Friday, December 21, 2012
Owings Mills resident Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, faces up to 70 years in prison plus a lifetime of supervised release.
A Baltimore County Fire Department firefighter was indicted this week on three counts of producing and possessing child pornography. On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, who was a firefighter for the Baltimore County Fire Department, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. The three-count indictment states that, in June and July, Cottle "coerced two minor males to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce two videos." And, on Sept. 28, "Cottle was in possession of the videos and other images of child pornography," it states. According to the release, Cottle was held at U.S. District Court during his initial appearance on Thursday, and on …
Friday, November 25, 2011
At least one-third of the department's top commanders could retire by the end of the year.
At least one third of the Baltimore County Fire Department command staff could retire by the end of the year, according to fire Chief John J. Hohman. Those eligible retirements—eight of 23 total command-level employees—include battalion chiefs, fire directors, division chiefs and assistant chiefs, Hohman said. Hohman told Patch he is preparing to reorganize his command staff based partially on how many eligible employees are granted early retirement. Those wishing to take advantage of the early retirement benefit recently passed by the County Council must make their intentions known by Dec. 30 and must retire by Feb. 29. “I have worked for the Baltimore County Fire Department for more than 34 years and I know all of those that are …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
EMS Lt. Terry Hutchinson, EMS Lt. Sam Snyder and paramedic Rick Kahler have served Baltimore County for a combined 100 years.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
EMS Lt. Terry Hutchinson and paramedic Rick Kahler graduated together from the same Baltimore County Fire Department academy class in 1986. On Wednesday, the Essex men left their stations for the last time as both paramedics retired. The pair—along with EMS Lt. Sam Snyder, who is set to retire Dec. 30—are leaving the Essex-Middle River area with a combined century of experience. Hutchinson and Kahler said their final day on the job was emotional as friends and co-workers stopped by their respective stations to wish them well. But both are ready for the next chapters in their lives after spending decades caring for those in the Essex-Middle River area. “Stabbings, accidents, shooting, overdoses … I’ve seen it all on this job,” said …
Friday, November 4, 2011
The Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce recognized 23 individuals that represented area firefighters, police officers, servicemen and medical personnel.
Baltimore County Fire Department Lt. Scott Ebbert knew that he had the training necessary to help rescue his fellow firefighters, if they ever became trapped during a blaze. He just hoped he never had to utilize that training. But that day came on Jan. 19 when he was one of the many firefighters who tried to rescue Lutherville volunteer firefighter Mark Falkenhan when he became trapped inside a burning apartment building. While Falkenhan, a Middle River resident, was rescued from the building, he died that night, an evening Ebbert will remain etched in his memory for the rest of his life. “That was the toughest day of my career,” said Ebbert, a Parkville resident based at the Golden Ring station. “Mark was a friend and you just never think…
Monday, June 13, 2011
Eastern Yacht Club to host event on July 2.
Those in the Essex-Middle River area won't have far to travel to see fireworks for Independence Day. The Eastern Yacht Club, 2330 Seneca Road, will host a fireworks display on July 2. Gates open at 3 p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk. The display will be presented by the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County. The full schedule of firework displays in Baltimore County is available below: June 11, 2011 Arcadia Fair Grounds 16020 Carnival Avenue (no rain date) June 25, 2011 College Manor, Inc. (no rain date) 300 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville July 2, 2011 Eastern Yacht Club (no rain date) 2330 Seneca Road Jacksonville Elementary School (rain date July 9) 3400 Hillendale Road Oregon Ridge Park (no rain date) 13401 Beaver Dam Road …
Friday, April 22, 2011
Patch catches all the action at the county's annual shelter-activation drill Wednesday in Essex.
In the event of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Isabel, which caused massive flooding to the eastern side of Baltimore county in 2003, Baltimore county officials want citizens to know that they are prepared to house them and even their pets in an emergency. That is why emergency responders held their annual shelter-activation drill Wednesday at Eastern Technical High School in Essex. About 35 volunteers participated in the drill, including workers from the Baltimore County Fire Department, the Red Cross, the state Department of Social Services, along with the county’s departments of aging, health and animal control. Essex-Middle River Patch was there to catch all of the action.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Bull and oyster roast set for May 13 at Towson University.
The Baltimore County Fallen Firefighters Fund will co-sponsor a benefit for the family of fallen firefighter Mark Falkenhan. The event, a bull and oyster roast, will be held at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Towson Center at Towson University. Mark Falkenhan died Jan. 19 while fighting a multi-alarm fire at 30 Dowling Circle in Hillendale. He recently was formally awarded the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart for his sacrifice. Falkenhan is survived by his wife, Gladys, and two young sons, Christian and Garrett. Tickets are $45 each; tables of 10 are available. The Baltimore County Fallen Firefighters Fund is a 501C(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible. The other sponsoring organizations are the U.S. Secret Service, where Falkenhan was …
Friday, February 11, 2011
County police offer tips to avoid having your vehicle burglarized and/or stolen.
Sam Valencia is known for taking meticulous care of his vehicles. It’s not uncommon for the Essex resident to wash and detail his truck several times a week, even in the winter. He also is a stickler for making sure his vehicle is locked at the end of the night. That is except for one night last year—and it cost him. It was on that night that his truck—and several other vehicles on Spencer Terrace—was burglarized. The common theme in each case was that the vehicles were left unlocked. Valencia, a Baltimore County firefighter, knows it could have been worse as all he lost was some spare change and a book full of CDs. “I got home late the night before and got distracted by my son,” Valencia said. “I just forgot to lock the door. It will …