Police/Fire

Head of Maryland State Police issues statement after determining origin of controversial ‘challenge coin’

PIKESVILLE, MD—An investigation into the origin of a controversial challenge coin that included the Maryland State Police shield has led to the identification of the individual responsible, officials announced on Wednesday. The investigation was conducted by the Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Division. The investigation determined that the design and manufacture of the coin were coordinated by a former member …


Crime, Police/Fire

Edgewood man pleads guilty to child pornography, weapons charges

EDGEWOOD, MD—A Harford County man has pleaded to guilty to child pornography and weapons charges. Travis Joseph Crawford, 34, of Edgewood, on Friday pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography and to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of …


More than three dozen new troopers prepare for duty following 153rd academy class graduation [VIDEO]

REISTERSTOWN, MD—As state officials and family members looked on, 39 trooper candidates officially joined the ranks during the graduation ceremony for the Maryland State Police 153rd Trooper Candidate Class. Trooper Candidate Class 153 has completed 27 weeks of a residential police training academy, known as one of most intense and comprehensive state police training programs in the country. During six …

Maryland man sentenced to 15 years in prison for distribution of fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana shipped by mail from California

BALTIMORE, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to prison after dealing drugs that were shipped via U.S. Mail. U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher has sentenced Dwight Antonio Pitts, 47, of Hanover, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his participation in a drug distribution conspiracy involving large amounts of fentanyl, cocaine, and …

Nottingham man pleads guilty to possessing, trafficking over 500 grams of fentanyl

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A Nottingham man has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.  John Cooley, 20, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Colonel Woodrow …

Governor Hogan honors victims of impaired driving at 18th annual Maryland Remembers ceremony [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday joined state officials, transportation leaders, safety advocates, law enforcement, and families for the 18th annual Maryland Remembers ceremony, which honors Marylanders who lost their lives to impaired driving. During the ceremony, the governor announced that Maryland is one of five states to receive a grant from the Governors Highway Safety Association to encourage safe …

Drug trafficker sentenced to nearly five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, other drugs to Maryland

GREENBELT, MD—A judge has sentenced a California woman to nearly five years in prison for trafficking illegal drugs to Maryland and other east coast states. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis has sentenced Ana Christina Avalos, A.K.A. “Christina Cazares-Quintero.” 35, of California, to 57 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession …

Governor Hogan welcomes new troopers during Maryland State Police 152nd Trooper Candidate Class graduation [VIDEO]

COLUMBIA, MD—As Governor Larry Hogan and other state officials and proud family members looked on, trooper candidates raised their right hands on Friday and took an oath to serve and protect the people of Maryland as they officially became state troopers during the graduation ceremony for the Maryland State Police 152ND Trooper Candidate Class. The Maryland State Police Academy graduation …