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Baltimore County firefighters remind residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday, March 8.

Firefighters across the nation suggest that residents check alarm batteries twice a year – in the spring and fall, at the same time we reset our clocks. This year, we "spring forward" to Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 8.

Smoke alarms are the single most important means of preventing house and apartment fire death. They provide an early warning signal if there is a fire so you can escape. Most hardware and home supply stores carry them.

Deadly Odorless Gas

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly odorless, invisible gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. High levels of CO can kill within hours. CO detectors sound an alarm when levels of the gas rise so you can get out of the house, call 911 and discover the source of the problem – before someone becomes ill. Every home should be equipped with CO detectors.

For detailed information, see the Baltimore County Fire Department's fact sheets on their web site under Fire and Life Safety.

UPDATE (March 3):

Baltimore County Police have released updated information concerning the crash on York Road in Hunt Valley yesterday afternoon.

At 3:50 p.m. yesterday, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to York Road and Shawan Road for a report of a serious crash. When officers arrived on the scene, they found that eight vehicles were involved and there were multiple people injured.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that a 2007 Lexus RX was stopped in the left turn lane from north-bound York Road to west-bound Shawan Road. Stopped behind the 2007 Lexus RX was a 2013 Toyota Ciena and a BMW 325.

Stopped on north-bound York Road at Shawan Road was a 2010 Lexus RX. Stopped behind the 2010 Lexus RX was a 1998 Toyota Avalon, a 2012 Nissan Quest, and a 2011 Jeep.

A 2009 Nissan Murano was traveling north-bound on York Road. The Murano struck the rear of the 2011 Jeep and the side of the BMW 325. This caused a chain reaction crash that involved the rest of the vehicles. Investigators believe that the Nissan Murano had been speeding.

An adult female from the BMW was transported to Sinai Hospital for treatment. Four occupants (Three adults and one juvenile) were transported to area hospitals for treatment. The current conditions of these people is unknown.

The driver of the 2011 Jeep was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he remains hospitalized in serious condition.

The driver of the Nissan Murano, 71-year-old Robert Earl Shoulders of the Unit block of Quiet Stream Court 21093, was arrested and charged with driving while suspended, driving without a license, and failure to control speed to avoid a collision. Shoulders is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $5,000 bail.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team continues to investigate this incident.

Booking photograph of Robert Earl Shoulders

Original release (March 2):

At 3:50 p.m. this afternoon, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to York Rd and Shawan Rd in Hunt Valley for a report of a serious crash. When they arrived on the scene, officers found that a total of eight vehicles were involved.

The preliminary investigation into the crash has indicated that a vehicle had been traveling north-bound on York Rd approaching Shawan Road. The vehicle was believed to have been speeding when it struck another vehicle and started a chain reaction that resulted in damage to six more vehicles. A total of six people went to area hospitals. None of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Crash Team is continuing to investigate.

Despite a steady increase in population since 2006, Baltimore County has seen a remarkable 18 percent reduction in total crime.

Part I Crime – which includes the most serious types of violent and property crime – fell by 13.6 percent from 2006 through 2014**. Most notably, Part I Violent Crime – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – fell by an astounding 29 percent.

Baltimore County has experienced significant growth in recent years; the population is projected to be 824,000 in 2014, up 3.8 percent from 2006. More people typically results in more crime – and yet in Baltimore County some categories of crime are dropping to levels not seen since Jimmy Carter was president.

Aggravated assaults – the most serious assaults, usually involving use of a weapon and/or serious injury – are a good example. In 1977, with a population of 645,254, the county recorded 3,109 aggravated assaults; that is nearly 482 assaults per 100,000 residents. Last year, Baltimore County – with nearly 179,000 more people than in 1977 – recorded 2,530 aggravated assaults; that is 307 assaults per 100,000 residents.

The reduction in crime, said Police Chief Jim Johnson, can be attributed in part to a strategic approach by Baltimore County Police in identifying and addressing crime trends. This ranges from localized efforts, such as increasing the presence of officers in an area with an uptick in street crime, to broader campaigns. In 2012, for example, the BCoPD created a new law enforcement team dedicated to the growing problem of precious and scrap metal theft.

“What you’re seeing here is not a coincidental drop in crime,” Johnson said. “It’s the result of hard-working officers who analyze the crime reports and draw on their expertise to come up with real solutions. It’s the result of commanders who constantly keep an eye out for trends and problems and make sure resources are allocated effectively. It’s the result of detectives who know how to build solid cases that yield successful prosecutions and get serial offenders off our streets.

“And it’s clearly the result of a County administration willing to fund the resources to support the men and women of this Police Department.”

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said he will continue to support the BCoPD by acquiring the most current equipment and working to attract and maintain dedicated, qualified personnel.

“When a family is looking to buy a home or a business is looking to open its doors, they want to establish themselves in a community where they feel welcome and safe,” Kamenetz said. “It’s clear from looking at these numbers that Baltimore County succeeds in doing that.”

**Crime statistics for 2014, not yet complete, are based on official projections by the BCoPD Criminal Information and Analysis Unit.


UCR Reported for Part I Violent Crime – Projected 2014** (PDF)


UCR Reported for Part I Crime – Projected 2014** (PDF)


UCR Reported for Total Crime – Projected 2014** (PDF)














Aggravated Assault Rates Per 100,000 Residents Vs. Population – 1977-2014** (PDF)


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