A 33-year-old man remains in critical but stable condition at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with injuries sustained Tuesday, Nov. 13 in a one-alarm Parkville apartment fire.
BCoPD fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental; it began when a lamp fell and ignited combustible materials.
Fire crews from Engine 11 (Hillendale), Truck 1 (Towson) and other central county stations responded at 8:40 p.m. to the 7700 block of Hillendale Rd., 21234, for an apartment fire and arrived to find smoke showing in the hallway.
Truck 1’s crew located the victim, who was unconscious. Firefighters did not find other victims in a search of the building.
EMS personnel provided care at the scene and transported the victim via Medic 11 to Shock Trauma.
Firefighters knocked the fire in about 15 minutes
Brianna Sosnowski, a special educator at Gunpowder Elementary School, is among the Twenty Tigers in their Twenties recently honored by the Towson University Alumni Association.
The program is designed to honor Towson University alumni, between the ages of 20 and 32, whose achievements have significantly enhanced their professions, communities, and/or Towson University.
Sosnowski graduated from Towson University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education. She immediately joined Baltimore County Public Schools as a special education teacher.
“At Gunpowder Elementary, Brianna is well known for her advocacy for students,” said Principal Wendy Cunningham. “She is deeply involved in the life of the school and serves as the co-chair of the Volunteer Tea, co-adviser to the Student Council, co-chair of the Social Committee, and a leading force behind the Virtue Project initiative.”
While working for BCPS, Sosnowski has earned a master’s degree in leadership in special education from Notre Dame University of Maryland and has earned certification to teach students with dyslexia.
Since 2015, she has volunteered as the special needs coordinator of Angel Park, a community-built playground in Perry Hall. In this role, she helped design the accessible parts of the playground and has organized special needs groups and events. She continues to volunteer her time as a park board member who assists with park events and fundraisers.
In addition, Sosnowski teaches children ages 3 to 11 at The Moving Company Dance Center, and is the head coach of the nationally-ranked dance team at The Catholic High School of Baltimore.
A Baltimore County police officer fatally shot himself in his office at Eastern Technical High School in Essex on Monday, Nov. 12
Police and medics were dispatched to the school in the 1100 block of Mace Avenue, in Essex, around 12:23 p.m. for a call of an officer down. First responders found the officer in his office in the basement of the school suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
Based on surveillance video obtained from the school, detectives determined that the officer, identified as Officer J. Comegna, the permanent School Resource Officer for Eastern Tech, walked down the hallway alone and entered his office. Faculty heard the sound of a gunshot and responded to the SRO office where they found Officer Comegna suffering from a gunshot wound. Officer Comegna was found alone in the office. Officers recovered a single firearm from the scene, Officer Comegna’s duty weapon. Detectives have determined that a single round was fired from Officer Comegna’s duty weapon. While Officer Comegna was wearing a body-worn camera it was not activated at the time of the incident. The preliminary evidence indicates that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and the officer’s death is being investigated as a suicide.
Eastern Tech was briefly put on lock-down status as the incident developed and was initially investigated by police but the school was dismissed on schedule. School administrators have indicated that school is expected to reopen tomorrow with crisis counselors on hand to assist any students or faculty members that may need assistance, but parents are encouraged to check with the school regarding the possibility of closure in the morning.
Officer Comegna is a 21-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department in good standing. He has been a School Resource Officer for twelve years, permanently assigned to Eastern Tech for four years. He is friend and family to many, and will be sorely missed as we work to comprehend this tragedy.
Police continue to investigate a fatal crash on MD 702 in Essex that occurred just before 9 p.m. Saturday night.
The preliminary investigation indicates that a Hyundai Tucson traveling westbound on MD 702 near the exit to I-695 failed to negotiate a right curve in the roadway, crossing the grass median and the eastbound travel lanes, then traveling down an embankment where it struck a tree.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Shannon Michele Kraft (30) of the 3700 block of White Pine Road, 21220, was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she later died. An adult male passenger was also transported to an area hospital and remains in critical but stable condition.
The Baltimore County Police Crash Team responded to the scene and is continuing the investigation.
As many of you know, I was a reporter for The East County Times and Dundalk Eagle. I am also the creator of the blog “Benstorming.” I’ve covered stories in eastern Baltimore County for the past decade.
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