Pair of robberies reported in Parkville

Armed RobberyPolice are investigating two Parkville=area robberies that took place on Friday, including one in which the victim’s vehicle was stolen.

At 11:30 a.m. on January 19, two individuals approached a juvenile in the 2900 block of Andorra Court (21234), assaulted him, and stole his cash and cell phone.

At just after 2 p.m. on Friday, three individuals followed a man on Dendron Court (21234) and, at gunpoint, robbed him of his cash, cell phone, wallet, and vehicle.

Kingsville man arrested on child pornography charges

Daniel Chetelat JrA Kingsville man was arrested and charged on Tuesday morning after an investigation revealed evidence supporting charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Daniel Chetelat Jr., 49, has been charged with six counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of distribution of child pornography. Chetelat was arrested and later transported to the Harford County Detention Center where he is being held on $50,000 bail.

Earlier this month, investigators received multiple downloads of images depicting child pornography from a computer traced to Chetelat. On Tuesday, the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which consisted of the Maryland State Police and Homeland Security Investigations, served a search and seizure warrant at the Chetelat residence.

Forensic examiners conducted reviews of Chetelat’s electronic devices which resulted in the discovery of several images and videos of child pornography. Chetelat was arrested at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Former BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance indicted on perjury charges

Dallas DanceUPDATE: Interim Superintendent Verletta White has released the following statement:

“We are surprised and saddened to hear about the charges against former superintendent Dallas Dance. It is important to note, there are no accusations of wrongdoing by the current administration or me. I have full confidence in the integrity of our staff and organization as a whole. We will stay focused and continue to work diligently to provide the best education possible for our more than 113,000 students.”

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State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced on Tuesday that a grand jury returned an indictment charging Shaun Dallas Dance, former Superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools, with four counts of perjury arising from his Financial Disclosure Statements for 2012, 2013, and 2015.

The charges allege that from July through December, 2012, Dance actively negotiated and in December, 2012 signed, a no-bid contract between BCPS and SUPES Academy, LLC, while working for SUPES and related company Synesi Associates, LLC.

The first count alleged that, on his Financial Disclosure Form covering 2012, filed under oath in 2013, Dance allegedly falsely reported that he had no interest in any companies during 2012 and that he had no sources of earned income other than BCPS, when he actually owned Deliberate Excellence Consulting, LLC and was personally paid $ 500.00 by SUPES and $13,500.00 from Synesi.

During 2013, Dance was allegedly paid nearly $72,000.00 by Deliberate Excellence Consulting, for services rendered by Dance to Synesi, City of Providence Public Schools and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Education Services.

The second count alleges that on August 29, 2016, Dance amended his 2013 Financial Disclosure Statement, filing an addendum under oath stating that he earned no income from Deliberate Excellence Consulting during 2013.

It is alleged in the third count, that Dance continued to own Deliberate Excellence Consulting, LLC, and personally had income of about $12,000.00 from other entities, yet reported under oath on his 2015 Financial Disclosure Statement, filed in April, 2016, that he had no business ownership, and that he had no sources of earned income other than BCPS and “DEC, LLC”.

The final count alleges that in August, 2016, Dance amended his Financial Disclosure filing for 2015 by filing an addendum under oath stating that he earned nothing from Deliberate Excellence, LLC in 2015 although he received about $47,000.00 for services rendered by him through the company.

“Parents of Baltimore County Public students should be able to trust that their Superintendent of Schools is carrying out his duties, honestly, with transparency and in the best interests of the students and the schools,” said State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt.  “Any violation of that trust is intolerable.”

St. John Properties to build nearly 200,000 square feet of speculative space in Baltimore County

Greenleigh at CrossroadsSt. John Properties, Inc. has initiated construction on eight new buildings comprising nearly 500,000 square feet of speculative Class “A” multi-story and single-story Office, Flex/R&D and Retail space in the central Maryland region.

The activity is split between the Anne Arundel County marketplace, where the company is constructing nearly 300,000 square feet of new office space in three separate business communities, and within the mixed-use Greenleigh at Crossroads community in the White Marsh/Middle River area of Baltimore County, consisting of nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail space.

