Baltimore County Digest


Police probe death of Stoneleigh man

The body of a 55-year-old Stoneleigh man was found yesterday in his locked bedroom, county police said.

He was identified as David William Richardson of the 6900 block of Copeleigh Road.

According to authorities, Richardson's mother called police concerned about her son after she had not talked to him in several days.

The mother met police officials at Richardson's home and let officers in with a key, police said.

After a search of the house, officers approached Richardson's locked bedroom door. Officers forced the door open and found the body inside, police said.

It is unclear how the man died, police said.

"It's being called a suspicious death because of some evidence inside the room," said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman.

Richardson was the only resident living in the main section of the house, but he rented out an attached structure, police and neighbors said. The renter was questioned by police.

Neighbor Jenny Carpenter, 32, said she didn't know Richardson well and described him as a pianist who kept to himself.

"It's strange," she said. "He had frequent gigs, he took walks and was kind of a loner."

Nick Shields


Man sought in robbery of store

Police are asking for help in identifying a suspect in a convenience store robbery, authorities said yesterday.

According to police, a man entererd a Royal Farms store in the 7200 block of York Road about 3:30 a.m. Monday and displayed a handgun. He demanded money and cigarettes and then ran out of the store with the cash and items.

He is described as about 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with black, shoulder-length braids, police said. He was wearing black jeans, a red T-shirt and a white headband.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP .

Nick Shields

Community organization meets

The monthly meeting of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Sheppard Pratt Health System Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St. in Towson.

The umbrella organization of neighborhood groups usually meets on the third Thursday of the month, but meets this week because of scheduling conflicts after an urban design assistance team came to help develop a plan for the area. Info:


Camp fort dedication set Saturday

Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest will host a ceremony to dedicate a new Salvation Army camp facility, which will serve as a summer residence for hundreds of boys ages 11 to 18.

The dedication of Salvation Army Camp Puh'tok's stockade fort is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 17433 Big Falls Road. Gilchrest, an Eastern Shore Republican, will help the Salvation Army staff dedicate the boys' fort. Revolutionary War re-enactors and a bagpipe band will be on hand. A bugle call and cannon blast will conclude the dedication.

A reception will take place before the dedication at 6 p.m. Both events will take place at the Camp Puh'tok stockade fort. Information: 410-329-6590.

Cromwell Valley

Children's events this weekend

Cromwell Valley Park and Thirst 'n' Howl Musical Productions, a touring theater company, is hosting Theater on the Lawn this weekend for children.

Theater on the Lawn will include two interactive presentations. On Saturday, an actress will present the "Treasure Box of Fairy Tales" with stories and games. On Sunday, the production's "reader's theater" will give a presentation of Cinderella where children will be invited to help guide characters in charm school and dance lessons.

Theater on the Lawn runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both days at Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road. Reservations are not required. A $5 per car donation is requested. Information: 410-887-2503.

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