Monday, April 29, 2013
Both departments will use the social media site, along with Twitter, to disseminate information to the public.
You can now "like" the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments. County officials announced Monday afternoon that the departments now share a page on Facebook. The page will be used to distribute information from the two departments as well as the county Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "We know how much people care about police news in their communities," said County Police Chief Jim Johnson, in an emailed statement. "Social media helps us provide information when significant news is breaking. It also helps dispel rumors in an era rumor spreads instantly." The page is the latest foray into social media by the county. The police and fire department already have a presence on Twitter. The Office of Homeland Security…
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Baltimore County executive praises county employees but asks employees to "stay the course" because the proposed budget contains no cost of living salary increases.
UPDATED (10:29 a.m.)—Baltimore County residents will not have to dig deeper for local taxes again this year under a budget proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Kamenetz is expected to introduce his third county budget to the Baltimore County Council at 10 a.m. The proposed $2.8 billion operating budget will contain no increases in property or income taxes for the budget year that begins July 1. The county has not raised property taxes in 25 years. The county income tax rate has not been raised in 21 years. But Kamenetz's spending plan is larger than the limit set in January by the County Council's Spending Affordability Committee. That committee in January set the limit for ongoing costs subject to spending guidelines at $1.675 …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The fire started with a car and spread to the home, according to county fire department officials.
A fire that damaged a Towson-area home Sunday began in the garage. Baltimore County fire officials said a car inside the garage first caught fire and that it spread to the two-and-a-half story single family in the 1500 block of Providence Road. Firefighters spend nearly 90 minutes working to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. View photos from the incident on the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company website.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
One man suffers minor burns to his arms and face in Fullerton incident.
A Fullerton man suffered minor injuries in a fire that firefighters believe was started by a turkey fryer. The fire, which was contained to the deck of the home in the 3400 block of Moultree Place, was likely caused by a fryer that was warming up. Firefighters believe the oil spilled out of the fryer, according to Lt. Paul Massarelli, a county fire department spokesman. The unidentified man suffered minor burns to his face and arms. He refused to be transported to a local hospital for treatment, Massarelli said. County fire officials asked the public not to use turkey fryers near the house.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Anthony Maurice Cottle faces five charges for sexually abusing two teenage boys in the spring of 2012.
Baltimore County Police have charged a 23-year-old Owings Mills man with sexually abusing two 14-year-old boys this spring. Anthony Maurice Cottle, of the unit block of Stonemark Court, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, third-degree sex offense and sodomy, according to a Baltimore County Police press release. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $150,000 bond. Cottle has been employed with the Baltimore County Fire Department since December 2011, but has been suspended without pay pending adjudication of the criminal charges. He is also a volunteer with the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department, where he was also suspended pending adjudication of the …
A firefighter fell through the floor of the home but reportedly suffered no injuries.
(Update 9:17 a.m.)—Firefighters responded to the 7000-block of Bellona Ave Monday morning. The firefighters were dispatched at 8:18 a.m. for a "well-involved" house fire, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department Twitter account. A firefighter fell through the floor into the basement but was able to get out and reportedly didn't suffer any injuries. The fire is under control and firefighters are still at the scene investigating the cause of the incident, according to the fire department. Bellona Avenue is blocked at Charles Street. Stay with Patch for updates.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Three cases filed Wednesday come a month after the county settled ten claims in a Department of Justice lawsuit.
County officials said three new disability lawsuits filed in federal court are without merit and that its policies on requiring medical testing for some employees will be vindicated. In a rare comment on pending litigation, Don Mohler, a county spokesman, said the county has done nothing wrong and he believes the county will ultimately win all three cases. "We don't think these lawsuits have any merit," said Mohler. "We stand by the county's policies and procedures. We don't think that we've done anything wrong and we'll make that case again." Firefighters Donald Becker and Stanley Kuklinski and police Lt. Michael Lauenstein are each seeking $2.3 million in damages and additional legal fees. All three claim they were forced to undergo …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Police said the man and his acquaintance were bottling engine starter fluid which they intended to sell as an inhalant.
A second Parkville man is charged in connection with a hazmat situation in Parkville Monday night. Kahrl Retti Jr., 18, of the unit block of Bideford Court in Parkville was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with the intent to distribute. Retti and an acquaintance, Justin Trionfo, were arrested at Retti's home Tuesday morning. Court records show that Retti is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bond. Police found Mountain Dew bottles filled with engine starter fluid and water in the basement of Trionfo's Ridgley Oak Road home during a hazmat incident Monday night, said Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman Cathleen Batton. Retti and Trionfo were allegedly…
Police said the arrest was related to a hazmat situation in Parkville Monday night.
A Parkville man faces drug charges following a hazmat incident Monday night in which a bomb squad was called to a Parkville home. Justin Trionfo, 19, of the 8300 block of Ridgely Oak Road is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute. Court records show that Trionfo is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. Trionfo was arrested Tuesday morning at the home of an acquaintance after police found Mountain Dew bottles filled with engine starter fluid and water in the basement of his Ridgley Oak Road home during a hazmat incident Monday night, said Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman Cathleen Batton. Trionfo and his …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Investigation continues into chemicals found at the home but police say they do not believe bombs or methamphetamines were being manufactured.
UPDATED (8:54 p.m.)—The investigation continues Monday night into chemicals found in the basement of a Parkville home that police initially suspected were part of a bomb or methamphetamine manufacturing operation. Det. Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman, said police now believe neither drugs nor explosives were being manufactured in the home located in the 8300 Block of Ridgely Oak Road near Loch Raven Village. Vinson said investigators believe "the chemicals are of little significance." Baltimore County police and fire departments were called to the home by the owner after he noticed a strong chemical smell inside. The owner does not live in the home and Vinson said the location of current occupant, who is related to the owner, is not known…