Apartment fire reported in Overlea

FireCrews are on the scene of a Monday afternoon apartment fire in Overlea.

At just after 1 p.m., fire crews responded to the 100 block of E. Overlea Avenue.

At the scene, firefighters found a kitchen fire in the apartment.

The fire was quickly brought under control.

There were no reported injuries.

Kyrle Preis confirmed as Baltimore County Fire Chief

Baltimore County Fire DepartmentBaltimore County officials announced this week that Acting Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III took the reins as Fire Chief on July 4th.  The County Council confirmed his appointment on Monday. He commands 1,000 career and 2,000 volunteer members of the Baltimore County Fire Service in fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services operations.

Preis takes over for Chief John Hohman, who retired on June 30 after 40 years of service to Baltimore County.

“Chief Hohman has done an outstanding job throughout his distinguished career and I wish him and his family all the best in his well-earned retirement,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Preis started his career with the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1990 as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at the Fullerton fire station. Throughout his more than 26 years, Preis has held numerous positions including Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Director of Emergency Medical Services, and in 2012 he was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief.

He earned a master’s degree in public safety administration from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from the University of Maryland. He holds the highest level of fire officer certification from the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. A lifelong resident of Baltimore County, he resides in Kingsville.

“I am grateful to be given this opportunity and excited to start the job,” said Preis. “Chief Hohman left an impressive legacy and I’ve got some big shoes to fill.”

“Chief Preis is absolutely the right person for the job,” said Kamenetz. “He has excelled as a leader in both the fire suppression side of our fire service as well as in emergency medical services. He combines solid technical skills with a real knack for communication and a collaborative leadership style that drives positive results. Chief Preis is also committed to the continued diversification of our fire department.”

“I have every confidence in Chief Preis’ ability to lead our nationally recognized fire department and continue Chief Hohman’s tradition of excellent service and continuous improvement in department operations,” said Council Chair Tom Quirk.

Nottingham man arrested in connection with triple-stabbing at Rosedale motel

Timothy Lee NoblesA Nottingham man has been arrested in connection with a triple-stabbing at a local motel earlier this week.

Following the Tuesday stabbings at the El Rich Motel, detectives spent much of Tuesday and Wednesday on foot, canvassing the area for witnesses and leads on the possible identity of the suspect. By Thursday, police had identified the suspect, whom they located at a Royal Farm store on 62nd Street in Rosedale.

Timothy Lee Nobles, 20, of Nottingham (21236), was arrested on Thursday morning. He has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, armed robbery, and theft under $1,000.

The three victims were in a room at the El Rich Motel at about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning when Nobles knocked on the door. After an exchange with the men, Nobles pulled out a knife and began stabbing the three victims. He then fled the scene.

Nobles is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police search for missing woman in Essex

Charlotte SlifkerPolice in Baltimore County are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman missing from Essex.

Charlotte Slifker was last seen by her husband in their home in the 700 block of Norris Lane at around 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. When he got up in the morning he found that she was gone. She has not been seen or heard from since. She is believed to have left on foot as she does not have a driver’s license.

Charlotte Slifker is a 44-year-old white female, 5’5″, 260 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue pants but may have changed clothing since she was seen.

Anyone with information on Charlotte Slifker’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or at the Essex precinct at 410-887-0220.