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booking photo of James Everett NicholsonBaltimore County Police arrested a burglar when they responded to a call for an alarm at the Catonsville Walmart.

At 1:15 a.m. on  March 25, officers responded to the Walmart in the 6200 block of Baltimore National Pike, 21228 for a call of a burglar alarm. Responding officers noticed that someone pried open the doors to the Garden Center. During their investigation, officers found an unoccupied vehicle on the parking lot of the location with various items inside that were stolen from the store.

Moments later, James Everett Nicholson (24) of the 1500 block of Woodlawn Drive, 21228 was found by officers hiding behind a nearby tree. Nicholson was arrested and charged with theft, destruction of property, and second degree burglary. He has been released on $10,000 bond. 

Tips to keep your home and business safe from criminals during this unprecedented time when we are all dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic are posted online.

UPDATE (March 20, 2020 9 a.m.):

Maria Popal would have turned 13 years old last month, but instead of celebrating her birthday her family still mourns her death.

March 22 marks one year that Maria was struck by a vehicle as she was crossing North Rolling Road around 9:24 p.m. with her aunt. The vehicle that struck both Maria and her aunt, who survived the collision, left the scene.

Investigators believe it is possible that the driver may not have realized it was a person that was struck at the time of the crash, but their vehicle would likely have had front passenger-side damage from the collision. Police are asking the driver of this vehicle to come forward and bring this family closure. The vehicle believed to be responsible, possibly a Honda Accord, was seen on surveillance video traveling south on North Rolling Road after the collision.

Anyone who may have information on this crash, this driver or the vehicle involved is asked to contact the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

UPDATE (April 4, 2019 2 p.m.)

Baltimore County Police continue to work to seek closure for Maria Popal’s family in the hit-and-run death of their daughter nearly two weeks ago.

Maria Popal, child killed by a hit and run driverInvestigators from the Crash Investigation Team have obtained additional surveillance video from surrounding businesses that may contain images of the suspect vehicle, believed to be a 1990-1993 Honda Accord, as depicted in previously released video. The Honda would have incurred damage to the front passenger side area of the vehicle when it struck Maria and her aunt.

Maria turned 12-years-old just a month before she was hit and killed while crossing North Rolling Road with her pregnant aunt a little after 9 p.m. Friday night, March 22. Her aunt, a 32-year-old woman, continues to recover from the crash following her release from Sinai Hospital.

Maria was looking forward to enrolling in 5th grade as she had just returned home after spending time with family in Afghanistan. She was the eldest child and only daughter of her parents, leaving behind two younger brothers, and was enjoying being reunited with her family. Maria loved math and was one of the highest rated students in her previous elementary school. Maria loved art, flowers, and riding her bike. She had a bright future ahead of her. 

Investigators are hoping that anyone with information about this tragic event will come forward immediately to help Maria’s family find closure by contacting police.

If you know who the driver of this Honda Accord is or if you have information about where this vehicle can be found, call 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward when submitting tips in this case through Metro Crime Stoppers:

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, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

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UPDATE (March 26, 2019 11:13 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police Crash Team investigators continue to search for the vehicle responsible for the death of a 12-year-old girl and the critical injury of her pregnant aunt Friday night on North Rolling Road in Catonsville.

Suspect vehicle in fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crashPolice have released this surveillance video of the suspect vehicle which can be seen fleeing the scene from left to right across the screen after the collision. The vehicle is believed to be an early 90's model Honda Accord that may have a black stripe or trim across the doors. The vehicle will likely have damage to the front passenger side corner of the vehicle. 

Anyone who sees a vehicle similar to this description should call 9-1-1 immediately or contact police at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous. Every tip, regardless of how small, will be investigated. Tips received through Metro Crime Stoppers may also be eligible for a reward:

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, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

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Original Release (March 23, 2019 9:16 a.m.):

Hit-and-Run Crash in Catonsville Kills Child

A hit-and-run crash on North Rolling Road in Catonsville last night killed a child and critically injured a pregnant woman.

Police responded around 9:21 p.m. when the suspect vehicle, traveling southbound on North Rolling Road, struck both pedestrians as they crossed North Rolling Road at Johnnycake Road in an easterly direction. The suspect vehicle made no attempt to stop but continued fleeing in a southerly direction on North Rolling Road.

The woman, 32, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening wounds but is in stable condition this morning. The condition of her pregnancy is unknown at the time of this posting.

The child, a 12-year-old girl identified as Maria Popal, was transported to Sinai Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The suspect vehicle has not yet been located. It has been described as an older model, possibly 1990-1991, Honda Accord that may be a darker colored vehicle. The Honda Accord should have damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any information regarding this crash to contact police by calling 410-307-2020. Tips submitted through Metro Crime Stoppers may also be eligible for a reward:

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, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

Update, March 19:

Personnel and apparatus from the Catonsville Fire Station were relocated to the Catonville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Rd., at 9 a.m. this morning. 

Repairs to the Catonsville station at 756 Frederick Rd. are taking longer than anticipated. Monitoring at the station continues under protocols set by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The senior center has been vacated due to concerns about COVID-19. 

Update, March 16:

The return of personnel and apparatus to the Catonsville station has been delayed by several days because repairs to the basement floor and surrounding area took longer than expected. Crews and apparatus are scheduled to return to the home station by the end of the week.

Update, March 13:

Catonsville personnel are scheduled to return to their home station this weekend, barring unforeseen complications to the repair and remediation process.

Baltimore County Property Management and the Maryland Department of the Environment, which have overseen cleanup and investigation since the problem emerged last week, report that the mitigation has been successful. MDE has advised that BCoFD personnel may return to the Catonsville station.

Per MDE requirements, monitoring will continue on a regular basis for the foreseeable future, with results submitted to MDE.

Update, March 9:

Relocation of personnel and apparatus assigned to the Catonsville Fire Station continues as BCoFD, Baltimore County Property Management and the Maryland Department of the Environment investigate maintenance issues at the station.

All Catonsville apparatus are operating as usual. Engine 4 and Medic 4 are operating out of Westview Station #13, and Engine 41 is operating out of Halethorpe Station #5.

Mitigation of the contaminated material is ongoing; the material has not been entirely removed, as officials believed Friday.

Original release:

Personnel and apparatus at the Catonsville Fire Station have been relocated due to a maintenance issue.

The station's two engines, a brush unit and a medic unit and all station personnel have been moved to nearby stations and are operating as usual.

Several days ago, station personnel noticed staining of the concrete in the basement of the station, located at 756 Frederick Rd., 21228, and notified Baltimore County Property Management. Yesterday morning, Property Management officials cut through the floor of the mechanical room at the basement level to investigate and found an unidentified petroleum substance coming up through the floor. In the afternoon, station personnel noticed an odor of gas. BCoFD hazmat units responded; they confirmed the odor but their meters did not detect unsafe conditions. Property Management was notified once again and called in an industrial hygienist to conduct testing. The Maryland Department of the Environment also was dispatched.

The petroleum substance -- whose source is unclear at this time -- has been removed. The industrial hygienist will continue testing for chemicals as required by MDE protocols. The building has been ventilated, and air scrubbers are in place as a precautionary measure. 

Chief Joanne Rund authorized the relocation of station personnel and apparatus Thursday evening. The relocation will continue pending additional monitoring by Property Management, in cooperation with MDE, to ensure the safety of Fire personnel.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017