Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Find out more about the amazing career of firefighter Fred Trentzsch.
The last fire Capt. Fred Trentzsch would have to worry about was a grill, and whether or not one of his fellow firefighters would overcook the burgers. Trentzsch retired Wednesday after 34 years of fighting fires. He ended his career in Perry Hall where he served as captain since 1992. “Everyone says you’ll know when it’s time. And it’s my time,” Trentzsch said. “I love coming to work. I’m going to miss that a lot. I love the guys. I love the calls. It’s just time to let the new guys come in and take over. “But I won’t miss getting up in the middle of the night for alarm bells,” he continued. In his office, a packed black duffle bag sat on his bed, neatly tucked with a faded green blanket. “I’m feeling happy, but I’m also feeling sad. …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
One person was evaluated for smoke inhalation.
Baltimore and Harford County firefighters quelled a one-alarm blaze near the intersection of Belair and Mt. Vista roads Thursday afternoon. Medics evaluated at least one person at the scene for smoke inhalation, according to Baltimore County police and fire spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher. No other possible injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, although it appears to have started in the basement, Rogers-Feher said. Three police cruisers blocked off the entrance of Mt. Vista Road from Belair Road from noon to at least 1:15 p.m., Patch observed. The call for fire and EMS support in the 7100 block of Mt. Vista Road went out at 11:47 a.m. >>> Be sure to keep up with all Perry Hall news by following Patch…
Monday, April 29, 2013
Both departments will use the social media site, along with Twitter, to disseminate information to the public.
You can now "like" the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments. County officials announced Monday afternoon that the departments now share a page on Facebook. The page will be used to distribute information from the two departments as well as the county Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "We know how much people care about police news in their communities," said County Police Chief Jim Johnson, in an emailed statement. "Social media helps us provide information when significant news is breaking. It also helps dispel rumors in an era rumor spreads instantly." The page is the latest foray into social media by the county. The police and fire department already have a presence on Twitter. The Office of Homeland Security…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The volunteers say the loss sets the group back two years.
A group of volunteers serving police and firefighters are struggling to recover from the loss of their $52,000 down payment on a new kitchen truck. ABC2 reports the Fullerton-based Central Alarmers, which provides food and beverages from its truck to police and firefighters, paid its down payment to the Pennsylvania-based Krammes Kustom Body, which now tells volunteers it can't complete the job or provide a refund. A lawyer for the volunteers is looking into taking action, but options could be limited. The lawyer said there are no assets for the volunteers to go after, according to the report, which notes the phone lines at the body shop are disconnected. The group responds to fire scenes in both Baltimore and Harford counties. Volunteers …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Baltimore County executive praises county employees but asks employees to "stay the course" because the proposed budget contains no cost of living salary increases.
UPDATED (10:29 a.m.)—Baltimore County residents will not have to dig deeper for local taxes again this year under a budget proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Kamenetz is expected to introduce his third county budget to the Baltimore County Council at 10 a.m. The proposed $2.8 billion operating budget will contain no increases in property or income taxes for the budget year that begins July 1. The county has not raised property taxes in 25 years. The county income tax rate has not been raised in 21 years. But Kamenetz's spending plan is larger than the limit set in January by the County Council's Spending Affordability Committee. That committee in January set the limit for ongoing costs subject to spending guidelines at $1.675 …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The cause of the early Saturday blaze is still under investigation.
A maintenance building at St. Joseph Church was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to the scene at 3:25 a.m., said Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Julia Dillard. "The building and all of its contents have been deemed a total loss, and we are already working with the Archdiocese Offices of Risk Management and Insurance," the church said in a statement to parishioners posted on its website. "For now just pray for your parish and that the work ahead of us all goes smoothly." Dillard said the cause is still under investigation. Thirty fire personnel were on the scene. No injuries were reported, Dillard said. Read St. Joseph's statement in full on the church's website here. >>> Be sure to keep …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Charges could be filed against an unidentified man after he is evaluated at a local hospital, police announced.
(UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.)—A man who barricaded himself in a Perry Hall home Saturday evening was taken into police custody, Baltimore County police announced. Police said he would be taken to a local hospital for an evaluation and could later face criminal charges. Fire department personnel first responded at 6:15 p.m. to a call about a fire in the yard outside a home in the 4100 block of Link Avenue in Perry Hall in the Nottingham zip code. The fire was put out, but a man at the property retreated into the house, according to police department spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough. Fire department personnel attempted to talk to the man, at which time they observed firearms. The man barricaded himself in the house and refused to come out, McCullough…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
One man suffers minor burns to his arms and face in Fullerton incident.
A Fullerton man suffered minor injuries in a fire that firefighters believe was started by a turkey fryer. The fire, which was contained to the deck of the home in the 3400 block of Moultree Place, was likely caused by a fryer that was warming up. Firefighters believe the oil spilled out of the fryer, according to Lt. Paul Massarelli, a county fire department spokesman. The unidentified man suffered minor burns to his face and arms. He refused to be transported to a local hospital for treatment, Massarelli said. County fire officials asked the public not to use turkey fryers near the house.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Anthony Maurice Cottle faces five charges for sexually abusing two teenage boys in the spring of 2012.
Baltimore County Police have charged a 23-year-old Owings Mills man with sexually abusing two 14-year-old boys this spring. Anthony Maurice Cottle, of the unit block of Stonemark Court, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, third-degree sex offense and sodomy, according to a Baltimore County Police press release. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $150,000 bond. Cottle has been employed with the Baltimore County Fire Department since December 2011, but has been suspended without pay pending adjudication of the criminal charges. He is also a volunteer with the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department, where he was also suspended pending adjudication of the …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Three cases filed Wednesday come a month after the county settled ten claims in a Department of Justice lawsuit.
County officials said three new disability lawsuits filed in federal court are without merit and that its policies on requiring medical testing for some employees will be vindicated. In a rare comment on pending litigation, Don Mohler, a county spokesman, said the county has done nothing wrong and he believes the county will ultimately win all three cases. "We don't think these lawsuits have any merit," said Mohler. "We stand by the county's policies and procedures. We don't think that we've done anything wrong and we'll make that case again." Firefighters Donald Becker and Stanley Kuklinski and police Lt. Michael Lauenstein are each seeking $2.3 million in damages and additional legal fees. All three claim they were forced to undergo …