28 Mar

Man charged with attempted murder after drug buy goes wrong

BALTIMORE (WBFF)– The alleged suspect in a marijuana deal gone wrong is now in police custody.

Jawan Armstrong, 30, of Eaton Street, is charged with first-degree murder.

He’s suspected in the March 16 shooting of a man who tried to purchase marijuana from him.

Baltimore City police say they pulled a car over that was driving erratically on Harlem Avenue near Edmondson Avenue. After a brief conversation with the driver, he told officers that suspect pulled a gun out and shot at him when he tried to purchase marijuana. The bullet narrowly missed him, just grazing the victim’s hat.

Officers obtained a warrant for Armstrong’s arrest after identifying him as the suspect.

Police say tips helped to identify where Armstrong may be found.

Within seven days the Warrant Apprehension Task Force apprehended Armstrong on Orpin Road.

He is currently being held without bail at Central Booking.

27 Mar

Firefighters rescue elderly woman trapped next to burning home

BALTIMORE (WBFF)– Firefighters made their way into an adjacent row home to rescue an elderly woman who was trapped after the house next-door caught fire.

Officials were called to the scene on Wilkens Avenue near S. Bentalou Street at 3 p.m., according to an official release. When firefighters arrived to the scene, they found heavy smoke showing from the font and visible fire in the rear.

Firefighters were able to gain entry to the home by breaking doors and windows.

It took approximately 30 minutes to place the two story vacant row home fire under control.

One family is now displaced. Officials estimated property damage is at $20,000.

No civilians were injured in this incident

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

27 Mar

1 dead in Jessup double shooting; suspect remains at large

JESSUP, Md. (WBFF)— Howard County police in Jessup, M.d., say they’re investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another man in stable condition.

Officers say they responded to Assategue Drive near Washington Boulevard in reference to a shooting that took place at a truck stop. Upon arrival, responding officers found two men struck by gunfire in the parking lot. One adult male was listed as deceased at the scene; the second victim was listed in critical condition but has since been upgraded to stable at Shock Trauma.

Officers have only identified the victim in stable condition as a 57-year-old man from Baltimore. No additional information is available about the deceased suspect.

Detectives are currently trying to locate the suspect as his whereabouts remains at large. They are describing him only as an Asian man wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Howard County police.

All roadways have since reopened.

This is a developing story.

27 Mar

Fire at Abingdon McDonald’s under investigation

ABINGDON, Md. (WBFF)– The cause of a fire at a McDonald’s restaurant in Harford County is under investigation.

Units from the Abingdon Fire Company were called to the 1300 block of Riverside Parkway around 5 p.m. on a report of a building fire at an area McDonald’s with visible fire and smoke showing.

Upon entry, crews were faced with heavy fire in the interior. Within 15 minutes fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze and prevented the fire from spreading throughout the structure.

Fortunately no one was injured in the accident.

In a statement released by fire officials, they said that they believe that the fire started in the cooking area.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

26 Mar

Father and son recovering after being shot during domestic dispute

DUNDALK, Md. (WBFF)– A Dundalk father and his 7-year-old son are in the hospital after police say his wife and the child’s mother shot them during an argument outside of their home Saturday night.

The accused shooter, a 30-year-old woman, is now in custody and is being evaluated by police and mental health professionals.

“I can’t even imagine what she was thinking to do something so severe to pull the trigger,” neighbor DeAnn Trice said. “That was heartbreaking. I didn’t understand why he was screaming or what happened.”

Just after 7 p.m., Baltimore County police responded to a report for shots fired on School Lane near Bayard Avenue. Police say the 31-year-old father was in the process of taking the child in the home when his wife pulled out a gun, striking the father in the arm and the son in the hip. Just before that the father and mother were engaged in a verbal custody dispute.

Both have non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive.

“The husband decided she did not want the son to leave with her because of some of the issues that she’s having, and at that time, she pulled out a gun. We’re not sure where she got a gun at right now. We’re still investigating right now,” Jennifer Peach of Baltimore County Police said. “The shot initially struck the husband in the arm, and then that bullet continued on and struck the 7-year-old child in both the hip and the hand.”

The Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate the incident.

25 Mar

Trader Joe’s issues voluntary recall due to label misprint

MONROVIA, Calif. (WBFF)–Trader Joe’s┬áis voluntarily recalling two types of chocolate candies due to allergy concerns.

The company is removing Trader Joe’s Chocolate Orange Sticks (SKU 084716) and Trader Joe’s Chocolate Raspberry Sticks (SKU 084712) from the store. Both items may contain milk, an ingredient which is not listed on the label.

Customers who are allergic or sensitive to milk may run a risk a of an allergic reaction if consumed.

Trader Joe’s has confirmed at least two allergic reactions to date.

Anyone who purchased either of the chocolate sticks can return them to any Trader Joe’s location for a full refund.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at 626-599-3817, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

22 Mar

SE Baltimore shooting claims life of 29-year-old man

BALTIMORE (WBFF)– Police say one man has died after a shooting in southeast Baltimore Tuesday night.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. on N. Bond Street by E. Fayette. A 29-year-old man was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Baltimore City police said.

He was transported to local hospital for medical treatment but despite all life-saving efforts, the victim died at 10:44 p.m.

