Police investigating noose found in firefighter's pocket

December 08, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The discovery of a rope noose in the coat pocket of a black Baltimore County firefighter at the Towson station is being investigated by Baltimore County police as a possible hate crime, authorities said yesterday.

"Because of the seriousness of this incident, we felt it would be better to immediately refer it to the Baltimore County Police Department,` said Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard, of the county Fire Department. Firefighter James Shelton, an eight-year veteran at the Towson fire station, discovered the rope noose shortly after 7 p.m. Friday when it fell from his coat pocket, Hubbard said.

Shelton found a noose on his coat hook Tuesday, Hubbard said.

Pub Date: 12/08/96

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