All construction activity is currently underway or set to begin shortly, with delivery of product scheduled for spring 2018 through mid-2019.

“Given the sustainable leasing activity that we continue to achieve throughout the Maryland region, coupled with our favorable long-term view of the local economy, job growth and expansion of businesses, we are proceeding with this speculative development program with complete confidence,” explained Richard Williamson, Senior Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for St. John Properties. “St. John Properties is differentiated by our philosophy of developing real estate product on a speculative basis, which enables us to respond immediately to the emerging requirements of new and existing clients. This corporate founding principle places our portfolio in a unique and extremely advantageous position throughout the marketplace.”

Following is a summary of the upcoming development activity that, upon completion, will elevate the St. John Properties real estate portfolio throughout eight states to approximately 18.5 million square feet of Flex/R&D, Office, Retail and Warehouse space.

Anne Arundel County development activity totaling nearly 300,000 square feet

  • Five-story building comprising approximately 130,000 square feet of Class “A” Office space within Annapolis Corporate Park at 187 Harry S Truman Parkway in Annapolis. This project is expected to be completed in early 2019 and has been designed to earn a LEED Gold rating. Annapolis Corporate Park, located south of MD Route 50, contains 250,000 square feet of office space.
  • Four-story building consisting of nearly 120,000 square feet of Class “A” Office space within BWI Technology Park III at 1500 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum Heights. The project, which delivers at the end of 2018, has been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The business community, located at the intersection of MD 295 and W Nursery Road, is approximately two miles from BWI Airport, and totals 124,000 square feet of office and retail space.
  • Single-story, 34,500 square foot flex/R&D building within BWI Technology Park II at 813 Pinnacle Drive. The structure, which has been 100% pre-leased to TierPoint, an information technology, cybersecurity and data center provider, will be completed at the end of 2018. Situated adjacent to BWI Technology Park III, this business community contains nearly 300,000 square feet of Flex/R&D and Retail space.

Baltimore County development activity comprising 200,000 square feet of space

  • Four-story building consisting of nearly 100,000 square feet of Class “A” Office space within Greenleigh at Crossroads located at 6211 Greenleigh Avenue in Middle River. The project, which delivers in Q4 of 2019, has been designed to meet LEED Gold industry standards. The building is located between 6201 Greenleigh Avenue (a 76,000 square foot, three-story Class “A” Office building) and The Berkleigh (luxury rental apartments delivering this spring).
  • Two single-story office buildings, each consisting of approximately 36,000 square feet of space at Greenleigh at Crossroads near White Marsh. Both 10 Irondale Street and 12 Irondale Street will deliver in spring 2018 and were designed to LEED Silver specifications. The combined 72,000 speculative square feet of space is positioned adjacent to Arbors at Crossroads, a luxury high-rise apartment community.
  • Two single-story retail buildings, each offering nearly 14,000 square feet of space within Greenleigh at Crossroads near White Marsh. Also positioned near Arbors at Crossroads, both projects front on White Marsh Boulevard (MD Route 43) and are expected to be delivered in spring 2018.

St. John Properties, together with Somerset Construction Company and Elm Street Development, are currently engaged in the construction of Greenleigh at Crossroads, which represents the next development phase of Baltimore Crossroads, a 1,000-acre mixed-use community.

The concept plans consist of 1,900 residential units including single-family homes, townhomes, and multi-family units; more than 1.76 million square feet of commercial space and retail amenities; and a 120-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Upon final completion, Baltimore Crossroads is configured to support more than 2.5 million square feet of space.

“Important drivers remain in place throughout the Maryland region that provide us with strong confidence to develop these eight new buildings, led by the expansion requirements of our existing clients,” added Williamson. “The State’s unemployment rate, which currently stands at 3.9 percent, remains below the national average of 4.1 percent. The cybersecurity, healthcare and information technology sectors, among others, remain extremely healthy and are creating new jobs in our region.”