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Original release (April 28, 2016  5:47 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person.

Shaquantee Dargan is an African American female. A further description of her is not known at this time.

Dargan should have her three-year-old son, Hassan Rhuebottom, with her. They were last seen two days ago.

Dargan had been staying at an undisclosed location in Baltimore County because of a domestic violence case in Baltimore City. She did not appear for a court hearing for that case.

The search for Shaquantee Dargan is being led by the Baltimore County Police Missing Persons Unit.

Anyone with information on Shaquantee Dargan or Hassan Rhuebottom is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or 911.

Worthington Valley Area Affected

Baltimore County police are advising local residents and others about temporary road closures set for Saturday, April 30, because of the Maryland Hunt Cup Steeplechase.

Beginning at 2 p.m., eastbound traffic will be diverted on Tufton Avenue onto southbound Dover Road. Westbound traffic on Tufton Avenue will be stopped for pedestrians as needed. This will allow race-goers to safely cross Tufton Avenue on foot.

The following roads will be closed from 3 to 6 p.m. during the race and until most of the crowd leaves the temporary parking areas:

  • Worthington Avenue and Tufton Avenue
  • Belmont Avenue and Butler Road
  • Mantua Mill Road and Geist Road
  • Tufton Avenue and Falls Road
  • Dover Road and Tufton Ridge Road

No Parking signs will be posted the night before the race. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced.

Traffic is expected to return to normal by 6 p.m.

UPDATE (April 28, 2016  12:50 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Arson investigators have determined that the explosion was accidental.

The investigation has indicated that the man who was injured was a plumber and used propane for his torch. He left a propane tank in his Ford Taurus and investigators believed that the tank leaked over the weekend and filled the car. When returned to the car and opened the door, he smelled gas so he closed the door. When he closed the door, the car blew up.

The man remains hospitalized. His current condition is unknown.

UPDATE (April 25, 2016  12:28 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Arson detectives are continuing to investigate this case. At this time, there is nothing that indicates any criminal activity.

Police and Fire personnel responded to the Unit block of Harness Court 21208 just after 8 a.m. this morning after a car exploded and caused two other cars to catch fire. Only the operator of the car that exploded (a Ford Taurus) was injured and he is expected to survive. He was standing outside of the car when the explosion occurred.

Original release (April 25, 2016  9:21 a.m.):

At 8:13 a.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the Unit block of Harness Court 21208 for a car fire.

The preliminary investigation into the incident has indicated that one vehicle caught fire which in turn, caught two other vehicles on fire.

The driver of the vehicle that initially caught fire was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

The incident is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Arson Unit.


Revised April 6, 2016