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UPDATE (November 29, 2019 9:30 p.m.):

The officer involved in a shooting on I-83 is identified as Officer Page, a 21-year veteran of the department assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct (Precinct 7) with no prior police-involved shooting incidents. He has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal review of the incident.

Original Release (November 27, 2019 5:09 p.m.):

Last night, Baltimore County Police were called to the unit block of Pheasant Wood Court in Parkton where an individual, who had reportedly been drinking, threatening to assault a family member and himself, left the location in a vehicle. Unfortunately, in this incident, after police conducted a car stop, circumstances occurred where the man, identified as Eric John Sopp (48) of the unit block of Pheasant Wood Court, was fatally shot.  A loss of life is grievous and we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Sopp.  

Shortly before 9 p.m. a 9-1-1 call was received from a family member of the Mr. Sopp indicating that he was intoxicated, threatened to hurt her and was holding a weapon, indicating he would hurt himself, as well.  He left the residence in a car prior to officers arriving.  Police officers were dispatched to the residence and a description of the car, the individual, and the possibility of him still being armed was communicated to other officers.  The car was spotted on Mt. Carmel Road entering the ramp to southbound Interstate 83 where the car stop was initiated and the incident took place.

As with any police involved incident, we are conducting a thorough investigation of the sequence of events, circumstances and evidence surrounding last night’s shooting.  The officer is currently on administrative leave, per departmental policy.  Once the department’s investigation is complete the results will be forwarded to the Office of the State’s Attorney for review. In addition, our police officers receive training related to assisting individuals who are experiencing a behavioral crisis.

The Baltimore County Police Department would like to remind our community members of the resources available to assist those who may need help or are in crisis: Baltimore County Crisis Services 410-931-2214 (https://tinyurl.com/t7ubwjm), National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  If you, or someone you know needs support, please reach out to one of the above organizations. 

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A man and a woman were found dead in their home after the woman was absent from work for over a week.

Dawn Longo Rowe (49) and her husband, Lyttelton Wadell Rowe (56), were both found dead of a gunshot wound yesterday afternoon after police were sent to the 1000 block of Dairy Road in Parkton to check on the woman’s well-being. Co-workers became concerned when she hadn’t shown up for work and they were unable to contact her by phone.

Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit detectives are investigating this incident as a murder-suicide.

UPDATE (November 22, 2016  12:43 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team has completed its investigation into the April 6 school bus crash in Parkton that sent 10 people, including the driver, to area hospitals.

The crash investigation indicated that a Baltimore County School bus was traveling north-bound on York Road north of Bunker Hill Road. The bus lost control, crossed over south-bound lanes of traffic, went off the roadway, struck a utility pole, and turned on its right side.

The bus driver, 65-year-old Bonnie Faye Pessaro of Freeland, was issued the following citations:

  • Failure to drive right of center lane
  • Failure to control speed to avoid a collision
  • Failure to reduce speed on curve
  • Negligent driving
  • Operating motor vehicle when not restrained by seat belt

Pessaro is schedule to appear in District Court on January 26, 2017 in connection with the charges.

UPDATE (April 7, 2016  9:42 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate a school bus crash in Parkton yesterday that left 10 people injured. 

The preliminary investigation into the crash has indicated that a Baltimore County School bus was traveling north-bound on York Road north of Bunker Hill Road. The bus lost control, crossed over south-bound lanes of traffic, went off the roadway, struck a utility pole, and turned on its right side. 

There were at least 43 students and one driver on the bus. The driver, 65-year-old Bonnie Faye Pessaro of Freeland, was transported to Sinai Trauma Center for treatment. Her current condition is unknown. Nine of the students on the bus were transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. That investigation is expected to take several weeks.     

UPDATE (April 6, 2016  9:31 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Fire Department has updated the number of people involved in this crash.

There were 42 people on board the bus. The driver was taken to Sinai Trauma Center and nine students were transported to area hospitals. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

UPDATE (April 6, 2016  4:35 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Fire Department has updated the number of people involved in this crash.

There were 42 people on board the bus. The driver was taken to Sinai Trauma Center and eight students were transported to area hospitals. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

Original release (April 6, 2016  3:49 p.m.)

At 2:36 p.m. this afternoon, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the area of York Road and Bunker Hill Road for a crash involving a school bus. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a Baltimore County School bus on its side.

There were 39 people on board the bus. The driver was transported to Sinai Trauma Center and five students were transported to other area hospitals. The rest of the students were taken to Hereford High School.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.

The crash is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. That investigation is expected to take several weeks.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017