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A Parkville man was arrested this morning and charged with first-degree arson in connection with the intentional burning of a home in the Middle River area a year ago.

Joseph Alphonzo Heinze II, 33, of the 3300 block of Taylor Avenue, 21234, is charged with first-degree arson and held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

On May 22, 2015, Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 3900 block of Cutty Sark Road, 21220, for a fire. First responders found the first floor of the home on fire. Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire, and there were no reports of injuries.

The homeowner, Heinze, told investigators that he had left the home and when he returned it was on fire.

An investigation by BCoPD Arson detectives led to identification of Heinze as the person responsible for the fire. An arrest warrant was obtained for Heinze on December 6.

Detectives learned that Heinze is a Probationary Emergency Medical Technician with the Baltimore City Fire Department. It has not been confirmed if he was employed with the city Fire Department at the time of the May 22, 2015 fire.

Heinze also is a member of the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Dept. He has been suspended by the company.

Booking photo of Frank Pugliese III, charged with possessing child pornography.A Baltimore City school teacher has been charged with possession of child pornography.

The suspect, Frank Joseph Pugliese III, is a teacher at Baltimore's Monarch Academy, a public charter school. He also was employed at the Compass Academy in Arbutus, a school for special needs children, for about 15 years.

Pugliese, 43, of the 1200 block of Tugwell Drive in Catonsville, is charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, and has been released on bail.

In early August, detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit conducted an online investigation of child pornography shared via the internet and found images of child pornography associated with the suspect's IP address.

Subsequent investigation found that Pugliese had downloaded and shared numerous files depicting videos and photographic images of prepubescent girls (ages six to 9).

Police executed a search and seizure warrant on Pugliese's Catonsville home on September 1. Detectives found evidence of deleted child pornography files.

Police have no evidence that Pugliese abused children or photographed or recorded children.

UPDATE (May 19, 2016, 5:10 p.m.)

The suspect in this shooting, Erwin J. Acree, 29, of the 400 block of South Chapel Gate Lane 21229, died Wednesday at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of injuries sustained when he shot himself in a barricade in the unit block of North Woodington in Baltimore City.

UPDATE (May 18, 2016  3:54 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect in last night’s shooting near Franklin Square Hospital.

Erwin J Acree (29) of the 400 block of South Chapel Gate Lane 21229 is charged in the arrest warrant with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and other related charges.

Detectives identified Acree, the victim’s ex-boyfriend, as the suspect in this case. When police went to a location in the Unit block of North Woodington in Baltimore City, Acree refused to come out resulting in a barricade situation. Acree later shot himself and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.

Original release (May 18, 2016  7:25 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in the 9000-block of Franklin Square Drive, 21237.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11:30 p.m., County police received a call for a shooting across the street from a bus stop. When officers arrived, they found an adult woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. The woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Her current condition is unknown at this time.

Police are withholding her name in order to protect her safety. Police learned that Franklin Square Hospital was placed on a "lock-down" for about one hour for precautionary measures. Investigators believe that the victim was targeted but cannot confirm any suspect details or motive in the shooting. Police believed that there is not an on-going threat to the safety of the hospital or the community at this time.

Further information will be provided as details are confirmed with investigators.

Revised September 27, 2016