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A 39-year-old man died this morning of injuries sustained in an early morning house fire in the Lansdowne area.

​Ryan Robert Cavin was one of seven people sleeping in the home in the 100 block of Hazel Ave., 21227, when the fire began at about 4:30 a.m. Fire personnel rescued him from the top of the staircase on the second floor. Despite efforts by EMS crews to resuscitate him, he died a short time later at St. Agnes Hospital.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have determined that the fire began in the kitchen. The home was equipped with at least one working smoke alarm, which alerted the victim's wife to the fire. She woke everyone; she, her husband and two children had been sleeping on the second floor, and three others had been sleeping on the ground floor. Everyone escaped except the victim, Ryan Cavin.

​A second patient who suffered minor injuries refused transport.

​Truck 5 (Halethorpe Fire Station) was the first arriving unit and reported heavy smoke on arrival. Twenty-four pieces of equipment responded. The fire was knocked at 4:52 a.m.

The fire remains under investigation.

UPDATE (January 16, 2018 11:04 a.m.):

The 14-year-old boy responsible for bringing a gun to Loch Raven High School yesterday, causing a school lockdown while police searched the building, has been charged as a juvenile with Disturbing Activities at School and Dangerous Weapon on School Property. His name will not be released due to being protected juvenile information.

Original Release (January 15, 2018 3:01 p.m.):

Loch Raven High School was put on lockdown status this morning while police investigated a report of a student possibly carrying a concealed handgun.

The School Resource Officer (SRO) was approached by another student who gave the name of the suspect and reported that he had a handgun concealed in his backpack. The SRO located and approached the suspect, who fled to another area of the school. The SRO quickly activated lockdown protocols and initiated a call for a possible subject with a gun around 11:47 a.m.

Tactical units responded to the school and began searching the building, locating and arresting the known 14-year-old suspect in a classroom, where they recovered the gun on his person. The lockdown was lifted at around 12:30 p.m.

The suspect now faces criminal charges. Students return to classes tomorrow as Loch Raven High School opens under normal operations.

It’s almost spring and time for the Baltimore County Police Department Basketball Clinic. Beginning Friday, March 2 through Friday, May 18, kids and officers from precincts around the county will get together to play basketball.

The officers will offer their skills and know-how to the kids on the court. They will learn teamwork. As they shoot the hoops, they will see the officers as people, not just someone with a badge and uniform. The person on the court is not just the officer in the neighborhood, but someone to trust in a time of trouble. They will see a person like them. Our officers are great role models.

The Baltimore County Police basketball clinics will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted, on the dates and locations listed below.

  • March 2: Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road 21212
  • March 23: Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Drive 21030
  • April 14: 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Leadership Through Athletics, 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road 21227
  • May 18: Watersedge Recreation Center, 7894 Dundalk Avenue 21222

Download and submit the registration and waiver form (PDF) to participate in a basketball clinic near you.

Bring your friends. There is nothing like a good game of “b-ball” with friends from your neighborhood. Plus, there will be free pizza, water and Gatorade!

See you there!

Revised June 27, 2017