Robberies reported in Essex, Rosedale

Armed RobberyPolice are investigating two robberies that were reported over the past week.

At just after 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, after parking his vehicle on Dutrow Court in Rosedale (21237), a man was approached by two individuals who, at gunpoint, demanded his property. The suspects stole the victim’s keys and cell phone before the victim ran to call 911.

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At just after 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, a man was on the basketball courts in the 2100-block of Eastern Boulevard in Essex (21221) when a another man approached him and displayed a handgun. The suspect told the victim to “give it up.” The suspect stole the victim’s property and fled.

Subway restaurant, elementary school burglarized; CVS robbed

Police LightsPolice are investigating several local robberies and burglaries that were reported over the weekend.

Sometime between 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, and 6:15 a.m. on Friday, August 24, an individual entered a construction site in the 5300-block of Nottingham Ridge Road (21236) via a side door. Once inside, the suspect stole several pieces of construction equipment and fled.

Sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:45 a.m. on Friday, two individuals stole a statue and a plaque from Red House Run Elementary School, located in the 1700-block of Weyburn Road in Rosedale (21237).

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At 5:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24, an individual used a large rock to break the window of the Subway restaurant located in the 1700-block of Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale (21237). Once inside, the suspect stole the cash register and handed it to a second suspect who was waiting outside. Both suspects then fled.

At just after 8:30 p.m. on Friday, an individual entered the CVS Pharmacy located in the 500-block of Eastern Boulevard in Essex (21221), implied a weapon, and demanded the money from the register. The suspect then fled on foot but was apprehended shortly thereafter.

At 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 26, a man was walking in a parking lot in the 2000-block of Flintshire Road in Rosedale (21237) when he was approached by two armed individuals. They demanded his property and left on foot with his cash and cell phone.

Police investigating local robberies, burglaries, stabbing

Police GraphicPolice are investigating a stabbing and several robberies & burglaries that were reported over the past week.

Sometime between 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, and 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 10, an individual entered a residence on Kings Place in Perry Hall (21128) via a rear door and stole a jewelry box.

Sometime between 6 p.m. on Thursday and 12:30 a.m. on Friday, an individual entered a residence on Dunhaven Place (21236) via an unlocked bedroom window. Once inside, the suspect stole a game system then fled the scene.

Sometime between 10 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. on Friday, an individual removed the screen to a bedroom window to gain entry into a residence on Farmingham Court in Parkville (21234). Once inside, the suspect stole a wallet containing money.

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At 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, an individual entered the CVS located in the 500-block of Eastern Boulevard in Essex (21221) and, implying a gun, demanded cash from the register. The suspect stole the cash and then fled.

At just after 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, a man was stabbed by an individual with an unknown object in the 900-block of Foxwood Lane in Essex (21221). The victim was taken to a nearby hospital.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, an individual entered the Same Obsession Hair Lounge, located in the 8800-block of Pulaski Highway in Rosedale (21237), and pointed a gun at two people.  The suspect demanded cash from the victims and, after receiving the cash, the suspect fled the scene.

State designates Essex as Maryland Sustainable Community

Maryland Sustainable CommunitiesEssex is now qualified to apply for State funding for projects leading to increased economic, transportation and housing choices, and environmental improvements.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded Essex the designation of Maryland Sustainable Community, based on an application submitted in April by the Baltimore County Department of Planning, the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force, and the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

“We are pleased that the State has recognized the tremendous potential in the Essex community and the Eastern Boulevard business corridor,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “The County’s Department of Planning has worked with each community to help identify unique opportunities for enhancing the health, housing, small business climate, and quality of life in these areas.”

Working in collaboration with the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force and the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, the Baltimore County Department of Planning identified Essex as an area in need of revitalization and developed a comprehensive strategy to encourage and guide local investment. The newly designated Sustainable Community now will refine these strategies and submit applications to the State requesting funding for specific projects.

“I want to thank the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force, a Chamber committee, for the outstanding work they already have done to organize, plan and implement improvements to this area,” said Chesapeake Gateway Chamber President Jaime Alvarez. “The Task Force consists of outstanding business people who live and work in this community and are committed to making a difference.”

Cliff O’Connell of Cliff’s Hi-Tech Body Shop commented about how well Baltimore County’s Department of Planning and the Maryland DHCD worked together and with the Task Force to maneuver through the application process. Sam Weaver of Weaver’s Marine Service added, “We want to thank the professionals in both departments for their guidance and help. This designation will make a big difference as we work toward revitalizing the Essex business district.” O’Connell and Weaver serve as Co-Chairmen of the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force.

The Maryland Sustainable Community program focuses on partnerships to support revitalization and reinvestment in older communities. The Sustainable Community designation, which lasts five years, opens eligibility for state programs and resources, such as Neighborhood BusinessWorks, Community Legacy, and the Strategic Demolition Fund.

“This is excellent news and now is an ideal time to focus on the Essex area and provide revitalization efforts that will benefit the area as a whole,” said 7th District Councilman Todd Crandell.

“Essex is perfectly positioned for strategic reinvestment that will help maximize the area’s wonderful amenities like prime water access, great communities and wonderful schools and parks,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.

The Essex Sustainable Community Area includes approximately 4,233 acres, including a mix of residential communities and the Eastern Boulevard Commercial Corridor extending from the Back River Bridge to just over the Middle River Bridge abutting the Lockheed Martin property. The boundaries of the area were determined using the 2010 Census Tracts combined with various County overlays including the Essex Commercial Revitalization District and the Essex Design Review Panel area.

These areas have been specifically targeted for revitalization efforts. Recently there have been major investments on the east side of the County including Tradepoint Atlantic and Baltimore Crossroads. These projects, although still under construction, are adding major investment, infrastructure and jobs to the area. The Essex Sustainable Community area lies between both of these key projects.

Middle River property owner fined $74K for junk removal

FinedCouncilwoman Cathy Bevins announced on Tuesday that Baltimore County had billed the owner of the Federal Depot, located at 2800 Eastern Boulevard in Middle River, $74,089.53 for the costs associated with removing junk, trash, and debris from the property including piles of disposed tires and boats.

“The owner of the Depot must be held accountable for allowing this property to fall into a state of derelict,” said Councilwoman Bevins. “After hearing from community groups and residents about the poor state of the Depot, I took action to clean it up by initiating a code enforcement complaint against the property.”

Councilwoman Bevins’ office initiated a code complaint last summer for the removal of the disposed tires and boats. The Baltimore County Office of Code Enforcement issued a citation and a $6,000 fine.

A Hearing was held on September 20, 2017 where Managing Administrative Law Judge Lawrence Stahl upheld the $6,000 fine but suspended $5,250.

Judge Stahl also gave the owner 60 days to remove the tires and debris. After the owner failed to comply with that order the $5,250 suspended fine was re-imposed on the property.