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Date: Jul 1, 2014

Baltimore County Police are looking for information about the recent theft of the historic wrought iron gates at the entrance of Battle Acre Park in the 3100 block of North Point Road, Precinct 12/North Point.

Police responded at about noon today to the park for a report of a theft. The project manager for restoration of the park told police that the two gates for the park entrance were inside the property on June 25 - the last time he was at the park. A contractor discovered the gates missing on June 30.

The gates are worth $2000 each and are 100 years old. The thieves only took the smaller pedestrian gates and not the larger gates.

Neighbors interviewed by police said they did not see anyone taking the gates.

Officers have provided local scrap metal firms with a photo of the gates and asked them to notify police if the gates are found.

Battle Acre park is part of the field on which the Battle of Northpoint was fought in 1814. This was the day before the Battle of Baltimore during which the Star Spangled Banner was written. The land was deeded to the State of Maryland in 1839. The fences and gates were added in 1914.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact police at 410-307-2020.

Picture of the front gates at Battle Acre Park before the restoration began in April 2014.
The two outside gates were taken. The two larger gates in the center were left behind.

UPDATE (July 2):

Baltimore County Police have charged a person in connection with the July 1 shooting in Windsor Mill that left one person injured.

Kenneth Earl Briley (71) of the 3700 block of Twin Lakes Court 21244 is charged with attempted first degree murder and related charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

The investigation into this incident has indicated that the victim and the suspect knew each other. The victim and the suspect became involved in an argument. During the argument, the suspect produced a gun and pointed it at the victim’s head. The victim put his hands up and was shot in the hand when the suspect fired the gun.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Original release (July 1):

At 4:31 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the area of Church Lane and Langrehr Road 21244 for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived in the area, they found an adult male victim in the 3700 block of Twin Lakes Court suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

This incident is under active investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Violent Crimes Unit. Detectives will be trying to determine if this was a targeted crime.

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:

At 11:28 p.m. Monday night, the Baltimore County Fire Department responded to the Sagamore Farms property in the 3500 block of Belmont Avenue 21136 for a building fire. When engine 413 (Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company) arrived on the scene, a building on the property was engulfed in fire.

The fire was placed under control at 1:18 a.m.

The building that the fire occurred in was reportedly an old barn that was converted into apartments. The apartments were not occupied.

There were no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters.

There were 29 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment dispatched to the scene.

Revised June 27, 2017