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Date: Jul 2016
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July 25, 2016
 

MDTA POLICE RECOVER DRUGS WHILE SERVING ARREST WARRANT

Driver had fled a traffic stop weeks before

 

BALTIMORE, MD - On Friday, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested a Baltimore woman who had suspected cocaine, illegal prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and ammunition in her car.
 
An MDTA Police Officer arrested Jennifer Joyce Paine, 30, in Dundalk while serving a warrant. Paine was in a 2013 Nissan Altima, parked near the 7-11 in the 4000 block of North Point Blvd. During a search of the vehicle, officers located the drugs, paraphernalia and ammunition. Paine was taken into custody without incident.
 
The vehicle search yielded opioids including 35 gelatin capsules filled with suspected cocaine and 10 Acetaminophen/Propoxyphene pills, empty gelatin capsules and a digital scale. Officers also recovered 95 rounds of ammunition from the vehicle.
 
MDTA Police applied for and received an arrest warrant for Paine after she fled a traffic stop on northbound I-95 in Baltimore City on July 14.
 
MDTA Police charged Paine with drug possession with intent to distribute, drug possession - not marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug packaging materials, and possession of ammunition after being prohibited from possessing a firearm.
 
After processing, MDTA Police officers transported Paine to Towson for an appearance before a District Court Commissioner. She was held on $100,000 bail.
 
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 Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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July 22, 2016
 
 

MDTA POLICE ARREST IMPAIRED DRIVER, RECOVER GUN AND OPIOIDS ON I-95 IN BALTIMORE

Driver Under the Influence of Drugs

 

BALTIMORE, MD – On Wednesday, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested a Baltimore man who had hundreds of illegal prescription pills and a loaded gun in his car.

An MDTA Police Officer stopped Barry Michael Grove Jr., 35, on southbound I-95 in Baltimore City on July 20. Grove was in a 1997 Ford Expedition, following another vehicle too closely. After Grove failed field sobriety tests, officers searched the vehicle and located the gun and drugs in the cabin. Grove was taken into custody without incident.
 
The vehicle search yielded a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an altered serial number. Officers also recovered nearly 200 prescription pills, including the opioid OxyContin, from the vehicle.
 
MDTA Police charged Grove with drug possession – not marijuana, firearms possession violations, possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony, altering a firearm ID number, and possession of ammunition after being prohibited from possessing a firearm, among other charges. Officers also charged him with multiple traffic violations.
 
After processing, officers transported Grove to the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Facility for an appearance before a District Court Commissioner. He was held on $300,000 bail.
 
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 Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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July 21, 2016
 
 

MDTA POLICE APPREHEND MAN WIELDING KNIFE AT BALTIMORE CONVENIENCE STORE

 
BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police apprehended a man who was assaulting a woman with a knife yesterday in the Royal Farms store parking lot on Holabird Avenue in Baltimore.
 
MDTA Police Officers apprehended Mark Edward Commodore, 49, of Frankford Avenue in Baltimore after they observed him swinging a knife with a four-inch blade and lunging toward a woman in the parking lot. The woman was defending herself with a broom handle when the MDTA Police were driving near the store just before noon yesterday.
 
Officers ordered Commodore to drop the knife, and after the second order, Commodore threw the knife into bushes next to the officers. They ordered Commodore to the ground and took him into custody without further incident. The victim stated that Commodore had been harassing store customers prior to the assault.
 
Commodore was charged with first- and second-degree assault and a weapons violation. After processing, MDTA Police Officers transported him to the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Facility for an appearance before a District Court Commissioner. He was held on $350,000 bail.
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 Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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July 21, 2016
 
 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE EIGHTH ANNUAL FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL 5K RUN/WALK

Register Today at tunnelrun.org & Support Special Olympics

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host the eighth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 18, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will take participants on an out-and-back course through the northbound right tunnel tube.
 
“The MDTA Police is proud of its long-standing partnership with SOMD,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. “The SOMD athletes inspire us with their determination and courage, and it’s an honor for us as law enforcement to support SOMD in providing opportunities for these dedicated athletes.”
 
To register, to form a team or to support a registered runner/walker, visit tunnelrun.org. Awards will be presented in various categories, including numerous age groups for men and women. Participants are invited to a post-race celebration sponsored by SOMD. The entry fee is $35 through Sept. 15 and $40 thereafter.
 
All northbound Interstate 95 traffic will be directed through the tunnel’s northbound left tube until the conclusion of the event at about noon. Minimal traffic impact is expected.
 
As avid supporters of SOMD, the MDTA Police participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and previously hosted the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
 
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 Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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July 19, 2016
 
 

MDTA POLICE RECOVER TWO GUNS AND DRUGS ON I-95 IN BALTIMORE

.38 Caliber Revolver Listed as Stolen

 
BALTIMORE, MD - On Sunday, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested a Florida man who had marijuana, drug distribution materials and two loaded guns in his car.
 
An MDTA Police Officer stopped Matthew Robley Kiscaden, 40, of Deland, Fl., on southbound I-95 in Baltimore City on July 17. Kiscaden was driving a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country minivan with no license plates. After a roadside interview and subsequent search of the vehicle, officers located the guns, drugs and distribution materials in the vehicle's cabin. Kiscaden was taken into custody without incident.
 
"This was great work by MDTA Police officers looking beyond a traffic violation and taking these illegal guns and drugs off our streets." said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.
The vehicle search yielded a loaded .38 caliber revolver that was listed as stolen from Lancaster, Pa., and a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. In addition, officers located approximately 150 grams of suspected marijuana, a digital scale, a heat-sealing machine and heat-sealing packaging material in the vehicle.
 
The MDTA Police charged Kiscaden with drug possession - marijuana, drug possession with intent to distribute, firearms possession violations, possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, transporting a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of ammunition after being prohibited from possessing a firearm among other charges. Officers also charged him with multiple traffic violations.
 
Kiscaden was traveling from Lancaster to Deland. After processing, officers transported him to the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Facility for an appearance before a District Court Commissioner. He was held on $2 million bail.
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.
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July 7, 2016
 
 
                MDTA POLICE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS
 
                               Second Wave of Smooth Operator Starts Today

 

BALTIMORE, MD - From July 7 - 16, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue its efforts to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the second wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program.
 
The Smooth Operator Program is a joint effort between law-enforcement agencies to reduce the number of crashes caused by aggressive driving. Aggressive driving includes speeding, tailgating, running red lights and stop signs and unsafe lane changes. The campaign influences motorists to make decisions that help ensure a safe driving environment for everyone on the road.
 
Smooth Operator began in 1997 and focuses on the four "E"s: Enforcement, Education, Evaluation and Engineering. Law-enforcement agencies throughout the region have increased patrols and public awareness, researched previous campaigns and helped develop long-term roadway solutions. For more information, please visit smoothoperatorprogram.com.
 
The MDTA Police also support the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.
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 the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
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July 1, 2016
 
 

MDTA POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AT HATEM BRIDGE ON JULY 2

-Saturation Patrols To Occur At Tunnels, Key Bridge And Bay Bridge-
PERRYVILLE, MD - To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza.
 
During the checkpoint, the MDTA Police will distribute information about laws and penalties for driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Motorists caught driving while impaired will be arrested and prosecuted.
 
According to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
Drivers with an alcohol level of 0.15 percent were 12 times more likely to crash than sober drivers; the legal limit in Maryland is .08. The study also revealed that marijuana users were about 25 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.
 
In 2015, the MDTA Police arrested nearly 1,100 impaired drivers and issued nearly 2,900 DUI citations.
 
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.
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