MDOT SHA to improve roads in Rosedale, Essex

Road Work 1Next week, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin two highway maintenance projects in eastern Baltimore County that they say will improve ride quality for many motorists.

Both projects, together costing approximately $1 million, will be complete mid-fall.


In Rosedale, MDOT SHA will patch nearly one-mile of MD 7 (Philadelphia Road) between Hospital Drive and King Avenue. Crews will also patch the pavement on one-mile of MD 702 (Southeast Boulevard) between Old Eastern Avenue and the Hyde Park Road roundabout in Essex. Approximately 21,200 vehicles use this section of MD 7 each day and 10,800 use MD 702 in those project limits.

MDOT SHA’s contractor for both projects, Gray and Son Inc., of Timonium, will use cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone.

There will be a flagging operation for the MD 7 project as this is a two-lane highway and single lane closures on MD 702.

Crews are permitted to work Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturdays between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tree hits house in Joppa; tree, wires down in Essex

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Image via JMVFC

A monster wind storm continues to make its presence known on Friday evening.

At about 5:30 p.m., the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company reported that a tree had fallen and hit a house in the 300 block of Avedon Court.  The house was damaged but no injuries were reported.

In a separate incident, also at about 5:30 p.m., Baltimore County Breaking News reported that a tree was down and wires were blocking the roadway at the intersection of Eyring Avenue and Old Eastern Avenue in Essex.


The roadway is blocked.

Motorists should use an alternate route.

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Image via Baltimore County Breaking News

Police investigating 4 robberies, attempted burglary

Police LightsPolice are investigating four robberies and a burglary that were reported over the weekend.

At 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, four individuals assaulted a juvenile in the 9400 block of Scott Moore Way in Perry Hall (21128).  The suspect’s stole the juvenile’s money and cell phone, then fled the scene.

At 6 a.m. on Friday, December 15, two people were walking in the area of Compass Road and Chandelle Road in Middle River (21220) when two individuals approached them from behind, assaulted one of the victims, and stole her tote bag.

At just before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, an individual was approached by a suspect in a parking lot in the 8600 block of Philadelphia Road in Rosedale (21237). At gunpoint, the suspect demanded the victim’s wallet, took cash from the wallet, and then fled on foot.


At around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 17, a man caused a false fire alarm and attempted to gain entry to an apartment at the Southfield Apartments located on Bedrock Circle (21236). The suspect was arrested.

At 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, a female pizza delivery driver was approached by an individual in the area of Glenwood Road and Old Eastern Avenue in Essex (21221). The man asked the delivery driver for a cigarette. When the driver told the suspect that she did not have any cigarettes, the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the victim. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.

Essex carjacking suspects arrested after crashing during police chase

Michael Frederick PowellUPDATE: The second suspect has been identified as Michael Frederick Powell, 21, of the unit-block of Helmsman Court, 21221. Powell has been charged with armed carjacking, two counts of armed robbery, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, two counts of first-degree assault, and theft. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

Original story below…


Marquis MitchellPolice in Baltimore County have arrested two men in connection with an armed carjacking in Essex.

At just before 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, officers responded to the 1200 block of Handsworth Place for an armed carjacking. Police learned that a man and woman had parked their car in front of their apartment complex on Handsworth Place (21221).

The victims said that two suspects, possibly a third suspect, came up to their car and threatened both of them with handguns. The suspects told the victims to get out of the car. The victims begged to be able to remove their infant son from the car. The suspects did allow the victims to remove their child and groceries, then stole the car and fled from the scene.

A responding officer saw the stolen car on MD Route 702 near Old Eastern Avenue. The officer was able to coordinate with the aviation unit to follow the stolen car.

The car struck another vehicle on the road in the area of Philadelphia Road and Golden Ring Road in Rosedale (21237). Shortly after the collision, the suspects jumped out of the stolen car and ran from police.

The officers were able to take both suspects into custody. One of the suspects injured himself while running from police. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment. That suspect’s identity will be released once he has formally been charged.

The second suspect was identified as Marquis Shaquan Mitchell, 20, of Daybreak Terrace, 21206. Mitchell has been charged with carjacking, two counts of armed robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, two counts of first-degree assault, resisting arrest, and theft.

He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on a denied bail status. Police did not find any evidence indicating that a third suspect may have been involved in this crime.

Car hits pole, causes house fire in Essex

FireAuthorities are on the scene of a Tuesday afternoon house fire in Essex.

At about 3 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the 1900 block of Old Eastern Avenue.

Reports indicate that a vehicle hit a utility pole, causing wires to fall on the house and ignite.

The driver of the vehicle is being evaluated at this time.

Motorists should avoid the area.