Parkville woman charged with filing false Towson Town Center carjacking report

Police Car and LightsPolice have charged a Parkville woman in connection with filing a false police report regarding an armed carjacking at Towson Town Center last week.

Pamela Davis, 46, has been charged on a summons with making a false statement to an officer.

At about 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, police responded to a parking lot across from the mall when Davis reported that an armed robbery/attempted carjacking had just occurred. She initially stated that as she exited the mall, she saw the two suspects lurking among the parked cars, who then approached her as she opened her car door. They allegedly demanded her vehicle, and she said she believed they had a handgun but didn’t specifically see one. She stated she refused to give them her keys but gave them her purse instead, which she said they took and fled on foot.

Air support, K9 units, and additional ground support units were called to the scene in an attempt to locate the alleged suspects, which she described as black males with black hooded sweatshirts, jeans, and both wearing black ski masks. Towson Town Center Mall security officers were alerted and nearby Towson University tweeted cautionary information to students, warning them of the nearby crime and to be vigilant.

As the investigation continued, the information the victim gave to police began to change. Her account of events evolved into a handgun being pointed at her and money being demanded. Investigators were able to obtain surveillance video showing the victim driving onto the lot and parking, but never leaving her vehicle before driving back out of the parking lot just before calling police.

Davis’ motive for falsely reporting the incident is still unknown as authorities say she has become uncooperative with detectives.

Arrest made in connection with threat made toward Perry Hall Middle School

Police GraphicPolice in Baltimore County said on Sunday that officers had made an arrest in connection with a threat made toward Perry Hall Middle School.

The Baltimore County Police Department tweeted that the threat had been made on Instagram.

The school had placed an automated call to parents on Sunday informing them of the threat.

Authorities say the juvenile suspect is a student at Perry Hall Middle School and has been located and taken into custody.

Police say this was an isolated incident and that no additional suspects were involved.

As a precaution, there will be additional officers present at PHMS on Monday morning.

Baltimore County Public Library 2017 Toy Drive kicks off

Baltimore County Public Library Toy DriveThe Baltimore County Public Library’s 2017 Toy Drive got under way on Friday.

The annual drive helps less fortunate children and families in the local community.  Library patrons can bring a new, unwrapped toy to any branch or special program between Friday, November 17, and Wednesday, December 6.

The gifts will be donated to various local charities benefiting the community.

“While BCPL strives to provide the gift of opportunity each and every day to the citizens of Baltimore County,” said Director Paula Miller, “it’s exciting to assist in providing children with something special and new for the holidays.”

See below for a list of beneficiaries for each of BCPL’s 19 branches.

Arbutus Branch Southwest Emergency Services (SWES)
Catonsville Branch Catonsville Emergency Assistance Network
Cockeysville Branch Prologue, Inc.
Essex Branch St. John’s Church in Essex
Hereford Branch Hereford Community Food Bank
Lansdowne Branch Southwest Emergency Service (SWES)
Loch Raven Branch Turn Around
North Point Branch Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County
Owings Mills Branch Community Crisis Center of Reisterstown
Parkville-Carney Branch House of Ruth
Perry Hall Branch Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County
Pikesville Branch The Judy Center
Randallstown Branch Night of Peace Family Shelter
Reisterstown Branch Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More
Rosedale Branch Eastern Family Resource Center
Sollers Point Branch Turner Station Conservation Team
Towson Branch Prologue, Inc.
White Marsh Branch Eastside Family Shelter
Woodlawn Branch Night of Peace Family Shelter

 

Free parking to be offered in Parkville, Essex, Overlea on Thanksgiving weekend

Free Holiday Parking 2017Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-26. For last-minute shoppers, there also will be free meter parking December 20-25, just before Christmas.

Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.

“A little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season makes it easier to support locally owned shops and restaurants,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “These small businesses help support the neighborhood economy. We encourage everyone to shop local on Small Business Saturday, November 25, and throughout the holiday season.”

Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.