Death Notification: Francis Marie West

It is with deepest sympathy that the Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Ms. Francis Marie West.  Ms. West is the mother of Corporal Christopher Bishop who is assigned to the Vice Narcotics Section.  Ms. West passed away on October 18, 2018 at Gilchrest Center Towson.  There will be a private family ceremony to celebrate Ms. West’s life.  For those wishing, the Bishop and West family requests donations be made in her honor to Gilchrist Center Towson 555 Towsontown Boulevard W, Towson MD 21204.  Please keep Corporal Bishop’s family in your prayers.

Death Notification: Carol Knudsen

The Lodge regrets to inform you of the passing of Carol Knudsen, mother of retired Officer Robert Knudsen Sr. (Essex Precinct) and grandson to Detective Robert Knudsen Jr. (Cockeysville Precinct).

Arrangements are as follows: A viewing will be Friday October 19th from 7 to 9 pm at Connelly’s Funeral Home (300 Mace Avenue).  Starting at 8:30 p.m. the funeral service will commence.  There will be no grave side service.

All are welcome to attend to show love and support to the Knudsen Family.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Death Notification: Ann Marie Bondura,

The Cockeysville Precinct regrets to announce the passing of Ann Marie Bondura, mother of Corporal John Bondura #3953.  Ann Marie Bondura passed away on Thursday, the 27th of September.  We ask that you please keep the Bondura family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

The arrangements are as follows:

Viewing: 10/1/18 Lassahn Funeral Home 7401 Bel Air Rd Baltimore, MD. 21236 2pm – 4pm & 7pm – 9pm

Service: 10/2/18 Lassahn Funeral Home 7401 Bel Air Rd Baltimore, MD. 21236 11am

Followed by burial at Parkwood Cemetery   3310 Taylor Ave.  Baltimore, MD. 21234


Death Notification: John Schneider

John Schneider, who served 30 years with Baltimore County Police (Wilkins & Garrison) passed away on September 26, 2018.

His viewing and funeral arrangements are listed below.

VIEWINGS: There will be two viewings held for John Schneider on Friday, Sept. 28th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Witzke’s Funeral Home 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City 21043

FUNERAL: There will be a funeral mass on Saturday, Sept. 29th at 1:00pm at St. Augustine’s Church 5976 Old Washington Road, Elkridge 21075 – there will be a reception to follow.

Death Notification: Joseph Lettau

The Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Joseph Lettau, father of Detective Chad Lettau, on September 23, 2018. 
Joe most recently worked as a bailiff at the Carroll County Circuit Court and was retired from the Baltimore City Police Department and was also a Navy Veteran.  
The family will have a celebration of life service on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 from 1300 – 1600 at  the Manchester Fire Department Activities  Building, 3297 York St, Manchester MD 21102. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Frank J. Battagalia Signal 13 Foundation, Inc., PO Box 24801, Baltimore MD 21220-0801( or the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 330, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (


Death Notification: John Griffith Carhart, Jr.

John Griffith Carhart, Jr., 83, of Finksburg died peacefully on Friday, September 21, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  Born December 5, 1934 in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late John Griffith Carhart, Sr. and the late Catherine (Florey) Carhart.  He was the devoted husband of the late Anna Will (Miller) Carhart, to whom he was married for 46 years.  She died on April 13, 2006.

John was a Baltimore City police officer from 1960-1964.  He then served as a Baltimore County officer for 25 years, retiring in 1989. Following retirement, John worked for several years as a deliveryman for Carroll County Auto Parts. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and St. John’s Catholic Church in Westminster.  John was a history buff and enjoyed walking, working on his 1940 Chevy, traveling and collecting old postcards. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his 5 children, Catherine Carhart-Sigmon of Finksburg, Stephanie Haines and husband Michael of Westminster, Glenda Shamer and husband John of Hanover, PA, John Carhart III and wife Katherine of Manchester, and James Carhart and wife Bobbi of Finksburg; brothers-in-law, Guy Miller and wife Carolyn and Gilbert Miller and wife Melanie, all of Sanford, FL; grandchildren, Christopher Sigmon, Anastasia Sigmon, Randall Haines and fiancé Ashley Deavers, Justin Carhart and fiancé Chelsea Strickhouser, Alexandra Carhart, Taylor Carhart and Bret Carhart; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME, 91 Willis St., Westminster, MD with Rev. Father Andrew DeFusco officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157 or to Reese Community Volunteer Fire Department, 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, MD 21157.

