Commercial Fire Reported in Cockeysville

The Baltimore  County Volunteer Firefighters Association reported a commerical fire in Cockeysville on Friday morning.

They reported a 57-foot trailer fire at the Baltimore County Recycling Center in the 10000 block of Beaver Dam Road around 10 a.m.

There are no fire hydrants at the location. Extra fire engines and a water tanker would bought to help at the scene.

Hazmat Fire at Halethorpe Recycling Plant

Many residents in southwest Baltimore County and beyond are waking up this Thanksgiving morning to a burning smell.

That is a result of a fire at a recycling plant in Halethorpe and it continues to burn.

Baltimore County Fire  Department responded around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning  and continue to extinguish the fire on Halethorpe Farm Road.

MDE  and Hazmat crews are on the scene.

Fire is contained but smoke odors have been reported as far as Rosedale.

Man Arrested in Pikesville Fatal Shooting

Baltimore County Police reported that 18-year-old Shaheem Muse remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center charged with first degree murder.

Officers responded to the unit block of Stockmill Road in Pikesville for a shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 23 around 5:10 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers located a deceased female suffering from a gunshot wound.

A preliminary investigation indicates the suspect and victim had recently entered into a relationship.

Shortly after this homicide occurred, Baltimore County patrol officers took Muse into custody. He is currently being held without bond. A bail review hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 29.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Wayniqua Johnson of the Unit block of Stockmill Rd.

BCPS to Close Early on Dec. 23 & Two Spring Days

The BCPS Board of Education announced at its board meeting that it has made an adjustment to its school calendar for early dismissals.

All BCPS schools will be closed three hours early on Thursday, Dec. 23, Friday, March 18 & Friday, May 20.

The change was made to give BCPS students and staff an opportunity to take care of their social, emotional mental health and wellness.

There will be no afternoon pre-k and all after school activities will be canceled on those days. These closures will not impacted the four inclement weather days built into the calendar.

Sparks Man Buys Lottery Winner in Cockeysville

A 43-year-old salesman and avid Racetrax player visited Lottery headquarters to collect $19,854 he won playing his favorite game — nearly the same amount he gave to a friend in need. When he first realized the dollar amount of his prize, the father of three could see karma at work, he told Lottery officials.

“I stopped at a gas station to get a Pick 4 ticket and decided to play a set of my favorite Racetrax numbers while I was there,” the Sparks resident said. “I checked the results with my Lottery app later in the day and was shocked. I had to keep noise down because I was at work, so I celebrated on the inside.”

The Baltimore County resident wins frequently playing his favorite game. “I really enjoy playing Racetrax, it’s exciting. I figure it’s a win if I collect enough to cover what I spend, which I always seem to do.” Including low-number horses in his wager is the secret to his success. Indeed, horses #1 and #2 were among those in the Superfecta wager that helped him win his $19,854 prize.

The loyal player shared the significance he found in the amount of his Racetrax win. “I’m lucky enough to be in a position to be able to help family and friends when they experience hard times,” he explained. “Just a few weeks ago, I gave a good friend almost this exact amount when he was in a real serious financial jam.”

The winner plans to invest a portion of his prize and save the rest until someone else in his life needs a helping hand.

Hunt Valley Exxon located at 11235 York Road in Cockeysville played an important role in this Racetrax story.

For selling a winning ticket of $10,000 or more, the owners will receive a bonus from the Lottery of 1% of the prize – almost $200, in this case.

Man Dies In Woodlawn Apartment Fire

Fire crews found a 72-year-old man deceased in his west side apartment Sunday morning following an apartment fire.

Fire  crews responded to the 1000 block of Charing Martin Court in Woodlawn at 9:10 a.m. for a report of an apartment fire.

Crews heard a smoke alarm sounding and forced entry. The victim was found deceased in the kitchen.

BCoPD fire investigators have identified the victim as Mark Emmanuel Davis, who lived at the apartment where the fire occurred.

They determined that he had been cooking and found no signs of foul play.

Fire damage was minimal. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

Woman Fatally Shot in Windsor Mill on Friday

Baltimore County officers responded to the 1600 block of Belmont Avenue in Windsor Mill for a reported shooting on Friday, Nov. 19 around 3 p.m.

When officers arrived they located a 24-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound. Medics transported the woman to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The victim was identified  as 24-year-old Adia Smith.

As this investigation continues, homicide detectives are asking anyone with information about this case to please call 911 or 410-307-2020. To be eligible for a reward, phone 1-866-7Lockup.

Barricade Situation Ends Peacefully on Sunday

Members of the Baltimore County Police Department successfully resolved an incident this morning that involved an armed individual, barricaded inside his vehicle.

Out of an abundance of caution, several roads in the area were closed in the area of Dulaney Valley Road and Jarrettsville Pike in Jacksonville as this matter was being addressed.

