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Gardina to revise bid for charter change

The co-sponsor of a proposed charter amendment to repeal a prohibition on Baltimore County Council members working for the state said yesterday he would alter the bill so that the change would not take effect until 2010 -- after current council members' terms expire.

Councilmen Vincent J. Gardina and John Olszewski Sr. have proposed placing the charter amendment proposal on the 2008 ballot. Gardina said yesterday he planned to add a provision that would have the amendment take effect during the next council term. He said he did not have the council votes for the bill otherwise.

One council member had asked rhetorically whether Gardina and Olszewski would refuse offers for state jobs if the charter amendment passes. Gardina and Olszewski have said they have no open offers to work for the state.

"I think it should be passed without the amendment" to the bill, said Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat. "But if we can only get it passed with the amendment, we'll do it."

Olszewski, a Dundalk Democrat, could not be reached for comment. The council is to vote Monday.

Josh Mitchell


Man sought in 3 bank robberies

Baltimore County police were searching for a man charged with robbing three banks.

A warrant has been obtained for the arrest of Ralph Raymond Steele, 36, who is charged in the June 13 robbery of an M & T Bank branch in the 100 block of Chartley Drive in Reisterstown, county police said yesterday.

Steele is also charged in the Feb. 22 robbery of a Wachovia bank branch in the 1700 block of York Road in the Lutherville area and the Feb. 27 robbery of a Provident Bank branch in the 8600 block of Liberty Road in the Randallstown area.

Anyone with information was asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Board OKs money to buy farm

The state Board of Public Works yesterday gave final approval for more than $3 million in federal and state money toward Baltimore County's purchase of a farm that is to be the site of the county's Agricultural Resource Center, officials said.

The state panel approved $1 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and $2.16 million in Program Open Space funding for use in the county's purchase of Rolling Mill Farm. The county also dedicated just under $700,000 toward the purchase of the 149-acre property last August.

Farmers' markets

WIC and senior checks to be accepted

The Woodlawn and Liberty Road farmers' markets will begin accepting WIC and senior checks this week, Baltimore County officials said.

The farmers' markets are open Thursdays.

The Woodlawn market, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is at the AMF Bowling Lanes, 6410 Security Blvd. The Liberty Road Farmers' Market, open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is at the Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive in Randallstown.

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