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    Baltimore County police are advising local residents and others about temporary road closures set for Saturday, April 26, because of the Maryland Hunt Cup Steeplechase.

    The Worthington Valley area will be affected.

    Details available in the attached release. Also posted online:
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Keyword: dundalk

At 9:52 a.m., Baltimore County Fire personnel responded to a home in the 2500 block of Gray Manor Terrace in Dundalk for a report of a building collapse.

Responding personnel discovered that two males in their 50's had been taking a shed down when it collapsed on them. One of the males was transported to Shock Trauma for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and the other refused medical treatment at the scene.

Approximately 18 pieces of fire equipment were dispatched to the scene.

Fourteen years after the murder of 24-year-old Heidi Bernadzikowski in her Dundalk townhome, Baltimore County Police homicide detectives have arrested and charged her boyfriend with hiring someone to kill her.

This week, Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., 43, of the 1000 block of Englishman Harbour, Pasadena, 21122, was charged with first-degree murder. He was arrested in Anne Arundel County and is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police have believed almost from the beginning of this case that Cooke -- who was the victim's boyfriend and lived with her in the 2000 block of Codd Avenue -- conspired to kill Ms. Bernadzikowski, but detectives have been unable to prove his involvement. A breakthrough came recently, when one of the co-conspirators -- Alexander Charles Bennett, 34, of Greeley, Colorado -- identified Cooke as the person behind the murder. Bennett is in the Baltimore County Detention Center, awaiting trial.

Bennett was charged with first-degree murder in January 2012 after police discovered DNA evidence linking him to the crime. The investigation shows that Cooke hired Bennett and another conspirator, Grant A. Lewis, also of Colorado, to kill Bernadzikowski. Cooke wanted to collect a $700,000 insurance policy he had purchased on the victim months earlier, police believe.

Lewis, 35, of the 2500 block of Locust Street, Denver, Co., was arrested in Baltimore this week and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He is held without bail at BCDC.

The investigation shows that Cooke contacted Bennett and Lewis via the Internet and entered into a murder-for-hire agreement with them. Lewis was the middle man and remained in Colorado, coordinating Bennett's actions; Bennett traveled to Maryland and committed the murder, strangling Bernadzikowski and cutting her throat.

Homicide detectives do not believe there are any additional suspects in this case.

"We have been seeking justice in this case for a long time," said Police Chief Jim Johnson. "Our Homicide detectives deserve credit for never giving up on these cold cases. They never forget these victims and their families, and they tirelessly pursue leads over many years. This time, their work has paid off."

Photos of Suspects

Stephen Michael Cooke Jr.

Photo of Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Grant A. Lewis

Photo of Grant A. Lewis, charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Alexander Charles Bennett

Photo of Alexander Charles Bennett, charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

Units are still on the scene of the 3 alarm fire at the Owl Corporation in Dundalk, Maryland.

Units have been on the scene all night and continue to pull the debris, paper products, from the warehouse and douse the smoldering areas. The two fire engines on the scene are expected to be there for another 3-4 hours.

The cause and origin are still under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Departments FID unit.

Approximately 50 pieces of apparatus and 130 personel from Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Martins Air Force base assisted in placing this fire under control.

No injuries to fire personel or civilians were reported.

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