At this time a suspect has not been caught, and homicide detectives are investigating. A motive is unclear at this moment; anyone with information is asked to call410-396-2100 or to remain anonymous, call1-866-7LOCKUP.

20 Mar

Boy, 11, rescued after being trapped in a Baltimore County hole

ROSEDALE, Md. (WBFF)– A 11-year-old boy is in serious condition after being rescued from a hole approximately 30 feet deep on Kenwood Avenue near Delegge Road.

EMS Lieutenant Tim Rostkowski said a technical rescue team used a rope attached with a harness to pull the boy out of the hole Sunday night. The whole ordeal took approximately 45 minutes.

Officials also say that a second boy, also 11-years-old was able to pull himself out of the hole to flag down someone.

“As I was leaving a kid comes up to me and he’s gushing blood. He’s all dirty, full of mud and everything else. He’s running up waiving me down,” said Mike Gartside a witness.

Both children were taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics Hospital for medical treatment. They are listed in serious but stable condition.

Police and fire are conducting a full investigation into what happened and how.

This is a developing story.

14 Mar

PGPD: POFC Colson inadvertently shot by fellow officer

PALMER PARK, Md. (WBFF) — The Prince George’s County Police Officer killed during what police called an “unprovoked” shooting may have been struck by a round fired by a fellow officer, investigators said Monday afternoon.

Police Officer First Class (POFC) Jacai Colson, a four year veteran of the department, was killed Sunday afternoon during an ambush-style shooting near the county’s police headquarters in Hyattsville.

“We believe the fired round that led to Detective Colson’s death was fired by one of his fellow Prince George’s County police officers, reacting to this,” PGPDPolice Chief Henry Stawinski said Monday.

According to the police chief the shooting involved three brothers, identified as 22-year-old Michael Ford, 18-year-old Elijah Ford and 21-year-old Malik Ford. All three are in custody. Malik and Elijah Ford fled the scene after the ambush but Malik, the driver, turned himself in to police at a nearby fast food restaurant shortly after the shooting and Elijah was taken into custody at his Landover home, police said.

The shooting spree began when Michael began firing “unprovoked,” at officers, police detailed at a Monday afternoon briefing, while one of his brothers filmed the encounter.

Police believe the gunman did not expect to survive the encounter.

“Preliminarily, detectives with our Criminal Investigation Division believe the gunman intended to die at the hand of a police officer on Sunday,” police wrote in a release. “We have cell phone video which captured the gunman dictating his last will and testament. That video was recorded just minutes before his two brothers drove him to our District III station.”

According toChief Stawinski the Ford brothers not only fired at police, but also fired at two citizen vehicles and an ambulance. They also fired randomly, the chief told media Monday.

Michael was struck by gunfire and remains hospitalized.

All three brothers are charged with second degree murder, six counts of attempted first degree murder, nine counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and additional charges.

According to the PGPD Chief, POFC Colson’s actions allowed other officers to take a position where they could intervene and neutralize the threat.

“Detective Colson drew fire to himself and in doing so was mortally wounded,” Stawinski said.

During the Monday afternoon briefing Stawinski stressed that — based on a review of the video evidence — the Prince George’s County police officers used “incredible restraint” during the encounter.

“They were cognizant of the fact that there were homes behind Michael as he was firing at them and because they couldn’t be clear in every instance who else might have been down range as this gunfire erupted,” Stawinski said.

Investigators have identified the officers involved as; Cpl Jason Wells, Bureau of Patrol, District III, Cpl John Wynkoop, Bureau of Patrol, District III, PO Bryan Melius, Regional Investigation Division, PO Matthew Scott, Bureau of Patrol, District III, POFC Taylor Krauss, Bureau of Patrol, District III and POFC Jacai Colson, Narcotic Enforcement Division.

Funeral arrangements for POFC Colson have not yet been finalized. He is survived by his parents, James and Sheila Colson, and a younger brother, Jurea. Colson would have celebrated his 29 birthday later this week.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting is asked to call 866-411-TIPS.

11 Mar

Man charged with homicide in the death of a 2-year-old boy

ODENTON, Md. (WBFF)– A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, police said.

Dason Darius Hogan was taken without incident Tuesday at the same hotel that the alleged incident took place and is facing a myriad of charges in connection to the death of Michael Lee-Ashley Stem. If Hogan is found guilty he will face the following charges, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, child abuse first-degree death, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

Anne Arundel County Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a call about a possible cardiac incident at the Royal Inn on Annapolis Road in Odenton shortly after 11:30 a.m., Monday.

When paramedics arrived, they found Michael Stem in some type of stress. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment, but was reported deceased a short time later.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled that the child died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Anne Arundel County Homicide detectives took control of the scene to investigate the cause of Stem’s death. In doing so they conducted interviews with family members and those who knew the child. With an executed search warrant they were able to obtain items from the hotel room that officers deemed of evidentiary value.

Hogan, the boyfriend of the mother was looking after the children after she left for work. Surveillance video showed Hogan walking the children to the bus stop, shortly returning back to the hotel with Stem. The surveillance video also showed no one entering or leaving the hotel room until the authorities arrived.

Police say conflicting statement from Hogan during the interview lead to his arrest.

Anyone with any additional information on this case is urged to contact the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731.

Authorities say this is the first homicide in Anne Arundel County.