No Ride Vendors at Dundalk Heritage Fair

The Dundalk Heritage Association announced that the ride vendor scheduled for this weekend’s Heritage Fair will not be able to attend as a result of COVID-19. Alternative entertainment will be provided. Here is a statement they released:

“Due to repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Heritage Fair amusement ride vendor will not be able to participate in the 2021 Heritage Fair. However, we have secured two inflatable obstacle courses for the kids from Astro Jump: a 45 ft. Adrenaline Rush Next Generation Obstacle Course and a 70 ft. Vertical Rush Extreme Nuclear Obstacle Challenge”

Henn Gives Update on BCPS Mask Policy

BCPS Board of Education Vice Chair Julie Henn shared information about Baltimore County Public Schools’ plan to lessen their mask policy for students in the 2021-22 school year. Her statement is below

“Updates to BCPS’ Mitigation Plan and Guidance were shared with BCPS staff this afternoon. The full plan will be shared once published.

I have received many questions specifically about masking. The updated plan and guidance includes the following update on mask requirements:

“BCPS supports the right of all staff and students to choose to wear masks for personal safety.

In accordance with the Governor’s order, masks are not required as of July 1, 2021, in any school or office.

“In accordance with the February 1, 2021, CDC order, masks must be worn by all occupants on school buses unless the driver and attendant are alone.

Unvaccinated persons are encouraged to wear masks indoors and outdoors,” Henn said.

Driver Rescued Under Tractor Trailer on 95

The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company reported that crews responded to a serious crash on I-95 between Cowenton Avenue & Joppa Road at 12:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

An unconscious driver was extricated from a vehicle that was trapped underneath a tractor trailer.

There was no more reported information the condition of the driver.

Dundalk Shooting Downgraded to Firearms Discharge

Baltimore County Police originally reported a shooting on Stansbury Road in Dundalk on June 26.

After further investigation, detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department have determined the victim in this case was not shot, as earlier reported.

This incident has been downgraded from a non-fatal shooting to a firearms discharge.

The original report had a 22-year-old man injured just before 3 a.m. on Saturday morning during a incident in the 7000 block of Stansbury Road in Dundalk.

Officers found the man outside suffering from a minor injury to his upper body.

Man Shot on Stansbury Road in Dundalk

A 22-year-old man was injured just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning during a shooting in the 7000 block of Stansbury Road in Dundalk.

Officers found the man outside suffering from a minor injury to his upper body.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this shooting.

Anyone who may have information about the incident or the individuals who committed the crime is asked to contact police by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Town Fair Returns With Great Celebration

The Perry Hall Town Fair returned today with a full celebration. There were local businesses, churches, food, music and fun activities for the whole family.

Prizes and free promotional gifts were given out by businesses.

There were elected officials but only Republicans as Councilman David Marks (picture d), and Delegate Joe Boteler were at a booth. There were no elected Democrats at the fair. Non partisan School Board Vice Chair Julie Henn (pictured with Marks) was also at the event.

Baltimore County Police (pictured) set up a recruitment booth at the fair.

The fair was cancelled in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

The Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association and the PHWMBA Community Foundation presents The Town Fair each year to bring businesses & the community together.

Jerry’s Toyota and Weis Supermarkets are among the sponsors of the event.

Three CCBC Essex Players Named All-Americans

When a team is one win away from the national title, there is a good chance that team is going to have some all-Americans.

That is the case at CCBC Essex as three men’s soccer players from the team have been named NJCAA All-Americans.

Kota Tsuchisawa was named first team; Brendan LeMaster was named second team and Ethan Stewart was named third team.

CCBC Essex made it to their first NJCAA title game in 30 years before falling to Southeastern in overtime.

Marks Gives Update on Closed Joppa Road Bridge

Councilman David Marks released a statement that he received from Baltimore County on the replacement of the Joppa Road Bridge near Honeygo Elementary School.

The bridge has been closed since January and drivers have been rerouted to Ebenezer Road to drive from Belair Road to Honeygo Boulevard.

Here is the statement from Baltimore County:

Wereconstruction of Bridge No. B-0545 on Joppa Road, however the actual re-opening may not take place until August. The extended duration is due to workload constraints, labor and material availability and a more complicated design than originally anticipated.

Our bridge maintenance contractor will be remobilizing at the site this week to begin constructing the new cast-in-place concrete abutment caps (top portions of the abutments). This operation should take between 2 to 3 weeks to complete.
Concurrently we are finalizing the engineering plans for the replacement superstructure (top portions of the bridge that spans between the abutment supports). The superstructure will be made of precast concrete slabs which are the most efficient and economic choice for this bridge. Due to the asymmetric orientation of the existing abutments several different size precast concrete slabs need to be design and detailed. Typically on these types of superstructures only one interior and one exterior slab design/details are needed.

We have placed a high priority on completing this project. Should you have any further questions please advise us.”

County Police Officer Arrested for Theft

Deandre Ross is suspended without pay from the Baltimore County Police Department after being arrested and charged with theft, attempted theft, and misconduct in office.

It’s alleged Ross, who is a four-year veteran with the police department, attempted to steal the identity of a deceased woman whose house he was dispatched to, on March 16.

Dispatchers sent Ross to the home in response to a sudden death call. Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau began to look into the matter after the victim’s family members filed a theft report for a missing laptop.

Following their investigation, detectives forwarded their findings to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office; prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury.

Ross has been indicted on multiple theft charges as well as misconduct in office. He remains held without bail, at the Baltimore County Detention Center, pending a bail review hearing.

“Following a criminal investigation by our detectives and an indictment by a Baltimore County grand jury, a Baltimore County police officer was arrested, charged, and suspended without pay for allegations involving theft,” said Police Chief Melissa Hyatt.

“We will work closely with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney throughout the criminal proceedings as we do in every criminal investigation. This incident is by no means representative of the fine work that your Baltimore County police officers perform on a daily basis. I can assure you that we remain committed to serving our communities with the utmost integrity and fairness.”

Essex Man Arrested for Rape from Old Case

Baltimore County Police responded to a call of a past sexual assault on a child after 11 a.m. on Feb. 25. Responding officers met with the victim, an adult female, who advised that she was sexually assaulted by her youth pastor Don Martin approximately 30 years ago. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was sexually assaulted at Martin’s residence during a sleepover.

The Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit believes there is a potential for victims of similar incidents involving this suspect. If anyone has information, they should contact detectives at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

56-year-old Don Giovanni Martin from the 600 block of China Clipper Lane in Essex was arrested on Monday, June 21 and charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and second-degree assault in connection to a rape that occurred more than 30 years ago. Martin remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, there is help available for you 24-hours a day. You can call the police non-emergency line at 410-887-2222 or contact any one of these resources:

Turn Around 24-hour hotline: 443-279-0379
Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County: 410-828-6390
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Greater Baltimore Medical Center SAFE nurse: 443-849-3323