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1 arrested, 2 sought in robbery

County police said yesterday they have arrested one man and were looking for two others in the robbery of a McDonald's restaurant in the 11300 block of York Road in Cockeysville on Tuesday night.

Brandon Tyler Horner, 28, was charged with armed robbery and was being held at Baltimore County Detention Center on $150,000 bail. Police said the two suspects at large are Edward James Burgos Tilton, 22, and Kristopher Thomas Horner, 23, Brandon Horner's brother. Warrants have been issued for their arrest, police said.

According to police and witnesses, three masked men wearing black hoodies came into the restaurant displaying guns. Four of the restaurant's workers were ordered into a walk-in freezer, while three others were held at gunpoint and forced to turn over an undisclosed amount of money from a safe.

A witness provided police with the license plate number of a car leaving the scene, which was registered to Brandon Horner at an address in the 9100 block of Naygall Road in Perry Hall.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the whereabouts of the two suspects is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866- 7- LOCKUP.

Middle River

Toxic-chemical plea brings term

A 43-year-old Middle River man has pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully releasing a hazardous substance for breaking open a bottle of mercury in the basement of a house from which he had just been evicted, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said yesterday.

Timothy F. Slowik was ordered to serve five years of probation and to pay nearly $23,000 in restitution to the Maryland Department of the Environment to cover the cost of cleaning the man's former residence in the 2100 block of Oakland Road, according to court records.

In December 2006, Slowik became angry about being evicted and began throwing bottles and other items around the basement, according to the attorney general's office. One of the bottles that broke contained 5 to 6 pounds of mercury, which Slowik left on the floor. Nine months of environmental remediation was required to clean up mercury vapor contamination of the residence.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. sentenced Slowik on Wednesday to a year in jail but suspended the sentence. He ordered Slowik to pay $22,877.21 to cover the cleanup costs.

Jennifer McMenamin


Black Saga contest is tomorrow

The countywide 2008 Black Saga Competition will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road.

Three-student teams from 40 elementary and 14 middle schools in Baltimore County will compete to determine who will advance to statewide competition.

The program was started by Charles Christian, author of Black Saga: the African American Experience, to challenge students to learn the answers to more than 800 questions about the African-American experience.

County teams won six of the top 10 rankings in last year's statewide competition.

Information: 410-887-4243.


Obama team set to open an office

Maryland Women for Obama and Baltimore County for Obama will hold a grand opening of the Barack Obama Campaign Office at 6 p.m. today at the law office of Kathleen Cahill, 15 E. Chesapeake Ave., Towson.

Organizers said the office will be a focal point for campaign activities in Central Maryland for Obama, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Information: 410-521-9693.


Heart checkup offered for free

The American Heart Association will offer a free heart checkup from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Towson Town Center Mall in front of Macy's.

The checkup will be performed by Union Memorial Hospital staff as part of the association's Go Red for Women Campaign and National Wear Red Day today. Macy's will present a Go Red for Women Fashion Show at 1 p.m.

Information: 410-637-4569.


Smith to receive Renaissance Award

The Dundalk Renaissance Corp. has given its first Renaissance Award to Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. for his contributions to the community's revitalization over the last six years.

The organization also gave a Milestone Award for contributions to Dundalk's revitalization to community leaders Harry Wujek and Lil Tirschman, and the local newspaper, the Dundalk Eagle.

Recipients will be honored March 8 at DRC's Renaissance Milestone Celebration at the Sparrows Point Country Club. Tickets are $75. Information: 410-282-0261.

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