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Date: Feb 21, 2014

Update, February 24: Baltimore County Police released the name of the victim as Eugene Purnell Williams, 64, of the 4100 block of Hanwell Road, 21133. Mr. Williams was taken to a local hospital where he died from an apparent drowning.

According to witnesses, Williams was attempting to cross the stream located behind an apartment complex to get to his home. The man was last seen going underwater. Emergency members found the man but he was unconscious and not breathing. Hospital staff were unable to revive Williams. Eugene Williams was pronounced deceased shortly before 3 p.m. on the same date, February 21.

At 1:27 p.m, the Baltimore County Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a drowning in the vicinity of the 3600 block of Southall Rd. in Randallstown.

An adult male was rescued by fire crews from a stream and transported to Northwest Hospital in critical condition. No additional information is available at this time.

Thursday morning, members of the Baltimore County Police Department honored Major Karen Johnson, who is retiring after 25 years.

Karen Johnson started her career with the Baltimore County Police Department in 1989. Over the years she worked her way up in rank and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1998.  While a Lieutenant, she became the assistant commander of the Internal Affairs Section and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

In 2004, Karen Johnson was promoted to the rank of Captain. During her tenure as a Captain, she commanded the Towson Precinct, as well as the Personnel and Training Sections. She attended Johns Hopkins University where in 2006 she received a Masters Degree in the Police Executive Leadership Program.

In 2011, Karen Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement. Later that year, she was promoted to the rank of Major.

As a Major, Karen Johnson commanded the Technical Services Division and supervised some of the most significant advances in the use of technology in the history of the Baltimore County Police Department. The most notable of these advances was the conversion to an electronic reporting system known as Field Based Reporting (FBR). Major Johnson was dedicated to the successful completion of this project managing many requirements with limited resources. In early February the training of officers was completed and FBR is now used department wide. Officers now write reports on computers instead of paper.

Several people spoke at the gathering. All who spoke talked about the dedication that Karen Johnson had to the law enforcement profession.  She received several congratulatory certificates signed by Police Chief James Johnson, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the FBI.

The members of the Baltimore County Police Department wish Karen Johnson success in her future endeavors.

Major Karen Johnson and Colonel Joseph Burris
Colonel Joseph Burris presenting Major Karen Johnson with a certificate

Colonel Kim Ward, Major Karen Johnson, Colonel Joseph Burris (left to right)

Colonel Kim Ward, Major Karen Johnson, and Colonel Joseph Burris (left to right)

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