Police arrest Essex shooting suspect

Alexander Morgan FrancisPolice in Baltimore County have arrested and charged a man in connection with Saturday evening’s shooting in Essex.

Alexander Morgan Francis, 29, of Essex, has been charged with 1st-degree assault and weapons violations and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Francis was identified by the victims, a 24-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman, as the shooter, with whom both are acquainted. One of the women had argued with Francis when they crossed paths at a convenience store earlier in the evening.

The women flagged down an officer on Foxchase Lane after fleeing Sandalwood Road where they heard gunshots and saw Francis run out from Punjab Drive, shooting at their car. Neither of the women suffered any physical injuries and no damage was found on the vehicle.

Officer Bostedo and her K9 partner, Yukon, responded to the scene and located Francis in a nearby alley, where he was placed under arrest without incident. A search of the area resulted in the discovery of bullet holes in the siding of a building in the 900 block of Punjab Drive.

Police investigating several local robberies, burglaries

Police GraphicPolice are investigating several robberies and burglaries that have been reported so far this month.

At about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, an individual threw a rock through a window in the 9700 block of Magledt Road (21234).  The suspect then reached in, unlocked the window and opened it, setting off the alarm. The suspect fled the scene and no entry was gained.

At just after 1 .m. on Thursday, October 5, three individuals, one of whom was armed, approached a man in the area of Middle River Road and Compass Road (21220) and demanded the man’s property. The suspects stole his cash, cell phone, credit cards, keys, wallet, and then fled on foot.

At about 9 p.m. on Thursday, an armed man entered the Shell station located in the 9000 block of Belair Road (21236), asked for cigarettes, and demanded the cashier open the cash drawer. The suspect then took money from the drawer and fled the scene.

At just before 3:30 a.m. on Friday, October 6, two individuals gained entry via the rear door of the Giant located in the 7700 block of Harford Road (21234). The suspects stole four cases of crabmeat and then fled.

At about 11:40 a.m. on Friday, an individual broke into a home in the 2800 block of Placid Avenue (21234) via the garage door. While inside, the suspect ransacked the bedrooms and stole jewelry & cash.

At about 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, an individual shoved a man in the arm in the area of Eastmet Way and Handworth Way (21236). Another suspect grabbed the man’s cell phone from his hand. The two suspects then fled.

At just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, a man approached another man in the area of Belair Road at Putty Hill Avenue (21236).  The suspect implied a weapon and attempted to steal the victim’s cash. The suspect ran from the scene and was arrested a short time later. No property was taken.

Nottingham man charged after jumping onto school bus in Parkville

Leverne Doran School BusA local man is facing charges after jumping onto a school bus in Parkville last week.

Leverne Doran, 68, of Nottingham, alleged that a student on the bus, which was stopped near Putty Hill Avenue and Hoerner Avenue on Thursday afternoon, threw a Gatorade bottle at his vehicle.  Doran then demanded to enter the bus.

When the driver refused, Doran jumped onto the hood and clung to the school bus while the driver slowly made his way to the Parkville precinct.

Leverne Ardin DoranWhen the bus stopped for a traffic light, Doran got down and again attempted to gain entry onto the bus, breaking a handle off of the doors. An off-duty police officer saw the commotion and intervened.

The bus was carrying students from Loch Raven Middle School.

Doran was taken into custody at just after 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.  He has been charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a school bus driver, disturbing the peace/hindering passage, and destruction of property valued at $1,000.

Doran was released on Friday, October 6th.

You can view video of the incident below.

Enraged man climbs onto Parkville school bus, gets arrested [VIDEO]

Man Climbs onto Parkville School BusUPDATE: Baltimore County police say Leverne Doran, 68, has been arrested and charged – click here for details.

Original story below…

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A man was arrested after climbing onto a Baltimore County school bus on Thursday afternoon.

The incident took place in the vicinity of Putty Hill Avenue at Hoerner Avenue in Parkville.

Witnesses say the man tried to jump onto the bus after he claimed that a student threw an empty Gatorade bottle at his car.

The man initially tried to enter the school bus, but the driver wouldn’t let him aboard.  That’s when the man climbed atop the vehicle, which was transporting students from Loch Raven Academy.

The driver then decided to slowly drive to the Parkville police precinct with the man on the hood of the bus.

Police say the man was arrested without further incident.

The student who allegedly threw the bottle received a three-day suspension from school.

View dramatic footage from the incident below.