Wednesday, April 24, 2013
An accident at U.S. Route 1 and Maryland Route 161 sent Edward Norris to a regional shock trauma center Wednesday evening, police said.
UPDATE: (5:52 p.m.)—Popular radio show host Ed Norris was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Wednesday after laying down his motorcycle to avoid hitting a truck in rural Harford County. Norris, of Hampstead, was driving his Victory motorcycle northbound on U.S. Route 1 in Darlington around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a release from Maryland State Police. At the same time, a GMC truck owned by Ward Trucking and driven by Dedrick Jamal McClain of Windsor Mill made a left turn from Maryland Route 161 onto southbound Route 1, but allegedly failed to yield right of way to the motorcycle. Norris intentionally laid down the motorcycle to avoid hitting the truck and successfully avoided hitting another vehicle, state …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The helicopters are arriving Monday, with four more to be delivered this week.
The Maryland State Police helicopters, a familiar sight flying above Baltimore, are getting an upgrade. Maryland State Police are set to accept delivery of six new helicopters at Martin State Airport this week, beginning Monday afternoon. The AW139 helicopters are among 10 AgustaWestland helicopters state police will get to replace its aging fleet of 11. All but one of its current fleet is at least 20 years old. The rest will be delivered Tuesday and Wednesday, according to state police. Training will begin immediately, though the helicopters will not be in use for medevac flights or other missions until late spring or early summer. The new helicopters will allow state police aviation command "to continue its unique multiple mission …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A University of Maryland Baltimore police trainee was shot in the head during a training exercise in Owings Mills Tuesday.
A police trainee is in critical condition Wednesday morning after being shot in the head during a training exercise in Owings Mills. At 2:30 p.m., a University of Maryland Baltimore Police trainee was shot by an instructor at the Rosewood Center, according to Baltimore Police Detective Angela Carter-Watson. The trainee, who is in his 40s, was shot in the front of his head, said Thomas Scalea, the chief physician at shock trauma, during a press conference Tuesday night. Video of the press conference can found here on ABC2 News' website. Family members asked police not to identify the trainee because they are not from the area and have not yet notified family and friends of the incident, Baltimore Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The pursuit started in Baltimore, went to the Pennsylvania state line before coming back to the city.
(UPDATED), 6:09 p.m.—Christopher Woolard, 33, allegedly led police on a long, winding chase through the area after speeding away from a drug stop. Woolard, who already has a long criminal record including charges ranging from several drug dealing charges to accusations of witness intimidation, now faces narcotics and traffic charges. A traffic stop related to a drug investigation sparked a police pursuit that blazed an odd trail through the area. Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, said the chase started about 9:30 Monday night when an SUV was stopped in the 500 block of Alluvion Street, not far from M&T Bank Stadium. After being stopped, the vehicle sped away and started a chase that involved the city police's helicopter unit and…
Monday, October 29, 2012
State police urge motorists to stay off the roads as much as possible.
Although Maryland State Police is not handing out citations for being on the road, they are strongly discouraging residents from driving. State police spokesperson Greg Shipley warned residents that increasing amount of standing water is a significant hazard to drivers because of the high risk for vehicles to hydroplane. “People don’t realize that you don’t have to be going that fast on the road to hydroplane,” he said. Hydroplaning is caused by water being pushed up to the tires and creating a barrier of water, which decreases tire traction and inhibits drivers’ ability to safely steer their vehicles. Basically, Shipley added, the vehicle will be traveling on top of water. Drivers could also run into other hazards like downed trees and …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Maryland drivers who fail to stop and check for pedestrians at nonfunctioning traffic signals will soon face larger fines and points on their licenses.
Maryland drivers have a new set of rules to follow when they come upon a traffic signal that's broken, according to a Maryland State Police press release. The new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, requires a driver approaching a nonfunctioning traffic signal from any direction at an intersection to stop at a clearly marked stop line, before entering any crosswalk or before entering the intersection. After stopping, the driver must yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection. "Just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution," according to the…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Police release: Commercial truck parking is a "tragedy waiting to happen."
Maryland State Police are stepping up enforcement against truck parking on Interstate 83. In a release Thursday, state police said they will begin strict enforcement of parking laws along I-83 between the Baltimore Beltway and the Pennsylvania state line starting Friday. "Commercial vehicles parking on the shoulder of the highway cause extremely dangerous conditions,” Kimberly Smith, commander of the Maryland State Police Golden Ring Barrack, said in the release. Except in cases of emergency, police will issue drivers citations that carry a $60 fine and no points. Federal data show that tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles can contribute to crashes if they're parked on the shoulder, state police said. State officials said …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Maryland Move Over Law requires that, if you see emergency lights at the side of the road, you must slow down or move over into another lane, away from the emergency scene.
A Howard County Police Department officer, a person he had in custody, and a driver who hit them were hospitalized Jan. 22 in Mt. Airy. An engine from the Brooklandville Fire Station was hit on I-83; and a vehicle from Lutherville was struck on I-695. Those are just a few of the collisions that have occurred when motorists don't obey a state law that requires motorists to move over, or at least slow down, if they come across emergency vehicles. The state's "Move Over Law" went into effect Oct. 1, 2010, and State Police want to remind drivers about it. "Move over or slow down in order to provide an extra barrier of safety for officers, firefighters and emergency rescue personnel working along Maryland roadways," said Col. Marcus Brown, …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A Baltimore man died Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on the ramp from I-695 to I-795 northbound.
Lemuel Edward Johnson, 46, of Baltimore, died Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash at I-795. Johnson was a resident of the 1000 block of Reverdy Road in Baltimore, said a Maryland State Police spokesman. The accident occurred at about 6 a.m. at the ramp leading from the outer loop of I-695 to I-795 North, according to earlier reports. "He went off the left side of the roadway, down into the grass maybe 20 feet and through the guardrail, overturned and hit a tree," State Police Cpl. Tom Heath said Tuesday morning.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley tells the fallen state police trooper's children at funeral that "you will see your father's love reflected in people he never knew."
Maryland State Police Trooper Shaft S. Hunter gave the ultimate gift to the state and country, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Friday as he thanked Hunter's family for their son, brother and father. But to Shaft's six children, ages 4 to 19, O'Malley had especially poignant words: "The light of your father's life is a light that will be shined throughout the world," he said, speaking softly, slowly and directly to them. "And on the drive that follows this service, you will see your father's light and you will see your father's love reflected in people he never knew, who will stop what they were doing on the side of the road—in honor of your father—and in reflection of the love that he had for you." The funeral procession for the Reisterstown …