County commission acts to preserve two local landmarks
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:26

 by John G. Bailey

    The futures of two historic buildings in southeast Baltimore County were discussed at the public meeting of the Baltimore County Landmark Preservation Commission in June. Testimony from county officials and community leaders favored protecting the former Ernest Lyons Nursery School in Turner Station and the Shaw-Bauer house in Edgemere. The commission voted to maintain and protect the properties.



Senate hopeful Salling fined $250 for not filing June finance report
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:24
 by Ben Boehl

    Graham “Butch” Henry wants to know why Republican state Senate candidate Johnny Ray Salling has trouble meeting deadlines.
    Henry, a longtime local Democratic activist and prominent member of local Democratic clubs — and an avid supporter of Salling’s Democratic opponent, Del. John Olszewski Jr. — told The Eagle he wants people to know that the public record shows Salling’s campaign being fined for two recent violations of financial reporting rules.
    According to state Board of Elections records, Salling failed to file his most recent annual report before the Jan. 15 deadline. A $170 fine was imposed but later waived after Salling filed his paperwork on Feb. 10.
    Salling was able to get his first set of pre-primary reports in before the May 27 deadline, but records show that Salling never filed the second pre-primary report due on June 13 and was fined $250.
    “When you run for office, you have certain responsibilities. The most basic one is to file and follow the rules,” Henry argued.
    “The rules include telling the people how much money you’ve raised and where it came from. It’s about being an honest, stand-up person. John Salling ... is either not capable of filing these reports or simply does not care enough to do so.”
    Salling responded that his campaign treasurer Mary Ellen Berger did not file the paperwork on time. Berger, he said, has sick parents in Virginia and was helping them when the reports were due.
    “My financial secretary was late with the report. She was out of town at the time and truly forgot about it,” Salling said, adding that the June 13 reports have been filed and promising that all future reports will be processed on time.
County police warn of dangers of leaving children in hot cars
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:55
 by Nicole Rodman

    Each year across the United States, dozens of children die after being left in hot vehicles.
    In most of these cases, the child was left accidently — forgotten by a parent or caregiver.
    It seems impossible — and most parents think it could never happen to them — yet it does happen, an average of 38 times per year.
    Prior to the 1990s, such deaths were rare. However, with safety advocates urging parents to put children in the back seat — and infants in rear-facing car seats — the number has climbed.
    While tragic, such deaths are highly preventable if precautions are taken.
    So far this year, 17 children have died of hyperthermia (elevated body temperature). Since 1991, at least 613 children have died after being left in hot cars, either accidently or on purpose.
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