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  1. News Release: Sparrows Point L-Furnace to be Demolished

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 28, 2015                                                                                                                                                                 
    2015-01-28T14:07:38+00:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/930141696995962
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    Montgomery County Police Department (Official)

    AMBER ALERT CANCELLED: LOCATED! The suspect turned himself in to Prince George's County authorities after 8:30 pm. The child is SAFE and is in the process of being reunited with her mother. Details to follow.
    2015-01-28T02:24:34+00:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/929960960347369
  3. Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit detectives are continuing to look for the s...

    Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit detectives are continuing to look for the suspect that robbed a Liberty Road Highs store on November 12, 2014.

    The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years-old, 6’00”, 200 to 220 pounds, with a heavy build.

    Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

    The full release is available on our news blog:
    http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/PoliceLookingForSuspectinNovemberRobberyofHighsStore


    2015-01-27T20:03:24+00:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/929834563693342
  4. #BCoPD charges suspect in connection with December 2014 arson in Fort Howard. ht...

    #BCoPD charges suspect in connection with December 2014 arson in Fort Howard. http://ow.ly/I2pk4 ^JW


    2015-01-27T18:28:57+00:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/photos/a.597717780238357.1073741828.583947594948709/929798637030268/?type=1

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UPDATE (January 27):

Kyron Aikens, the 13-year-old boy rescued from an icy pond in Lansdowne on Sunday, has died.

Aikens and three other boys had been standing on the ice covering a pond behind Lansdowne High School when the ice broke causing all four boys to fall into the water. Two of the boys were able to get out on their own and one boy was rescued by two men who had been in the area and saw what had happened. Aikens was rescued from the pond by members of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company after being in the water for over an hour.

Chive Omar Benjamin (12), the boy rescued by bystanders, remains in serious condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments remind everyone: Never walk on top of a pond, stream, or any other body of water that is covered by ice. While the ice may look stable, it is not. Walking on the ice could lead to tragedy. Parents should speak with their children about the dangers of walking on ice.

Original release (January 26):

Two boys, ages 12 and 13, remain hospitalized in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after they and two other friends fell through the ice Sunday into a Lansdowne pond.

Fire crews, including five water rescue teams, were dispatched at 1:28 p.m. to a call for an ice rescue at Hillcrest Park on 3rd Avenue. The pond is adjacent to the rear of the Lansdowne High School property.

First-arriving fire and police personnel found a bystander who said he and another witness saw four boys walking across the pond when they fell through ice that was one to two inches thick. Two of the boys made it to the shore on their own, and the bystanders -- who did not know each other --  ran  to help the two who remained in the water.

The bystanders ran into the freezing water and were able to pull one of the missing boys, Chive Omar Benjamin, 12, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd., Columbia, to shore. Benjamin was unconscious. The bystanders began providing medical care until police and BCoFD medical personnel arrived (about three minutes after the dispatch time).

The fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, 13, of the 2400 block of Marbourne Ave., 21230, was pulled from the water at 2:47 p.m. by members of the Arbutus VFD water rescue team. He  was in cardiac arrest. After a consultation with doctors at St. Agnes Hospital, BCoFD transported the boy by ground to St. Agnes; he later was transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Aikens and Benjamin are listed serious condition in Hopkins' Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. (Patients in cardiac arrest who have been submerged in very cold temperatures sometimes have a better chance of survival than other cardiac arrest patients because the cold drastically slows down the heart and respiratory systems.)

The other two boys, Junior Wilbert Thomas, 8, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd. in Columbia and Jujuan Wilder, 12, of the 3400 block of Spellman Rd., 21225, were transported to St. Agnes Hospital and have been released.

Ice Rescue

About 25 career and volunteer fire units responded to this rescue, including water rescue teams from the following companies: Arbutus VFD, Texas Station #17, Carroll County's Gamber VFC, Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Co. and North Point/Edgemere Station VFD.

Arbutus VFD took the lead on this rescue. A diver from the Gamber VFC located the fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, in the water; personnel from Arbutus transported him to shore.

Fire officials said this incident illustrates why in Maryland walking across or playing on the ice is never safe. Temperatures in the mid-Atlantic almost never become cold enough to create a layer of ice thick enough for recreation.

At 2:26 a.m. this morning, the Baltimore County Fire Department responded to a home in the 3400 block of McShane Way 21222 for a report of a structure fire. When they arrived on the scene, they found an adult female in front of the location unconscious and there was light smoke inside the home.

The 73-year-old woman found in front of the home was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in critical but stable condition. Her current condition is unknown. Three other people were treated at an area hospital for smoke inhalation and released.

The fire in the home was brought under control at 3:02 a.m. There were no injuries to any firefighters.

There were 13 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment dispatched to the scene.

Baltimore County Fire Investigators are investigating this incident. It appears that unattended candles caused the fire.

The 104th Recruit Class of the Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy will graduate tonight in ceremonies at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave. 21286. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

This graduating class comprises 39 recruits, including 22 men and 17 women.

The recruits graduate as Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians. They began training on August 11 and completed their studies today.

Fire Chief John Hohman is scheduled to speak this evening.

The new graduates will be assigned to career fire stations around the county and will remain on probationary status for two years. The recruits are:

Kevin Abendschoen
Tyler Armstrong
Cara Attanasio
Andrew Barrows
Tyler Bowers
Charles Brian
Joseph Brush II
Joshua Burkins
Jessica Burkins
Rebecca Cantera
Ronald Cardwell Jr.
Joel Carr
Mario Chauvin
Matthew Chesney
Emily Dilworth
William Doetzer
Ashley Downer
Christopher Evans
Lindsay Goff
Sasha Hamlet
Shanna Hamlin
Kevin Hudson
Robin Johnson
NaKeesha King
Ericka McKoy
Morgan McLennan
Joshua Montague
Michael Morris
Audrey Puleio
Amanda Reitz
Thomas Rice Jr.
Taylor Russell
Jesse Sanders
Teresa Santos
Sandra Scott
Whitney Sharpe
John Sibiga III
Damon Smith
Caleb Spriggs

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