White Marsh home burglarized in broad daylight

BurglaryPolice are investigating after a White Marsh home was burglarized in broad daylight on Monday.

Sometime between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on August 29, a man entered a home in the 10900 block of Philadelphia Road, 21162, via an open kitchen window.

Once inside, the suspect stole a television and various electronics.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the White Marsh Precinct at 410-887-5000.

Police seek help identifying Essex robbery suspect

Baltimore County Police DepartmentThe Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed an Essex gas station earlier this month.

Just before 9 a.m. on August 5, the suspect entered a BP gas station store in the 200 block of Eastern Boulevard, 21221.

He displayed a gun and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene.

Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Pictures of the suspect were captured on the store’s video surveillance system.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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White Marsh police officer commits suicide in Bel Air home

Baltimore County Police DepartmentA police officer assigned to the White Marsh Precinct is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred in a residence located in the 2000 block of Stratton Court in Bel Air.

At about 1:30 a.m., on Monday, August 29, deputies assigned to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched for a report of a suicidal man. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies unsuccessfully attempted to make contact with the subject, identified as James Ward.

Police established a perimeter and moved to safeguard nearby residents. Members of the Special Response Team, with assistance from the Crisis Negotiation Team, attempted to engage in negotiations with Ward.

After several hours of failed attempts to contact Ward, members of the Special Response Team entered the residence and found Ward dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No deputies fired any shots during the incident. No deputies, or community members, were injured during the incident.

This wasn’t Ward’s first barricade situation.  On April 21, 2016, Ward was injured during a barricade incident at the same location when Harford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies shot him. During that incident, Ward was shooting in the direction of officers.

The Baltimore County Police Department has released the following statement:

The person involved in the barricade situation in the 2000 block of Stratton Court in Harford County this morning has been identified as Officer First Class James L. Ward, a Baltimore County Police Officer.

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson stated “I was greatly saddened to hear about one of our officers taking his own life after being involved in a barricade situation for the second time. It is fortunate that no one else was hurt.”

Officer First Class James L. Ward is a 19-year-veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to Precinct 9/White Marsh. At the time of this incident, he was suspended without pay in connection to an April barricade incident at the same location.

Rosedale Royal Farms robbed at gunpoint

Royal FarmsPolice are investigating after a Rosedale convenience store was robbed at gunpoint.

At just before 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, two individuals entered the Royal Farms store located in the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway and demanded cigarettes.

While removing the cigarettes from the shelves, one suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register.

Both suspects then fled the scene on foot.

There were no reported injuries in the incident.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the White Marsh Precinct at 410-887-5000.