Friday, February 15, 2013
The trio allegedly held up Royal Farms, 7-Eleven and High's stores in the city and the county.
(UPDATED, 1:14 p.m.)—Three men have been arrested and charged with robbing 24 convenience stores in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The men were arrested following a high-speed pursuit into Baltimore County after robbing two convenience stores in North Baltimore. They were taken into custody in a parking garage at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. "There is no doubt that these three men would have continued victimizing businesses and store employees if our robbery detectives in the County and the City had not used solid police work to put the pieces together, and then relentlessly pursued this case," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said in the news release. Omar Hance, a 31-year-old resident of Better …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The remark was made during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Wednesday in Washington.
Conservative bloggers took issue with a comment made Wednesday in Washington by Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson. "I find it very scary, creepy, and just not based on logic," said Johnson—referring to comments made at the hearing by National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre—during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, according to a report by The Guardian. LaPierre, in remarks at the hearing, tied the Second Amendment to the "tyranny of King George and they wanted to make sure that these people in this new country would never be subjugated to tyranny," he said, according to the report. The four-hour hearing also included testimony from former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was injured in a 2011 …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Nearly six dozen metal detecting wands bought in October have been used just three times.
Metal detecting wands purchased after a school shooting in Perry Hall have been used just three times since October and have not caught any students carrying weapons in Baltimore County public schools. County police used the wands in searches of students at Kenwood High, Sparrows Point High and the Western School of Technology since the purchase and implementation of the equipment in October. No weapons were recovered in any of the searches, according to Elise Armacost, a police department spokeswoman. "We don't have a lot of weapons in Baltimore County schools," Armacost said. "It's not surprising that we didn't recover any." County police were issued the wands in October. Officers use them only in the case of a suspicious circumstance, …
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…
Friday, January 4, 2013
John Leschefscky was sentenced to 30 years for the murder of Jeffrey Jennings.
A Middle River man was sentenced Friday in Baltimore County Circuit Court for the murder of a Dundalk man. John Leschefscky received 30 years for the Sept. 11, 2011, murder of Jeffrey Jennings, 57, who was killed at his Grey Haven Road home, according to a statement from Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger. Leschefscky, who in November pled guilty to the crime, was also sentenced to a five-year consecutive term for a separate conspiracy to distribute charge. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Mickey Norman issued the sentence. Jennings died of blunt force trauma. After killing Jennings, Leschefscky disposed of his body in a wooded area near Bengies Road in Middle River, according to the statement. The body was …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Police report the majority of cases in 2012 involved victims who knew the person accused of killing them.
Baltimore County closed out 2012 with a reduction in the number of homicides compared to the previous year. The county's 23 homicide cases was seven less than in 2011 and represents a more than 20 percent decrease when compared to the five-year average of homicides in the county. In a majority of cases last year, the victim knew the person accused in his or her death. Twelve victims were killed in domestic-related incidents, three were killed by acquaintances, and three were killed in non-random, drug-related incidents, according to a statement issued by the Baltimore County Police Department. In two cases, there was no apparent relationship between the suspect and the victim. Three other cases remain open. Police do not know if there is …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The Baltimore resident had been reported missing since September.
The man found dead in Reisterstown Saturday had been reported missing to Baltimore City police since Sept. 17, according to a media advisory from the Baltimore County Police Department. Police confirmed the deceased to be 24-year-old Darnell William Butler, a resident of the 3800 block of Ferndale Avenue. Butler’s body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office Saturday for autopsy. The cause and manner of death have not yet been determined. Police discovered Butler’s body in the Hanover Pike and Butler Road area of Reisterstown Saturday. Their investigation was spurred by the report of skeletal remains of a hand found by a landscaper in the 300 block of HedgePocket Way. Authorities also confirmed that the hand belonged to …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Damonya Cook and Keith Burgess were convicted for their involvement in the Feb. 19, 2011 death of Vincent Thomas in Baltimore Highlands.
Two men have been sentenced for their part in the shooting death of Vincent Thomas. Damonya Cook and Keith Burgess were sentenced Thursday in Baltimore County Circuit Court by Judge Ann Brobst, according to a statement released by Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger. Damonya Cook was sentenced to life in prison and a five-year consecutive sentence. Burgess was sentenced to life with all but 35 years suspended. Thomas was found shot to death in a field at Annapolis Road and Illinois Avenue in Baltimore Highlands on February 19, 2011. He was shot four times in the back and once in the chest. Cook and Burgess were arrested about a month later. Police believe an ongoing dispute between Cook and Thomas led to the shooting. …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The money will go to salaries for six police officers and a criminal records clerk.
Baltimore County has been awarded more than $360,000 in federal grant money earmarked for violent crime reduction and other public safety activities. The U.S. Department of Justice grant is part of $6.3 million provided to the state and individual counties and cities in Maryland. The county's share will be used to retain positions created with prior federal grant funding including salaries for six police officers used to increase patrols in designated areas as well as a criminal records clerk to process arrest warrants over a seven month period, according to a statement released by Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. The grant funding is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics. Money from the program is …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Joshua Michael Lopez, 22, of La Marque, Texas, died when he was shot by Baltimore County Police Department Officer Heins of the North Point Precinct.
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Monday, September 24, 2012
Baltimore County police Monday identified a man shot and killed by police in Dundalk Sunday morning, as well the officer who fired his weapon. The man, identified as Joshua Michael Lopez, 22, of La Marque, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer who fired his weapon is Officer Heins, an 11-and-a-half-year veteran of the department, currently assigned to North Point Precinct 12. Baltimore County police do not release the first names of officers involved in shooting incidents. Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Seaside Road and Dunmanway, near the entrance of Merritt Point Park, early Sunday morning, to check on reports on several people with backpacks walking toward the trailer park, according to police spokeswoman…