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By Del Quentin Wilber and Chris Guy and Del Quentin Wilber and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2001
In the tight law enforcement community of the Eastern Shore, it doesn't matter which department officers work for. They all back up each other. On the winding, rural roads of the Eastern Shore, the nearest help sometimes can be 20 minutes away. That was true Tuesday night when Centreville police Officer Michael S. Nickerson, 24, and Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Deputy Jason C. Schwenz, 28, responded together to a noise complaint in a trailer park in Centreville. Both were shot and killed, authorities say, by a man who might have been setting up an ambush.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2010
After stopping at a Joppa Royal Farms store, a Harford County Sheriff's Deputy forgot one thing — his handgun. The deputy took the gun into the bathroom of the store on Mountain Road and left it there, said spokeswoman Monica Worrell. When he returned to the store after realizing that, the weapon was gone, she said. The March 1 incident was revealed Friday, as detectives sought the public's help in recovering the gun. The name of the 15-year veteran will not be released, but he was given "appropriate sanctions," she said.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | August 5, 2007
A 23-year-old man from Gambrills was arrested yesterday shortly after he stepped off a plane in Florida, charged in the death of his live-in girlfriend -- a college student also from Anne Arundel County, authorities said. Matthew R. Dieterle, who had been living in Palm Harbor, Fla., was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Samantha MacQuilliam, 19, law enforcement officials in Florida said. MacQuilliam, who is also from Gambrills, was a student at the University of Tampa.
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April 21, 2009
Maintenance man shot at complex A maintenance man at a Pikesville apartment complex was shot in the head about 3 p.m. Monday, an incident that police said was witnessed by several middle school students as they left a nearby school. The man was taken to Northwest Hospital Center and was in grave condition, according to police. The shooting happened in the Owings Chase Apartments in the 4600 block of Old Court Road, police said. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Vickie Warehime said the suspect was involved in some kind of conflict before the shooting.
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May 20, 2007
A few facts on plan for officers Fraternal Order of Police head John Shippee's May 6 letter to the editor raised some important issues regarding retirement and disability plans offered to the law enforcement officers of the county sheriff's office. For purposes of clarification and future discussion, here are the facts regarding the retirement and disability plan benefits currently in place for those officers: 1. Retirement Plans: Unlike other jurisdictions, all county officers are enrolled in two local retirement plans: a traditional "defined benefit" pension plan that provides lifetime monthly payments after 30 years of service (or at age 62)
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By Artika Rangan and Artika Rangan,SUN STAFF | July 22, 2004
The Maryland Board of Public Works approved yesterday an $80,000 settlement to be paid to a woman who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Harford County Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows. Jeanette Y. Gamble filed a federal lawsuit in January last year against the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Harford County, the state of Maryland and Meadows. Under the settlement, Meadows would pay $30,000, and the Harford County Sheriff's Office would pay the remainder. Gamble has worked at the Sheriff's Office since 1986 and has served as the records manager since 2001, according to her lawsuit.
NEWS
August 23, 1998
At Smith Farm, our oft-maligned system workedCarping at our elected officials is always good sport. Sometimes, it may even become a podium-thumping exercise where the rules of engagement are foggy and private agendas veer wildly off the topic, but mostly it is hung on the sincere complaint of a single gored ox or the perceived slight.The seasoned administrator deftly handles this stuff in a manner that seeks to calm and placate the speaker showing respect for the opinion and discomfort of the aggrieved and moving the laborious proceedings along after taking notes for further study.
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March 22, 2007
Woman tries to lure girl, 8 Harford County sheriff's deputies are searching for a woman who is said to have tried to entice an elementary school student to get into her car Tuesday afternoon. An 8-year-old girl, a student at Riverside Elementary in Joppa, was outside for recess about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday when she was approached by a woman who attempted to get the student into her vehicle, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The student ignored the woman and later told her father, who relayed the incident to school officials, Presberry said.
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November 28, 2008
Clothing catches fire, woman, 85, dies Fire officials say an 85-year-old woman died yesterday after her clothing caught fire at her house in Jarrettsville. Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo said the fire was first reported at 9:41 a.m. He said Dorothy Marie Beall was in her basement apartment in the 3200 block of Seiter Lane when the fire broke out. Investigators believe she decided to add more pellets to a stove in the apartment. While she was doing this, her clothing apparently caught fire.
