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Date: Apr 18, 2018

Baltimore County police are advising local residents and others about temporary road closures set for Saturday, April 28,  because of the Maryland Hunt Cup Steeplechase.

Beginning at 2 p.m., eastbound traffic will be diverted on Tufton Avenue onto southbound Dover Road. Westbound traffic on Tufton Avenue will be stopped for pedestrians as needed. This will allow race-goers to safely cross Tufton Avenue on foot.

The following roads will be closed from 3 to 6 p.m. during the race and until most of the crowd leaves the temporary parking areas.

  • Worthington Avenue and Tufton Avenue
  • Belmont Avenue and Butler Road
  • Mantua Mill Road and Geist Road
  • Tufton Avenue and Falls Road
  • Dover Road and Tufton Ridge Road

No Parking signs will be posted the night before the race. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced.

Traffic is expected to return to normal by 6 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the double homicide of Stanley Brunson Jr. and Shameek Joyner in a Towson apartment last week.

Officers were called to the apartment in the unit block of Lambourne Road around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 9, when a maintenance worker entered the apartment and discovered the bodies of the two men.

Detectives determined that the two victims went to the apartment to meet with the two suspects after a resident of the apartment facilitated the meet for a narcotics related transaction. It is still unknown what precipitated the murders, but both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Brunson also suffered additional traumatic injuries to his upper body.

Police obtained warrants for the two suspects on Sunday, April 15, and located them yesterday afternoon. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle they were known to be traveling in on southbound I-83 around 3 p.m. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The suspects, who are brothers, are identified as Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr. (29) and Nyghee Nicholas Johnson (21), both of the unit block of Paula Place in Rossville, 21237. Both are charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder and held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

Booking photo of Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr.                                  Booking photo of Nyghee Nicholas Johnson

The Investigation

Dwight Dakarai Jones (42) of the 900 block of Elton Avenue, 21222 has also been arrested and charged with a myriad of drug and weapons violations, including firearms and drug trafficking crimes, in connection with this homicide investigation. Detectives learned that Jones was an associate of the Johnson brothers and conducted a search warrant at his home on Elton Avenue for evidence in the homicides. Detectives discovered a number of guns, illegally possessed by Jones, who is restricted from gun ownership due to a previous felony conviction, and confiscated over 100 pounds of marijuana. No evidence from the homicide was located during the search - police do not believe that any of the guns confiscated from Jones is a murder weapon used in the homicide, but will undergo forensics testing to determine if they were used in any crimes. Jones continues to be held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

While police have charged two suspects in connection with the homicides, the overall investigation into the circumstances surrounding the homicides continues.

Police Continue Death Investigation of Two Men Inside Towson Apartment

UPDATE to Original Release (April 11, 2018 9:00 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police identified the victims from the April 9th homicides. Stanley B. Brunson, Jr., 29, of the 1500-block of E. Northern Parkway, 21239 and Shameek Davone Joyner, 28, of the 5300-block of Leith Road, 21239, both suffered trauma to their upper-bodies. 

Homicide detectives continue to investigate the murders. If anyone has information about this incident, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020 or call Metro Crime Stoppers. 

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:

Police Continue Death Investigation of Two Men Inside Towson Apartment

Original Release (April 10, 2018 5:30 p.m.):

Just before 9:30 a.m. on April 9, 2018, Baltimore County Police responded to the unit-block of Lambourne Road, 21204 for a double homicide. A maintenance worker called police when he attempted to perform routine work inside a 5th floor apartment and found the two victims inside. Both men suffered from multiple trauma and were pronounced deceased at the scene. Homicide detectives identified the victims but police cannot release their names until notification of next of kin.

Investigators believe that the victims were targeted and there is not a threat to the general public. Detectives are actively investigating the murders and will release more information as it becomes available.

The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers tonight. The event will take place at Grey Rock Mansion, 400 Grey Rock Road, Pikesville 21208. The reception begins at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Expected to attend the dinner are 14 volunteers and 34 members of the Police Auxiliary Team, as well as Chief Terrence Sheridan. These members volunteered approximately 11,000 hours in 2017.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 15 to 21.

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