Baltimore County Digest

Liberty Road driver followed, shot at

A 47-year-old woman was fired upon as she was driving on Liberty Road early yesterday, Baltimore County police said.


The woman, who works at a hospital, noticed that she was being followed by two vehicles about 3:30 a.m. as she drove west in her tan 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer on Liberty Heights Avenue near Northern Parkway, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman.

After she crossed the county line, one of the vehicles drove in front of her and forced her off the road and into the driveway of a house in the 6400 block of Liberty Road. She hit a parked car in the driveway, and several shots were fired into her car, Hill said.


The woman was not hit by any bullets but did suffer a hand injury from flying debris, Hill said.

"There was no reason why this woman would be the target of an attack," he said. "It could be mistaken identity. It could be random. It could've been a fight between the two vehicles and she just got into the middle."

Police had no suspects.

The woman was treated at Sinai Hospital and released.

Hill said investigators do not want her attackers to know where she lives, in case they had targeted her.

Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman, said such attacks are extremely rare.

The woman told police that one of the vehicles was red and the other was maroon, but no other description was available. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Laura Barnhardt



County executive wins award

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. has won the National Association of Counties' County Courthouse Award for his Renaissance Redevelopment program for the county's older communities.

Larry Naake, executive director of NaCo, is to discuss the award today in Towson. The award includes $5,000 for scholarships for county students.


Part of Padonia Road to close


A section of Padonia Road in Cockeysville will be closed for two weeks for construction, county public works officials said yesterday.

Padonia Road will be closed between Falls Road and Labrador Lane from Tuesday to Aug. 29, officials said. The road will be closed to allow workers to lower some small hills and realign a portion of the road to improve visibility at Padonia Road and Labrador Lane.

Traffic will be detoured south to Jenifer Road and Mays Chapel Road, then west on Seminary Avenue and north on Falls Road.


Applebaum, Martel to speak A candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and a candidate for state Senate are scheduled to speak tonight at the monthly meeting of the Patapsco Valley Republican Club in Catonsville.

Gary Applebaum, a candidate for Congress in the 3rd District, and Richard I. Martel, a candidate for state Senate in District 12, are scheduled to speak. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at 106 Bloomsbury Ave. (formerly Catonsville Junior High School).




Weinberg House seeks volunteers

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House, a senior residence in Pikesville, is recruiting volunteers to serve dinner to residents.

Helpers are needed from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Students may also apply for internships in event planning and public relations.


Information: 410-602-2405.

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