Nottingham man charged in connection with Saturday’s shooting in Essex

Montez Deonta HarrellPolice have charged a suspect in the Saturday afternoon shooting of a man on Sugarwood Circle in Essex.

At about 2 p.m. last Saturday, officers responded to the 1200 block of Sugarwood Circle for a report of a shooting.

At the scene, police found the victim, 26, with a single gunshot wound to the upper body. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers, but a subsequent investigation led police to identify Montez Deonta Harrell, 25, of Nottingham, as the shooter.

Harrell has been charged with the following:

  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  • 1st Degree Assault
  • 2nd Degree Assault
  • Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
  • Handgun on Person

Police are still uncertain as to what led to the shooting, but believe that the victim and Harrell are known associates. The victim continues to be treated at an area hospital.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit.

Baltimore County Public Schools to close 3 hours early on last day

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsTOWSON, MD. – In May, the Board of Education of Baltimore County adjusted the calendar for the last days of the 2016 – 2017 school year. All schools will now close three hours early on the last day, Tuesday, June 13.

The full schedule for the final days of school will be as follows:

  • Friday, June 9 – All schools will provide a full day of classes. It will be the last day of classes for Preschool-3 and PreKindergarten students.
  • Monday, June 12 – Elementary and middle schools will close three hours early for students. High schools will provide a full day of classes.
  • Tuesday, June 13 – Final day of classes for all students. All schools will close three hours early for students.

For the 2017 – 2018 school year, the first day of classes for students will be Tuesday, September 5. Students entering Grades 6 and 9 are encouraged to attend a special orientation, Early Entry Day, on Wednesday, August 30.

They will receive more information about this event from their schools.

Baltimore County offices and facilities closed for Memorial Day holiday

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, May 29 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday.  Health Department clinics, Animal Services and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 and parking meters are free on the holiday.

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on May 29; Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, May 29 should set these materials out on Monday night for collection on Tuesday, May 30.  Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, May 29 are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, June 5).

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Memorial Day.  If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed onMonday, May 29.  Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.  County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, May 30.

For more information, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website or call 410-887-2000.

Crossing guards needed in Baltimore County

Crossing GuardThe Baltimore County Police Department needs men and women to serve as school crossing guards.

There is an increase in the demand throughout the entire county, but due to road development and traffic concerns, the need is especially great in the central sections of Baltimore County.

If you have been thinking of a way to become more involved in your community while getting paid to do so, this is the time to act.

Parents, grandparents, college students or anyone who wants to help insure the safety of children to and from school are encouraged to apply. The pay is $12.78 per hour and the time commitment is only two hours daily, Monday through Friday. When schools have off due to inclement weather, so do you, without loss of pay. Additionally, you incur paid leave as you gain years of experience. You may receive paid national and state holidays from September through June. You will be given your equipment and uniforms free of charge.

Those wishing to apply to the Baltimore County Police Department for the position of crossing guard need to be at least 18 years old. All applicants will undergo a background check, including fingerprinting.

Application Deadline is June 2

This is the perfect part-time job for stay-at-home parents, retirees and those with a little extra time in the morning and afternoon. The best part of the job is the satisfaction of knowing that you play a major role in keeping the children in your neighborhood safe in their travels.

The deadline to apply is June 2nd. Additional information about the School Guard Team and how to apply to become a Baltimore County crossing guard are available online.