Essex Shooting Reported on Delaware Ave

Baltimore County detectives continue to investigate a shooting that happened in Essex on Oct. 7 around 9:15 p.m.

The incident occurred in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue. When officers arrived they found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Medics transported the victim to a local hospital.

Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit request anyone with information to contact 410-307-2020.

Area Schools Trying to Make Ravens Football Showdown

Rivals Perry Hall and Parkville will meet on the football field for a big game on Friday, Oct. 22 but both schools are join forces to have their game featured.

The Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore Ravens select a Ravens Rise High School Football Showdown each week.

A Baltimore  County game will be featured on Oct. 22 and Parkville/Perry Hall is one of seven finalists.

Overlea at Woodlawn; Sparrows Point at Lansdowne and Milford Mill at Kenwood are the other finalists that feature East Baltimore County schools.

The winning game will result in an appearance from Raven mascot, cheerleaders and the Marching Ravens Band.

Both schools that play in the game will receive a $1,500 donation each from the Ravens.

Loaded Gun Found in Chesapeake High Classroom

Baltimore County Police responded to Chesapeake High School in Essex after they were notified that a loaded handgun and ammunition were discovered by a school administrator on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 12:15 p.m.

Officers later learned the weapon was located inside a bag in an empty classroom.

Police made an arrest in this case.

Essex Day 2021 Set to Return This Saturday

Essex Day returns for 2021 on this Saturday in the 400 & 500 block of Eastern Boulevard in Essex and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is after the 2020 event was canceled as a result of COVID-19.

Starlight Entertainment announced their Main Stage Lineup for Essex Day and it appears to be an all Rock lineup for the 46th Annual Event:

Noon to 1 p.m.: In Tension
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Sugar Jack
3 to 4 p.m: Glamour Kitty
4:30-5:30 p.m: AWAKEN

There will be a Circle of Faith stage this year at Margaret Avenue. Three Bridges will start performing at noon with special guest Randoll Rivers.

There will be food and drink, a beer garden, over 120 vendors, car show, pony rides, pie eating contest, strolling entertainers, and the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River will give museum Tours.

Parade and opening ceremonies start at 11:30 a.m.

It was also announced this week that Wendi Townsend from 98 Rock Baltimore will be hosting opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. on the main stage.

Essex Man Dies in 702 Motorcycle Crash

Baltimore County Police responded to a fatal Essex motorcycle crash on Saturday afternoon.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling on Route 702 towards Mace Avenue when he lost control and struck a guardrail on Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

The motorcyclist, 66-year-old, William Schmittinger of Katherine Avenue of Essex was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team is continuing the investigation.

Pizza Johns Partners With Weis Markets

Pizza Johns of Essex has announced that it will sell its world famous pizza products at selected Weis Markets.

Now 12″ and 16″ bake at home pizzas will be available at six Weis Markets in Eastern Baltimore, along with two stores in Harford County.

Here are a list of stores:
* 7200 Holabird Avenue in Dundalk
* 7848 Wise Avenue in Dundalk
* 168 Orville Road in Essex
* 4126 E Joppa Road in Carney
* 9400 Scott Moore Way in Perry Hall
* 7927 Belair Road in Fullerton
* 550 W Macphail Road in Bel Air
* 924 Pulaski Highway in Havre De Grace

Pizza Johns announced a similar partnership with a Kingsville store last summer,

Essex Man Sets Fire and Commits Suicide

Baltimore County officials confirmed that there was a suicide at the site of Sunday night’s fire in Essex.

A 74-year-old man who set fire last night to his Essex apartment before committing suicide has been identified by Baltimore County Police investigators.

He is David Boyd Thompson of the 1000 block of Franklin Ave., 21221.

Police and fire crews were dispatched just after 11 p.m. to the Essex Co-Op Apartment Complex in the 1000 block of Franklin Ave. Firefighters found a small fire with heavy smoke in an eighth-floor unit; the sprinkler system had activated and was extinguishing the fire.

At 11:27 p.m., while fire crews were working on the ground floor to attach hoses to a standpipe, Thompson jumped from the 12th floor, the topmost floor. He landed about two feet from a BCoFD captain. EMS personnel provided emergency medical care, but the injuries were fatal.

Investigators determined that Thompson, who was scheduled to be evicted after being told he could not smoke in the building, set the fire in his eighth-floor apartment before committing suicide. They found several points of origin in the unit, as well as empty bottles of charcoal fluid and a lighter.

The one-alarm fire was contained to the suspect’s apartment, and no residents were displaced.