Baltimore County Digest


Tests due to find cause of Towson man's death

Baltimore County police officials said yesterday they were unsure what caused the death of a 55-year-old Stoneleigh man who was found this week in his home.

The body of David William Richardson of the 6900 block of Copeleigh Road was found Wednesday morning in his bedroom, police said.

"The trauma first observed on his body did not ultimately result in his death," said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a spokeswoman for the county Police Department. "Further tests will be conducted to make that determination. Police are not ruling out any theories at this time."

Warehime would not say where on his body Richardson received the trauma, but she said he was not shot or stabbed. According to police, Richardson's mother called authorities because she was concerned about her son, whom she had not talked to for several days.

About 11 a.m. Wednesday, the mother met police officials at Richardson's home and let officers in with a key, police said. On a search of the house, Richardson's body was found in his bedroom.

Richardson was the only resident of the main section of the house, but he rented out an attached structure, police said. Police questioned the renter this week.

The medical examiner's office will conduct more tests to help determine the cause of death, police said.

Nick Shields

Middle River

Auction of GSA site is Wednesday

The federal government has scheduled an online auction Wednesday for the sale of a 50-acre industrial site in Middle River.

The 1.9 million-square-foot site, near Martin State Airport at Eastern Boulevard and Route 43, was part of a plant where World War II bombers and seaplanes were manufactured. It is now owned and used for storage by the U.S. General Services Administration.

County government officials, who view the site as a key piece in the area's revitalization, will give tours to potential buyers Wednesday morning. A panel of representatives from the GSA, the Maryland Historical Trust and local government agencies will answer questions at the event, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


State OKs $1.7 million for parkland

The state Board of Public Works has approved $1.7 million in Program Open Space funds for several public projects in Baltimore County, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced this week.

About $1 million will be used to rehabilitate recreational fields and lighting systems at four county parks. An additional $442,000 will go toward the construction of facilities, including a gym and police substation, at Stembridge Community Center in the eastern part of the county.

The rest of the money will be used for cabin renovations at Lillian Holt Park in the Overlea-Fullerton area.

Police advisory

Rash of burglaries prompts warning

County police are advising residents to keep their doors and windows locked at night to prevent burglaries.

According to police, 10 burglary cases have been reported in the past 30 days in which someone has entered a house through an unlocked door or window and stolen cash and other items.

In some cases, the homeowner has been asleep while the burglar was in the home, police said. In each case the burglar struck between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Police also advised residents to cancel newspaper and mail deliveries while on vacation to help prevent a burglar from knowing that the house may be unoccupied for an extended period.

Police ask anyone with information to call the county department at 410-307-2020.

Nick Shields

Court assistance

Volunteers needed as child advocates

Volunteers are needed to work with CASA of Baltimore County to train as Court Appointed Special Advocates and mentors for abused and neglected foster care children.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, complete 30 hours of training and submit to a background check.

Applications for volunteers are being accepted for a summer training session. Information: 410-828-0505.

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