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Update, May 3, 2016:

Booking photo of Charles Muchanic, charged with trespassing.The suspect in this case is Charles J. Muchanic, 43, of the 800 block of Cove Mountain Road, Gladstone, VA, 24553. He is charged with one count of trespass. Muchanic was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.

Original release:

A man is in custody following a barricade in the 10900 block of Notchcliff Road in Parkville. The man was not armed and there were no injuries.

At 11 a.m., a security alarm was activated in the building that houses the armory at the Maryland National Guard property. Army personnel responded to the alarm, and after observing a male subject they called police. Because of the sensitive location, police dispatched the Negotiations Team and the Tactical Unit.

The man exited the armory without incident after speaking with police and was immediately taken into custody. The suspect will be sent for evaluation, and charges are pending.

At no point did the suspect have access to the weapons in the armory, which are stored in a secure vault.

Monday night’s annual Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards ceremony honored 12 sworn officers and one civilian for exceptional performance. The honorees include Officers William M. Flaherty and Bernardo Tubaya, who put their lives on the line to apprehend a fugitive and murderer on February 14, 2015.

Master of Ceremonies Stan Stovall hosted the awards dinner at the Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn on April 25, 2016. Chief James W. Johnson, and Stephen P. Somers, Foundation President, presented the awards.

The following personnel received the 2016 Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards:

Valor – Officer William M. Flaherty, Precinct 2/Woodlawn and Officer Bernardo Tubaya, Special Operations Section/K-9

On February 14, 2015, Officers Flaherty and Tubaya responded to a crash in Precinct 11/Essex that followed a multi-county pursuit. The suspect was a teenager from Kentucky discovered later that day to have murdered his family. Officer Flaherty was shot in the shoulder while confronting the suspect, and Officer Tubaya fired and wounded the suspect.

Crime Prevention – Detective Albert Carl Lindhorst Jr. Criminal Investigations Division, Homeland Security and Criminal Investigation Section

A 28-year BCoPD veteran, Detective Lindhorst was honored for his work as a physical security specialist. His efforts to identify and prepare for security threats involve a comprehensive review, including recommendations, for all Baltimore County schools.

Distinguished Contribution – Mr. Mike Leedy, Planning and Crime Analysis Section, Crime and Traffic Analysis Unit

Mr. Leedy, a statistical analyst, has worked for the department for 21 years. In 2015, Mr. Leedy created the Local Crime Analysis Program (LCAP), saving the Department a significant amount of money.

Exceptional Performance – Sergeant Allen Meyer and Detective Gary Childs, Criminal Investigations Division/Person Crimes, Homicide/Missing Persons Unit

On April 20, 2000, 24-year-old Heidi Bernadzikowski was found murdered in her home. Sergeant Meyer worked this difficult case off and on for 11 years. In 2011, Sergeant Meyer brought in Detective Gary Childs. They re-examined DNA found under Heidi’s nails and found a Colorado man who was in Baltimore at the time of the murder. Another suspect, interviewed in Colorado, confirmed the man’s story. Both men were hired online by her boyfriend to kill Heidi. All three men were convicted.

Exceptional Group Performance – Criminal Investigations Division/Persons Crimes, Sexual Child Exploitation Squad:
Sergeant Kenneth Smith, Detective Christina Childs, Detective Dana Kaczynski, Detective Christopher J. Raut, and Detective Joshua Rees

The Squad began a new initiative, working with the Sex Offender Registration Team (SORT). The members accompanied SORT detectives to home visits with sex offenders and conducted computer scans to ensure that the offenders were not using computers to exploit children.

Community Service – Sergeant Mandy L. Biter and Officer Tabitha Hays, Precinct 8/Parkville

Working with an elementary school, Sergeant Biter assisted a needy family - a mother raising four children, including an infant. BCoPD provided essentials, as well as Christmas toys and other gifts. Sergeant Biter also “adopted” several elderly residents at the Morningside Assisted Living Center.

Officer Hays helped two grandparents raising their six grandchildren. Officer Hays and a friend from the Baltimore City Police set up a Facebook event to raise money, and made the holidays special for the family. Both officers spent many hours of their own time raising money, planning, organizing and preparing these events.

The awards program began in 1980 as a way to recognize Police Department employees for outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the business community and the Department. The foundation contributes resources, including seed money and in-kind services, for the development of new projects.

All members of the department, both professional staff and sworn, are eligible for nomination.

April 10 through April 16 is National Victims’ Rights Week. Through various events, the Baltimore County Police Department, volunteers and community members will bring attention to crimes such as domestic violence, personal safety, crime prevention techniques and more.

The following is a list of the precincts and the events scheduled for Victims’ Rights Week.

Precinct 1/Wilkens

Contact: Sergeant Harpster (410-887-5165)           
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Setting up displays and brochures on domestic violence 
Location: Arbutus Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227
Date/Time: April 11 to 15, Daytime hours

Precinct 2/Woodlawn

Contact: Sergeant Fleet (410-887-4714)        
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Planting flowers 
Location: Precinct 2 station, 6424 Windsor Mill Road, 21207     
Date/Time: April 14, 10 a.m.

Precinct 3/Franklin

Contact: Sergeant Ledley (410-887-6985)        
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Planting flowers 
Location: Precinct 3 station, 606 Nicodemus Road, 21136      
Date/Time: April 13, 11 a.m.

Precinct 4/Pikesville

Contact: Sergeant Ramirez (410-887-6775)       
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Students from Milford Mill Academy will display artwork focusing on victims’ rights. On April 15, detectives will be teaching students about victimization. The Pikesville Precinct will also have a food drive.
Location: Milford Mill Academy, 3800 Washington Avenue, 21244; Precinct 4 station, 215 Milford Mill Road, 21208  
Date/Time: April 11 to 15

Precinct 6/Towson

Contact: Sergeant Fink (410-887-5933)               
Officer Assigned: Officer Fuka, Community Outreach Team
Activity: Presenting displays on domestic violence
Location: Towson Library, 320 York Road, 21204; Loch Raven Library, 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21286
Date/Time: April 11 to 15, During daytime library hours

Precinct 7/Cockeysville

Contact: Sergeant Henschen (410-887-1863)        
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Planting flowers 
Location: Precinct 7 station, 111 Wight Avenue, 21030     
Date/Time: April 12, 9 a.m.

Precinct 8/Parkville

Contact: Sergeant Dupree (410-887-5439)   
Officer(s) Assigned: Officer Goorevitz
Activity: Setting up a display and speaking about crime prevention and victim safety
Location: Parkville/Carney Library, 9509 Harford Road, 21234
Date/Time: April 11, 9 a.m.

Precinct 9/White Marsh

Contact: Sergeant Mickle (410-887-5035)       
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Tying a ribbon on a tree in front of the Precinct 9 station  
Location: Precinct 9 station, 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236
Date/Time: April 11 to 15, 9 a.m.

Precinct 11/Essex

Contact: Sergeant Zerhusen (410-887-2032)   
Officer(s) Assigned: Officer Lewis, Community Outreach Team
Activity: Collection drive to benefit Family Crisis Center; Precinct 11 station will be the drop-off point for donations. Items needed include paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissue; diapers; and clothing for children, teens and women (summer season).
Location: Precinct 11 station, 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221
Date/Time: April 11 to 15

Precinct 12/Dundalk

Contact: Sergeant Stelmack (410-887-7336)   
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Presenting displays on domestic violence
Location: Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road, 21222
Date/Time: April 11 to 15


Revised April 6, 2016