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Photo of Officer John Stem, killed in the line-of-duty.Baltimore County Police Officers will be wearing mourning bands on their badges tomorrow in memory of a fallen hero.

Officer John Stem died on October 19, 2000 of complications of paraplegia caused by a line-of-duty gunshot wound he suffered in July 1977. Officer Charles Huckeba was fatally wounded during the same incident in Precinct 1 Wilkens.

Officers Stem and Huckeba and other officers were trying to subdue an agitated, armed, 19-year-old man who barricaded himself in his family’s home.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is furthering an investigation into a September crash after the elderly driver died early this morning.

Mary Winifred Devol (88) of the 900 block of Shirley Manor Road, 21136, died this morning at 1:20 a.m. due to complications from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash in September, according to a ruling by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Mary was seriously injured on September 30 when her Chevrolet Cruz rear-ended a Dodge Ram that was stopped at a red light on Westminster Pike at Butler Road. The Crash Team is investigating the possibility that Mary may have suffered a medical emergency that caused the crash. She was transported to Sinai Hospital where she remained until her death this morning.

The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through November. This edition covers the following segments.

  • Drug Abuse and Awareness – Captain Matthew Gorman, commander of the Vice and Narcotics Section, talks about drug abuse in our community, and how to identify drugs and paraphernalia. The  County Administration, Police and Health departments are working together to combat this crisis.
  • Cadet Program – Lieutenant Michael Steinebrunner and current cadets provide an overview of the cadet program, their daily assignments, and instructions on how to apply to become a police officer or cadet.
  • Unsolved Homicide: Artis Holt, Jr. – The public's help is needed in solving the murder of a young father and former college athlete, 27-year-old Artis Holt, Jr. He was fatally shot walking across a parking lot in the 8000 block of Liberty Road in the Windsor Mill area on February 21, 2019.

These segments are available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

On the Beat also airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Revised June 27, 2017