House fire reported in Essex

House FireCrews are on the scene of a Tuesday night house fire in Essex.

The fire was reported at about 8 p.m. on Russell Frost Court (21221).

Units arrived to find smoke showing and a fire in a bedroom.

The flames have been doused.

One elderly female was rescued and had been taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

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Three police officers were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police: Overlea man falsified carjacking report

police-lightsPolice are investigating after a local man falsified a carjacking report.

Earlier this week, the White Marsh Precinct posted a report indicating that two men had forced a man out of his vehicle on October 12 in the area of Marion Avenue and Henry Avenue in Overlea-Fullerton (21236).

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The report when on to say that the two suspects then fled the scene in the man’s vehicle.

As the investigation into this incident continued, detectives determined that the man had fabricated the carjacking story.

The man, who has not been identified, admitted to policed that he had left his vehicle running in an alley behind a bar. When he exited the bar, his vehicle had been stolen.

Police say there is no need for the community to be concerned at this time.

There is no word as to whether or not the victim has been charged in connection with falsifying the carjacking story.

Carjacking reported in Overlea-Fullerton, Dollar Tree vandalized in Rosedale

CarjackingUPDATE: A subsequent investigation has determined that the carjacking “victim” falsified his report – click here for details.

Original story below…

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Police are investigating a carjacking that was reported in Overlea-Fullerton and an attempted burglary at a Rosedale store.

At 1:45 a.m. on Friday, October 12, an individual broke the window near the front door of the Dollar Tree located in the 1700-block of Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale (21237). Nothing was stolen.

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At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, two individuals forcibly removed a man from his vehicle at the intersection of Marion Avenue and Henry Avenue in Overlea-Fullerton (21236). The two suspects then fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

At 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, after a burglar alarm sounded, police saw a man running from the front of the Resco Electronics, located in the 4900-block of Mercantile Road in White Marsh (21236) and entering a vehicle. After a brief vehicle pursuit and foot chase, two suspects were taken into custody. No items were reported stolen.

Mohler proposes expansion of Baltimore County’s mental health crisis system

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County Executive Don Mohler has announced plans to significantly expand the county’s emergency mental health system by funding overnight hours for the Mobile Crisis Team that responds to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, including those addicted to opioids.

The Baltimore County Crisis Response System, a collaborative effort between the County’s Health and Police Departments, works with The Affiliated Sante’ Group, Inc. to provide emergency mental health services to Baltimore County residents. The Mobile Crisis Team is currently available from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily. The increased funding of $561,000, contingent on County Council approval, will bring the Mobile Crisis Team budget to $2.6 million and will help expand their services to 24 hours per day.

“Our Mobile Crisis Team provides a vital service to people in their most vulnerable moments; by pairing a mental health clinician with a police officer, they are able to respond in a way that deescalates situations, protecting both the individual and overall public safety,” Mohler said. “If approved by the Council, we will ensure that County residents who need these services throughout the night will now have access to them.”

“The increase in funding will mean an expansion in service hours, and having these services available around the clock is priceless,” said Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch.

The Mobile Crisis Team responds to severe behavioral health emergencies in the community, with the goals of diverting residents from unnecessary hospitalizations and/or entry into the criminal justice system, and reducing the number of emergency petitions. The team provided 2,343 interventions to Baltimore County residents and their families in fiscal year 2018.

“This funding will allow constant coverage throughout the County to provide a resource to patrol officers dealing with those suffering from mental health issues,” said Chief of Police Terrence Sheridan. “Hopefully, this will continue our trend of peacefully resolving incidents involving individuals in crisis.”

“The Mobile Crisis Team has been a tremendous asset to the community and I support the expansion of their availability into the overnight hours, when many incidents take place,” said County Council Chair Julian Jones.

“Mental health crises don’t start in the morning and end at night,” concluded Mohler. “We have to take care of those in need.”

Facilitating Access to Mental Health Care

Another strength of the Mobile Crisis Team is that they help people take full advantage of the dynamic matrix of services in place to link Baltimore County residents to preventative care options.

For more information on mental health services offered in Baltimore County, call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-3828. To access emergency mental health services, call the 24-hour Mobile Crisis Team hotline at 410-931-2214.

Perry Hall home, storage unit burglarized

burglaryPolice are investigating several local burglaries that were reported this week.

Sometime between 8 a.m. on Monday, October 8, and 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10, an individual broke into a storage unit at Self StorageOne, located in the 7700-block of Rossville Boulevard (21236). The suspect then stole several tools from the unit and fled.

Sometime between 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10 and 5 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, an individual broke into the McDonald’s located in the 6300-block of Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale (21237) by prying open the drive through window. The suspect removed empty cash register drawers and the donation jar of change from the counter. The register drawers were recovered.

Sometime between 2 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, an individual broke into a residence on Lincoln Woods Way in Perry Hall (21128) and stole various electronic devices and two pairs of shoes.

At 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, an individual broke the front door glass of the R.P. Liquors, located in the 100-block of Back River Neck Road in Essex (21221) to gain entry. Once inside, the suspect stole cigarettes and liquor. The suspect was arrested.