital. The motorcycle was slightly damaged.

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A colorful ceremony took place in the Catonsville Police Court on Wednesday night when the Rotary Club of Catonsville presented a large silk American flag to the police station. Former Magistrate John W. Loeber was chairman of the proceedings and on behalf of the Rotary Club, of which he is vice president, made an inspiring presentation address. Mr. Loeber told of the creation of the Flag of the United States by Act of Congress, of its development, star by star, as the nation grew State by State, always symbolizing the spirit of justice, freedom and equality out of which this nation was born.

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Miss Ruth Painter, Magnolia avenue, was painfully injured on Monday afternoon of this week when the rifle she was cleaning was accidentally discharged. The bullet struck her foot, the same that she had injured last week, while cutting wood.

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Members of the Halethorpe Kiwanis Club observed National Newspaper Week at their meeting on Tuesday night of this week. P. G. Stromberg, publisher of The Herald-Argus, was the principal speaker of the evening.

Mr. Stromberg spoke on the problems and activities of newspapers. John T. Farrell, publicity chairman of the club, was in charge of the evening's program.

Three new members were officially brought into the club, raising its total membership to 40. The new Kiwanians are Howard Heil of Catonsville, Harry Blankner of Arbutus and Clarence Pritchett of Arbutus.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 13, 1965 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced a colorful way to get out an important message.

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The Catonsville Optimist Club is planning a "Wanted Alive!" traffic safety poster program, Donald J. Brannon president of the organization announced at the last club meeting. "These posters serve to remind the motorist of his responsibilities to the children of our community," Brannon said.

Bright red and black on white posters will go up all over Catonsville during October, distributed by teams of Optimist club members. Cost of printing the posters has been subsidized by the club.

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Lansdowne Senior High School will be host to the All State Band, which consists of "top notch" musicians from senior high schools throughout Maryland.

During their stay, October 13, 14 and 15, the band members will be guests at the homes of Lansdowne's students. The band will rehearse at the school during the day in preparation for a concert to be held at the Civic Center in Baltimore on Friday night, Oct. 15.

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An exhibition of paintings by members of The Rolling Road Art League is being presented at Hutzler's Westview from Oct. 11 to Oct. 23.

The artists represented are Edith Carson, Evelyn Cohen, Sandra Cohen, Louise Gerhardt, Hilda Greene, Richard Kraweic, Carole Law, George Roman, Margaret Shiavone, Lillian E. Schulze, R. Henry Schulze, Richard Starsonek, and William Stromberg.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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