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UPDATE (November 24  10:26 p.m.):

Ruth Harlow has been located. The Baltimore County Police Department thanks everyone who shared her information.

Original release (Novmebr 23, 2015  3:03 p.m.):

Police are trying to find a 13-year-old girl missing since Thursday from the Cockeysville area. Photos of the missing girl are posted below.

Ruth Harlow is white, 5'8" and 170 pounds. She was last seen near Oregon Ridge Park on Thursday afternoon. Police have searched the area extensively since  then but have been unable to find her. Police believe she may have arranged transportation from the area.

Police do not know what she was last wearing. She has family in Baltimore City and connections in the Wilkens area.

Anyone with information about Ruth Harlow should call BCoPD as soon as possible, 410-307-2020.

Photo of Ruth Harlow, missing 13 year old.










Photo of Ruth Harlow, missing 13 year old.

UPDATE (September 10  1:07 p.m.):

Christopher Swayer-Schweigman was released on September 5 on $100,000 bail.

He was taken into custody this morning by personnel from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services on a parole retake warrant (unrelated case). He is currently being held in the Maryland Reception Diagnostics and Classification Center in Baltimore.

UPDATE (September 5  10:29 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the suspect charged in connection with the incident at Dulaney High School yesterday where two students were struck by pellets from a BB gun.

Christopher A Swayer-Schweigman (25) of the Unit block of Breezy Tree Court 21093 is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $100,000 bail.

Police were called to Dulaney High School in the 200 block of East Padonia Road 21093 just after 3 p.m. yesterday for a report of a shooting with a BB rifle. When they arrived on the scene, they were told that shots were being fired at athletes as they ran around a field at the school.

Officers found that two tenth grade students had been struck by the pellets. Those students were released to the custody of their parents who later took them to a local hospital for treatment.

Police were able to identify Swayer-Schweigman as the person responsible for the incident and took him into custody. The investigation indicated that he had been shooting a BB gun from a window of his upper floor apartment.

Detectives served a search and seizure warrant on Swayer-Schweigman’s apartment and recovered a BB rifle.

This incident remains under investigation by the Cockeysville/Precinct 7 Investigative Services Team.

Booking Photograph for Christopher A Swayer-Schweigman

UPDATE (September 4  7:22 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have taken a suspect into custody in connection with this incident. The investigation is still active and the suspect is not expected to be officially charged until late tonight or tomorrow morning.

Investigators believe that there is no danger to the community.

Original release (September 4  5:15 p.m.):

Two tenth grade students -- a boy and a girl -- were struck by pellets from a BB gun this afternoon while they were running cross country on a football field behind Dulaney High School in Precinct 7/Cockeysville.

Both suffered minor injuries that did not require treatment by Baltimore County EMS providers. The students were released to the custody of their parents.

The incident, which occurred at about 3 p.m., is under investigation by the Cockeysville Precinct's Investigative Services Team.

Booking photo of Gregory Gibson, charged with child pornography.A 63-year-old Cockeysville man who is a youth group leader at a local church has been charged with possession and distribution of hundreds of thousands of pornographic images of extremely young children.

Gregory W. Gibson, of the 10300 block of Malcolm Circle, 21030, is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $750,000 bail. He was arrested Thursday at his home.

Detectives in BCoPD's Crimes Against Children Unit say this is one of the most serious child pornography cases they have ever seen. Police so far have discovered about 250,000 pornographic images of extremely young, prepubescent children -- mostly girls -- on Gibson's computers and hard drives. These are disturbing images depicting child sexual abuse and explicit sex acts and erotica involving children.

Youth Group Leader

Gibson leads a youth group at the Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore, 1800 Cromwell Bridge Rd., Parkville, for children ranging in age from 9 through college age. Also, Gibson's wife has been operating an unlicensed daycare operation from the home; police have notified authorities of the illegal daycare operation.

There is no indication at this time that Gibson has abused children or used children he knows to produce pornographic material; however, the investigation remains ongoing.

The investigation began in February, when detectives identified online child pornography they traced through computer forensics to Gibson. Search and seizure warrants were executed at Gibson's home and place of employment on April 16; detectives seized computers and hard drives belonging to Gibson containing a massive amount of child pornography.

During interviews with detectives, Gibson said he struggles with his need to view child pornography and admitted to downloading and sharing child pornography.

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