Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Police arrested Michael A. Stahlnecker of Crofton when he attempted to board a plane in New York. He is charged in the December 2012 death of a Frederick man.
A Crofton man was arrested Tuesday morning at a New York airport on a warrant charging him in the death of a Frederick County man whose body was found in the trunk of his car late last year. According to a Maryland State Police, 51-year-old Michael A. Stahlnecker of the 1700 block of Fallsway Drive in Crofton is charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime. Authorities arrested Stahlnecker around 6 a.m. Tuesday as he prepared to board a flight at the JFK International Airport, according to a police press release. Police said the body of John P. Ryan, 37, of Frederick was found in his Lexus in a parking lot in the 15000…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Anne Arundel students didn't participate in the regularly scheduled Cool School plunge because of exams and then weather conditions caused Friday's festivities to be canceled.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Students from Arundel, South River and other local high schools will plunge alone on Feb. 1.
Anne Arundel County Public School students will have their own day to plunge in this year's Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. All other participating schools in Maryland will plunge on Jan. 25 but, due to exams, Anne Arundel County students' day in the water was rescheduled—they will plunge on Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m. Students from Arundel High and South River High have historically been among the top fundraisers for the event, which directs proceeds to Special Olympics Maryland. Arundel High School students led the state by raising more than $40,000 with its 469 plungers. South River High School came in second in the state by raising $33,930 with 301 team members. The annual Plungefest, hosted by the Maryland State Police, helps to …
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 …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The law that takes effect in Maryland on Oct. 1 still requires kids younger than 8 to be in a safety seat, unless they are 4 feet 9 inches or taller.
UPDATED (12:40 p.m.)—A new child safety seat law will go into effect Oct. 1 to remove the weight exemption for children who are more than 65 pounds, according to a Maryland State Police press release. The state law still requires that children use car seats up until the time they turn 8 years old, unless they are 4 feet 9 inches or taller. The law is a primary enforcement law, which means drivers can be detained and cited for violating the seat belt law. The fine is $50 for each child in the vehicle that is not properly restrained. The fine also applies to children ages 8 to 16, who are still required to wear a seat belt. "A child safety seat is a device—including a child booster seat—which the manufacturer has certified as being made in …
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…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Scooters and mopeds require state registration and insurance under new state laws.
New laws affecting riders of motor scooters will take effect starting Oct. 1, making significant changes to the way they ride. The new laws require all motor scooters and mopeds to be titled and insured, while all operators and passengers must wear a helmet and eye protection. Existing laws also require all motor scooter and moped operators to possess a valid driver’s license or a moped operator’s permit, according to a release from the Maryland State Police. At least the minimum vehicle liability insurance is required, and riders must carry proof of the insurance with them whenever they are operating the scooter or moped. Motor scooters and mopeds will be required to be titled by the state Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Owners will …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Maryland State Police said Neil Prescott bought 16 firearms between May of 2011 and July of 2012. He passed all background checks and was permitted to buy more than one gun per month.
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Maryland State Police say Neil Prescott legally purchased 16 weapons and component parts between 2011 and 2012, and had obtained collector status that allowed him to buy more than one gun per month. Prescott, a Crofton resident accused of threatening to shoot former employees, did not violate any laws when he bought an array of weapons, including several pistols, revolvers and receivers. Maryland State Police said Prescott passed all background checks required to purchase firearms. His collector status was also properly applied, police said. Collector status can be granted to to a person who "devotes time and attention to acquiring certain types of regulated firearms for the enhancement of the collector's personal collection," and who …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The law requires motorists to move over or slow down if they see emergency personnel on the side of the road.
In an effort to increase awareness and ensure the safety of emergency personnel, the Maryland State Police have declared May “Move Over Month.” The Move Over initiative is being used to remind motorists that if they see emergency personnel on the side of the road they need to switch lanes or slow down. Many drivers remain unaware of the law that went into effect in October 2010. “We thought that because of a couple incidents in the beginning of the year that injured a couple of police officers, the Move Over Law was not something that our motorists were familiar with enough,” said Elena Russo, Maryland State Police spokeswoman. “These two incidents could have been prevented if the motorist had slowed down and moved over when they saw the …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Maryland State Police released 911 recordings from prior to Saturday's accident.
Both drivers in Saturday's quadruple fatal Maryland Route 50 accident were drunk, according to NBC4 in Washington. The TV station reported Wednesday that 19-year-old Brittany Ann Walker and 55-year-old Terry Wayne Davis were both drunk when they crashed. Walker, a 2010 Meade High School graduate, had two 18-year-old passengers, who also died: Breanna Marie Franco, a Severna Park High School graduate, and Zachary Tyler Rose, a 2011 Meade graduate. Maryland State Police released 911 recordings from prior to the crash, when callers reported Walker's car to be driving the wrong way in the fast lane on Interstate 97, the Associated Press reported. Davis is also from Severna Park, but he and Franco weren't the only tragic deaths the town endured…