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Date: Aug 24, 2017

Update (8/25/17 3:00 p.m.) 

The man who was pronounced dead in the August 24th crash on Bellona Avenue has been identified as Brian Jay Feit, 51, of the unit-block of Barnstable Court, 21117. The crash investigation is continuing at this time. 

Original Release (8/24/17 6:00 p.m.)

Just before 11:00 a.m. on August 24, 2017, Baltimore County Police responded to Bellona Avenue near Blenheim Road, 21212 for a fatal collision. Officers determined that a 2007 Ford F-150 truck was traveling northbound on Bellona Avenue when the truck crossed the center line of the road and struck a 2016 Chrysler 300C sedan traveling southbound on Bellona Avenue. The driver of the Chrysler was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Ford truck was transported to a local hospital by Baltimore County Fire Department Medic #101, where he was later pronounced dead. Police are continuing their investigation of the crash at this time.

Baltimore County Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a car and driver who failed to remain at the scene of a collision. On August 20, 2017, at 10:30 p.m., a 46-year-old man was getting out of his car into his wheelchair when he was struck by another car traveling westbound on Church Lane, near Hilmar Road, 21244. After hitting the victim, the driver of the other car fled the area and was last seen continuing westbound on Church Lane. The hit and run victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Investigators believe the hit and run vehicle is described as a dark colored 2004 through 2006 Lexus ES330 four-door sedan, missing the front passenger side amber light lens and light assembly. The suspect car may also have damage on the front passenger side corner and scuff marks on the front passenger side tire.

If anyone has information about this hit and run crash, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020.

It was East meets West on July 25 when recruits from a Chinese police academy toured the Towson Precinct, the Public Safety Building and met with the State’s Attorney. Each stop offered photo ops for the recruits and our officers. For most, this was a once in a lifetime trip.

The 26 Chinese police recruits from the Zhejiang Police College, along with translators and two people from the University of Maryland Office of International and Executive Programs, toured the Towson Precinct. They met with Captain Jay C. Landsman Jr, Sergeant Romanoff and Officer Kraemer who escorted them through some of the areas not often seen by the public.

The recruits witnessed demonstrations of the arrest and booking process, booking photos and fingerprinting. They were shown the holding cells used to house prisoners right after their arrest.

Our K-9 Unit was on hand to show what our officers and their four-legged partners are capable of when hunting down a suspect, looking for drugs or helping find vulnerable individuals who are lost.

Of course, the tour wouldn’t be complete without seeing and touching some of the advanced tools our department uses to keep our county safe. Recruits sat in the departmental cars, checked out the computers on board and the necessary equipment to keep our officers safe. The covers for our Kevlar vests were a big hit with the recruits, as were the T-3 Mobile stand up vehicles used by patrol officers in Towson.

They were interested in the many ways we use technology to keep peace and reach out to the community.

The recruits visited the Public Safety Building and got a glimpse of the Baltimore County Police Department’s rich past when they toured our museum. Old cars, old badges and old radios as well as photos of Chiefs and officers from well over a century ago, told a story of pride and honor that still lives today in the hearts of our officers.

While at the PSB, the recruits met Chief Terrence B. Sheridan. The future police officers were encouraged to ask questions. The Chief has seen many changes in policing over the years. Hopefully, the Q and A session helped the recruits gain some insight into our way of policing in the United States. We have the 18th largest police department in the United States and, as such, we could offer a realistic look at law enforcement. Chief Sheridan enjoyed his time with the recruits saying “It is always refreshing to meet future police officers from other cultures.”

Revised June 27, 2017