Health officials to provide free flu shots in Middle River this weekend

Flu ShotBaltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services and “Sure Shot,” the Department of Health mascot, announced this week that Baltimore County would hold “Super Saturday” free flu vaccination clinics this weekend.

On Saturday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, the department will hold public flu vaccination clinics at the following locations in each of the seven council districts:

  • Drumcastle Government Center
    6401 York Road, First Floor
    Baltimore, Maryland 21212
  • Dundalk Middle School
    7400 Dunmanway
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222
  • Hereford Middle School
    712 Corbett Road
    Monkton, Maryland 21111
  • Lansdowne Middle School
    2400 Lansdowne Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227
  • Randallstown Community Center
    3505 Resource Drive
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Middle River Middle School
    800 Middle River Road
    Middle River, Maryland 21220
  • Pikesville Middle School
    7701 Seven Mile Lane
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Free flu vaccinations will be available, while supplies last. Vaccines are given on a first come, first serve basis and no appointment is needed. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination will be administered.

“Nobody wants to catch the flu and flu vaccines are a great defense against this common, but potentially dangerous illness,” saidCounty Executive Kamenetz. “By having clinics located across the county, we are making it as easy and convenient as possible for people to get their free, annual flu shot on Saturday.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine – even if they were vaccinated last year – since immunity from vaccination declines over time and strains my change from year to year. The vaccine is safe, effective and readily available this season.

“I am urging all individuals six months and older to stay in the game and get a flu shot this year,” stated Dr. Branch. “As I remind residents every fall, the best defensive move against the flu is knowing the flu FACTS – Frequently wash your hands, Always get an annual flu shot, Cover your coughs, Take time off when you are sick, and Seek medical treatment if symptoms get worse.”

For more information on Super Saturday flu vaccination clinics, call 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flushot.

Police investigating home invasion, robberies, burglary

Police LightsPolice are investigating a home invasion, several robberies, and a burglary that have been reported over the past week.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, and midnight on Saturday, October 14, a man reported being assaulted by several unknown suspects with a baseball bat in the area of Pulaski Highway at Jones Road in Bradshaw (21087). The suspects took money from the victim and then fled the scene.

At about 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, two individuals entered the MetroPCS store located in the 100 block of Middle River Road in Essex (21221) and robbed the store of cash and two cell phones at gunpoint and then fled.

At just after 1:15 a.m. on Monday, October 16, three individuals forcefully entered a home in the 800 block of Wampler Road in Middle River (21220). Once inside, the suspects assaulted the victims and fled with their cell phone and house phone.

At 5 a.m. on Monday, an individual broke into the Taste of Taj Restaurant, located in the 9800 block of Belair Road in Perry Hall (21128), by shattering the glass door. Once inside, the suspect stole a cash register drawer, cash, and a safe.

At about 2:30 p.m. on Monday, a man was assaulted and robbed of his cell phone outside of his residence, located in the 2000 block of Kelbourne Road in Rosedale (21237), by two individuals. The suspects then fled the scene.

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.

Police investigate two commercial burglaries, one robbery

police-lightsPolice are investigating one local robbery and two burglaries that were reported on Tuesday.

At just after 1:30 a.m., two individuals threw a brick through a glass door to gain entry into the BP and McDonald’s in the 7500 block of Pulaski Highway in Rosedale (21237). Once inside, the two suspects stole a cash register and then fled the scene.

At just after 2 a.m., an individual came in through the roof of the China King restaurant, located in the 900 block of Middle River Road in Middle River (21220). The suspect removed money from the cash register, then fled the scene.

At just before noon, while in an alley in the 2100 block of Vailthorn Road in Middle River (21220), a man was robbed of his cell phone, credit card, and a personal identity item by a suspect who displayed a handgun.