Maryland State Police Troopers On Extra Alert This Labor Day Weekend

Residents are expected to be traveling to their favorite vacation destinations.

Pikesville, Md (KM) The roads could get a little busy this weekend. It’s the Labor Day Holiday, which is considered the unofficial end of summer; and a lot of people will be heading out to their favorite vacation spots to enjoy that last minute of  summer fun before autumn sets in.

The Maryland State Police will have extra troopers on the roads, according to spokesman Ron Snyder. “Many of these holidays where we expect an increase in traffic, we’re going to have additional troopers focusing on enforcement efforts dealing with impaired driving, aggressive driving and distracted driving to make sure everyone gets to their location this holiday season,” he says.

There will be an emphasis to keeping the highways safe from impaired drivers. “And we have our State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort–our SPIDRE Team–will also be out this weekend, along with our troopers from the barracks. Those troopers are trained and experienced to focus predominantly on locating and arresting  impaired drivers,” says Snyder.

If you’re planning a trip this weekend, he says don’t drink and drive, and pay attention to the road up ahead. That means putting down your cell phone. It’s illegal in Maryland to drive while speaking on a hand-held phone. Motorists can use a hands-free cell phone while driving.

As you’re driving   on an interstate highway and you encounter  a motorist who is not driving safely, you can call #77 on your cell phone and notify the nearest Maryland State Police barrack.

Labor Day parties are also a very popular way to close out the summer. If you’re attending such an event, State Police urge to designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. Don’t let a friend drive drunk, and if one of the guests drives home intoxicated, call the police.

Snyder says people hosting these parties also have some responsibilities. “Have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure there are sober drivers if people are drinking. Arrange for alternate transportation. Have people spend the night if needed. Don’t be afraid to take away someone’s keys if you think they’re driving impaired if you’re hosting a party,” he says.

Maryland State Police say if you’re hosting a party, you can be held liable if one of guests who has consumed alcohol that you served at the party end up in an impaired driving crash.

In 2019, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office says 131 people died from impaired driving crashes, and 2100 were injured. During that same year, there were 183 deaths form distracted driving crashes and 17, 660 injuries. There were also 37 deaths from aggressive driving crashes, and 1,387 injuries.

“We want people to be able to have a good time on the holiday weekend, but do so responsibly,” says Snyder.

By Kevin McManus

Hagerstown Woman Held At Gunpoint In Apartment

Andre Eugene Whitley

She was able to text a family member who contacted police.

Hagerstown, Md. (NS) – A Hagerstown woman was held against her will at gunpoint in an apartment.

On Thursday, around 6 p.m., Hagerstown police responded to 136 South Potomac Street for a report of a woman being held at gunpoint. Police say the man with the gun was the victim’s ex-boyfriend 29-year-old Andre Eugene Whitley.

The victim told officers that Whitley held her against her will in the apartment for around 2 hours, and that he said if anyone came to help, he would shoot them.

She was able to text a family member who contacted police.

When officers arrived, Whitley fled and was arrested.

Police said when he was arrested he possessed suspected crack cocaine and marijuana, but was not carrying a gun. After an extensive search with a canine unit, police were led to the hidden gun which was fully loaded.

Upon obtaining a search and seizure warrant for Whitley’s car, officers found 9 vials of marijuana, 33 capsules of crack cocaine, 42 capsules of fentanyl, and 15 rounds of ammunition.

Whitley is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous convictions in Maryland. He is charged with 1st degree assault, false imprisonment, possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and other offenses.

Gaithersburg Man Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography

Kevin Long

He was arrested this morning.

Gaithersburg, Md. (NS) – A Gaithersburg man has been arrested for possession of child pornography.

Maryland State Troopers arrested 51-year-old Kevin Long this morning after an investigation from a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found evidence that he possessed child porn.

He was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Long is charged with possession of child pornography, obstruction of justice, hindering a law enforcement investigation and tampering with evidence.

An investigation is ongoing.

Faith Debate: December 5th, 2021

Changing Political Landscape

This Faith Debate discusses a number of issues, including:

January 6th Rally in Washington DC (“insurrection-riot”/Ashli Babbit/people in solitary confinement for months)

Trump Impeached (twice) – once after already out of office.  Acquitted both times.

This is one episode in a four-part series, with all four recorded while live streaming. The full video is available on YouTube at the Household of Faith in Christ channel:

The panel:

Troy Skinner. Pastor of Household of Faith in Christ.

David Forsee. Pastor of The Church That Meets at David’s House.

Imran “Raz” Razvi. Pastor and Founder of Conquered By Love Ministries.

Daniel Razvi. Pastor serving The Church That Meets at Imran’s House.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here. Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault”.

Police Looking The Suspect In The Armed Robbery Of Bank In Frederick

The M & T Bank robbed on W. 7th St.

Frederick, Md. (DG)- Frederick City Police are asking the public’s help to try and identify the man responsible for an armed robbery of the M & T Bank on W. 7th St.

Officers responded to the bank just before 3 PM. Authorities say a white male with a camouflage facemask and dark ball cap robbed the bank. He was wearing light colored jeans and a tan backpack.

Police are asking anybody with information on this robbery, or video of the area to call 301-600-TIPS.

-Dianah Gibson

Linganore High School Student Arrested For Threatening Another Student With A Knife During Class

Reese Wilson. Photo from FCSO

Nobody was injured.

Frederick, Md. (NS) – A Linganore High School student was arrested for threatening another student with a knife.

Frederick County Public Schools report on Thursday around 9 a.m., 19-year-old Reese Wilson threatened another student at knife point in a classroom.

The victim notified a School Resource Officer who immediately removed Wilson from the classroom. No students were injured.

Officials say Wilson has cooperated with police and confirmed that he did threaten another student with a knife.

The weapon has been turned over to the school administration.

Wilson was arrested and has been taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center where he is being held on charges of 1st and 2nd degree assault, reckless endangerment, and possession of a deadly weapon on school property.

Bridgework In Thurmont Will Cause Traffic On Route 15 Until Spring 2023

During construction, the bridge on Rt 15 over Rt 77 will be reduced from 2 travel lanes to 1.

Thurmont, Md. (NS) – Beginning Friday, a bridge on Route 15 in Thurmont will be down a lane until spring 2023.

Maryland State Highway Administration Media Relations Manager Sherry Christian said the bridge over Route 77 needs to be rehabbed.

“This bridge was built in 1957 and so it’s nearing the end of its service life,” Christian said.

She said the work could cause traffic delays.

“So drivers on that area, Northbound Route 15, they will see a reduction from 2 travel lanes to 1,” said Christian.

She said exit lanes for Route 77 will remain open during construction.

Catoctin Mountain Park Will Have Temporary Closures This Weekend

Some roads and trails will be closed Friday through Sunday.

Thurmont, Md. (NS) – To increase security for the weekend, parts of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed from Friday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 5th.

The National Park Service said from 3 p.m. on Friday to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Park Central Road will be closed between Thurmont Vista and the Camp Greentop entrance, along with the trails to Blue Ridge Summit and Hog Rock Overlook.

They said all other trails and roads will remain open.

Westminster Home Fire Causes Estimated $400,000 In Damage

Everyone evacuated the home safely.

Westminster, Md. (NS) – The Maryland State Fire Marsha’s Office is investigating a house fire in Westminster that caused an estimated $400,000 in damage.

Wednesday night at 10 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 300 block of Mary Avenue in Westminster for a two-story house fire. It took 75 firefighters 2 hours to control the flames.

Investigators say the fire was discovered in the basement by a resident of the home.

Everyone was able to evacuate safely and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.