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Photo of Fire Lieutenant Twana Allen, first African American female fire lieutenant. The Baltimore County Fire Department (BCoFD) has promoted its first female African American to the rank of Fire Lieutenant.

Fire Lieutenant Twana Allen is a 14-year veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department.

A New Jersey native, Fire Lieutenant Allen began her journey as a volunteer at the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. In 2001, she began her professional career as an EMT at Station 18, Randallstown. In 2002, she was promoted to paramedic; in 2009, she became a Fire Specialist.

Twenty percent of Baltimore County Fire Department's sworn members are women - well above the national average.

Since 2011, the Kamenetz Administration and Fire Chief John Hohman have made diversification of fire and EMS personnel a priority. Women make up 20 percent of career personnel in the department, and minorities make up 20 percent. As of October 2015, there are 990 career personnel, with 195 women serving on the career side of the Baltimore County Fire Department.

Photo of Lt. Angela Hughes, appointed president of i-Women organization.Baltimore County Fire Lieutenant Angela Hughes is the new president of the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services (i-Women).

A 24-year veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department, Hughes began as a fire service volunteer at age 16. She moved forward in her chosen career, and in 1989 joined the Baltimore City Fire Department as a paramedic. She has worked as a paramedic/firefighter, fire specialist and fire marshal in Baltimore County. She is currently assigned to Parkville Station 10.

i-Women began in 1982. The professional organization is dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy for women in the fire service.

Prior to her appointment as president, Lieutenant Hughes served as the Eastern Division Trustee for i-Women.

Photo of Vincent Davis Jr., charged with all 10 burglaries in Towson.

Update (May 16):

Baltimore County Police are looking for persons who may be victims of crimes involving Vincent Davis Jr.
On May 2, police charged 43-year-old Vincent Davis Jr. of the 1400 block of Taylor Avenue in Parkville in connection with 10 burglaries in the Towson area. Many of the burglary victims were female Towson University students. Investigators believe that he was targeting young females as his victims.
As part of their investigation, detectives served a search and seizure warrant on Vincent Davis Jr.‘s Parkville home. Among the evidence recovered were personal items belonging to the female victims. The amount of property recovered is leading investigators to believe that some of the property is from unidentified or unreported incidents. Investigators believe that the time frame for the incidents may stretch as far back as 2010.
Vincent Davis Jr. has also been charged with a sex offense that occurred in the 1200 block of Taylor Avenue in 2013. In that incident, the investigation indicated that he forced a woman into the woods and sexually assaulted her. The victim in that case was able to break free from him and run.
Vincent Davis Jr. is a registered sex offender.
Detectives are looking to identify additional victims of burglary, theft, or sexual offenses involving Vincent Davis Jr.
Anyone with information or someone who thinks they might be a victim is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Update, May 5, 2014: Vincent Davis Jr., 43, of the 1400 block of Taylor Avenue, 21234, has been charged with all 10 of these Precinct 6/Towson burglaries. Davis was arrested Friday by BCoPD detectives. He faces nine counts of first degree burglary and one count of attempted first-degree burglary. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Original release:

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating a recent series of 10 burglaries in off-campus apartments that serve Towson University students.

The victims of these burglaries almost exclusively have been female. Most of the crimes have been committed during the nighttime hours, and in most cases the suspect has gained access through unlocked doors or windows.

Police strongly advise TU students, especially women, who live off campus to secure their doors and windows and report suspicious activity to police by calling 911.

Also make sure not to communicate to others via social media that you are not at home. Criminals may be watching.

Students Advised to Be Aware

The Burglary Unit’s investigation is active and ongoing; BCoPD has requested that Towson University Police make students aware of the situation.

There is no suspect description at this time, though detectives are pursuing various leads. Stolen items include jewelry, cash, medications and personal items.

The burglaries occurred on the following dates and at the following locations.

  • April 4: 1000 block Donnington Circle
  • April 5: 1000 block Donnington Circle
  • April 5-6: 1100 block Donnington Circle
  • April 8: 1100 block Donnington Circle
  • April 12: 1000 block Charles View Way
  • April 14: 1000 block Charles View Way
  • April 18-19: 7700 block of Greenview Terrace
  • April 18-21: 7700 block of Greenview Terrace
  • April 26-27: unit block of Fellowship Court
  • April 26-27: 200 block of Donnybrook Lane

Contact Police

Again, police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for these burglaries. Contact 410-307-2020 if you believe you can help.

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