Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Harford County Sheriff's Office partnered with agencies from Baltimore to California in the investigation.
A Bel Air man is among the 15 people facing charges after a two-year drug smuggling investigation that spanned from California to Maryland, the Harford County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday. The Harford County Task Force filed charges against 15 individuals—from Bel Air, Middle River, Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, White Marsh, Towson, Edgewood and California—after extensive operations that included wire-tapping and undercover police work, the sheriff's office said. In addition to the arrests, the investigation led to the seizure of 140 pounds of marijuana, 20 guns, 14 vehicles and more than $140,000 in cash, police said. Tips from citizens were critical, according to the sheriff. “Drug investigations typically begin because someone has …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Todd E. Johnson pleaded guilty Monday in Harford County District Court.
A Harford County Sheriff's Office deputy was sentenced to three years probation Monday after pleading guilty to bribery. As a condition of the plea, Deputy First Class Todd E. Johnson resigned from the sheriff's office, according to a release from the Harford County state's attorney's office. Johnson, a seven-year veteran of the sheriff's office, gave Final Notice Recovery and Location of 4501 Curtis Avenue in Baltimore unauthorized access to police databases. The business is desribed as a towing company that repossesses vehicles for banks and creditors, according to a release from the sheriff's office. Johnson used his agency issued computer to look up tag numbers for the company in an effort to locate the vehicles and owners and used the…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The incident at the supermarket was reported at 6:57 p.m. on Sunday.
No one was injured in a fire at Wegmans in Abingdon Sunday, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Fire & EMS Association. Firefighters from Abingdon, Bel Air and Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company were called before 7 p.m. Sunday for a reported working building fire at the supermarket off MD Route 924. According to Gardiner, it was a grease fire that originated in the restaurant area of the supermarket. The blaze was out after 7 p.m., Gardiner said, and crews were investigating to see whether the fire had spread. As of 8:40 p.m. Sunday, a representative from the Abingdon Wegmans said that the store was closed temporarily as a result of the fire.
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Sunday, May 19
By Patch Staff It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0' Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates. Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important. Report: Quince Orchard Students…
Residents were evacuated from a Bel Air apartment building Sunday morning.
UPDATE (4 p.m.)—A 28-year-old Joppa man has been charged with arson in connection with an apartment fire on the 200 block of Foxhall Drive that caused $10,000 in damage Sunday morning, the Maryland State Fire Marshal reported. Ryan Lawrence Spann, 28, of the 500 block of Erickson Court in Joppa, was charged with first and second-degree arson and is being held at the Harford County Detention Center, according to the fire marshal's report. Investigators said that Spann and a female living on the 200 block of Foxhall Drive in Calvert's Walk had an argument, and she left. When she returned around 1 a.m., there was smoke inside and the smoke alarm was sounding, according to the report. The woman called 911, and at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The incident happened Tuesday night.
Bel Air Police are investigating an abduction and attempted sexual assault that started in town limits Tuesday night. Get daily and breaking news updates: sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter . Contact belair@pat ch.com with any news tips. Around 11 p.m., Tuesday, the victim stopped to assist a man waving for help in the area of Marketplace Drive and Maryland Route 24 in Bel Air, according to a release from the Bel Air Police Department. When the victim stopped, the man forced his way into the car and drove the victim to an area in Abingdon or Edgewood where he tried to sexually assault the victim, the release states. The man told the victim his name was Thomas and he lived in the Abingdon or Edgewood area, …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The public works employees allegedly used the county's gas pumps to fuel their personal vehicles more than 40 times.
Two Port Deposit residents employed by Harford County were charged with theft and scheming after they were suspected of repeatedly stealing gas from Scarboro Landfill, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Thursday. Government officials reported to the sheriff's office that Tracy L. Sexton, 43, and James E. Doran, 46, were using the county fuel pumps at the landfill to gas up their personal vehicles, police said. Both individuals worked for the Harford County Department of Public Works; Doran was employed at the waste disposal center in Street and Sexton with the division of highways, according to Robert Thomas, Harford County Government spokesman. Doran had been a county employee since February 1995 and Sexton, since …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Some Maryland jurisdictions were surprised by the large number of guns turned over to police.
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Wednesday, May 15
Marylanders by the dozens turned over unwanted firearms to police in the first statewide "Gun Turn-In Day," sponsored by Attorney General Doug Gansler. A total of 250 firearms were turned in, the attorney general's office announced Tuesday. The guns turned in are now unavailable to those who would misuse them, according to David Paulson, communications director. "If one life is saved or one serious injury is prevented in Maryland, this effort is entirely worth it," he added, citing what he said law enforcement officials had expressed to the attorney general's office. "We greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts of every local law enforcement agency and the Maryland State Police who participated," he said. The guns were turned in, with no …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The unit will patrol the infield at Pimlico Race Course during Preakness on Saturday.
When members of the Baltimore Police Department’s mounted unit patrol the infield at Pimlico Race Course during Preakness Saturday, it will be one of the unit’s most high-visibility uses during the celebration of its 125th year in existence. The mounted unit, which was established in 1888, is the oldest continuously operated mounted unit in the country, and is primarily used for crowd control during events such as the Ravens Super Bowl Parade, Preakness and downtown on Friday nights. Lt. Milton Corbett, the unit’s commander, said a horse has the same effect as 10 to 15 officers in a crowd control situation. "It’s like the parting of the sea [when the horses are in a crowd]. The horses aren’t there to do harm but they can intimidate," …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Some 1,700 people -- family, friends, policemen and policewomen -- arrive at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial by bike to join thousands of others honoring fallen officers in Washington, D.C.
Led by a caravan of motorcycle cops, an estimated 1,700 people arrived at the national police memorial on their bikes Sunday, part of a week-long series of events to honor more than 19,000 officers lost in the line of duty. The motorcyclists and bicyclists rode beside each other and behind each other, into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and between two 304-foot marble walls etched with the names of officers lost. Among the 321 newly-etched names for the 2013 ceremony were four officers from Maryland, including Harford County sheriff's deputy Cpl. Charles Licato, killed in a car crash while on duty last September. 321 Fallen Law Officers: 'Respect. Honor. Remember.' National Police Week 2013 full schedule of events. The "…