Councilman Marks: Police warn of car burglaries in Seven Courts neighborhood

police-lightsPolice are warning of a rash of car burglaries in one Perry Hall/Nottingham neighborhood.

Councilman David Marks says that police have seen an uptick in auto burglaries in the Seven Courts area in recent days.

Police added patrols along the main Seven Courts Drive corridor, but the burglars then moved west to target the area closer to Hines Road.

Councilman Marks says that every car burglarized this week was left unlocked.

Citizens are reminded to lock their car doors at all times.

The precinct is continuing to step up enforcement.

Kingsville triangle to be dedicated before 4th of July parade

KingsvilleBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Friday that the Kingsville triangle would be dedicated shortly before the Kingsville Independence Day Parade, at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4th.

The triangle is located at the intersection of Belair, Bradshaw, and Jerusalem Roads.

The State Roads Commission voted earlier this year to dedicate the publicly-owned area in honor of Edward “Doc” Sears. From 1952 to 1987, Sears operated the Kingsville Pharmacy at this location. The community landmark was bulldozed when the state of Maryland made improvements to the roads in the Kingsville area. Sears was a corpsman on the USS Karnes in World War II. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Maryland Pharmacy School, graduating in 1951. Sears was an active resident and community leader who was very involved in the annual Kingsville Independence Day parade.

“We are honored to dedicate this area as part of the Kingsville Independence Day festivities,” commented Linda Alexander, parade chair.

“The Kingsville Independence Day Parade symbolizes the small-town appeal of this wonderful, patriotic community,” Councilman Marks added. “It is fitting to dedicate this triangle to a leading citizen who contributed to the parade and the history of Kingsville.”

Opening ceremonies for the parade are at 11 a.m.

Army Sgt. Eric Houck, Perry Hall native, killed in Afghanistan

Eric HouckThe U.S. Army has announced that a Perry Hall man was killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced on Monday that Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Perry Hall, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The men died on Saturday, June 10, in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.  The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

The other two men killed were listed as Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina.

Councilman David Marks and the Perry Hall Improvement Association have scheduled a brief memorial service to be held on Thursday, June 15th. A wreath will be laid at the Perry Hall Veterans Memorial at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, with a short prayer to be offered by Pastor John Mohan from St. Michael Lutheran Church. The Veterans Memorial is located at Perry Hall Elementary School. All are welcome to attend.

Sgt. Houck graduated from Perry Hall High School and leaves behind a wife, Samantha, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-0ld.  A  GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

Councilman Marks also announced on Monday that Sgt. Houck’s name would be the first new name added to the Towson war memorial since it was dedicated back in November.

The ‘Kingsville Bull’ is safe, complaint rescinded

Kingsville BullThe Kingsville Bull is safe.

It seems the complaint that had been filed with the county has been rescinded.

Gene Schwandtner, a 49-year-old Kingsville resident, installed the landmark on his property located just south of Open Bible Way.

The bull can be seen along Belair Road just below the Batimore-Harford County line.

On Saturday, June 10, Schwandtner posted to Facebook saying that he received a notice from the county giving him until June 25 to remove the Kingsville Bull. The notice stated that the bull was a non-permitted sign.

The bull, which is made of aluminum, was constructed by a company in Texas. Schwandtner and his son then poured a concrete base for it which reads “Kingsville.”  It was erected about two years ago, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Kingsville Bull David Marks 1

The community has rallied to the bull’s defense, with Councilman David Marks calling on the local community to help “save the Kingsville Bull.”

On Monday afternoon, the Kingsville Bull Facebook page posted:

UPDATE: We have received notice that the complaint has been rescinded. Thank you for all of your support for the Kingsville Bull. We would also like to thank David Marks, our County Councilman, and his office for their help!

And so, the new Kingsville landmark is safe, and that’s no bull.