Those roads were reopened shortly after the subject, who appeared to be in crisis, was safely taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for an evaluation.

The subject involved in this morning’s incident was being sought following reports of property damage that occurred Saturday evening.

At approximately 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, officers responded to the 11000 block of Crossroads Circle in Middle River, for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers observed property damage to the location. The subject involved had left the scene. No one was injured.

At 11:24 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, officers responded to the 8900 block of Kelso Drive in Essex for a report of a firearms discharge. When officers arrived, they observed property damage to a government-owned building. No one was injured

At 11:54 p.m., officers responded to a firearms discharge in Unit block of Nakota Court in Middle River.

As officers searched for the subject, a report of a suspicious vehicle was received at 5:35 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 21.
Officers responded to the location near Dulaney Valley Road and Jarresttsville Pike and secured the area.

Crisis negotiators and other specialized personnel within the Baltimore County Police Department as well as members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police helped to bring this morning’s incident to a peaceful resolution.

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Two BCPS Teachers to Perform for BGSO

-photo courtesy of Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra-

The Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra – whose members include Rob Glass, a Spanish teacher at Parkville High School, and Jackie Truitt, a music teacher at Ridgely Middle School – will perform a free, virtual concert of music exclusively from video games developed in Maryland on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m.

The concert will be pre-recorded and will be available for viewing indefinitely after its YouTube premiere.

The free online show will feature songs from Fallout, Civilization, The Elder Scrolls, XCOM, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. In addition, the show will feature tunes from local independent game developers.

The all-volunteer community orchestra is a program of the Turner Station Recreation Council and is based at the Sollers Point Multipurpose Center.

Cockeysville Kidnapping Ends in a Murder/Suicide

Maryland State Police have reported the kidnapping that occurred in the Cockeysville/Towson area ended in a murder/suicide in Western Maryland.

According to Baltimore County police, Robert Vicosa committed the kidnapping that occurred in the Cockeysville area on Thursday. He was armed w/ a semi-automatic handgun and accompanied by Tia Bynum & two young girls.

Maryland State Police have identified the deceased individuals located inside a grey Ford Edge after an apparent murder and suicide on Thursday, in Washington County.

Police identified the woman in the front seat of the vehicle as Tia Bynum, 35, of Baltimore. Bynum was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency medical service personnel. Bynum was wanted by the Baltimore County Police Department.

The deceased man located in the back seat of the vehicle is identified as Robert Vicosa, 41, of Baltimore. Vicosa was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency medical service personnel. Vicosa was also a wanted fugitive for committing multiple felony crimes in Pennsylvania and in Maryland.

Police believe the two juveniles located in the back seat were Vicosa’s children. One was pronounced deceased at the scene and the other was transported by Maryland State Police medevac to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown where she was pronounced deceased.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Pennsylvania State Police alerted the Maryland State Police that they located a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle involved in multiple felonies including child abduction and carjacking.

Pennsylvania State Police advised Maryland State Police the grey Ford Edge was heading south of Waynesboro towards the Maryland line.

With emergency equipment activated, the Pennsylvania State Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle veered off of the road, struck a culvert and came to rest in a grassy area off of Route 418/Ringgold Road in Smithsburg, Maryland. Maryland State Police were on the scene within seconds of the vehicle stopping.

Troopers immediately surrounded the vehicle and attempted to make contact with the suspects to no avail. Approximately fifteen minutes later troopers from the Special Tactical Assault Team Element (S.T.A.T.E.) and the Crisis Negotiation Team arrived on scene to assist. Multiple verbal requests were made by the Crisis Negotiation Team for the occupants to exit the vehicle which yielded no response.

After several more efforts were made to make contact with the occupants, troopers from the Special Tactical Assault Team Element (S.T.A.T.E.) attempted to gain access to the vehicle. With limited visibility due to window tinting and interior fogging, police utilized two 40 mm sponge rounds to break the front passenger side window knowing the front passenger seat was unoccupied. At this point, troopers could see the driver was incapacitated with apparent gunshot wounds.

Troopers took immediate action to get further inside the vehicle to check the welfare of the children in the back seat. All four individuals appeared to have suffered apparent gunshot wounds.

The two adults, later identified as Vicosa and Bynum and one of the two juveniles inside the vehicle were pronounced deceased on the scene. The other juvenile was transported by medevac to Meritus Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased. Both adults and both children have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.

Troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack and the Criminal Enforcement Division along with several specialized Maryland State Police units responded to the scene including the Special Tactical Assault Team Element (S.T.A.T.E.), the Crisis Negotiation Team, and the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit. Forensic Sciences Division crime scene technicians responded to process the scene.  Deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service, officers from the Baltimore County Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police were on scene to assist. The Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office was notified.