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UPDATE (February 24, 2017 9:15 a.m.):

Booking photo of Christopher Engles, who brought a gun to Perry Hall High School.The student who brought a gun into Perry Hall High School yesterday is identified as 17-year-old Christopher James Engles of the unit block of Bellhurst Way, 21234. He is currently being held at BCDC on a no bail status.

He is charged as an adult with the following:

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Minor
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on School Property
  • Carry/Conceal a Dangerous Weapon
  • Wear/Carry a Handgun on his Person

Original Release (February 23, 2017 4:42 p.m.):

A student is being charged after bringing a firearm to school today.

The School Resource Officer at Perry Hall High School was notified after one student was seen showing off a gun to other students in the hallway. He did not threaten or point the gun at anyone. Police believe the student did not have any intent to harm anyone with the firearm.

The officer located the student, who was cooperative, and recovered the gun. The student was taken into and remains in police custody pending formal charges.

This incident remains under investigation by the Precinct 9 Outreach Unit.

Original release (November 16, 2016  7:44 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a dog taken from the White Marsh area.

Around 9 a.m. on October 16, a 10-year-old female Yorkshire Terrier named Bella wandered away from her White Marsh home. That afternoon, a Good Samaritan found Bella and placed an ad on Craigslist trying to find Bella’s owner. The Good Samaritan was contacted by a girl that stated she was the owner. Thinking that the girl was the owner, the Good Samaritan gave Bella to the girl but the girl was not the owner. The girl had seen the ad, pretended to be the dog’s owner, took the dog, then sold the dog on Craigslist.

Detectives identified the girl, who was only 16-years-old, and charged her as a juvenile in connection with the case.

Sadly, Bella was never found and police are reaching out to the public to help find her and return her home. The person that the suspect sold the dog to does not face charges since they thought the sale was legitimate, but they do need to return the dog.

Bella has moles or skin tags on her hind legs.

The case is under investigation by the Precinct 9 Investigative Services Team.

Detectives are concerned that criminals may be taking lost pets off of the street and selling them on Craigslist. Criminals may also be pretending to be the owner of a dog listed as found on Craigslist just so they can take the dog and resell it on Craigslist.

Anyone with information on this case or similar incidents to call the White Marsh Precinct at 410-887-5000.

More information on lost pets in Baltimore County can be found here.

UPDATE (November 16, 2016  8:32 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the suspect charged in connection with the shooting in Fullerton yesterday.

Spenser Naheshema Sumler (23) of the Unit block of Congaree Court 21236 has been charged with attempted-first degree murder, first-degree assault, and related charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Detectives have determined that Sumler and the victim are acquaintances. Sumler shot the victim during an argument.











Original release (November 15, 2016  3:49 p.m.):

A man was injured in a Tuesday afternoon shooting in Fullerton.

At 12:29 p.m., police were called to the 7900 block of Belair Road 21236 for a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man lying in the parking lot of the Fullerton Plaza Shopping Center behind the McDonalds and the iHop. The man had suffered a gunshot wound to a lower extremity and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.

Patrol officers from the White Marsh and Parkville Precincts quickly spread out in search of the suspect. A White Marsh Precinct Officer located him on Rossville Boulevard at 12:35 p.m. (just six minutes after the call was dispatched). The suspect is in custody but has not been officially charged yet.

The incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit. Detectives believe that this was not a random crime.

Part of Rossville Boulevard was shut down briefly while police searched for evidence.

Revised September 27, 2016