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Date: May 2, 2018

A two-alarm fire damaged three townhouses  in a Reisterstown/Glyndon neighborhood today.

Two of the townhouses in the 300 block of Town Green Way, 21136, were fully involved with fire and suffered heavy damage.

Fire crews responded at 11:40 a.m.; commanders from the Franklin Fire Station's Engine 56 requested a second alarm at 11:50 a.m. In two townhomes fire was through the roof. Firefighters began an interior attack, but commanders soon evacuated the buildings for safety.

The fire was knocked down at 12:13 p.m. Extensive overhaul operations continued well into the afternoon.

All occupants evacuated on their own, and no injuries were reported.

An investigation of cause and origin will be handled by BCoPD fire investigators.

On April 30, the Baltimore County Police Foundation honored 23 sworn officers for exceptional performance at its annual awards ceremony. The honorees included Officers Tyler E. Carver, Gary W. Leary Jr., Andrew W. Minton, Erica Slocum and Detective R. Patrick Gibbs for their courageous response to an armed robbery suspect aboard an MTA bus.

Master of Ceremonies Stan Stovall hosted the awards dinner at The Valley Mansion by Martins, 594 Cranbrook Road in Hunt Valley. The event began at 6 p.m. for a meet and greet, dinner was at 7:30 p.m. and the awards presentation began at 8:15 p.m. Chief Terrence B. Sheridan and Stephen P. Somers, Foundation President, presented the awards. The invocation and benediction was offered by the Reverend Herbert Watson.

The following personnel received the 2018 Police Foundation Awards.

  • Rookie of the Year – Officer Tyler A. Rivers, Precinct 9 White Marsh. As a young police officer, Officer Rivers garnered a large amount of work experience in a short time, being proactive in his law enforcement duties while working for the good of others at all times. He exemplifies great leadership and dependability.
  • Community Service – Police Officer First Class James Saunders of Precinct 1 Wilkens. Officer Saunders provided great leadership and service to the community by dedicating himself to the Wilkens Precinct Law Enforcement Explorer Post #9901. He significantly increased the Post’s membership and fundraising, as well as helped the members improve their academics and physical fitness level. He is commended for his devotion to the Explorer Post and the countless hours he gives to its members.
  • Crime Prevention – Captain Scott Canter Jr., Lieutenant Patrick Stonko, Corporal John Haddaway, and Detective Carl Lindhorst Jr. of the Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Section for their work on the Department’s SHIELD Program. This program offers resources and training to local businesses, educational institutions, and faith-based communities as part of a regional safety partnership that fosters preparedness in the event of a critical incident.
  • Distinguished Contribution to the Profession – Lieutenant Doug McManus of Precinct 3 Franklin for starting a training program known as “Be Safe.” This program has increased the effectiveness in identifying and responding to situations involving citizens with autism. It includes exercises that pair an autistic student with a police partner. This training has made it easier to resolve situations more peacefully.
  • Exceptional Performance – Detective Eric Hoppa, of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Regional Auto Theft Team, also referred to as RATT. This task force is made up jointly by Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County and the Maryland State Police. With less than three years in this assignment, Detective Hoppa led his squad in recoveries and apprehensions.
  • Exceptional Group Performance – Criminal Investigations Bureau, Burglary Unit East Squad: Sergeant Shawn Hanley, Corporal Jeffrey Mickle, Detective Claire Brumfitt, Detective John Connor, Detective David Earomirski, Detective Steve Grauel, Detective Michael Kolsevich, Detective Gary Lippa, Detective Douglas Patrick and Detective Margaret Selby. These detectives and supervisors handled and cleared an extraordinary number of criminal investigations in 2017. Their case clearance rate and dollar amount of recovered property are much greater than those compared nationally.
  • Valor – Officers Tyler E. Carver, Gary W. Leary Jr., Andrew W. Minton, Erica Slocum of Precinct 12 Dundalk, and Detective R. Patrick Gibbs of the Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Unit. On June 7, 2017, the officers responded to an armed robbery in Dundalk. Upon their arrival, the suspect – armed with handguns – boarded an MTA bus with passengers inside. During the lengthy interaction with the suspect, one of the officers and a civilian suffered non-life threatening injuries when they were shot. After the suspect was shot by officers, aid was rendered to the two who were injured in this hostile and dangerous situation. These officers are recognized for their heroic efforts.

About the Police Foundation

The awards program began in 1980 as a way to recognize the Police Department employees for outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the business community and the Department. The Baltimore County Police Foundation contributes resources, including seed money and in-kind services, for the development of new projects.

All members of the department, both professional staff and sworn, are eligible for nomination.

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this suspect who robbed a Royal Farm store in Randallstown, threatening to shoot the clerk.

Royal Farm robbery suspect

Witnesses have described him as an older black man with a black goatee and distinctive dark moles all over his face. He is approximately 5'7 with a medium build.

The suspect walked into the Royal Farm store in the 9000 block of Liberty Road in the early morning hours on Thursday, April 12. He approached the check-out counter, revealed a weapon to the clerk, and demanded money out of the register. The suspect fled towards the Randallstown Plaza shopping center.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on this mole-faced suspect's identity to contact police at 410-307-2020. This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit.

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. Rewards are only offered when tips are submitted to Metro Crime Stoppers.

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: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017