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Date: Jul 5, 2016

Original release (July 5, 2016  5:14 p.m.):

Officers at the Wilkens precinct are investigating extensive vandalism that occurred last week at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue.

Police are investigating this as a possible bias related crime because of information provided by the pastor that she believes the church has been victimized before because of its open acceptance of gays and lesbians. The church flies a gay unity flag on its doorstep. Police responded to a previous incident involving theft of this unity flag.

Officers responded to the church at about 9:40 a.m. June 30. The pastor told them that someone had broken into the church over night and ransacked it. Police found smashed windows, file cabinets opened and furniture and other items broken and strewn about. A fire extinguisher had been used to spray throughout the church, damaging many items including church pew cushions.

In the music room, various inflammatory phrases were written on a dry erase board. These included, "666," "Hail Satan," WTF is Jezus?" and "Death 2 All."

Police believe the crime occurred some time between 7:30 p.m. on June 29 and 9:40 a.m. on June 30.

This is an open investigation. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information about this crime should call BCoPD at 410-307-2020.

Original release (July 5, 2016  3:42 p.m.):

A pit bull that attacked a woman walking her dog and charged at an officer has been shot.

Officers were called to the 400 block of Doe Meadow Drive 21117 just after 9 a.m. this morning for an animal bite. It was reported that a pit bull had attacked a woman in her early 60s and her dog. When officers arrived on the scene, they located the pit bull who was acting aggressively. An officer tried to control the animal with her ASP baton, but when that was not effective and the pit bull charged at her, she fired her weapon a single time.

The dog was struck by the gunfire and ran home where it died.

The officer was not injured and the woman who was walking her dog was only bitten on her clothing. She was not injured and her dog was not injured either.

Original release (June 5, 2016  11:12 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating after an ATV operator is seriously injured in a crash in Dundalk last night.

The preliminary investigation has indicated that just after 11 p.m., an ATV had been traveling west-bound on German Hill Road near Hillshire Road when it struck a parked car. The operator of the ATV, 50-year-old Robert Edward Marston of the 7300 block of Manchester Road 21222, was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. His current condition is unknown.

The parked car was not occupied.

The crash is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

Revised June 27, 2017