Death Notification: Nicholas A. DeFelice

The Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Nicholas A. DeFelice, 74, father of Scott DeFelice, on June 17, 2017

The family will receive friends at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, Inc., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Wednesday, June 21 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, MD 21030 on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11 am. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be directed in Mr. DeFelice’s memory to Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, 1730 Twin Springs Rd # 200, Halethorpe, MD 21227 and/or The Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation, Inc., PO Box 1524 Baltimore, Maryland 21203-1524.

Death Notification: James A Pratt

The department regrets to announce the passing of James A Pratt on June 8, Father of Officer Denise Yost of Precinct 02 in Woodlawn Mr. Pratt served 25 years with the Mansfield Borough Police Department 15 of those years he served as Chief of Police.

In keeping with James’s wishes there will be no services.The family requests no flowers per Jim’s wishes.Memorial contributions may be made to the

Mansfield Ambulance Association, 381 S. Main Street Mansfield, PA 16933


Mansfield Public Library 71 N. Main Street Mansfield, PA 16933

Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family


Death Notification: Norman Hewick

The Internal Affairs Section regrets to announce the passing of  (89), the father of Corporal Gladys Brown of IAS and the uncle of POFC Mahindra Saywack of Precinct 7.

Mr. Hewick passed away on June 10th.

Services are as follows :

Tuesday, June 13th
3-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m Bruzdzinski Funeral Home 1407 Old Eastern Avenue Essex, MD 21221

Wednesday, June 14th beginning at 11 a.m.

Burial will be immediately following at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Internal charges dismissed against Baltimore County officer accused of excessive force

A Baltimore County police officer who was scheduled to go before the department’s first public trial board Monday will instead return to work after internal charges against him were dismissed this week.

Police Chief Terry Sheridan dismissed the charges against Officer Ernest Hannig, who faced termination after an internal affairs investigation concluded that he used excessive force when he used a Taser on a Rosedale man last June.

Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email that Sheridan consulted with the department’s legal affairs section before he “dismissed the charges in the interest of justice and fairness after additional information came to light.”

Armacost declined to elaborate, saying the department does not comment on personnel matters. She also said Sheridan declined to comment on the case.

Hannig’s attorney, Michael L. Marshall, called the charges “baseless.”

“I wish this happened sooner. I give credit to Chief Sheridan,” Marshall said Friday.

He criticized the department’s internal affairs unit “for letting it get to this.”

An internal investigation concluded that Hannig used excessive force and lied on an incident report after an incident involving Charles Chapman.

On June 16, 2016, Hannig was called to the Rosedale area, where witnesses reported Chapman was disrobing on a ramp from U.S. 40 onto the Baltimore Beltway.

Hannig said the man’s behavior changed from being “highly aggressive to being relatively calm and catatonic,” and that he used his Taser because Chapman began to walk toward him with clenched fists, according to a disciplinary report on the incident.

A supervisor who later reviewed Taser camera video of the incident said Hannig “embellished the actions of Mr. Chapman in order to justify a use of force that was out of policy,” and recommended his termination.

Marshall disputed the department’s contention that Hannig lied. He said Hannig felt Chapman was coming at him, which was reflected in the video. He also noted that Hannig was aware that the incident was being recorded and would be reviewed.

During the internal investigation, Hannig was suspended with pay and lost his police powers.

Before the charges were dismissed, he had been scheduled to go before the trial board, a three-member panel made up of a commander, a lieutenant and a person of the same rank as the accused, which can make its own recommendations to the police chief.

Armacost said Hannig, a 15-year veteran of the department, remains assigned to the mobile crisis unit. The unit pairs a mental health clinician with officers for calls involving people with known or suspected mental health issues.

“He’s obviously glad to be going to work,” Marshall said of Hannig.

Chapman was not seriously injured in the incident, Marshall said. He was taken to a hospital to have the Taser prongs removed and was not charged in the incident.

Neither Chapman nor his family could be reached for comment.

Dundal Gunman who shot at police had extensive police record

The gunman killed in a Wednesday shootout in Dundalk had an open warrant in Pennsylvania and was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a previous conviction, Baltimore County police said Thursday.

Police identified the gunman Thursday as 35-year-old Blaine Robert Erb, of no fixed address. Erb was killed by police during the exchange of gunfire, which also left a bystander wounded and a police officer in serious condition.

Authorities identified the wounded officer as Officer First Class Slocum, a 13-year veteran of the county police. She was shot twice in the lower body and remains in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Baltimore County police do not publicly release the full names of officers in these cases, citing an agreement with the police union.

The bystander, a 21-year-old Baltimore woman, suffered a gunshot wound and is expected to survive, police said. Her name also was not released, and police had not determined who shot her.

Officers responded to the 3400 block of Dundalk Ave. near Avon Beach Road at 2:49 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an armed robbery in progress, police said. At the scene they learned a man — later identified as Erb — ran onto a nearby No. 10 Maryland Transit Administration bus. Police said Erb had robbed two people at gunpoint before the shooting began.

