Firefighter dies on duty at Cockeysville station

A 32-year-old firefighter and paramedic died while working an overnight shift as a supervisor at a Cockeysville fire station, Baltimore County Fire Department officials said yesterday. Brian D. Neville, who was filling in Wednesday night at the Texas Fire Station on York Road as an EMS district supervisor, was found yesterday morning by colleagues who had arrived at the supervisor's office to relieve him, according to the Fire Department. He was normally assigned to the Hillendale Fire Station, officials said. The state medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death, fire officials said. He had worked with the Fire Department since 2001 and previously had been assigned to the Westview, Woodlawn and Catonsville stations. He lived in Abingdon with his wife and three young children, officials said.


City inspectors looking into missing money

Baltimore's inspector general, Hilton Green, is investigating whether city employees in at least two agencies are illegally dipping into city petty cash coffers for personal gain. "We want to catch them with the hand in the cookie jar," Green said. Green said that "in excess of $5,000" is missing and that he is starting a systematic review of all city agencies. "We need to really turn up the heat on people stealing," Green said of the widening probe that was first reported by The Baltimore Examiner. "The mayor will not tolerate these internal thefts. We're already on a budget crunch." Late last month, Green's office announced that a city employee, Nikki Cooper, 35, a secretary who had worked for the city for nine years, was found guilty of stealing $5,325 from the War Memorial Commission by writing 21 city checks to herself.


Annie Linskey

Incident disrupts juvenile hearing

A girl threatened to kill herself yesterday with a piece of shattered glass in a courtroom at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, according to the Department of Juvenile Services. The girl, upset over the result of her hearing, grabbed a picture frame off the courtroom wall and threw it to the ground, said Tammy Brown, a department spokeswoman. The girl then held the shattered glass to her throat, she said. Staff members were able to persuade the girl to hand over the piece of glass, Brown said, and she was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for an examination about 3 p.m. No one was injured, Brown said.

Brent Jones

Crash kills Glen Arm man, leaves two others injured

A 20-year-old Glen Arm man died late Wednesday in a two-car crash on Glen Arm Road, Baltimore County police said yesterday. Jonathan Bailey of the 12100 block of Hooper Lane was killed when his northbound 2000 Dodge Neon overturned after crossing the center line on Glen Arm Road south of Notchcliff Road and colliding with a southbound 1997 Mercury Sable, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a Baltimore County police spokesman. A passenger in the Neon, Adam Tierney, 19, of the 8400 block of Tachbrook Road in White Marsh. was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Hill said. The driver of the Mercury, Frank Mucha III of the 3600 block of Sweet Air Road in Jacksonville, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson with minor injuries, he said. Police were continuing to investigate the cause of the crash, Hill said

Liz Kay

2nd Obama campaign sign is defaced in Harford


A second presidential campaign sign for Barack Obama was defaced in Harford County, this time between midnight and 6:30 a.m. yesterday in the 900 block of S. Fountain Green Road in Bel Air, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said yesterday. The sign was sprayed with racial slurs, authorities said. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, as is the weekend incident in Fallston where another Obama sign was defaced. The sheriff's office said it had alerted the Secret Service.

David Kohn

Harford student says man tried to get her into car

Harford County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an incident yesterday morning at Duncannon Drive and Charter Oaks Place in Bel Air where a 15-year-old girl was walking to the school bus stop around 6:30 a.m. The girl told police that she saw a light-blue, four-door vehicle parked at the intersection, and as she walked by, the driver yelled at her to get in. She refused. He continued to yell, and she ran to a friend's house nearby, police said. The vehicle was last seen turning onto Duncannon Drive. The driver is described as a white male in his 30s, with short dark hair. Deputies canvassed the area but couldn't locate the vehicle or driver.

David Kohn

Walk to benefit Alzheimer's group


The Alzheimer's Association will hold its Towson Memory Walk fundraiser tomorrow at Towson University's Burdick Field on York Road. Check-in is at 8 a.m. and the 2.5-mile walk begins at 9 a.m. There also will be music, entertainment and refreshments. Information: 410-561-9099.

Irvine center holds PumpkinFest tomorrow

Irvine Nature Center will hold a PumpkinFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at its new center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills. Activities will include pony rides, hayrides, scarecrow making, face painting, food and entertainment. Parking is $15. Information: 410-738-9200.

Maritime museum gets U.S. assistance

The Annapolis Maritime Museum received assistance to create an educational "Oysters on the Half Shell" exhibit when it was presented a check for $75,000 by U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin and the National Park Service. The exhibit is part of the park service's Chesapeake Gateway Network and is intended to highlight the natural history of the oyster and the history of people who made their living in the oyster industry. The museum is converting the former McNasby Oyster Co. building into an educational facility called the Bay Experience Center.

BCCC to offer seniors free preventive dental care


Baltimore City Community College's dental hygiene program will offer free preventive dental care services to people age 62 and older during the last week of October as part of National Dental Hygiene Month and BCCC's Senior Week celebration. Dental sessions - which will include oral cancer exams, X-rays, cleanings and fluoride treatments - will be available at the college's Liberty Campus from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Oct. 27; from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and Oct. 30; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Appointments must be made in advance; to schedule, call Grace Simmons at 410-462-7712.

State recovers wages owed to workers

State labor officials said yesterday that they recovered a record amount - $1.24 million - in wages owed to Maryland workers for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Thomas Perez, the state's labor, licensing and regulation secretary, said in a news release that the federal government has "abdicated its responsibility to protect workers," and that the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. slashed funding for enforcement efforts.