Business, Politics

Olszewski, Metzgar announce new state funding for Essex streetscape projects

ESSEX, MD— Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Delegate Ric Metzgar on Thursday announced $1.4 million in FY2023 state funding for streetscaping and roadway improvements in Essex. These projects are part of the multi-departmental Essex recovery initiative that the County Executive announced in June 2021. “An attractive and inviting streetscape can draw in visitors, attract new businesses and instill a …


Education, Health, Police/Fire

Eastern Tech evacuated due to gas odor

UPDATE 2 (10:00 a.m.): The gas leak has been secured and the building has been deemed safe. Staff and students have re-entered the school. Fire department crews have cleared the scene. UPDATE (9:40 a.m.): The Baltimore County Fire Department and BGE are investigating a malfunctioning natural gas line.  The school remains evacuated. Original story below… —— ESSEX, MD—Hazmat crews are …


Essex motorcycle crash leaves one dead

ESSEX, MD—Police in Essex are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash. At just after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to the area of Route 702 at Mace Avenue (21221). Authorities say a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling on Route 702 towards Mace Avenue when the driver lost control and struck a guardrail. The motorcyclist, 66-year-old, William Schmittinger of Katherine …

House fire reported in Essex

ESSEX, MD—Crews are on the scene of a New Year’s Eve house fire in Essex. The fire was reported at around 3:15 p.m. in the 300-block of Mace Avenue (21221). Units arrived to find heavy fire showing from the dwelling. No one is believed to be trapped at this time. There has been no word on any injuries.

Man robbed with machete in Essex, shots fired in Middle River

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Police are investigating several crimes that were reported in the Essex & Middle River areas over the past two weeks. At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, a known individuals and two unknown individuals used a machete to rob another man of a handgun and cash in the area of Marlyn Avenue at Sandalwood Road in Essex (21221). …

Arrangements announced for Officer Comegna

Viewing and funeral arrangements have been set for Officer Joseph Comegna. The former school resource officer at Eastern Tech took his own life in his office at the Essex school on Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Schimunek Funeral Home, located at 9705 Belair Road in Perry Hall, on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. …

School resource officer fatally shoots himself at Eastern Tech

A resource officer at a Baltimore County school reportedly took his own life on Monday. Police responded to Eastern Technical High School at around 1:30 p.m. after faculty members heard what sounded like a gunshot. Upon arrival, authorities found Officer Joseph Comegna inside the SRO office at the school. The officer had sustained what police surmise was a self-inflicted gunshot …

Afterschool, evening activities cancelled at Eastern Tech following ‘medical emergency’ incident

UPDATE: Police now confirm that the SRO fatally shot himself – details here. Original story below… —— All afterschool and evening activities were cancelled at Eastern Technical High School on Monday following a “medical emergency.” At about 1:30 p.m., the Baltimore County Police Department said that officers responded to the school following a report of a medical emergency involving the …