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The world is sharing a common enemy – COVID-19. In Maryland, as in other states, we have been told to stay put and to only go out for the essentials, such as food and medications. This has us feeling off kilter and, in some cases, alone.

Do something that will keep your mind occupied on something other than the news.

  • Read a book that has been sitting on your end table forever. Today is the day to crack it open.
  • Take out that cookbook and be creative. Go online to find thousands of recipes for everyone’s taste.
  • Drag out that guitar that’s been sitting in the closet.
  • Keep a journal for future generations.
  • Take a walk with your pet.
  • Use that camera you got as a gift to take pictures of your neighborhood. Those photos can be used later to make a calendar or gift for someone.
  • Watch shows that are entertaining, educational and funny. Laughter is a great stress relief!
  • Gardening is great this time of year. Now is a great time to get the flower beds ready for planting.

This could be an adjustment for those who are working from home for the first time. Heed advice from professionals that will help you remain productive.

  • Establish a daily routine. If you shower every morning, do so now.
  • Wear jewelry and makeup if it makes you feel better.
  • Get out of your pajamas and dress for work.
  • Clock in, check your emails and follow your daily work routine as much as possible.
  • Take a break throughout the day. You can still interact with your co-workers via text, email or a phone call. This interaction is important as it's always been a part of your daily work life.
  • Seek out an app that features meditation and calming sounds to use when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 
  • Stretch throughout the day to keep your blood flowing.
  • Breathe deeply and concentrate on what makes you happy.

What we do today will help us in the future.

Keep washing your hands, stay inside and observe social distancing.

UPDATE (March 31, 2:56 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police arrested four men in connection with the shooting of a man in Lansdowne.

On March 8 at 5:44 a.m., police responded to the area of Virginia Avenue and McDowell Lane, 21227 for a shooting. The initial investigation determined that several suspects approached a vehicle and fired multiple shots striking the victim. Detectives determined the suspects knew the victim and he was targeted.

Detectives arrested the following suspects:

  • Theodore Antonio Alston (29) of the 2500 block of East Federal Street, 21213
  • Clay Nazzarae Hart, Jr. (23) of the 5400 block of Whitwood Road, 21206
  • Darnell William Jones (25) of the 1600 block of Lochwood Road, 21218
  • Dionte Terrell Johnson (22) of the 1200 block North Patterson Park, 21213.

Each suspect faces attempted first degree murder, use of a firearm in a felony, and numerous other charges. They are currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status.


Original Release (March 8, 11:20 a.m.):

On March 8 at 5:44 a.m., police responded to the area of Virginia Avenue and McDowell Lane in Lansdowne for a shooting.

Responding officers found a man who was shot several times while he sat in his car. The man was able to run to a nearby home and ask for help. He was transported to a local hospital by medics and is expected to survive. The man was targeted and this is an isolated incident.

Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Detectives are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information should contact the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Reward Offered
Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text: “MCS (include tip)” to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip:

Mobile App: P3TIPS


Police are investigating a fatal crash on Pulaski Highway in White Marsh last night.

The preliminary investigation revealed that around 10:37 p.m. a woman attempted to cross Pulaski Highway near Batavia Farm Road when she was struck by a BMW.  The pedestrian is identified as Jennifer Lynn Armentrout (43) of the 8200 block of Pulaski Highway, 21237. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is working to determine all of the factors involved in this fatal crash. The driver of the BMW did remain at the scene of the crash.

Revised June 27, 2017