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  1. #BCoPD investigating shooting in the unit block of Rumelia Circle in Essex. Info...

    #BCoPD investigating shooting in the unit block of Rumelia Circle in Essex. Information? Contact police at 410-307-2020. ^JW
    2015-05-29T04:35:47+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/987772211232910
  2. Baltimore County Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred just aft...

    Baltimore County Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred just after 4 p.m. today in the 9900 block of Middle Mill Drive 21117. Two elderly victims taken to area hospital to get checked out.

    Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
    2015-05-28T22:17:58+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/987682251241906
  3. The 2015 Atlantic hurricane forecast calls for fewer hurricanes than usual.

    The 2015 Atlantic hurricane forecast calls for fewer hurricanes than usual.


    Timeline Photos
    NOAA issued the first outlook for the 2015 hurricane season, calling for a 70% likelihood of a below-normal season in the Atlantic, but a 70% chance of an above-normal season in the Eastern Pacific. (http://go.usa.gov/39zWY) Both of these outlooks are dominated by effects of the strengthening El Ninõ conditions, bringing warmer than normal surface temperatures to the eastern Pacific, and near-normal temperatures in the western Atlantic. This image from NOAA View shows the sea surface temperature departure for the week of May 18-24, 2015. Areas colored red are warmer than the 1981-2010 average; areas colored blue are cooler. Read more here http://go.usa.gov/39zDJ.
    Super cell thunderstorm. Image ID: nssl0225, NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Collection, Location: Oklahoma, Photo Date: 2008 June 3, Photographer: Sean Waugh NOAA/NSSL
    2015-05-28T21:02:53+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/987650561245075
  4. The #Precinct4 officer of the month for April 2015 is officer Remmers. http://ow...

    The #Precinct4 officer of the month for April 2015 is officer Remmers. http://ow.ly/NydkY ^JW
    2015-05-28T15:50:52+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/987562967920501

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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.

UPDATE: (January 29, 1:30 p.m.)

Two patients involved in a two-vehicle crash in which a commercial truck ran into a house in Upperco have been flown to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center injuries that are serious but probably not life-threatening.

Police and Fire units were dispatched to the 15400 block of Hanover Pike (Md. 30), near the Sportsman's Hall roller rink, at 10:06 a.m. The Arcadia Volunteer Fire Co. was first on the scene and found that a large commercial box truck had crashed into a home that sits close to the road. One man, the driver, was trapped in the truck.

The driver of the second vehicle, a Honda Prelude, also was trapped. At 10:14 a.m., fire officials called for a heavy rescue assignment, and within minutes crews were able to free both men from the vehicles. The truck driver was extricated at 10:27 a.m.; the driver of the car was freed at 10:33 a.m.

The BCoPD Crash Team investigation has begun. The truck was traveling north on Hanover Pike and the car was traveling south on Hanover Pike. The chain of events is unclear at this early stage of the investigation. 

BCoFD hazmat crews removed the fuel from the vehicle to prevent spillage. BCoFD's Urban Search and Rescue Unit was assigned to shore up the seriously damaged house in an effort to prevent a dangerous collapse. County building inspectors will determine whether the home should be declared unsafe.

Route 30 remains closed at this time. Motorists should avoid the area.

Twenty-two pieces of fire equipment, including units from Carroll County, responded to this call.

UPDATE (January 29 11:27 a.m.):

Two people are being flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police medivac helicopter. Their current conditions are unknown.

The truck involved is a 16 foot box truck.

Original release (January 29 10:47 a.m.):

At 10:06 a.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the area of Hanover Pike (Route 30) and Emory Road for a report of a vehicle into a house.

When personnel arrived on the scene, they found that a commercial vehicle had struck a home in the 15400 block of Hanover Pike and two people were trapped. Both persons have since been extricated. The truck went approximately 15 feet into the home which appears to be vacant.

One person is being flown to an area hospital by State Police Medivac Helicopter.

Crash Team and building inspectors are en route to the scene. The Baltimore County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team is responding to shore up the home.

Hanover Pike is shut down in both directions in the area of Emory Road. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the area.

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.

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