Crime, Police/Fire

Arrest warrant issued for Baltimore County man accused of sexually abusing children at daycare facility

UPDATE: Following his hospitalization, James Weems Jr., has waived extradition. He remains in custody in Washington D.C. Weems is expected to appear before a Baltimore County Court Commissioner next week. Original story below… —— OWINGS MILLS, MD—An arrest warrant has been issued for a Baltimore County man who is accused of sexually abusing children at a local daycare. Police have …


Politics, Sci-Tech

Olszewski expands Operation ReTree Baltimore County

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Council Chair Julian Jones on Thursday celebrated Earth Week by announcing an expansion of Operation ReTree Baltimore County, a new equity-based tree planting initiative that is expanding severely diminished tree canopies in highly populated, lower-income neighborhoods. Surrounded by community members and officials, Olszewski and Jones planted one of 45 native trees that are …


Olszewski to introduce legislation to create Police Accountability Board

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has announced that he will introduce legislation to establish a Police Accountability Board (PAB), a civilian panel charged with working with law enforcement and county officials to make recommendations to improve policing. The Board is required by the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021. “We are continually working to improve accountability across our government, …

County Executive Olszewski announces distribution of 100,000 rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits, county testing expansion

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Friday announced updates on Baltimore County’s ongoing efforts to expand access to COVID-19 testing, including plans for the distribution of 100,000 rapid at-home COVID tests for residents and the expansion of county-run testing sites. “Expanding Baltimore County’s testing availability will help ensure residents can take every precaution to protect themselves and their loved …

Baltimore County hit man sentenced to 12 years in prison on murder-for-hire, extortion charges

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County man will spend 12 years in prison on murder-for-hire and extortion charges. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander on Thursday sentenced Stepfen Gerard Gaither, 30, of Randallstown, to 12 years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for a murder-for-hire conspiracy and for interstate communications with intent to extort, in connection to the …

Governor Hogan: 10 hospital-based COVID-19 testing sites to open next week

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday toured the location of a new, state-run COVID-19 testing site at UM Laurel Medical Center and announced the locations for nine additional hospital-based testing sites that will open by the end of next week. The new sites will help to meet rising demand for testing and divert people away from visiting hospital emergency rooms …

BCPS celebrates fall 2021 team state champions, runners-up

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials are celebrating the school system’s high school athletic teams recognized at the state level during the 2021 fall season. The following teams were honored: State Champions Girls Cross Country Class 2A – Hereford High School Coaches Adam Hittner and John Roemer State Runners-up Football Class 2A – Milford Mill Academy Coach Reggie White Football …

Baltimore County educator among 8 finalists for 2021 Maryland Teacher of the Year

UPDATE: BCPS educator Brianna Ross has been named Maryland Teacher of the Year. Original story below… ——— BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education has named eight finalists for 2021-2022 Maryland Teacher of the Year. The finalists are: Jing Dai of Anne Arundel County; Sidney Thomas of Baltimore City; Brianna Ross of Baltimore County, Adrin Leak of Prince George’s County; …