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For many people, July Fourth is associated closely with fireworks. However, it’s important to remember that backyard fireworks are prohibited and highly dangerous. Fireworks reach extremely high temperatures and can cause burns, lacerations, amputations and blindness.

Fireworks

The use of fireworks is illegal in Maryland, unless the fireworks are part of a public display for which the State Fire Marshal has granted a permit. It is also illegal to purchase fireworks in another state and transport them into Maryland.

Our website has a list of approved public displays in Baltimore County, and the Fire Marshal has a list of approved public displays statewide.

Ground-Based Sparklers

In Baltimore County and most other Maryland counties, it is legal for consumers to purchase and use some handheld and ground-based sparkler devices. Check the State Fire Marshal’s website for a full list of approved ground-based sparkler devices.

Ground-based sparkler devices are prohibited to purchase or use in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Harford County, Howard County and the Town of Ocean City.

Report Dangerous Behavior

If you see someone illegally using fireworks, call 911 immediately. When not operated by professionals, fireworks pose a risk not only to those using them, but also to bystanders and nearby property.

Baltimore County Crossing Guard Retires After Nearly 55 Years
Helped Children at Arbutus Elementary School Stay Safe

Nearly 55 years ago, Catherine Drenner joined the Police Department as a Traffic Crossing Guard, and now she has decided it is time to move on.

Mrs. Drenner spent a portion of those years taking care of the children who attended the Arbutus Elementary School as they went to and from school.

Little did the mother of five know on March 14, 1961, that she would be a part of the lives of many children over the next 54 plus years.

According to Mrs. Drenner, this was the perfect part-time job for her as she raised her children. However, she never thought she would stay so long at the job. As she said in her letter to Officer Linda Mabry “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

Police Chief Jim Johnson remarked that “We are fortunate here in Baltimore County to have dedicated people like Catherine, to watch over our greatest asset, our children.”

Mrs. Drenner and her dedication to the children of Baltimore County will be missed. We wish her a happy “retirement” and thank you.

Police Chief Jim Johnson presenting Catherine Drenner a certificate of
appreciation for her nearly 55 years of service as a Baltimore County School Crossing Guard

UPDATE (June 30  2:16 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with a homicide on Cameron Drive in Dundalk.

Michael Anthony Huth (58) of the 2100 block of Cameron Drive 21222 has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police responded to an apartment in the 2100 block of Cameron Drive just after 1 p.m. Monday afternoon after receiving a call from a concerned family member who asked police to check on a resident. When police and maintenance staff entered the apartment, 59-year-old John Thornton was found with trauma to his upper body. He was declared deceased at the scene.

The investigation into this incident has indicated that Huth and Thorton lived in the apartment together for approximately six years. Huth had approached Thornton with a baseball bat and struck him multiple times in the upper body. Exactly what prompted the assault remains unknown.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit.

Booking Photograph for Michael Anthony Huth

Original release (June 29  10:21 p.m.):

Just after 1:00 p.m. on June 29, Baltimore County Police received a call to check on a person in an apartment in the 2100 block of Cameron Drive, 21222. When officers entered the apartment, they found a man suffering from significant injuries. The man was pronounced deceased by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel at 1:51 p.m. The victim was identified as John Thomas Thornton (59) of the 2100 block of Cameron Drive, 21222.

Homicide investigators were able to identify and arrest a suspect a few hours later. The suspect has not been officially charged, therefore additional details cannot be released at this time. Police do believe that the victim was targeted. Additional information may be released once charges are filed by detectives.


If anyone has any information concerning this homicide, please contact the Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020.

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