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Date: Jun 29, 2015

UPDATE (June 30  2:16 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with a homicide on Cameron Drive in Dundalk.

Michael Anthony Huth (58) of the 2100 block of Cameron Drive 21222 has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police responded to an apartment in the 2100 block of Cameron Drive just after 1 p.m. Monday afternoon after receiving a call from a concerned family member who asked police to check on a resident. When police and maintenance staff entered the apartment, 59-year-old John Thornton was found with trauma to his upper body. He was declared deceased at the scene.

The investigation into this incident has indicated that Huth and Thorton lived in the apartment together for approximately six years. Huth had approached Thornton with a baseball bat and struck him multiple times in the upper body. Exactly what prompted the assault remains unknown.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit.

Booking Photograph for Michael Anthony Huth

Original release (June 29  10:21 p.m.):

Just after 1:00 p.m. on June 29, Baltimore County Police received a call to check on a person in an apartment in the 2100 block of Cameron Drive, 21222. When officers entered the apartment, they found a man suffering from significant injuries. The man was pronounced deceased by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel at 1:51 p.m. The victim was identified as John Thomas Thornton (59) of the 2100 block of Cameron Drive, 21222.

Homicide investigators were able to identify and arrest a suspect a few hours later. The suspect has not been officially charged, therefore additional details cannot be released at this time. Police do believe that the victim was targeted. Additional information may be released once charges are filed by detectives.

If anyone has any information concerning this homicide, please contact the Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Original release (June 29 1:36 p.m.):

A Sunday morning fire in Hampton Village has left a woman deceased.

At 7:34 a.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the 500 block of Valley View Road 21286 for a report of a fire. When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they saw smoke coming from the home.

Firefighters rescued the sole occupant of the home, a 58-year-old female, and transported her to St Josephs Medical Center where she was later declared deceased.

The fire was brought under control at 8:15 a.m. There were no reports of injuries to firefighters. Approximately 16 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment responded to the scene.

Based on results of the initial investigation, detectives believe the female rescued from the home intentionally started the fire.

Photograph courtesy of the Providence Volunteer Fire Company
Revised June 27, 2017