County Council expected to pass legislation to spur new tenant at former Mars Supermarket location

Mars Supermarket Belair RoadAt its meeting on Monday, the Baltimore County Council is expected to pass legislation that modifies the boundaries of the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district to include the former Mars supermarket site.

The store was formerly located at the corner of Belair Road and Silver Spring Road.

This designation should help better market the site, according to Baltimore County Councilman David Marks.


Baltimore County’s commercial revitalization program provides tax incentives and technical assistance to property owners in distressed areas.

“Our office sponsored the original legislation creating the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district in 2011,” said Councilman Marks. “Since that time, the occupancy rate at the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center has climbed from about 60 percent to more than 90 percent.”

3rd house fire in 48 hours reported in Fork neighborhood

Kingsville House Fire 20170430Crews are responding to the scene of a house fire in Fork.

At just before 1:30 p.m., units responded to the 6400 block of Catalpa Road.

At the scene, firefighters found heavy fire showing from a single-family dwelling.


A second alarm has been sounded and multiple fire companies are responding.

This is the third fire reported at this home within a 48-hour period.

Officials have not yet offered any possible explanation.

There has been no word on any injuries.

Police investigating robbery, attempted burglary

police-lightsPolice are investigating a local robbery and attempted burglary that were reported this week.

Sometime between 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, and 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, an individual attempted to gain entry to a residence on Grovewood Court, 21234. The attempt was unsuccessful, but there was damage to the front door and door knob.


At 1:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, a man entered the 7-Eleven located in the 1900 block of Eastern Boulevard, 21221, displayed a gun and demanded that the employee open the cash register. The employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. No one was injured in the incident.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to call police.

Baltimore County Fire Department promotes 48 members

BCoFD Promotion 2017A promotional ceremony for 48 members of the Baltimore County Fire Department was held at the Randallstown Community Center at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Fire Chief John J. Hohman and other county dignitaries were in attendance. Clerk of the Court, Julie L. Ensor, administered the oath of office to those who were promoted, and the Reverend Herbert Watson Jr. delivered the invocation.

The following members were promoted:

Promoted to Assistant Chief
Jennifer Aubert-Utz
Paul Lurz

Promoted to Division Chief
Wayne Tome Sr.

Promoted to Battalion Chief
Lonnie Ledford
Thomas Ramey

Promoted to Fire Captain
Steven Czawlytko
James Hammond
Matthew Hill
Ronald Mastin Jr.
Kevin Nace
Stephen Sindler

Promoted to EMS Lieutenant
Matthew Beeker

Promoted to Fire Lieutenant
Jeffrey Chilcoat
Bruce Fleming
Kevin Ford
David Hohenberger
Charles Ritzman Jr.
Michael Szczesniakowski

Promoted to PM/FF
Caleb Spriggs

Promoted to Paramedic
Brendan Berkeridge
Thoas Cook Jr.
William Doetzer
Samantha Griffiths
Emma Hartline
Craig Hutton
Kathryn Klapka
Teresa Santos
Damon Smith

Promoted to FADO
Michael Cover
Brian Fraley
Brandon James
Salliann Muscella
Larry Roos Jr.
Robert Streett III

Promoted to Fire Specialist
Jessica Alford
Mark Badger
Justin Bruzdzinski
Bryan Compher
John McMahon
Marcus Perry
Cody Robinson
Wendy Stallings
Brandon Sussan
Carlos Washington Jr.

Promoted to Fire Executive Officer
Charnetta Holman

Promoted to Volunteer Administrator
Andrew Smith

Promoted to Management Analyst II
Kelly Thomas

Promoted to Executive Secretary
Mary McInnes

Two local business robbed on Tuesday

robberyPolice say a pair of local businesses were robbed on Tuesday.

At just before 2:30 a.m., a man entered the Royal Farms store located in the 3300 block of Eastern Boulevard, 21220.

The suspect implied a weapon, stole cash and cigarettes, then fled the scene on foot.

At 8:30 p.m., an armed individual entered the Safeway gas station located in the 9600 block of Belair Road, 21128.

The suspect stole cash, then fled the scene.