In Baltimore City
Carroll man arrested as police crack down on illegal ATV use
A Finksburg man was arrested and an Eldersburg man ticketed by Maryland Natural Resources Police over the weekend on the Carroll County side of Liberty Reservoir as the agency embarked with Baltimore authorities on "rigorous enforcement" of a ban on all-terrain vehicles on property surrounding Baltimore's reservoirs.
City Public Works Director George L. Winfield said Friday that police will seize the ATV of anyone caught driving around a reservoir, and that violations carry fines ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. The crackdown is intended to preserve watersheds and prevent accidents, the city said, noting that trespassing laws and state regulations make it illegal to operate gasoline-powered or motorized vehicles around the reservoirs.
On Saturday afternoon, after a pursuit that included a DNR helicopter, police arrested Bruce Lee Carder, 25, of Old Westminster Pike in Finksburg on nine charges, including second-degree assault for allegedly pushing an officer, fleeing and eluding officers, operating an unregistered vehicle on a highway, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating an unauthorized vehicle in a cooperative wildlife management area, and illegally operating an off-road vehicle on both public and private property.
Natural Resources Police also issued citations to Vincent Scott Webster, 29, of Caren Drive in Eldersburg. He is accused of trespassing with an off-road vehicle and operating an unauthorized vehicle in a wildlife-management area.
DNR spokeswoman Heather Lynch said police seized the ATVs of both men.
Annual citywide cleanup is scheduled for April 20
The third annual citywide cleanup, Super Spring Sweep Thing III - Let's Paint the Town, is planned for April 20, Public Works Director George L. Winfield has announced.
The Public Works Department encourages communities to volunteer for graffiti removal. Also, as part of its Clean Up Is Contagious campaign, the department seeks nominations of residents who will keep the city clean.
Winners will receive a "Weekend in Baltimore," which will include hotel, restaurant, tourist attraction and movie tickets. Information: 410-545-6189 (contest), or 410-396-4572 (to volunteer).
In Baltimore County
Certification classes offered for jobs as county lifeguards
TOWSON - Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold certification classes starting next week for people who want to work as lifeguards at Rocky Point or Oregon Ridge parks.
Classes will be held Sundays through May 19. Full- and part-time lifeguard jobs are available.
Information: Patrick McGregor, 410-887-3813.
Good Neighbor Week group seeks nominees for awards
TOWSON - The Baltimore County Good Neighbor Week Committee and County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger are seeking nominations for the seventh annual Good Neighbor Week awards, to be presented May 16.
The Good Neighbor Week program gives the Bridge Builder Award to recognize "activities or events that advance harmony and understanding" among people of different races or faiths, and the Volunteer Service Award to recognize "service to help neighbors and strengthen communities." Community groups, businesses, nonprofit and religious organizations and individuals are eligible.
Nomination forms are available from Jay Doyle, 410-887-2483. The deadline is March 22.
Job fair set for March 22 at Essex campus of college
ESSEX - A job fair sponsored by state, county and regional business groups will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at the physical education complex on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.
Employers who can offer permanent positions to applicants are asked to register for the fair by March 9. Registration fee is $100. Last year's fair drew 114 employers, who offered jobs that ranged from blue-collar to managerial posts.
Information: 410-288-9050, Ext. 424, or 410-780-6653.