Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A total of seven will be honored at the ceremony Tuesday in Ellicott City.
On Tuesday, Howard County police and government officials will honor seven police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony in Ellicott City, in conjunction with National Police Week, will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Howard County Police Headquarters Memorial Courtyard and Garden, 3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City. According to a news release, the fallen officers honored will be: Additionally, for Police Week, Howard County officers will conduct a Memorial Ride Tuesday between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the various sites where the seven fallen officers had died, according to a release. Related: Fallen Trooper Shaft Hunter Memorialized on I-95 Deterring the distracted driver Fallen in the Line of Duty: Howard County …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Two helicopters are arriving Monday, with four more to be delivered this week.
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 MSP 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. AgustaWestland has a $121.7 million contract with the state to deliver the 10 helicopters, which are described as state-of-the art. 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 …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Police say Cpl. Matthew Telep may have been cut off while driving home.
A Maryland State Police trooper injured after his vehicle struck a tree in Ellicott City Wednesday is listed in serious condition, according to a statement released by spokesman Greg Shipley. Cpl. Matthew Telep’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening, according to the statement, released Wednesday evening. Howard County and Maryland State Police responded to eastbound Interstate 70 near MD Route 32 just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Howard County Police dispatch. When units arrived, according to the statement, they saw a marked state police vehicle off the roadway against a tree. A witness who called the barrack after the incident said that Telep may have been cut off by another vehicle, according to Shipley. Telep…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The crash happened Thursday morning in the Arbutus area.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
UPDATED (3:12 p.m)—A Harford County man was killed Thursday morning when his car went airborne off Interstate 95 and landed on Interstate 195. According to a news release from Maryland State Police, the crash took place shortly afer 7 a.m., when a 2006 Ford Focus struck the left guardrail on northbound I-95. It went airborne, landing in the eastbound lane of I-195, striking a 2002 Chevy Suburban. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, and the incident remains under investigation. Kenneth L. Kirst 3rd, the driver of the Ford, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Kirst, 20, resided in the 200 block of Spry Island Road in Joppa. Kirst was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said. The driver of the …
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…
Friday, May 11, 2012
"There are still heroes among us who are willing to give themselves for others." —Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown
Trooper First Class Shaft Sidney Hunter had a personality larger than life, according to those who memorialized him Friday by dedicating a highway sign in his name on Interstate 95. Hunter, 39 and the father of six, attempted to stop a motorcycle at approximately 2:40 a.m. on May 21, 2011, when his patrol car ran into a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of I-95 south near the Welcome Center by Route 32. A witness told police that a motorcycle passed his vehicle "at a high rate of speed" and it was followed by a marked police car, which, moments later, crashed into the tractor-trailer in the fatal collision. Hunter had been with the Maryland State Police 11 years. On Friday, the State Highway Administration placed signs on northbound …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Maryland State Trooper Shaft Hunter died last May in Laurel.
For 27 years the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens sets aside the first Friday in May to honor men and women of the public safety community who have died in the line of duty. This year's ceremony at the Timonium cemetery held the distinction of honoring the fewest Fallen Heroes—just one—Maryland State Trooper First Class Shaft Hunter. Hunter, 39, died on May 21, 2011, when his police cruiser collided with the back of a parked tractor-trailer on the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Howard County near the Laurel rest area. Friends and colleagues remember Hunter as "high-energy, funny and a true professional." On Friday, before a crowd of over 1,000 police, firefighters, friends and family, Hunter's 11 dedicated years of service in uniform were …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
State law requires slowing down, changing lanes around emergency vehicles.
A Howard County police officer, a person he had in custody and a driver who hit them were hospitalized Jan. 22 in Mt. Airy. That was just one of the collisions that has occurred when motorists don't obey the state's "Move Over Law," which went into effect Oct. 1, 2010, requiring drivers to move over, or at least slow down, if they come across emergency vehicles. "Clearly, we believe there is a need to boost awareness for this law," said State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown, who mentioned several other incidents in which Maryland troopers were injured after being struck by motorists. Brown joined emergency responders at a March 21 news conference in Pikesville to remind people about the law. Howard County Chief of Police William …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Northbound I-95 congested from accident.
Maryland State Police said a tractor trailer overturned on Northbound I-95 around noon on Friday, killing the driver. The incident occurred south of MD 175 in Jessup and involved only the tractor trailer, according to MSP spokeperson Greg Shipley. Police said details of the incident are not yet available.