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Two men have died in fires since Friday, one in Middle River and another in Parkville.

2600 block E. Putty Hill Ave.

Yesterday, David Meredith Smith, 56, of the 2600 block of E. Putty Hill Ave., Parkville, died of injuries sustained in an apartment fire at the same address.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental, with careless smoking as the cause.

Baltimore County Fire Department crews were dispatched to this fire at 4:07 p.m. The fire originated in the victim's bedroom -- on the third floor of the garden-style apartment building -- and was mostly contained to that unit.

Fire crews located the victim, administered medical care and transported him to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

10000 block of Crane Lane

Howard Francis Holehan, 67, of the 10000 block of Crane Lane, Middle River, 21220, died January 27 of injuries sustained in a one-alarm fire at his home. Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental, caused by careless use of smoking materials.

Fire Department crews responded to the Crane Lane home at about 5:35 p.m. The victim, who is disabled, was declared deceased at the scene. No one else was in the home at the time of the fire.

A Parkville man was arrested this morning and charged with first-degree arson in connection with the intentional burning of a home in the Middle River area a year ago.

Joseph Alphonzo Heinze II, 33, of the 3300 block of Taylor Avenue, 21234, is charged with first-degree arson and held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

On May 22, 2015, Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 3900 block of Cutty Sark Road, 21220, for a fire. First responders found the first floor of the home on fire. Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire, and there were no reports of injuries.

The homeowner, Heinze, told investigators that he had left the home and when he returned it was on fire.

An investigation by BCoPD Arson detectives led to identification of Heinze as the person responsible for the fire. An arrest warrant was obtained for Heinze on December 6.

Detectives learned that Heinze is a Probationary Emergency Medical Technician with the Baltimore City Fire Department. It has not been confirmed if he was employed with the city Fire Department at the time of the May 22, 2015 fire.

Heinze also is a member of the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Dept. He has been suspended by the company.

Original release (October 13, 2016  1:56 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for robbing a 78-year-old man in Middle River.

The investigation has indicated that just after 5:30 p.m. on September 9, a 78-year-old man cashed a check at the Well Fargo Bank in the 1400 block of Martin Boulevard 21220. When he arrived at his home in the Unit block of Compression Court 21220, he was approached by the suspect. The suspect demanded money, and eventually took the money from his pocket.

The man received only minor injuries during the incident and was not transported to the hospital.

Detectives determined that the suspect had followed the man home from the bank and robbed him. Pictures of the suspect were captured on video surveillance.

This incident remains under investigation by the Essex Precinct Investigative Services Team.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-887-0230 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

 

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

You can remain anonymous.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016