There’s still time to send flowers to the Visitation at the Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on September 25, 2018.


4th Circuit rules that Baltimore Co. owes employees back pay for higher pension rates

Baltimore County owes more than a decade of back pay to older employees who contributed to the county pension plan at a higher rate, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The county has been in litigation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for years over the higher contribution rates for employees 40 and older. The EEOC first issued notices of charges of age discrimination in 1999 and 2000 but did not pursue the case until 2006, when it issued a letter determining discrimination occurred and filed suit the following year.

A U.S. District Judge granted partial summary judgment on liability in 2012, which the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in 2014.

The parties and unions involved approved a plan for gradual equalization of contribution rates in 2016, but the EEOC pursued retroactive and prospective damages for the unequal rates paid until they were equalized. A federal judge denied that request in 2016, and the EEOC appealed.

The 4th Circuit held in a published per curium opinion Wednesday that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act requires mandatory back pay upon a finding of liability because the law incorporates the remedy provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“Because Congress adopted the enforcement procedures and remedies of the FLSA into the ADEA, we construe the ADEA consistent with the cited statutory language in and judicial interpretations of the FLSA,” the three-judge panel concluded. “Back pay is, and was at the time Congress passed the ADEA, a mandatory legal remedy under the FLSA.”

A spokesperson for the EEOC declined to comment Wednesday.

The county began a three-year plan to phase in an age-neutral contribution rate on July 1, 2016, pursuant to the consent decree.

An attorney for the county estimated the requested back pay would cost the county $19 million in 2016 court filings, but the EEOC told the appeals court it would not pursue an award for the years between the initial notice of charges in 1999 and 2000 and the letter of determination in 2006, acknowledging the delay was unreasonable.

The appellate panel determined the delay did not change their conclusion interpreting the statute but the EEOC’s decision not to seek monetary relief for excessive deductions before 2006 meant the court did not need to reach the issue of laches, which was raised by the county.

A spokeswoman for Baltimore County said County Executive Don Mohler has asked the county attorney to review the decision and determine the next steps. No updated liability estimate was available.

The case has been remanded to U.S. District Court for a determination of the amount of back pay owed.

The case is Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Baltimore County et al., No. 16-2216.


Towson University Officer Amy Caprio Scholarship

Towson University, along with their non-profit Towson University Foundation, has been gracious enough to initiate a memorial scholarship in Officer Amy Caprio’s name.  The scholarship will be available to Towson University students who are first responders or have first responders in their immediate family.  For those of you who do not know, Amy met her husband, Tim, at Towson University and they both graduated in May 2010 with degrees in Exercise Science.

As this is a new scholarship, the TU Foundation is seeking donations to jump start the memorial scholarship.  I am proud to also announce that the Blue Valor Foundation has graciously volunteered their hard work and dedication to assist with this goal.

Link to scholarship:

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who may be interested in donating.  There are many different options (i.e. monthly payments, bulk donation, etc.) on the website to choose from.

Also keep in mind, both the Blue Valor Foundation and the TU Foundation are both non-profit 501(c)3 corporations and all donations are tax-deductible.

As always, I cannot thank everyone enough for the support that the Sorrells/Caprio family have felt from their “blue family”.  Please continue to support each other and stay safe out there.

Death Notification: Nicholas G. Palmere

The Lodge regrets to inform you of the following.
On 9/12/18 Nicholas G. Palmere BPD retired, uncle of Treasurer Phil Palmere and Brother Nick Palmere, passed away at age 88.
Viewing at Schimunek Funeral Home 9705 Belair Road, 21236 Sunday 2-5 & 7-9 PM.

