Crime, Police/Fire

Middle River man who shot victim 14 times sentenced to life in prison

MIDDLE RIVER, MD—A Middle River man has been sentenced for a 2020 murder in which he shot his victim 14 times. Jaekwan Jacob Stephens, 25, was sentenced on Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court for first-degree premeditated murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. In the early morning hours of August 18, 2020, …


Crime, Police/Fire

Reward offered for information on January homicide in Baltimore County

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County detectives are asking for the community’s help in solving a homicide that occurred earlier this year. On Thursday, January 13, 2022, at approximately 1 p.m., 27-year-old Diamond Trueheart was shot and killed leaving the Salontra Select Suites in the 5400-block of Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville (21229). Police investigators know there were numerous patrons in the parking …


Rosedale man, three others facing federal indictment for three kidnappings, attempted robberies

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury returned an indictment late Thursday charging four Baltimore area men with federal charges for: kidnapping and robbery conspiracies; kidnapping; carjacking; using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and attempted robberies of businesses. The following individuals are charged in the indictment: Dennis Allen Hairston, 32, of Windsor Mill, …

Middle River man convicted in connection with 2020 shooting death in Catonsville

UPDATE: Jaekwan Jacob Stephens has been sentenced to life in prison. Original story below… —— MIDDLE RIVER, MD—A Middle River man has been convicted in connection with a 2020 homicide in Catonsville. On Friday, a jury in Baltimore County convicted Jaekwan Jacob Stephens, 25, of first-degree murder and weapons charges. In the early morning hours of August 18, 2020, the …

Shooting reported at Baltimore County high school

UPDATE: Two Catonsville High School students have been arrested in connection with this case. Original story below… —— CATONSVILLE, MD—Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday afternoon at a Baltimore County high school. At around 3:00 p.m. on February 8, forty-five minutes after school was dismissed for the day, a Baltimore County School Resource Officer reported a shooting …

Parkville Middle School student wins first place in Baltimore County Public Library’s horror story writing contest

TOWSON, MD—Three Baltimore County Public Schools students swept the “under 21” category of Baltimore County Public Library’s Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest. Polly Sloan, a Grade 7 student at Parkville Middle School, won first place for “The Letters from No One,” about a man receiving mysterious and terrifying letters predicting his imminent death. Second place went to …

Perry Hall High School student’s work featured in art exhibition at Lewis Museum [VIDEO]

PERRY HALL, MD—Artwork by five Baltimore County Public Schools students is featured in the 2021 High School Virtual Juried Art Show at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture. Starlette Franklin, a Grade 11 student at Towson High School, earned third place honors in the exhibition and her work was featured on the invitation announcement. Other …

Police in Baltimore County warn residents of bail money scam

NOTTINGHAM, MD—”This is an urgent message about your grandchild. I’m their lawyer. They’ve been involved in an accident and arrested for reckless driving. They need $10,000 to pay their bail so that they don’t have to stay in jail for six months.” Legit? No, this is fraud, and police say it’s costing older citizens in Baltimore County thousands of dollars. …