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Original release (January 6, 2016  10:40 a.m.):

An investigation that began in Pennsylvania in September and led to the arrest of a man in Dundalk in October is now leading to additional charges in Pennsylvania.

On October 22, 2015, detectives with the Baltimore County Police Firearms Interdiction Team were notified by the Pennsylvania State Police about an investigation they were conducting into 56-year-old Howard Timothy Cofflin of the 7500 Block of Westfield Drive 21222.

Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) began an investigation into Cofflin in early September 2015 after learning he was making threats against his girlfriend and police. He had been barred from going to his home in Seven Valleys, PA by a protective order and was staying in Dundalk. On October 22, PSP received information that Cofflin had obtained the parts to build an assault rifle and intended to “take back” his home in Seven Valleys.

Investigators with Baltimore County Police learned that Cofflin was prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition due to previous convictions.

On October 23, Baltimore County Police served a search and seizure warrant on Cofflin’s Dundalk home and vehicle. Recovered from Cofflin’s vehicle during the warrant service were the parts needed to make an AR-15 assault rifle, two bags of ammunition for the rifle, and two bullet proof vests. Cofflin told investigators that he planned to take back his residence in Pennsylvania and his ultimate goal was to kill his girlfriend and police.

Howard Cofflin was taken into custody on October 23 and has been charged with a firearms violation and illegal possession of ammunition. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Cofflin now faces additional charges in Pennyslvania.

Booking Photograph of Howard Timothy Cofflin

Original release (November 29, 2015  11:57 p.m.):

At 6:17 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the 2000 block of Jasmine Road 21222 for a report of a shooting.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that an adult female victim was sitting in her home when multiple shots were fired through the front window. The suspect fled the scene.

The victim received a graze wound to her upper body and was treated at the scene by medical personnel.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit. Detectives will be working 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.

Tips can also be texted to Metro Crime Stoppers: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

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

UPDATE (November 9  1:01 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department has identified the four-year-old boy that died after a crash in Dundalk yesterday as Benjamin Grimm of the 1900 block Jasmine Road 21222.
 
Grimm was riding his bike in an alley behind the 1900 block of Jasmine Road when he was struck by a tow truck driven by 67-year-old John McGainey Jr of the 1900 block of Jasmine Road 21222. Grimm was declared deceased at the scene. McGainey was not injured.
 
This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. That investigation is expected to take several weeks. When the Crash Team investigation is complete, the report will be sent to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office. The State's Attorney's Office will review the investigation and decide if there will be any charges.

Original release (November 8, 2015  2:46 p.m.):

Just before 1 p.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to an alley in the 1900 block of Jasmine Road 21222 for a serious crash involving a pedestrian.

The preliminary investigation into the crash has indicated that a tow truck and a four-year-old male pedestrian collided in the alley. Investigators are still trying to determine the exact sequence of events that led to the collision.

The pedestrian was declared deceased at the scene.

The driver of the tow truck was not injured and remained at the scene. 

The crash is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team.

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