The Lodge extends its condolences to the Palmere family.

Death Notification: Richard Johns

The Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Richard Johns, the father of Cpl Jimmy Johns.  Mr Johns passed away peacefully back home in NY State yesterday. Mr Richard Johns was a Korean War veteran assigned to the infantry of the U.S. Army.

There is no memorial service plans at the request of Mr Johns.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.


Death Notification: Tyrelle Brown

The Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Tyrelle Brown, the brother of Sergeant Cynthia Jackson-Booth.

Family and friends will be received at the Wylie Funeral Home, 701 N. Mount St, Baltimore MD 21217 on Thursday September 13th from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be private.

Death Notification: Paul Bouthner

The Lodge regrets to announce the death of Paul Bouthner, Honorary Member of the FOP and husband of long time retired FOP Office Assistant Juanita Bouthner, on August 20, 2018 after a long illness.
There are no services planned at this time. Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be sent to Juanita Bouthner at 17 Ebbing Court, Baltimore, Md. 21221.
In lieu of flowers, please send monetary donations to the Baltimore County Police Memorial Fund at 9304 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234 (in memory of Paul Bouthner, Sr.).
The Lodge extends its deepest sympathy to the Bouthner Family.

Death Notification: Bernard Balog

The Lodge regrets to announce the death of Mr, Bernard Balog, father of Captain Michael Balog of PC3.  Mr. Bernard Balog is a retired Maryland State Police Corporal, retiring in 1986.  After retiring from the State Police he continued work as an investigator for the Maryland Department of the Environment.  The arrangements for Mr. Balog are listed below.  Please keep the Balog family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Viewing: Sunday, August 12th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm and 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Lemmon’s Funeral Home 10 Padonia Rd (Padonia and York Rd)

Funeral: Monday, August 13th, 11:00am St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 100 Church Ln Cockeysville, MD

Burial to follow the Mass at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

Death Notification : Corporal Albert Friedman (Retired)

The Lodge regrets to announce the death of retired Corporal Albert Friedman.  Albert Friedman passed away on August 1, 2018 after a year long battle with brain cancer. Al is survived by Kathy his wife of 35 years and his son Steven. Al joined the Baltimore County Police Department on November 6, 1979 and retired on November 2, 2013.

On November 5, 1979, 26 year-old Al Friedman received his acceptance letter into the Baltimore County Police Department where he was instructed to report for duty for the first time on November 26, 1979.  He began his field training at the Garrison precinct where he stayed for next two years and in March of 1982, Al transferred to C.O.P.E (Area I).   On December 21, 1985, Al received a promotion to Corporal and transferred to Traffic H.Q. This is when Al found his niche with Traffic Management.   34 years later, with hundreds of appreciation letters, commendations and awards, Corporal Al Friedman retired on November 2, 2013.

After a yearlong battle with brain cancer, Al left this earth to be in a much more beautiful place. Al was a husband, a father, and a son. He was a friend to many and a brother in Blue to all. He found solace in serving his community and the citizens of Baltimore County and most importantly, he loved making people laugh. Al has touched many hearts along the way and he will surely be missed.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 12 p.m. at the United Hebrew Cemetery, 3901 Washington Boulevard, Halethorpe, MD 21227.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the name of Albert Friedman to the American Cancer Society.

The Department sends its deepest sympathies to the Friedman family.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in the name of Albert Friedman to the American Cancer Society.


Death Notification: Wade Luke Jackson

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Wade Luke Jackson, grandson to retired Colonel Pete Evans.  Wade was born on July 24, 2018 with a heart valve defect.  He underwent a surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital but they were not able to correct the defect.  Wade passed away on July 26, 2018.  Please keep the Evans and Jackson family in your prayers.

The funeral is private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in the name of Wade Luke Jackson.