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Date: Oct 7, 2016

Photo of BCVFA 2016 check presentation.Baltimore County's volunteer firefighters will receive about $8.1 million in county aid during the next year to assist with the cost of preventative maintenance, fuel, utilities and peak demand operational expenses.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented a ceremonial check at the September 17 annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association (BCVFA).

Baltimore County has a joint fire service that includes 25 career stations and 32 volunteer fire, rescue and EMS companies, as well as two volunteer-run canteen companies that supply food and drink to responders during strenuous incidents.

The volunteer companies are independent corporations that raise most of the money needed for their operations through carnivals, bingo, fundraising drives and other activities. In addition, each year Baltimore County provides millions of dollars in support to the volunteers.

This year, the County enhanced its commitment to the volunteers. A letter from County Executive Kamenetz to volunteer companies, sent last spring, agreed to cover all approved BCVFA member expenses.

The $8.1 million awarded this year includes $2.3 million paid out over the course of the year to the 21 companies that provide medic service. This represents an increase of about $350,000 over last year.

New BCVFA Officers

The meeting also saw the election of new officers for 2016-2017. They are:

President: Glenn Resnick
Senior Vice President: Craig Coleman
Vice President, Finance: James Cahn
Vice President, Operations: Tom Ludwig
Vice President, Administration: Kathy Walker
Secretary: Robert Frank
Treasurer: William Kern
Financial Secretary: Donna Kern
Chaplain: Rev. Timothy Feaser

District Representatives

Eastern A: William Pearson
Eastern B: John Alban, III
Northern A: Larry Gribble
Northern B: Open
Western A: Doug Brinkley
Western B: Jeff Wickline

UPDATE (October 7, 2016  11:01 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a September 27 shooting in Catonsville.

Marco Patrick Morra (18) of the 600 block of Meyers Drive 21228 and Ryan Mathew Young (20) of the 1400 block of Lafayette Avenue 21207 have both been charged with attempted first-degree murder and related charges. Both men are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Just before 4 p.m. on September 27, police responded to a wooded area near Geipe Road and North Rolling Road for a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 23-year-old man suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The investigation indicated that the victim had gone to the location and met with the suspects in the wooded area. While they were in the wooded area, the victim was shot at least one time.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit identified Morra and Young as the suspects.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.​

Original release (September 27, 2016  8:33 p.m.):

A man is in critical condition after being shot at least once in the upper body in a wooded area in Catonsville. 
 
Police were dispatched to a wooded area near Geipe Road and North Rolling Road at 3:50 p.m for call of a shooting after the victim's friend heard gunshots. The victim, a 23-year-old man, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries to the upper body.  
 
Multiple suspects were seen fleeing the area and are still outstanding. 
 
Police believe this victim was targeted. 
 
This crime is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or a 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.

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.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Original release (October 7, 2016  8:01 a.m.):

Economic crimes against vulnerable adults are common problems. Criminals take from the elderly and when the criminals are done, they move on to the next victim.

The lottery scam is popular among fraudsters.

It starts with a letter in the mail, and email, or a phone call informing the senior they’ve won an international lottery. Some seniors become euphoric. The thought that the lottery wining occurred in a foreign country does not stop the person from feeling exited. Nor does the reality of never having set foot in the country set in.

They are told to wire money through Western Union or deposit money to a designated bank account to cover the “taxes” on the winnings. What the senior doesn’t know is that the criminal will call over and over asking for more money for various reasons. The criminal will say “The check is there. Just some small details to work out.”

Detective Dave Donnelly talks about this type of scam.

Some elderly folks fall for the scam while others are vary and don’t. The reasons vary. For some seniors, the thought of winning money is exhilarating and a break from the routine, while others are lonely. Many seniors spend hours at home and are bored. The senior may have lost a loved one and welcomes the unexpected attention.

The promise of money in their later years could be another reason for the seniors to “play” the lottery.

The lottery scam has not escaped the attention of the Maryland General Assembly. In 2010 legislation to give banks “safe harbor” to report anything suspicious or something highly unusual happening to the senior’s account. They could report, but it was not mandatory. Things changed in 2012, as the law was amended requiring banks to report suspicious activity to police, Adult Protective Services, or the State’s Attorney’s Office within 24 hours.

PSO Debbie Chenoweth talks about bank reporting laws. 

Once the police receive the referral from Adult Protective Services, they have 36 hours to contact those closest to the vulnerable adult. The referrals are prioritized. The police determine who needs immediate attention. They call family and friends to help in the process of helping the senior.

PSO Debbie Chenoweth talks referrals.  

But even when confronted with the facts, some vulnerable adults refuse to stop sending money to these criminals. On the contrary, the senior believes that the person on the other end of the phone is their friend. Over time, the fraudster has developed a relationship with the senior and has the senior’s trust. The money is sent and the senior waits for the next phone call from his or her “friend”.

It is difficult to stop seniors from falling prey. Guardianships and powers of attorney are tools to help seniors keep their money, but only in the right hands. Family and friends should contact an attorney for assistance.

Detective Dave Donnelly talks about looking out for seniors  

If you believe an elderly or vulnerable adult is the victim of a scam, contact the Baltimore County Police Department’s Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit at 410-887-2190.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017