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Baltimore County Police are seeking the public's help in locating a car involved in the hit and run in the Towson area with an 11-year old victim. 

Just before 4:00 p.m. on October 12, 2018, Police responded to a crash located at Chestnut Oak Road at Yokona Road, 21234. Officers from the Police Department's Crash Team determined that an 11-year-old female was crossing Chestnut Oak Road at the legal crossing portion of the road when she was struck by a burgundy four door sedan that was traveling southbound on Chestnut Oak Road. The car has turned onto Chestnut, from the westbound lane of Yakona Road. The driver of the burgundy car left the area after striking the child. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital. Her condition is serious but not life-threatening at this time. If anyone has information about this collision or the hit and run driver, please call 911 or the Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020. 

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a third overnight shooting that happened just before 3 a.m. in the 1600 block of Thetford Road off of Loch Raven Boulevard, the second shooting for the Towson Precinct last night.

It began as a home invasion robbery that led to one of the occupants of the home suffering at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. Police believe this home was targeted because of specific items that were taken from the home. Police are now looking for two suspects related to this crime that fled the location before police could arrive on the scene.

Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to contact police by calling 410-307-2020.

Towson neighborhoods are recovering this morning from yesterday's short-lived but severe thunderstorm that felled large tree branches, brought down power lines and left thousands without power.

The storm tore through Baltimore County around 5 p.m., following a National Weather Service severe thunderstorm warning, in effect until 5:30 p.m. The Towson area took the brunt of the storm; damage also was reported in Pikesville. Other areas of the county were impacted little, if at all.

The storm brought swirling winds and driving rains. In Towson, BCoFD crews responded to reports of fallen trees and branches that blocked roads, and several incidents involving trees that fell on houses.

The storm caused numerous power lines to fall across roadways. West Joppa Road remains closed this morning while BGE crews repair the lines. Motorists should avoid this area.

Some traffic lights in Towson remain out of service; motorists should use caution at these intersections.

At the height of the storm, 29,000 households were without power due to the weather. That number had dropped to about 4,000 this morning.

No injuries are reported.

Emergency Management officials said this storm illustrates how quickly summer thunderstorms can evolve into destructive events, and how difficult it is to predict exactly where such storms -- which can be isolated and small in scope -- will hit.

Residents should:

  • Be prepared at all times for power outages. Battery-powered flashlights and lanterns are a "must."
  • Maintain large trees, especially aging trees, to reduce the risk of fallen branches and uprooting.
  • Get indoors, if possible, when thunderstorms threatens and especially following a severe thunderstorm warning.
  • Motorists should never attempt to drive through standing water and, if possible, should pull over during violent storms such as yesterday's.
  • Avoid trees, water and landline phones to reduce the risk of electrocution and injury during a lightning strike.

Additional information about severe thunderstorms is available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017