A warrant for the arrest of a Franklin High School teacher has been issued after detectives found she engaged in sex acts with a student.
Ekatherine Pappas, 24, of Nottingham, 21236, taught Spanish at the school. She will be charged with sexual abuse of a minor, 4th degree sexual offense and related charges.
The investigation shows Pappas has left the country. Anyone with information that could assist detectives with this case, including locating Pappas, should contact Baltimore County Police, 410-307-2020.
Franklin High’s School Resource Officer became aware yesterday of a video depicting a female teacher engaged in a sex act with a male student. The SRO immediately contacted the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit with the information.
Detectives from this unit initiated an investigation which confirmed the existence of the video and the teacher’s involvement in sex acts with the 16-year-old student on two occasions, once on December 21 and again on December 22, 2016.
The crimes did not occur on school property.
Officer Buie, the School Resource Officer for Parkville High School, has been given a Commanders Award by Parkville Precinct Commander Captain Steve Troutman. The reward is in recognition for his work with students at the school and his efforts to reach out to students who primarily spoke other languages.
Back in October, a Multicultural Assembly was held at the school where Spanish-speaking officers met with groups of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students.
Captain Troutman stated:
Officer Buie truly cares about each and every child that attends Parkville High School. He has expressed, on many occasions, that he believes in every child, and that not one is to be considered a lost cause. He is such a positive mentor and we are honored to have him as part of the Special Operations Unit for Precinct Eight.
More information on the outreach program is available here.
As the Chesapeake Bay Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary, the organization this week announced that definitive progress is being made in efforts to save the Bay. The 2016 State of the Bay report indicated that this year’s score was the highest since the first State of the Bay was issued 18 years ago.
Each of the three indicator categories—pollution, habitat, and fisheries—has improved. The iconic blue crab score jumped the most dramatically.
The foundation says, “We are seeing the clearest water in decades, regrowth of acres of lush underwater grass beds, and the comeback of the Chesapeake’s native oysters, which were nearly eradicated by disease, pollution, and over-fishing.”
The report would seem to indicate that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, established in 2010, is working. Its strategy of states writing their own plans for restoration with federal support also seems to be working.
This year, the Chesapeake Bay scored a “34,” or “C-.”
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s State of the Bay report examines the best available historical and current information for 13 indicators in three categories: pollution, habitat, and fisheries. CBF scientists then assign each indicator an index score between 1 and 100. Taken together, these indicators offer an assessment of the bay’s health.
The full report is available by clicking here.
Emergency personnel were on the scene of a dwelling fire in White Marsh on Thursday afternoon.
At about 1:15 p.m., fire crews responded to the 11200 block of Red Lion Road, 21162.
At the scene, firefighters found that there was a fire in the kitchen of the home.
The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company says that two of its units are responding to the scene.
There has been no word on any injuries.
Motorists should use caution in the area.
Wintry weather is on the way for the first time this year.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Nottingham area.
A chance of snow, mainly after 4 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Snow, mainly between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. Low around 27. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Partly sunny, with a high near 31. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
For the latest weather radar, watches, and warnings, visit http://geodata.md.gov/ospreypublic/.
Drivers can view the latest road conditions on State Highway Administration’s website www.roads.maryland.gov.