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UPDATE (December 9, 2016  7:24 p.m.):

Terrence Shondry Smalls has been released on $75,000 bail.

UPDATE (December 9, 2016  2:16 p.m.):

Bail for Terrence Shondry Smalls has been lowered to $75,000.

Original release (December 9, 2016  10:02 a.m.):

Crimes Against Children Unit Detectives have charged a church volunteer with sexual child abuse.

On November 27, officers responded to the Church of the Nativity in the unit block of East Ridgely Road, 21093 for a sexual child abuse call.   A four-year-old girl told her mother that she had been sexually abused by a man volunteering in the church nursery during a Sunday morning mass.  Detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit also responded and began an investigation. 

On December 8, Terrence Shondry Smalls (26) of the 10400 block of Rainbow Ridge Drive, 21093, was arrested and charged with sex abuse of a minor, second degree assault, child abuse: second-degree custodian, and second-degree sex offense.  He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. 

Detectives learned that the suspect has been employed or volunteered at a number of locations which put him in contact with children, including:

  • Babysitting services for children under six advertised on www.Sitter.com (current)
  • Assistant at Pot Spring Elementary School (current)
  • Volunteered with the Girl Scout troop that met at Pot Spring Elementary School and Epworth Church from 2011 to 2015
  • Before and After Care program at Pot Spring Elementary School from 2011 to 2014
  • Church of the Nativity
  • Little Gym (Hunt Valley) from July to October of 2016

There are no known victims at locations other than the Church of the Nativity at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding Terrence Smalls is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020. 

UPDATE (November 22, 2016  12:43 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team has completed its investigation into the April 6 school bus crash in Parkton that sent 10 people, including the driver, to area hospitals.

The crash investigation indicated that a Baltimore County School bus was traveling north-bound on York Road north of Bunker Hill Road. The bus lost control, crossed over south-bound lanes of traffic, went off the roadway, struck a utility pole, and turned on its right side.

The bus driver, 65-year-old Bonnie Faye Pessaro of Freeland, was issued the following citations:

  • Failure to drive right of center lane
  • Failure to control speed to avoid a collision
  • Failure to reduce speed on curve
  • Negligent driving
  • Operating motor vehicle when not restrained by seat belt

Pessaro is schedule to appear in District Court on January 26, 2017 in connection with the charges.

UPDATE (April 7, 2016  9:42 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate a school bus crash in Parkton yesterday that left 10 people injured. 

The preliminary investigation into the crash has indicated that a Baltimore County School bus was traveling north-bound on York Road north of Bunker Hill Road. The bus lost control, crossed over south-bound lanes of traffic, went off the roadway, struck a utility pole, and turned on its right side. 

There were at least 43 students and one driver on the bus. The driver, 65-year-old Bonnie Faye Pessaro of Freeland, was transported to Sinai Trauma Center for treatment. Her current condition is unknown. Nine of the students on the bus were transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. That investigation is expected to take several weeks.     

UPDATE (April 6, 2016  9:31 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Fire Department has updated the number of people involved in this crash.

There were 42 people on board the bus. The driver was taken to Sinai Trauma Center and nine students were transported to area hospitals. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

UPDATE (April 6, 2016  4:35 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Fire Department has updated the number of people involved in this crash.

There were 42 people on board the bus. The driver was taken to Sinai Trauma Center and eight students were transported to area hospitals. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

Original release (April 6, 2016  3:49 p.m.)

At 2:36 p.m. this afternoon, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the area of York Road and Bunker Hill Road for a crash involving a school bus. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a Baltimore County School bus on its side.

There were 39 people on board the bus. The driver was transported to Sinai Trauma Center and five students were transported to other area hospitals. The rest of the students were taken to Hereford High School.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.

The crash is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. That investigation is expected to take several weeks.

Original release (November 2, 2016  2:49 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson presented awards today at a commanders meeting. The awards went to commanders of precincts that saw a drop in overall crime in 2015. Baltimore County experienced a 4.1% drop in overall crime in 2015 when compared to the previous five year average.

  • Captain Jonathan Trentzsch (Former Commander of the Woodlawn Precinct) received an award for the .2% reduction in overall crime in the Woodlawn Precinct in 2015.
  • Captain John McGann (Commander of the Pikesville Precinct) received an award for the .2% reduction in overall crime in the Pikesville Precinct in 2015.
  • Captain Dennis Delp (Former Commander of the Cockeysville Precinct) received an award for the .2% reduction in overall crime in the Cockeysville Precinct in 2015.
  • Captain Christopher Kelly (Commander of the White Marsh Precinct) received an award for the .2% reduction in overall crime in the White Marsh Precinct in 2015.
  • Captain Orlando Lilly (Commander of the Dundalk Precinct) received an award for the 1.1% reduction in overall crime in the Dundalk Precinct in 2015.

Chief Johnson stated:

These commanders and the officers that work for them have done an admirable job in reducing crime and I am proud of them. Every day, the members of the Baltimore County Police Department go out there and face criminals who are increasingly becoming more violent against law enforcement. Despite this challenge, they do their best to make Baltimore County a safe place to live, work, and play.

 

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Revised September 27, 2016