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Date: Jan 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 15, 2016
 

MDTA POLICE RECOVER STOLEN AUTO VALUED AT $33,000

BALTIMORE, MD – Together with members of the Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Task Force, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police detectives yesterday located and recovered a 2014 BMW model X5 SUV that was stolen on Jan.12 in Anne Arundel County from the AVIS Rental Car facility at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
 
“We appreciate our continued and successful partnership with the Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Task Force,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. “Working together with our law-enforcement partners in the region helps us reduce crime throughout Maryland.”
 
Police recovered the BMW on Loch Raven Boulevard in Baltimore. Timothy Michael Lynn of Brooklyn, Md., was operating the vehicle and was apprehended without incident. Detectives charged Lynn with Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, Theft from $10,000 – under $100,000, Unlawful removal of property and Rogue and vagabond. He currently is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $15,000 bail. The investigation is ongoing.
 
The Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Task Force is a multi-agency/jurisdictional effort to reduce auto theft and associated crimes in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The task force is comprised of State and local law-enforcement agencies from the region.
 
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore. 
NOTE: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to Maryland Transportation Authority as MDTA Police. Thank you.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 12, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE PREVENT TRUCK LEAKING HAZMAT FROM ENTERING HARBOR TUNNEL

Officers Take Unsafe Vehicle Off The Road;

Trucking Company Currently Under Federal Out Of Service Order

 

BALTIMORE, MD - During a random commercial-vehicle safety inspection
Sunday on northbound I-895 prior to the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police discovered a truck that was leaking hazardous material.

MDTA Police Officers stopped a box truck for inspection and discovered numerous safety and regulatory violations, including a container within the truck's cargo area that was leaking a corrosive cleaning fluid. The leak was immediately contained, and the Baltimore City Fire Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment responded to clean up the fluid.

"I am proud of the work of our officers who conducted this inspection Sunday. Stopping this vehicle and preventing a serious incident is all part of our core mission to keep Marylanders safe," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. "I am thankful that our officers were not seriously injured during this inspection."

MDTA Police Senior Officer S. Priller cited Jose Tomas Castillo Urbina of Baltimore for operating the vehicle without a Commercial Driver's License, not possessing a hazardous material endorsement on his driver's license and attempting to transport hazardous material through the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel.

In addition, Castillo Urbina was cited for operating a commercial vehicle while under a Federal Out of Service Order, failure to display company name and DOT number as required, release of hazardous materials to the environment, multiple load securement violations and hazardous material placarding violations. The fines totaled more than $3,700.

The MDTA Police's Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit conducts inspections and enforcement activities at all facilities under Maryland Transportation Authority jurisdiction on most vehicles with a gross-vehicle weight in excess of 10,000 pounds.

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
NOTE: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to Maryland Transportation Authority as MDTA Police. Thank you.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 11, 2016
 

MDTA POLICE APPREHEND SUSPECT ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AT POLICE OFFICER

BALTIMORE, MD – During a routine traffic stop yesterday on I-95, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police apprehended a North Carolina man wanted on multiple felony probation violations.
 
On Nov. 30, 2015, Goldsboro, N.C., police charged Shadell Issiah Barksdale after he shot at an officer with a handgun during a traffic stop. Barksdale was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law-enforcement officer and several other charges. A warrant was later issued for his arrest for violating probation on previous charges.
 
MDTA Police Officer R. Guarnaccia stopped Barksdale for speeding and following too closely at approximately 5:15 p.m. on southbound I-95 near the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza. During the traffic stop, Barksdale provided a false name to officers, who charged him with multiple traffic charges, including driving on a suspended license, and transported him to the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Facility to await extradition to North Carolina.
 
“I applaud the great work done by my officers yesterday – just one example of the effort MDTA Police Officers put forth every day to keep Marylanders safe,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. “This arrest also highlights the dangers law enforcement faces across the country in our communities and along our highways.”
 
A Maryland State Police Trooper assisted the MDTA Police during the traffic stop.