Officer hospitalized after being attacked
A Baltimore County police officer was hospitalized yesterday after a man walking near an elementary school in Essex tossed a chemical in his face, police said.
About 10 a.m., a county police officer answered a call about a man walking near Mars Estates Elementary School with a rag to his face, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.
After the officer approached the man in the 1400 block of Old Eastern Ave. and asked him to remove the rag, the man splashed a chemical on the officer's face and skin, Toohey said.
The chemical was believed to be toluene, which can be used as a paint thinner, Toohey said. During a struggle with the man, the officer broke his wrist, Toohey said.
Although the officer could see, he was taken by ambulance to the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital after complaining of a stinging sensation on his skin and eyes, Toohey said. The officer was treated and released, Toohey said.
Police did not identify the officer.
The man who had been approached by the officer was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he was being treated for apparently inhaling the chemical fumes, Toohey said.
Charges were pending against the man, Toohey said.
Near Interstate 70
Body found, an apparent suicide
A man whose body was found yesterday in the Patapsco River near Interstate 70 apparently committed suicide, police said.
About 8 a.m., county police were called to the area, where the body of a man later identified as Klaude Joseph Krannebitter was found in shallow water, said Bill Toohey, a Baltimore County police spokesman.
Krannebitter, 44, was a registered sex offender, Toohey said. The registry gives an address for Krannebitter in the 700 block of Charing Cross Road, near Baltimore National Pike in the southwest area of Baltimore County.
A suicide note was found in Krannebitter's pickup truck on the shoulder of I-70 on the bridge, county police said. A small amount of blood was found on the vehicle's exterior, and a report of a domestic dispute in the area led police to call for a dog to search the area for anyone else who might have been involved, Toohey said. The continuing investigation later led detectives to believe Krannebitter's death was a suicide, Toohey said.
Six schools receive 'green' award
Six Baltimore County schools recently received the Maryland 2007 Green School Award for their efforts to learn about and preserve the environment, county officials announced. The schools -- Prettyboy Elementary, McDonogh Middle, St. Clare Catholic School, St. Paul's School for Girls, the Ruxton Country School and St. James Academy -- were among 42 named statewide.
Each school will receive a "green school" flag and citations from Gov. Martin O'Malley and Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. The state Department of Natural Resources Tree-Mendous Maryland Program and Baltimore County's Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management will also give each school a native Maryland tree.
The Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown will receive the Maryland Green Center award for its support of "green" schools.
Since the program began in 1999, more than 160 public and private schools statewide have received the Maryland Green School Award. In Baltimore County, 31 schools have earned the distinction.
Schools that receive the award must reapply after three years for the designation to maintain its "green" status.
Bark in the Park set for June 16
The Humane Society of Baltimore County will hold the organization's Bark in the Park Canine Games on June 16. The event, in its 14th year, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the society's grounds at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown. Bark in the Park activities include games, raffles, food and music. Microchipping will also be available for $25 per dog.
Entrance is $5, with admission free for children younger than 12; $10 for the first dog and $7 for each additional dog.
BRAC workshop slated June 21
A free workshop is scheduled on opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses in Baltimore County in connection with the U.S. military's Base Realignment and Closure process.
The workshop, "BRAC and Your Bottom Line," is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 21 at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson.
The Maryland Small Business Development Center Network and the Procurement Technical Assistance Program will present the workshop. The Baltimore County Department of Economic Development and the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center will sponsor the event.
Participants must register by June 15.
Information: 301-403-8300, or www.mdsbdc.umd.edu.
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