Pair of water mains rupture in Parkville, Rosedale

Water Main BreakA pair of Tuesday morning water main breaks have left close to 100 residents without service.

The Department of Public Works reports that a water main has ruptured in the 2900 block of Manns Avenue in Parkville (21234).  Approximately thirty customers are currently without service.

A water main has also ruptured in the 6200 block of Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale (21237).  That break has left about sixty customers without service.

There has been no ETA on repairs.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

Local lawmakers spend time in ‘ice house’ to raise funds on The Avenue [PHOTOS]

Fuel Fund IceSome local politicians decided to “chill out” on The Avenue at White Marsh on Monday.

The Fuel Fund of MD teamed up with Casey Connor of Ice Lab to build an “ice house” to raise awareness for the critical importance of home heating during the cold winter months.

On Monday, Senator Kathy Klausmeier, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, Councilman David Marks, and Delegate Christian Miele each spent 30 minutes inside the “ice house” to raise funds and awareness for the campaign.

In addition, The Avenue will donate $1 to the cause for each photo shared on social media using the hashtag #operationHON2018.

Fuel Fund of MD Ice Fundraiser The Avenue

Boat fire reported in Middle River

Crews are responding to the scene of a Sunday afternoon boat fire in Middle River.

At just after 1:30 p.m., crews responded to the 1800 block of Wilson Point Road.

At the scene, units found a docked boat that was on fire.

There has been no word on any injuries.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

Middle River bail bondsman pleads guilty to selling drugs stolen by police officers

Donald SteppA bail bondsman from Middle River has pleaded guilty to selling drugs that were stolen from citizens by officers with the Baltimore Police Department.

Donald Stepp, 51, pleaded guilty on Friday to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and other controlled dangerous substances.

According to his plea agreement, Stepp operated Double D Bail Bonds and was an associate of former BPD Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins. Stepp admitted that from 2015-2017, he obtained significant quantities of narcotics from Jenkins and robbed citizens of their property, including drugs, cash, and watches. Stepp admitted that he participated in robberies with Jenkins and another Baltimore Police Department detective.

To facilitate the robberies and drug trafficking, Jenkins brought Stepp to search locations in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and lied to other law enforcement agencies by saying Stepp was an officer with BPD. Jenkins would come to Stepp’s residence after he had robbed citizens and Stepp would store the stolen drugs in his tool shed.

Stepp then sold the stolen drugs and returned hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash proceeds to BPD officers. Jenkins took a portion of the proceeds from the drug sales and paid other officers in the BPD who participated in the robberies with Jenkins and Stepp.

On December 14, 2017, law enforcement with the Baltimore County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Stepp’s residence and recovered approximately 423 grams of crack cocaine, 262 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of heroin, 28 grams of MDMA, digital scales, packaging material, a large sum of cash, and several high-value watches.

Jenkins has pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, two counts of robbery, one count of destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in a federal investigation, and four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Stepp faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.