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Date: Jan 5, 2016

As we are experiencing the first severe cold snap of the year, we depend on multiple types of heating sources to stay warm inside our homes. “Elements of heating resources continue to be a significant factor in home fires in Maryland,” according to State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.  “Following these guidelines, we can work together to reduce the number of residential fires.”

  • Ensure chimneys are cleaned annually or more frequently if used as the primary heating source. Also have your furnace inspected and serviced annually.
  • Use properly sized fireplace screens or enclosures.  Never use a flammable liquid to start a fire in a fireplace or woodstove.
  • When disposing of cooled ashes, do not use paper, cardboard or plastic containers to remove them; instead use a metal container with a lid.  Ashes will insulate hot embers long after the fire is considered out.
  • Make sure fuel burning stoves are installed according to local fire codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check portable electric heaters for frayed or damaged wires and ensure the appliance is clean and placed on a flat level surface.  Use only “listed” appliances by an approved testing laboratory and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not use extension cords with portable space heaters.  The extension cord can overheat and cause a fire.
  • If you use kerosene fuel fired heaters, use only “K-1” kerosene fuel.  Never fill the unit inside, remove it to the exterior of the structure after it has cooled before refueling.
  • Open a window enough to provide proper ventilation.
  • Keep combustibles (furniture, curtains, clothing, paper goods, etc.), at least three feet from all heat sources.
  • Fuel burning appliances can produce the deadly, tasteless and odorless gas known as carbon monoxide.  Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of carbon monoxide levels.
  • Always turn off portable heating equipment when leaving the room for extended periods.  Portable heaters should never be operated unattended.
  • Place safety barriers around the device to keep children and pets away from the heat source.

Along with these heating tips, check to make sure your smoke alarms and CO detectors are in good working order.  These devices should be replaced every 10 years to ensure they operate as they are designed to do.

Original release (January 5, 2016  2:26 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect who robbed a 7-Eleven in Dundalk on December 14.
The investigation has indicated that just before 3 a.m. on December 14, the suspect entered the 7-Eleven store in the 7200 block of East Baltimore Street 21224 and displayed a weapon. He took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the store.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 5’09”, medium build, with short black hair. He was wearing a blue jean jacket, black shirt, black pants, and black shoes. He was also wearing a baseball style cap and had a bandana across his face.
Pictures of the suspect were captured on the store’s video surveillance system.
This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers. Your tip must be made through Metro Crime Stoppers in order to be eligible.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

You can remain anonymous.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

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Original release (January 5, 2016  1:37 p.m.):

Just after 7 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Town Green Way and Bond Avenue 21136 for a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a car.

The preliminary investigation in to the crash has indicated that a 13-year-old boy was crossing Bond Avenue when he was struck by a Nissan Sentra that had been traveling east-bound. The Sentra remained at the scene.

The boy was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

This crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team.

Revised June 27, 2017