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UPDATE (May 26, 2017  4:49 p.m.):

Francine Sturms has been found unharmed.

The Baltimore County Police Department thanks everyone who shared her information.

Original release (May 26, 2017  1:21 p.m.):

Police are actively searching the Rosedale area of White Marsh Precinct 9 for a missing elderly woman who walked away from her home in the 8000 block of Old Philadelphia Road around 9:30 a.m. this morning, possibly headed towards MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

Francine Sturms (73) suffers from medical conditions that may cause her to become confused or disoriented. She left her home on foot, last seen wearing a black shirt, pink shorts, white socks and tennis shoes. She had previously made statements that she was going to walk to the hospital to see her husband, but he is not hospitalized, and he returned home to find her missing.

Francine is 5'3", 109 pounds, has brown eyes and long hair dyed dark red. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police at the White Marsh precinct at 410-887-5000 or dial 9-1-1.

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.

Revised September 27, 2016