Crews battling White Marsh house fire

Emergency crews are on the scene of a Saturday night house fire in White Marsh. 

At just before 9 p.m., fire personnel responded to the 5500 block of Forge Road for a reported dwelling fire. 

At the scene, firefighters found a fully-involved house fire. 

Additional units are being requested. Crews from White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company have arrived at the scene. 

One firefighter has reportedly sustained a minor ankle injury. 

Motorists should use caution in the area. 

Troopers to increase enforcement during Distracted Driving Month

Distracted DrivingPIKESVILLE, MD – Joining police departments across the U.S., Maryland State Police will be increasing enforcement initiatives focused on distracted driving this month in an effort to remind drivers to focus on driving and traffic safety whenever they are behind the wheel.

Beginning on Monday, April 3, troopers will conduct additional patrols with the goal of identifying drivers who are involved in activities that are prohibited by law, or significantly divert their attention from safe driving. These include, but are not limited to, texting, handheld cell phone use, grooming, reading, watching a video, using a navigation system, or even adjusting a radio or other entertainment device. Commanders at each of the 23 barracks of the Maryland State Police have been directed to conduct special distracted driving enforcement operations during the month of April.

Texting is still what experts call the ‘most alarming distraction’ because it involves ‘visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. For more information please visit www.distraction.gov. It has been estimated that a person texting takes his or her eyes off the road for an average of five seconds when texting. This is like covering the length of a football field while driving blindfolded, if you are driving at 55 mph.

Drivers are often unaware that diverting attention from the road can unconsciously lead to unsafe driving behavior, such as failure to drive in a single lane, following too close, or failing to reduce speed to avoid a traffic crash. Drivers should eliminate any activity while driving that diverts their eyes from the road ahead, their hands from the steering wheel, or their thoughts from being aware of the traffic conditions ahead and around them.

The Maryland Highway Safety Office determined more than 31,100 people are injured each year in crashes in our state because of distracted driving. Maryland law, also known as Jake’s Law, states a driver causing serious injury or death while talking on a handheld cellphone or texting may receive up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. These are primary offenses and police officers can stop drivers when those activities are observed, regardless of the presence of other violations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined drivers under age 20 are in the age group with the largest proportion of drivers who are distracted. NHTSA also reports drivers in their 20s comprise 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes nationwide.

The increased enforcement is part of an effort promoted across the country by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and locally, by the Maryland Highway Safety Office. Funding for Maryland State Police distracted driving patrols is being provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

What Can You Do To Prevent Distracted Driving?

As a passenger?

  • Request that the driver puts down the phone while behind the wheel.
  • Offer to send a text or make a call for the driver, so they can focus on the road.
  • Offer to help watch the road.

 As a parent?

  • Be a good role model and practice what you preach.
  • Do not call or text your child if you know they might be driving.

As a driver?

  • Turn off your cell phone while you are driving.
  • Pull off to the side of the road to send a text or make a phone call.
  • If you think you will be tempted to check your phone, avoid the temptation by putting it in the trunk or the back seat.

Police investigating 6 local burglaries

burglaryPolice are investigating six local burglaries that were reported over the past week.

Sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, March 3, someone gained entry into an apartment on Latimer Court, 21237, by shattering the bedroom window. Once inside, the suspect stole a laptop computer then fled the scene.

Sometime between 1:25 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, and 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 5, someone gained entry to a residence on Canoga Place, 21236, through a kitchen window. Once inside, the suspect ransacked a bedroom and stole cash, clothing, a computer and jewelry.

Around about 11 a.m. on March 5, an individual forced open the front door to a home on King Henry Circle, 21237, and stole cash from the kitchen.

Sometime between 1 and 5 p.m. on March 5, someone entered a residence in the 5500 block of Madge Court, 21162, through a basement window and stole two safes containing cash, two handguns, various pieces of jewelry and a television.

Sometime between 1 and 4:40 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, an individual gained entry into a home in the 1200 block of Hesse Avenue, 21237. Once inside, the suspect stole a television then fled the scene.

Sometime between 5 p.m. on March 7 and 1 a.m. on March 8, someone suspect forced entry into an apartment in the 900 block of Ashbridge Drive, 21221, through a bedroom window. The apartment was ransacked, but nothing appeared to be missing.

WMVFC responds to White Marsh crash, porch fire

Route 43 Crash 20170306 2It was a busy night for members of the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, as they responded to two separate Monday night incidents.

First, emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident at the Route 43/Interstate 95 interchange at just before 11 p.m.

The crash jammed up both sides of White Marsh Boulevard at I-95.

After clearing that crash, units responded to a reported late-night porch fire in the 11500 block of Philadelphia Road.

Crews quickly got the flames under control and there were no reported injuries.

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