When officers stopped the bus near the Logan Village Shopping Center about a block away and confronted Erb, he opened fire, they said. The incident culminated in a shootout that left Erb dead on a nearby lawn.

Police said Thursday that four officers had fired their weapons at Erb. The officers, whose names have not been released, were placed on routine administrative leave. At least one officer was wearing a body camera, police said, but all visual and audio recordings will not yet be released because they are part of the investigation.

Investigators found two .40-caliber handguns next to Erb’s body, as well as gun magazines and ammunition. Police said they are looking into where Erb obtained the firearms.

Police said Erb’s previous charges have included robbery, weapon violations, assault and theft. There was also a bench warrant for Erb in York County, Pa., for failure to appear on DUI charges, county police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.

Online court records indicate that Erb pleaded guilty in 2012 in Anne Arundel County to a charge of possessing contraband in jail. He pleaded guilty in 2011 in Somerset County to second-degree assault. In Baltimore County in 2003, Erb pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, court records show.

By Michael Brice-Saddler

and Carrie Wells

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun reporter Alison Knezevich contributed to this article.


Death Notification: Officer William “Big Bill”P. Poplovski, Jr

The Lodge regrets to announce the death of retired Officer William “Big Bill”P. Poplovski, Jr. on May 30, 2017, at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
The family requests donations be made in his memory to Back River United Methodist Church, 544-B Back River Neck Road.Essex, Md. 21221. A Memorial Service is being planned in the near future.
The Lodge extends its deepest sympathy to the Poplovski Family.


Employment Opportunity

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This is a long-term continuous opportunity and perfect for retired Law Enforcement. Qualified applicants need to submit their resumes to Please list “Executive Residential Detail” as the subject.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent Verifiable and successful completion of a respected executive protection training school OR prior law enforcement experience. Ability to be certified for a Maryland Handgun and Private Detective license (required for MD protection assignments) No criminal convictions Ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation Drug Free (applicants and employees subject to initial and random drug testing) Flexible Great team attitude Physically fit Valid driver’s license Assignment Information: Executive Residential Only.

CPG will provide more detail upon selection. Location: Baltimore County Maryland Time Frame: Immediate opening Hiring: 1 Full Time and 1 Part Time Pay: $47,800 per year plus holiday pay Closing Date: Open until filled Contact: Dave Hopp 443-677-1092

Death Notification: Frederick J. Krieger

The Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Frederick J. Krieger, the father of Corporal Jon Krieger of the Pikesville Traffic Team. Mr. Krieger passed on May 29th. Services will be held on Friday, June 2nd at 10 a.m. at Sol Levinson Funeral Home on Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Please keep the Krieger family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Congratulations to all on their promotion

On May 25 at 1 p.m., six Baltimore County police officers will be promoted. The ceremony will take place in the Vista Room at Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium 21093.

Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will speak at the ceremony and present the certificates. The oath of office will be administered by the Honorable Julie Ensor, Clerk for Baltimore County. The invocation and benediction will be offered by the Reverend Darron D. McKinney Sr., a police chaplain.

The following is the list of the promoted officers and their new assignments.

  • Sergeant Keith Fruhling is promoted to Lieutenant and is assigned to Precinct 11 Essex.
  • Corporal Thomas Morehouse is promoted to Sergeant and is assigned to Precinct 9 White Marsh.
  • Corporal James Gill is promoted to Sergeant and is assigned to Precinct 11 Essex.
  • Officer Melinda Mori is promoted to Corporal and is assigned to Precinct 4 Pikesville.
  • Officer Jessica Beale is promoted to Corporal and is assigned to Precinct 1 Wilkens.
  • Officer Eric Brennan is promoted to Corporal and is assigned to Precinct 8 Parkvill

Death Notification: Helen Lane

Helen Lane, wife of Former Chaplain of Baltimore County Police Department James H. Lane, has passed away.  There will be a memorial service for Mrs. Lane at the Trinity Temple located at 914 Essex, MD 21221 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Baltimore County police shooting in Parkville area ruled justified

Baltimore County prosecutors have ruled that a police officer was justified in shooting a man in the Parkville area in April, citing evidence including body camera footage.

In a letter Tuesday to the Police Department, Deputy State’s Attorney Robin Coffin wrote that the officer acted “for his own safety.”

The officer, who shot 27-year-old Brandon Smith on April 12, has been identified only by his last name, in keeping with an agreement between the county and the police union.

“Officer Downs clearly identified himself as a Police Officer and demanded that Smith not move and keep his hands visible,” Coffin wrote in the letter, adding that Smith was “clearly going for his handgun.”

“Keep your hands up,” Downs says in the video. “Keep your hands up, boy.”

Smith then turns as he bends down toward the ground.

“Drop the gun!” Downs says before shooting.

In the video, an object that appears to be a gun is visible on the ground near Smith.

Downs, who was hired in 2013, has returned to duty, a police spokeswoman said.

The Police Department launched its $12.5 million body camera program last July. It has gradually given the devices to officers and plans to have body cameras on 1,435 officers by the end of September.

The county’s decision not to publicly release camera footage of police shootings has been criticized by groups including the ACLU of Maryland.

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