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By JUSTIN FENTON | April 23, 2006
The Harford County Sheriff's Office has announced a regional agreement with the county's three municipalities that will enable officers to respond to emergency situations outside of their jurisdictions. The impact is expected to be felt most in traffic enforcement, officials said. Previously, an officer who observed a violation - such as drunken driving - while outside of his or her jurisdiction was required to alert the local authorities. Each agency will be required to establish a set of policies to govern their officers outside of their respective jurisdictions.
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February 25, 2009
Man being sought In Forest Hill assault Harford County sheriff's deputies said yesterday that they are looking for the man who assaulted a 46-year-old Forest Hill woman last week. The man confronted the woman about 6:30 a.m. Feb. 18 when she went outside her home to start her car. Her boyfriend later found her lying on the ground. Emergency crews from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department treated the woman for minor injuries at the scene in the 2400 block of Rocks Road and took her to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, police said.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | August 17, 2008
Miguel Martinez knows what to look for in dangerous situations. At age 17, he knows how to perform a building search, clear a room and handle a weapon. On a recent afternoon, he rattled off the warning signs that someone may be using drugs. "When you think a person is on drugs, you look for eye dilation and heavy breathing," Martinez said. "They also tense up their muscles to try to make them look bigger." Martinez's knowledge comes from experience gained through a program that gets students interested in careers in law enforcement.
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By MADISON PARK | July 4, 2008
Two drawings of the Star of David found in a Forest Hill neighborhood are being investigated as a hate crime, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. A resident of the 2200 block of Howland Drive called authorities Wednesday morning after finding the symbol, drawn with mustard and what appeared to be glue, on her driveway, said Sgt. Dave Betz, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The resident told deputies that she heard her dog barking about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday but didn't see anything when she looked outside.
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May 14, 2008
Constable Charles Weber, Howard County Sheriff's Office, Nov. 10, 1924 Deputy Frank Miller, Howard County Sheriff's Office, June 7, 1946 Officer Randy Brightwell, Howard County Police Department, May 29, 1961 Cpl. Ted Wolf Sr., Maryland State Police, March 19, 1990 Recruit Officer Roger Cassell Jr., Howard County Police Department, Nov. 2, 1994 Cpl. Scott Wheeler, Howard County Police Department, June 18, 2007 Source: Howard County police
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By Madison Park | February 26, 2008
A 47-year-old Harford County man was injured yesterday after a CSX train plowed into a Jeep he was test-driving, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The mechanic from Street, whose name was not released, stayed in the car when it became stuck on the tracks, police said. He was taken to Chesapeake Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.
NEWS
February 17, 2008
Harford County Government offices will be closed tomorrow for Presidents Day. The Harford County Waste Disposal Center will be closed, while Waste to Energy will be open. Senior centers, Harford County Public Library and public schools are closed tomorrow. Harford transit will operate on a limited schedule. Library board seeks candidates The Harford County Public Library board of trustees is seeking candidates to be considered for appointment to the board for fiscal year 2009 (July 2008 to June 2009)
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By Madison Park | February 26, 2008
A 47-year-old Harford County man was injured yesterday after a CSX train plowed into a Jeep he was test-driving, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The mechanic from Street, whose name was not released, stayed in the car when it became stuck on the tracks, police said. He was taken to Chesapeake Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.
NEWS
July 6, 1998
"THAT'S OUR JOB," says the Frederick County sheriff's office, defending two excessive attacks by deputies on two traffic violators last month.Restraint and professional conduct, unfortunately, do not appear to be part of that job. The FBI is investigating the deputies' actions.A Frederick deputy repeatedly beat a motorist who was in diabetic shock, ordered a K-9 dog to attack and sprayed the man with chemicals.Later, other deputies stopped a teacher driving to a religious retreat, pulled her out and slammed her against the vehicle, handcuffing her for a trip to the station, where she was put in leg shackles.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | August 5, 2007
A 23-year-old man from Gambrills was arrested yesterday shortly after he stepped off a plane in Florida, charged in the death of his live-in girlfriend -- a college student also from Anne Arundel County, authorities said. Matthew R. Dieterle, who had been living in Palm Harbor, Fla., was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Samantha MacQuilliam, 19, law enforcement officials in Florida said. MacQuilliam, who is also from Gambrills, was a student at the University of Tampa.
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