Restaurant Health Inspection Scammers in Baltimore County

Baltimore County

Police and DEPRM Send Urgent Warning of Health Inspection Scam

Call 410-307-2020 Immediately to Report Fraudulent Activity

Baltimore County, Md. (December 13, 2010) - The Baltimore County Police Department and the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM) are warning local businesses to be wary of individuals pretending to be Health Department inspectors.

DEPRM recently received reports of callers identifying themselves as local health inspectors and attempting to schedule inspections at local restaurants. The callers are attempting to use business information fraudulently.

These individuals are attempting to gain entry into restaurants using fake Health Department inspection information. If you think that you have been contacted by scammers, it is vital that you call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020.

Tips to Avoid Being Scammed

  • DEPRM does NOT call restaurants to schedule “emergency inspections.”
  • Each health inspector carries a Baltimore County, Maryland picture identification with his or her name displayed on the front. The identification NEVER includes an identification number. Local health inspectors also carry a Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management identification badge.
  • Do not hesitate to contact DEPRM with any questions regarding inspectors, inspector identity, or inspection procedures at 410-887-4065.
  • Health inspectors will never ask for or accept money for an inspection.
  • Do not give personal, private or detailed business information to anyone over the phone.
  • Cockeysville Bank Robbery Suspect Being Sought by Police

    Baltimore County Police

    Crime Occurred This Morning in Precinct 7/Cockeysville

    Baltimore County, Md. (December 13, 2010) - Baltimore County Police need the public’s help identifying a man responsible for robbing The Columbia Bank in the 1300-block of York Road, 21093 today at approximately 10:15 a.m.

    The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 30-40 years of age, 5’8” tall, with a medium build.

    Detectives say that the suspect entered the bank, walked up to a teller, and produced a note demanding money. The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber walked out of the bank.

    Reward Offered

    Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). To text a message to Metro Crime Stoppers, send to “CRIMES” (274637), then enter the message starting with “MCS,” or e-mail a tip to Those contacting Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

    Baltimore County’s Endangered Places 2011: The Kelso Home



    Kelso Home – Towson YMCA

    Built in 1925 and named for Thomas Kelso its original benefactor, the Kelso Home for Girls was an
    orphanage and the first new building for this organization founded in 1872. Designed by Otto Eugene
    Adams who was a respected architect known for various important buildings in and around Baltimore
    There are indications, from his approach to his work and from quotations that he gave about his work
    that show interest in sustainable design, embodied energy in building assemblies, and overall
    efficiency much the way current designers are interested in green architecture.

    This building, now belonging to the Towson YMCA, has been in continual use and still is today. It
    houses a preschool and is a portion of the remainder of the YMCA indoor facilities.

    According to the development plan, this brick structure will be razed after a new,
    modern YMCA is constructed on other land near the current facility.

    Certainly a candidate for adaptive reuse, since it is still being used today. To put this in a
    landfill or salvage would be unconscionable, especially in light of the architect’s original mindset.


    While several past “endangered” properties from previous years have been landmarked and saved, the
    Baltimore County Historical Trust notes that three—the Victor Bloede House in Catonsville (not placed on
    the Final Landmarks List by Councilman Moxley), the Shaw-Bauer House in Edgemere (Final Landmarks
    List), and the Pine Grove School in Cub Hill (Final Landmarks List)—are still regarded as threatened,
    either due to possible demolition or by intent or neglect.

    Baltimore County’s Endangered Places 2011: Rosewood Hospital


    Original Buildings on Parcel B

    The Rosewood Center, Rosewood Lane, Owings Mills, Maryland.

    The Rosewood Center was an institution for people with developmental disabilities. Established in
    1888 as the Asylum and Training School for the Feeble Minded, this institution originally admitted
    only white children between seven and seventeen years of age. Children were taught skills that would
    supposedly make them self-supporting upon their release. The hospital was integrated in 1956 and
    African American patients at the mentally retarded unit of Crownsville State Hospital were transferred
    to Rosewood. After reaching a high in the late 1960s, the patient population sharply declined as
    medical professionals emphasized integrating the developmentally disabled into the community. The
    State of Maryland closed Rosewood in 2009, and the campus is now threatened by vandals and
    trespassers who claim the center is haunted.

    There are eight stone buildings on the original campus which are boarded up. Stevenson
    University has been named as Master Development of the entire property, which has several different
    owners. While, for the most part, these buildings appear to be structurally sound, they are in a state of
    disrepair. Also, it is quite likely that there would need to be an asbestos and lead paint abatement that
    would add to the rehabilitation costs. That being said, these buildings were made for institutional use
    and have many more years left in them to serve another purpose, hopefully for the University.

    Funds are needed to complete a study started on the feasibility of adaptive reuse.
    Stevenson University is willing to work with the preservation community to come up with a viable
    solution. In their current master plan, this area is shown as fields and an amphitheatre – with all
    buildings being razed.

    Baltimore County’s Endangered Places 2011: Town of Marble Hill


    Town of Marble Hill , starting at York and Shawan Roads

    Named for the marble quarries in the area and the demarcation of the beginning of Northern Baltimore
    County, Marble Hill, was the area around Shawan and York Roads where once the Western Run
    Turnpike joined the York Turnpike. There was a general store on the NW corner which is now a BP
    Gas Station. There was a Queen Anne-styled house on the SW Corner, which is now a BB&T bank. The
    NE and SE corners, which hosted stately houses are now office buildings and a retail shopping center.
    There is Hunt Valley Town Centre and a brand new Chick-Fil-A present now. But there remains a
    glimpse of what was there is the few remaining houses – all of which have been converted to
    commercial use except for one which remains residential. Five of the remaining properties are very
    much intact with much of the original materials, but an attempt to protect them by placing them on the
    County Landmarks List failed when Councilman McIntire refused to move them from the Preliminary
    List, where they were placed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, to the Final Landmarks List.

    Since these buildings are not protected, the current owners will be allowed to either
    demolish them or sell them to other entities which could raze them and put up a new pharmacy or box
    store, removing the only remaining fabric of Marble Hill.

    The owners, at this point, are the only ones who can nominated these properties to the
    Landmarks List to not only protect them, but to make them eligible for tax credits and grant money,
    until the three year waiting period for third party nominations runs out.

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