Ground will soon be broken on a new school in Middle River.
Victory Villa Elementary School Principal Margaret Roberts will be joined by BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to break ground for a new, $39 million school to replace the existing structure.
The groundbreaking will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, at the Victory Villa Elementary School site, located at 500 Compass Road in Middle River (21220).
The new school, which is scheduled to open to students for the 2018-2019 school year, is designed to increase capacity at the school from 326 to 735.
Police are investigating several robberies and burglaries that were reported this week.
At about 11:45 a.m. on Monday, October 9, three individuals entered the CVS on Compass Road in Middle River (21220) and demanded money. The suspects stole cash and numerous pharmaceuticals. Two suspects and two juvenile suspects were arrested.
At about 10 p.m. on Monday, an individual shattered the front door glass of the Kane Bag & Tarp, located in the 1200 block of 67th Street in Rosedale (21237). It is unknown if entry was made and it appeared that nothing was taken.
Also at about 10 p.m. on Monday, an individual used unknown means to crack the front door glass of Aire-Craft Heating & Cooling, also located in the 1200 block of 67th Street in Rosedale (21237). No entry was made.
Sometime between 7:30 p.m. on October 9 and 7:30 a.m. on October 10, an individual attempted to break into Granite Mr LLC, located in the 7500 block of Pulaski Highway in Rosedale (21237). The suspect cracked the front door but failed to gain entry.
Sometime between 11 p.m. on October 9 and 5 a.m. on October 10, an individual cut two holes in the fence at the BGE site located in the 9700 block of Belair Road (21236). Copper hand coils and covered copper wire were stripped and stolen.
At 11 p.m. on Tuesday, an individual broke the glass door window to gain entry into Landers Appliance, located in the 7000 block of Golden Ring Road in Rosedale (21237). Once inside, the suspect removed cash from the register and fled the scene.
Sometime between 2:30 p.m. on October 10 and 1:30 a.m. on October 11, an individual entered an apartment in the 9100 block of Oswald Way (21236) via an unlocked bedroom window. The suspect stole two handguns before fleeing.
Police 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.
UPDATE 2: Police say that, just after midnight, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Peterson Road for report of a shooting. Upon arrival they located a female victim with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body.
The victim, identified as 13-year-old Iyanna Watkins, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second victim, an adult male with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, was located in the 500 block of Compass Road and transported to the hospital by medics. A third victim, also an adult male with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, was identified after he was taken to the hospital by a family member.
Police have determined that the victims were with a group of people sitting behind the 7-Eleven store to the rear of Peterson Road. At least one suspect began firing at the group from an alley a distance away before fleeing the scene.
Investigators are looking in to the possibility that the shooting is related to an altercation that occurred earlier in the evening between this group and another group. Detectives are canvassing area businesses for surveillance video to confirm if such an altercation did occur.
Police believe this was a targeted crime but are still working to determine if one person or the group was the intended target.
If you have any information about this shooting please contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.
UPDATE 1: The victim has been identified as 13-year-old Iyanna Watkins.
Original story below…
Authorities are on the scene of a Tuesday morning shooting in Middle River that left one dead and two others injured.
Early this morning, officers responded to the 700 block of Peterson Road.
Police say a 13-year-old girl has been killed and that two others were injured in the shooting.