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  1. News Release: Sparrows Point L-Furnace to be Demolished

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 28, 2015                                                                                                                                                                 
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    Montgomery County Police Department (Official)

    AMBER ALERT CANCELLED: LOCATED! The suspect turned himself in to Prince George's County authorities after 8:30 pm. The child is SAFE and is in the process of being reunited with her mother. Details to follow.
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  3. Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit detectives are continuing to look for the s...

    Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit detectives are continuing to look for the suspect that robbed a Liberty Road Highs store on November 12, 2014.

    The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years-old, 6’00”, 200 to 220 pounds, with a heavy build.

    Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

    The full release is available on our news blog:
    http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/PoliceLookingForSuspectinNovemberRobberyofHighsStore


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  4. #BCoPD charges suspect in connection with December 2014 arson in Fort Howard. ht...

    #BCoPD charges suspect in connection with December 2014 arson in Fort Howard. http://ow.ly/I2pk4 ^JW


    2015-01-27T18:28:57+00:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/photos/a.597717780238357.1073741828.583947594948709/929798637030268/?type=1

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Baltimore County detectives have made an arrest in connection with a house fire on the grounds of Fort Howard.

James William Folk (38) has been charged with second degree arson and second degree burglary. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $150,000 bail.

On December 20, 2014 at 8:50 p.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to the 9600 block of Gettysburg Avenue 21052 for a report of a dwelling fire. One responding officer reported that he could see the fire from several miles away. When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found a three story vacant dwelling with heavy fire showing.

The fire department response was then escalated to a second alarm. Approximately 15 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment were assigned to fight the fire that was brought under control at 2:26 a.m.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was deliberately set. Their investigation led them to indentify Folk as the person responsible.

No injuries were reported during this incident.

Booking photograph of James William Folk

UPDATE (January 15, 2015):

Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit detectives are continuing to look for the suspect that robbed a Liberty Road Highs store on November 12, 2014.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years-old, 6’00”, 200 to 220 pounds, with a heavy build.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Original release (December 18, 2014):

Baltimore County detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for a November robbery at a Liberty Road High’s.

Just before 12:30 p.m. on November 12, the suspect entered a High’s store in the 8700 block of Liberty Road 21133. He approached the counter, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Several images of the suspect were captured on the store’s surveillance system.

This incident is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

www.metrocrimestoppers.org

UPDATE (January 27):

Kyron Aikens, the 13-year-old boy rescued from an icy pond in Lansdowne on Sunday, has died.

Aikens and three other boys had been standing on the ice covering a pond behind Lansdowne High School when the ice broke causing all four boys to fall into the water. Two of the boys were able to get out on their own and one boy was rescued by two men who had been in the area and saw what had happened. Aikens was rescued from the pond by members of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company after being in the water for over an hour.

Chive Omar Benjamin (12), the boy rescued by bystanders, remains in serious condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments remind everyone: Never walk on top of a pond, stream, or any other body of water that is covered by ice. While the ice may look stable, it is not. Walking on the ice could lead to tragedy. Parents should speak with their children about the dangers of walking on ice.

Original release (January 26):

Two boys, ages 12 and 13, remain hospitalized in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after they and two other friends fell through the ice Sunday into a Lansdowne pond.

Fire crews, including five water rescue teams, were dispatched at 1:28 p.m. to a call for an ice rescue at Hillcrest Park on 3rd Avenue. The pond is adjacent to the rear of the Lansdowne High School property.

First-arriving fire and police personnel found a bystander who said he and another witness saw four boys walking across the pond when they fell through ice that was one to two inches thick. Two of the boys made it to the shore on their own, and the bystanders -- who did not know each other --  ran  to help the two who remained in the water.

The bystanders ran into the freezing water and were able to pull one of the missing boys, Chive Omar Benjamin, 12, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd., Columbia, to shore. Benjamin was unconscious. The bystanders began providing medical care until police and BCoFD medical personnel arrived (about three minutes after the dispatch time).

The fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, 13, of the 2400 block of Marbourne Ave., 21230, was pulled from the water at 2:47 p.m. by members of the Arbutus VFD water rescue team. He  was in cardiac arrest. After a consultation with doctors at St. Agnes Hospital, BCoFD transported the boy by ground to St. Agnes; he later was transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Aikens and Benjamin are listed serious condition in Hopkins' Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. (Patients in cardiac arrest who have been submerged in very cold temperatures sometimes have a better chance of survival than other cardiac arrest patients because the cold drastically slows down the heart and respiratory systems.)

The other two boys, Junior Wilbert Thomas, 8, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd. in Columbia and Jujuan Wilder, 12, of the 3400 block of Spellman Rd., 21225, were transported to St. Agnes Hospital and have been released.

Ice Rescue

About 25 career and volunteer fire units responded to this rescue, including water rescue teams from the following companies: Arbutus VFD, Texas Station #17, Carroll County's Gamber VFC, Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Co. and North Point/Edgemere Station VFD.

Arbutus VFD took the lead on this rescue. A diver from the Gamber VFC located the fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, in the water; personnel from Arbutus transported him to shore.

Fire officials said this incident illustrates why in Maryland walking across or playing on the ice is never safe. Temperatures in the mid-Atlantic almost never become cold enough to create a layer of ice thick enough for recreation.

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