Crime, Police/Fire

U.S. Marshals arrest Baltimore County shooting suspect in New Jersey

BALTIMORE, MD—U.S Marshals have arrested a Baltimore County shooting suspect. On Friday, March 18, detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshals arrested 22-year-old Luel F. Mekonnen of Silver Spring in connection with a shooting that occurred last week in the 1300-block of Colbury Road (21239). At around 5 a.m. on March 17, officers responded …


Crime

Owner of steel drum company admits to defrauding over $20 million from Harford County manufacturer in kickback scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing a false tax return after allegedly defrauding a Harford County business of $20 million.  According to his guilty plea, Anthony P. Urcioli, Sr., 78, of Park Ridge, NJ, is the owner and president of Tunnel, Barrel & Drum Co, Inc. (TBD), a wholesale commercial …


Final defendant sentenced to 10 years in prison for charges related to series of Baltimore County residential burglaries

BALTIMORE, MD—A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in a series of residential burglaries in Maryland and Georgia. U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Demar A. Brown, of Paterson, New Jersey and Winston-Salem, North Carolina to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy and for transportation of …

Police bust Baltimore County burglary ring that targeted seniors

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—Police in Baltimore County on Friday evening announced that they had busted a burglary ring that recently targeted several senior citizens in the community. Detectives say they arrested the suspects at a local hotel. In these cases, the suspects would knock on victim’s doors and identify themselves as utility workers. The suspects displayed badges and ID’s and asked …

MDTA Police arrest two men transporting suspected heroin on I-95 in Baltimore County

BALTIMORE, MD—On Friday morning, a police officer assigned to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police HEAT (Homeland Enforcement and Traffic) Team was on patrol on southbound Interstate 95 in Baltimore County. The officer conducted a traffic stop on a white Honda Civic after allegedly observing that neither the driver of the vehicle nor a front seat passenger were restrained by …

Lakeside Refrigerated Services recalls beef products due to possible E. coli contamination

BALTIMORE, MD— Lakeside Refrigerated Services, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 42,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Monday. The raw ground beef items were produced on June 1, 2020. The following products are subject to recall: 1-lb. vacuum …

Smoke from New Jersey wildfire visible in Baltimore County

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Smoke from a large wildfire in New Jersey is making its way into Baltimore County. On Wednesday evening, the Baltimore County Fire Department reported that local 911 centers were receiving multiple calls related to heavy smoke conditions in the area. On Tuesday night, Harford County officials responded to reports of a smoky hazeHarford County officials responded to reports of …

English teacher at Golden Ring Middle School earns $5,000 writer/artist grant

ROSEDALE, MD—Bridget Moore, an English language arts teacher at Golden Ring Middle School, was selected from among 1,800 international applicants to receive one of 20 grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. The $5,000 grants are designed to benefit artists and writers who are parents. Moore plans to use her grant to develop online lessons about children’s literature. The lessons will …