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Baltimore County Fire Department tactical rescue experts Sunday evening rescued an 11-year-old boy who had fallen into a well on the grounds of a Rosedale McDonald's.BCoFD crews rescue boy from 35' well.

Crews from Texas Station #17, home of the BCoFD's tactical unit, and confined space teams from Pikesville and Bowleys Quarters volunteer fire companies were among the units dispatched at 6:39 p.m. to the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue.

Two 11-year-old boys had been playing outside the McDonald's when they fell into a 36-inch, stone-lined opening that was covered with landscape fabric and mulch. One of the boys started to fall into the hole but was able to get out before he fell in completely; he called for help. The other boy was stuck 30 to 45 feet below the surface.

Crews from Station 17's Tower 17 used a rope system to lower a firefighter into the hole, where he was able to reach the boy and secure him to a harness. At 7:15 p.m., rescue crews lifted both the boy and the firefighter to safety.

Both boys were transported to Johns Hopkins Children's Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The hole appears to be an old well and is the property of McDonald's. This morning, Baltimore County Public Works crews covered it with a steel plate for safety.

A firefighter from Tower 17 brings up the boy who fell into this well.

UPDATE (December 2,2015  3:02 p.m.):

The suspects in this case have been charged by the Harford County Sheriff's Department in connection with a homicide.

Link to Harford County Sheriff's Department release:

Original Release (December 2, 2015  11:26 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a man in connection with six robberies in Baltimore County. His girlfriend is also being charged in connection one of the robberies.

Walter McMillan Dorsey (33) of the 100 block of Fuller Avenue 21206 has been charged with two counts of robbery and four counts of armed robbery. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $5 million bail.

Lauren Paulette Valiquet (28) of the 100 block of Fuller Avenue 21206 has been charged with one count of robbery and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $1.5 million bail. Valiquet is Dorsey’s girlfriend.

Police Chief Jim Johnson stated "These arrests are a result of the hard work done by our Robbery detectives and I am proud of them."

Dorsey is charged in connection with the following robberies. Valiquet is only charged in connection with the robbery of the 7-Eleven in the 7600 block of Belair Road 21236 on November 5.

November 5, 2015:  7-Eleven, 7600 block of Belair Road 21236
Just before 11:30 p.m. a male suspect and female suspect entered the store, walked up to the soda fountain machine, and got sodas. The female then walked up to the counter to pay for her soda. As the cashier opened the register, the male walked around the counter, told the cashier to keep the register open, and took money from the register. Both suspects then fled the scene.

The full release for this incident is on our news blog:

November 7, 2015: 7-Eleven, 8000 block of Belair Road 21236
At approximately 4 a.m., the suspect walked into the store, picked up some donuts, and put them on the counter. He then displayed a handgun and demanded money. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

November 11, 2015: Baskin Robbins, 2300 block of East Joppa Road 21234
Just before 8:30 p.m., the suspect entered the store and approached an employee. He grabbed the employee and pressed something against her side that she thought was a gun. The suspect then took the employee to a register and told her to open it or he would shoot her. He took money from the register and fled the store.

The full release for this incident is on our news blog:

November 13, 2015: Subway, 1600 block of East Joppa Road 21234

Just after 8 p.m., the suspect entered the store. He grabbed an employee, took him behind the counter, and told him to open the register. The male fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

November 14, 2015: 7-Eleven, 8600 block of Pleasant Plains Road 21286
The suspect entered the store just before 6 a.m. The suspect displayed a knife and demanded that the employee open the register. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

November 15, 2015: Dunkin Donuts, 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue 21237
The suspect entered the store just before 8:30 p.m. He looked around, and then went into the bathroom. The suspect later exited the bathroom, went behind the counter, and approached the cashier. The suspect put a knife to the cashier’s side and demanded that the cashier open the register.  After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled the scene.

These incidents remain under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit. Detectives continue to work to see if the male suspect in this case is responsible for any other robberies in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Booking Photograph of Walter McMillan Dorsey
Booking Photograph of Lauren Paulette Valiquet

UPDATE (February 13):

The woman who died in a house fire on February 5 has been identified as 74-year-old Roberta S McFarland.

The fire remains under investigation.

Original release (February 6):

A fire in a Fullerton home late Thursday night has left a woman deceased.

At 11:38 p.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police Department personnel responded to a home in the 4500 block of Kenwood Avenue 21206 for a report of a house fire. When Engine 8 out of the Fullerton Fire Station arrived, they found a three-story structure with fire showing. Additional fire equipment was requested to respond.

When firefighters entered the home to fight the fire, they found that the inside of the home was extremely cluttered.

A woman, believed to be in her 70’s, was found deceased on the third floor of the home. Her body has been taken to the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Investigators have not yet been able to confirm her identity.

The majority of the fire equipment sent to the scene was released at 3:24 a.m. Approximately 23 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Equipment were assigned to the incident.

Investigators remain on the scene of the fire, working to determine the cause. At this time, criminal activity is not suspected.

Pictures courtesy of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company

Revised June 27, 2017