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  1. Update - Police Identify Victim in Lochearn Homicide Baltimore County Police h...

    Update - Police Identify Victim in Lochearn Homicide

    Baltimore County Police have identified the victim in the Saturday, September 20, homicide in Lochearn. His name is Jonathan Michael Watkins, 20, last known address in the 100-block of Village of Pine Court, 21244.
    Police ask anyone that might have information about this crime to call (410) 307-2020.

    Original - Homicide in Lochearn

    The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred in Lochearn.

    On September 20, at 2:06 a.m., Baltimore County police responded to the area of Lantern Hill Drive and Sedgemoor Road, 21207 for a check on subject call. Police found an unidentified young male subject suffering from severe trauma to the body. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

    Baltimore County police homicide detectives are investigating the case. Police are asking anyone with information about this crime to call (410) 307-2020. Witnesses can also contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-Lockup, where they may qualify for a reward up to $2,000.00, if there information leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
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    Investigating O.J. (other jurisdiction) police shooting. At 12:35 am off duty Baltimore officer attacked by 2 males. He shot 1 suspect who will survive. ^RM
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    Investigating homicide @ Lantern Hill Dr & Sedgemoor Rd (PC2). At 2:06 am male victim found suffering from trauma. Seeking info. ^RM
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    On September 28, the Baltimore County Fire Service remembers career and volunteer members who passed away during the past year.

    Annual Fire Service Memorial Ceremony Scheduled September 28
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If you’re one of the millions of Americans who will take a vacation this summer, it’s important for you to add home security to your travel safety checklist. There are simple precautions you can take to keep your home protected from both theft and damage. Just a few extra minutes spent securing your home will help give you the peace of mind to enjoy your trip.

Lock all doors and windows

While most people remember to lock the main door of the home, it’s important to check all the entry points to the house. This includes sliding doors, basement doors, and the interior door that leads to the garage. It’s also essential to close and lock the windows on each level of your home, not just the ground floor.

Turn off electronics

To help save on energy costs and avoid potential hazards, turn off and unplug small electronics while you’re away. Examples would be items such as a toaster, coffee maker, hair dryer or fan. Larger electronics such as computers and televisions should be plugged into a surge protector in case of sudden power loss. To avoid water damage, make sure you didn’t leave any taps or faucets running.

Perform a maintenance check

Check to be sure there are fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. Make sure that exterior lights have working bulbs to keep the property illuminated at night. Additionally, a little bit of landscaping goes a long way in protecting your home. Trimming the trees, bushes or hedges around the house will eliminate places that a potential burglar could hide.

Notify a neighbor

Tell a trusted neighbor the dates you’re leaving and returning home. If they know you’re out of town, they’ll be more likely to notice and report suspicious activity. If you’ll be away for more than a day, ask if they’re willing to collect your mail and newspapers. A pile of unclaimed mail is a red flag for would-be thieves that nobody is home. If there is no one available to collect your mail, you can also speak with the post office about stopping mail delivery for the duration of your trip.

Don’t broadcast your location

Social media sites are great ways to keep in touch with friends and family, but they’re also great tools for burglars to use in choosing targets. Don’t post photos or statements that would let someone know that you’re away from home. You should also refrain from using a location “check-in” app that places you out of town. If you want to keep in touch with a friend or family member while you’re away, do so using a more private form of communication such as an email or text message.

Additional crime prevention tips for homeowners during the warm weather months are available online.

The next edition of “Police Report,” the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through November.

The topic of the opening segment is crime prevention and personal safety during the winter months. Detective Carl Lindhorst appears in that segment and provides tips to protect yourself, your home and personal property throughout the winter months.

The second segment focuses on forensic artistry. Detective Evelyn Grant gives us insight on how her work as a forensic artist is used to identify unknown victims, provide investigative leads and help bring closure to grieving family members and friends.

The program airs five days a week on cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

  • Monday: Noon and 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Noon and 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Police Report is also available online, to watch on your own computer, on your own schedule.

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