Maryland State Police to conduct sobriety checkpoint in Harford County

DUI Driving Checkpoint PoliceOn Friday, September 21, 2018, Maryland State Police have announced that they will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Harford County.

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The goal will be to locate impaired drivers and to promote public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.

Troopers have investigated over 60 collisions this year in which a driver was under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Police have not given a specific location for the checkpoint.

Police cruiser involved in Fallston crash

CrashUnits are on the scene of a Wednesday afternoon crash in Fallston.

The crash was reported at about 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of Fallston Road and Pleasantville Road.

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Reports indicate that a Maryland State Police cruiser was involved in the crash.

Some injuries have been reported.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

Jerusalem Mill hosting First Responders Day on Saturday

Jerusalem Mill First Responders Day 2018First Responders Day is set to kick off at historic Jerusalem Mill today, Saturday, August 18, 2018.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Historic Jerusalem Mill Village, located at 2800 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD 21087.

Admission is free.

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Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, Maryland State Police Aviation Unit, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Natural Resources’ Forestry and Maryland Park Service are hosting this family-friendly event with fire equipment of all descriptions, demonstrations, displays, K9 unit and activities for young and old.

The organizers of the event will be honoring the first responders and acknowledging the selfless sacrifices of these brave men and women.

The representative fire departments will plan and include a friendly contest for bragging rights, custody of a trophy, and a cash prize from the event’s sponsors.

For more, visit the event on Facebook here.

Agents seize $10K in contraband cigarettes along I-95 in White Marsh

Police GraphicComptroller Peter Franchot announced on Thursday that officers from the Field Enforcement Division assisted Maryland State Police in a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 95 in Baltimore County on Tuesday night that netted 1,650 packs of contraband cigarettes valued at more than $10,000.

“Day or night, my agents remain vigilant in identifying criminals who try to cheat Maryland citizens and who use Maryland highways in the pursuit of their illegal acts,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Their dedication and hard work along with the Maryland State Police protects our businesses and our citizens.”

Agents said Ebrahim Mukai Mohamed Altairi, 20, of Richmond, VA., driving a rented 2019 Chevrolet Colorado SUV with Virginia tags, was stopped for a traffic violation on I-95 in White Marsh. During the stop, Altairi was found to be transporting contraband cigarettes.

FED agents were contacted and responded to the scene to search the vehicle. They found 1,650 packs of contraband cigarettes valued at $10,642.50 and representing a tax loss to the State of $3,300.

The cigarettes and SUV were seized and Altair was arrested.

Altairi was charged with a felony count of transporting contraband cigarettes and a misdemeanor charge of possession of contraband cigarettes. He was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing has been set for September 14 at Baltimore County District Court.

For fiscal year 2019, which started July 1, 2018, FED agents have arrested and charged eight individuals for various tobacco violations in eight investigations. These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 1,650 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 35,938 sticks of Untaxed Other Tobacco Products (OTP). The seized items are valued at $46,580.50 and represent a tax loss to the State of $28,456.50.

Woman arrested for DUI twice in one day

DUI Driving Checkpoint PoliceMaryland State Police recently arrested and charged a Baltimore City woman twice for DUI within one day.

The woman has been identified as Stephanie Ringgold, 33, of Baltimore City. Ringgold was charged twice with similar charges on Saturday, August 11, 2018. In both incidents, she was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence (DUI), and several other traffic charges related to the traffic stops.

During the first traffic stop, Ringgold also had a 4-year-old, a 6-month-old, and another adult passenger in the vehicle. As a result, Ringgold was also charged with DUI while transporting a minor and DUI per se while transporting a minor. Both of these additional charges carry enhanced penalties.

Shortly after midnight on August 11, 2018, a state trooper was patrolling the area of Route 40 in Rosedale when he saw a gray Dodge Charger exceeding the posted speed limit and passing a vehicle on the shoulder. After stopping the vehicle, the trooper observed signs of impairment as he made contact with the driver, later identified as Ringgold. She was subsequently arrested and transported to the Essex Precinct, where she was processed and later released to a sober driver.

Less than 20 minutes later, the same trooper saw Ringgold arrive back at her vehicle, get in the driver’s seat, and drive away. Having just advised Ringgold she was not allowed to drive for 12 hours, he stopped her again, and observed signs of impairment. Ringgold was subsequently arrested a second time and transported to the Towson Precinct, where she was again processed and later released to a sober driver.

As a result of her second arrest, Ringgold was again charged with DWI, DUI, and DUI per se. She was also charged with driving a motor vehicle within 12 hours after a DUI arrest.

A court date for Ringgold has not been set at this time.