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The Baltimore County Police Department’s 143rd Recruit Class graduation will take place tonight, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson 21286.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief James Johnson will present the awards. The Chief and Mr. William J. McMahon, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, will present the diplomas to the recruits.

The Honorable Julie Ensor, Clerk of the County Circuit Court, will administer the oath of office and Departmental Chaplain Rabbi Norman Lowenthal will preside over the benediction and adjournment.

The recruits trained for 27 weeks and will spend the next two years in the field as they apply the skills learned in the classroom.

The following is a list of the recruits and their assignments.

Precinct 1/Wilkens

Officer Rachel M. Christopher
Officer Deneen L. Flores
Officer Keith L. Parham

Precinct 2/Woodlawn

Officer Derek A. Kolb
Officer Cinthia I. Ruiz

Precinct 3/Franklin

Officer Brian D. Beckford
Officer Kyle D. Cavey
Officer Nicole M. Grover
Officer Xiyu Lin
Officer Derek S. Love
Officer Nicholas A. McElfish
Officer Michael G. McQuaid
Officer Kendall L. Rich
Officer Mikela A. Vann

Precinct 4/Pikesville

Officer Amanda C. Childs
Officer Jarrell K. Eaton
Officer Bishop A. Elder
Officer James M. Fitch
Officer Jeremiah A. Israel
Officer Andrew L. Muska

Precinct 6/Towson

Officer Brenton G. Bieker
Officer Mongo D. Demby
Officer Samantha L. Dixon
Officer Nicholas J. Dunlop
Officer Justin S. Linz
Officer Samantha R. Morgan
Officer Nicole M. Scatton

Precinct 11/Essex

Officer Brendan A. Huesman
Officer Trae R. Lindsay
Officer Shelby A. Sims
Officer Trevon T. Winston

Precinct 12/Dundalk

Officer Anthony M. Abbene
Officer Dawn H. Bowers
Officer Anthony P. Brewer
Officer Brianna M. Garrison
Officer Jacqueline A. Mitchell
Officer Jose S. Pendleton
Officer Sheldon J. Reed
Officer Zachary D. Whitman

Cecil County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sandeep Klair
Deputy Michael W. O'Donnell
Deputy Max A. Vivino

Havre de Grace Police Department

Officer Jarid C. Coleman

Original release (June 11, 2016  8:44 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Continue to Investigate Death at Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk

At this time, investigators have determined that the victim from the homicide at Eastpoint Mall was targeted by a suspect. Police believe that there is no current threat to the safety of the public in this area. 

Just after 1:00 p.m., Baltimore County Police received a call for a woman found lying on the parking lot at Eastpoint Mall. The woman was found inside a covered parking area near the mall administrative office entrance, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper body. The victim was taken by Baltimore County Fire personnel to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased. Initially, detective were unable to identify the victim or a motive for the crime. 

Homicide detectives reviewed video and were able to determine that the victim was targeted by a suspect. The victim of the homicide is Malia Delores Wagner, 60, of the 400-block of 52nd Street, 21224. Police do not have any suspect details to release at this time, due to the on-going investigation.

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


Revised April 6, 2016