Skip Navigation

COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Public Safety News


Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Date: Mar 1, 2018

We live in a fast paced world and are easily distracted. Cellphones are the biggest distractions. Look around when walking and driving. Where people gather, cellphones are present. We laugh at videos of people bumping into poles while texting. However, it isn’t funny when someone is hit by a car or truck.

We talk about drunk driving, but drunk walking also kills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every three (34percent) fatal pedestrian crashes involved a pedestrian blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08. That is high enough to put a driver in jail. Call a cab or ride sharing service.

How many times did you hear someone tell you to look both ways before you cross the street? Probably more times than you can remember. It is true no matter how old you are.

Crosswalks are there for your safety. Please use them wherever you see them. By law, drivers must stop when you step down. However, if the crosswalk is at a traffic signal, walk when the light is green and do not walk when the light is red.

Jaywalking, to walk or cross the street without regard for approaching traffic, is against the law. More importantly, it is dangerous. It is even more dangerous to jaywalk at night. Seventy-five percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night. Seventy-two percent are not crossing at crosswalks or intersections.

Cars today are fast and people behind the wheel like to drive fast.

If a pedestrian is hit at 20 mph, they have a 10 percent chance of dying. However, if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle at 40 mph, they have an 80 percent chance of dying. The numbers get worse as the speed increases.

Here’s how to stay safe and alive as a pedestrian: Pay attention to your surroundings, stay sober, use the crosswalks.

UPDATE (March 1, 2018 10:22 a.m.):

Tips from the public following the initial release of this crash led investigators to a teal colored 1997 Buick LeSabre with extensive damage to the front grill, hood and windshield, also missing the front Buick emblem, that was abandoned without tags in the 700 block of Wedeman Avenue in Linthicum. Further investigation led officers to driver, who admitted his involvement. He is identified as Lloyd Edward Willey (62) of the 700 block of Wedeman Avenue, 21090.

Willey was arrested late last night and charged on citation with hit-and-run violations as well as driving unlicensed. The case will be forwarded to the State's Attorney's Office of Baltimore County for further review. He is presently being held on no bond status at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

UPDATE (February 28, 2018 2:32 p.m.):

Police have identified the pedestrian struck and killed on Annapolis Road last night as 35-year-old Thomas Fisher of no fixed address in Glen Burnie. Crash Team investigators continue to search for witnesses to this hit-and-run crash and clues to the identity of the driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Original Release (February 28, 2018 12:18 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating the suspect vehicle or driver who killed a pedestrian in Landsdowne late last night.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was found laying in the southbound lane of Annapolis Road north of Hoffman Avenue near the Anne Arundel County line by a motorist who called 9-1-1 around 10:41 p.m. Police and Fire/EMS responded to the scene and began life-saving efforts. The man was transported to Saint Agnes Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Police have not been able to locate any witnesses to the crash, but have identified the suspect vehicle as a 1997-1999 Buick LeSabre of an unknown color by evidence left at the scene. The suspect vehicle will have damage to the center front-end grill area, and will be missing the Buick emblem. The vehicle may also have denting damage to the hood and could have a cracked or shattered windshield.

Anyone who sees a Buick LeSabre with damage to the front grill area or has any information regarding the driver or suspect vehicle is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. This crash continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

Web tip:

Photo of Maxine Wall-Scott, missing in the Essex area.

Update: 3/1/18 9:00 a.m.

Maxine Wall-Scott was located and she is safe. Thank you to all who shared her information. 

Original Release: 2/28/18 5:12 p.m.

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a critical missing woman in Essex tonight.

Maxine Wall-Scott (71) was last seen visiting a friend's home in the 900 block of Ramble Run Road in Essex around 2 p.m. today. She was left alone in the home while the occupants stepped away for approximately ten minutes, and when they returned she was nowhere to be found. Maxine is not familiar with the Essex area as she lives in the 8300 block of Liberty Road in Pikesville, does not have access to a vehicle, and does not have a cell phone. Her home was checked with negative results.

Maxine suffers from some cognitive ailments and may become confused.

Anyone who may see her or have information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Essex Precinct at 410-887-0220.

Revised October 16, 2020               
A new website for Baltimore County

We're working to provide you with a better experience, and want your feedback. Learn more about our project and give your feedback.