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A memorial service to honor Baltimore County police officers who died while performing their duties will take place Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. The service will be held in the County Council Chambers in the Old Courthouse, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, Maryland. Police cadets will be available at the Patriot Plaza to direct guests to the County Council Chambers.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson, government dignitaries and the families of the fallen will attend the service.

Nine wreaths will be placed at the memorial by the Police Department Honor Guard. The nine are in memoriam of the fallen nine officers.

The names of officers who died and who will be remembered for their service and dedication are:

Officer Jason Schneider
On August 28, 2013, Tactical Officer Jason Schneider was shot while serving a warrant in Precinct 1/Wilkens. An investigation into an August 19 shooting on Winters Lane led detectives to a home on Roberts Avenue. Tactical Officer Schneider was shot after an exchange of gunfire with a subject inside the Roberts Avenue home. He was transferred to Shock Trauma, where he later died. Officer Schneider was 36 years old.

Lieutenant Michael Howe
Lieutenant Michael Howe died on August 11, 2008 following a massive stroke. On August 10, 2008, Lieutenant Howe was with his unit at the scene of a murder-suicide in Precinct 4/Pikesville. When Lieutenant Howe returned home after the incident, he collapsed. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he died the next afternoon.

Sergeant Mark Parry
Sergeant Mark Parry died on January 21, 2002 from injuries sustained in a traffic crash. On December 27, 2001, while on routine patrol in Towson, Sergeant Parry’s unmarked police car was hit by a drunk driver. The driver fled the scene and was arrested a short distance later.

Officer John Stem
Officer John Stem died on October 19, 2000 of complications of paraplegia caused by a line-of-duty gunshot wound he suffered in July 1977. Officer Charles Huckeba was fatally wounded during the same incident in Precinct 1/Wilkens. Officers Stem and Huckeba and other officers were trying to subdue an agitated, armed, 19-year-old man who barricaded himself in his family’s home.

Sergeant Bruce Prothero
On February 7, 2000, Sergeant Bruce Prothero was shot and killed during an armed robbery on Reisterstown Road. Four men robbed the jewelry store where the married father of five worked part time as a security guard. Sergeant Prothero followed the armed robbers out of the store and was shot by one of the men. He died an hour later at a local hospital.

Officer Robert Zimmerman
On November 5, 1986, Officer Robert Zimmerman was on foot patrol on Edmondson Avenue in Precinct 1/Wilkens when he was struck in traffic and critically injured. The 41-year-old officer died on November 14, 1986 as a result of his injuries.

Corporal Samuel Snyder
In August of 1983, Corporal Samuel Snyder, a thirty-year veteran of the department, was shot by a mentally ill subject while responding to a call for assistance from fellow officers in Towson. Officer Snyder died on August 23, 1983 from his wounds.

Officer Charles Huckeba
Officer Charles Huckeba was shot and killed on July 6, 1977 in Precinct 1/Wilkens as police attempted to talk an armed, drug-abusing, barricaded youth into surrendering. Officer John Stem was also injured during this incident. Officer Stem succumbed to his injuries 23 years later on October 19, 2000.

Officer Edward Kuznar
On December 9, 1969, Officer Edward Kuznar died as a result of a traffic accident. While on traffic patrol near Kingsville, Kuznar was hit head-on by a driver who crossed the center line and crashed into his police car. Both the officer and the driver were killed.

The Baltimore County Police Department Memorial consists of a carved replica of the department badge, flanked by two memorial tablets engraved with the names of those who have died in the line-of-duty since the department was established in 1874.

It bears the inscription:

In lasting memory of those officers and families who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

Matthew 5:9

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.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016