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Date: Aug 25, 2017

Baltimore County Police have verified that the incident resulting in a barricade in the unit block of Insley Way, 21236 on August 24, 2017 was not a home invasion robbery attempt. The subsequent investigation has discounted the initial details given to police.

Just after 2:00 p.m. on August 24, 2017, police were called when witnesses heard a woman scream and the sound of a single gunshot in the unit-block of Insley Way, 21236. Officers responded to the location and were told by the victim that three men attempted to rob her and threatened her with a handgun. She told police that she retrieved her own handgun and there was a struggle. The victim explained that two of the suspects fled inside another house located in the same unit block of Insley Way. Based on this information, the police set up a perimeter around the house containing the alleged suspects. One person came out of the house on his own and was temporarily detained, without any further incident.

After speaking with witnesses and re-interviewing the victim, police determined that there was an argument between two groups of people. During the argument, the female retrieved a handgun. The argument continued to escalate and resulted in someone firing a single round from a handgun. The investigation is continuing at this time. Additional details will be provided when available.

Over the next few weeks, Baltimore County Police will be out and about looking for those who drink and drive.

Police will be looking for drivers who are driving erratically, too fast, distracted and aggressive. If the officer believes a driver is driving while drunk or drugged, he will pull the driver over and ask for the person’s driver’s license and car registration. This will stop anyone who is driving without a license, has a suspended license or has outstanding warrants against them.

If the officer suspects that the driver is driving while intoxicated, a field sobriety test will be given. Should the driver fail the test, the driver will be arrested and taken back to the station. “Buzzed” and Drunk Driving are considered the same. A .08 is considered drunk in Maryland.

A DUI can cost the driver money and time. There are court costs, lawyer’s fees and fines. In some cases, the insurance will either go up or be cancelled.

Save money, time and most importantly, save lives. Don’t drink and drive.

Baltimore County Fire and EMS personnel are on scene at the Oak Crest retirement community, where an outside gas leak has caused the evacuation of part of the facility.

Some 150 to 200 residents of the Belmont Building have been moved to another part of the Oak Crest community following a natural gas leak in the 8800 block of Walther Boulevard in Parkville, 21234. The call was dispatched at 10:12 a.m. BGE is on scene and has shut off the gas as well as the power, an important safety measure.

The gas leak was accompanied by an underground fire that Fire crews quickly extinguished. A small amount of smoke from this fire infiltrated the Belmont Building. There was no fire at the Oak Crest facility.

Fire crews are using gas meters to make sure the environment is safe.

BCoFD EMS personnel and Oak Crest medical staff are evaluating residents on scene. One patient has been transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center as a precautionary measure.

The entrance to the Oak Crest community is closed to traffic at this time.

Revised June 27, 2017