Baltimore County Digest

Police commander launches campaign for county executive

Clarence W. Bell Jr. launched his campaign for Baltimore County executive yesterday, standing with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. at a rally in Pikesville and repeatedly telling supporters, "We can do better."


Bell, a state police commander who has never run for elected office, is one of two Republicans seeking the Republican nomination for county executive. Incumbent James T. Smith Jr., a Democrat, is running for a second term.

Bell talked about the need for leaders to address school crowding and what he called "uncontrolled" growth.


"Development must be planned and controlled in an atmosphere where families are first," Bell, 47, told about two dozen people outside the Pikesville Hilton. He was standing with his wife, and his father and stepmother were seated nearby.

In endorsing Bell, Ehrlich called Bell's resume, which includes 26 years with the state police, "first-rate."

"We have a candidate with dignity and the resume and background and brains to run for county executive," Ehrlich said.

Josh Mitchell


Man dies in apartment shooting

A man shot in the entranceway at a Lansdowne apartment building died early yesterday morning, Baltimore County police said.

Warren Lee Porter, 24, of the 900 block of Lenton Ave. in Baltimore, was visiting a friend about 4 p.m. Wednesday when he was shot in an apartment entranceway in the 2900 block of Lakebrook Circle, county police said.


He was found by police suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Porter was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he died about 3 a.m. yesterday, police said. An autopsy was to be conducted.

Police said yesterday they have no suspect and know of no motive in the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020.

Nick Shields


Robbery victim is reported missing


A young man who had been warned not to tell police about being robbed July 20 by three people he knows has been reported missing, Baltimore County police said last night.

Zachary Scott Miller, 19, of the 900 block of Winesap Court, was robbed of $30 and a pocket knife by at least three other males who warned him not to inform on them, police said.

Later, police arrested Dale Clarence Langston, 17, and charged him as an adult in the robbery.

Police said the vicitm has not been seen since early Wednesday and that his family is concerned about his safety.

Miller was described as white, 6 foot 1 and 165 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes, with the name "Zach" tattooed on a leg.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at 410-307-2020.


Richard Irwin


Permanent roundabout planned

Construction is set to begin on a permanent roundabout in Essex, state highway officials said yesterday.

The permanent roundabout at Route 702 and Hyde Park Road will replace a temporary roundabout installed in September, officials said.

The roundabout is expected to cost about $1.2 million, official said.


Detour signs will be posted during the intersection closure, officials said.

The roundabout is scheduled to open to traffic at the end of August, state officials said.


Police note construction site thefts

Thousands of dollars in appliances have been stolen from Baltimore County construction sites since June, police said yesterday.

More than $84,000 in appliances have been stolen in about two months, and about $44,000 in damages has also occurred to the construction sites during the burglaries.


The burglaries generally occur in the afternoon and overnight hours, police said.

The most recent burglary occurred between 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday when appliances were stolen from two homes under construction in the first block of Carmichael Court in the southwestern area of the county, police said.

The appliances stolen in recent burglaries have included stoves, washers, dryers and refrigerators, police said.

Nick Shields


4 sought in bank robbery


Police were searching for four people in the robbery of a credit union yesterday morning in the Rosedale area.

Four people dressed in black and wearing gloves and masks entered the Point Breeze Credit Union in the first block of Philadelphia Court around 10:40 a.m., ordered the customers and tellers to the floor and took money from the teller stations, police said.

They then ran out of the credit union and drove off in a 2006 white Ford pickup truck, police said. The truck was later found on the side of the Beltway about a mile from the credit union, police said.

The truck had been stolen earlier yesterday morning from a residence in Greenbelt, police said.

Anyone who has information about the robbery or who might have seen the robbers abandon the truck is asked to call the Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields


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