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Odenton/Gambrills: Officers honored at Western District Police-Community Relations Council ceremony

Police Community Relations Council honors outstanding officers

The Western District Police-Community Relations Council recognized some outstanding officers on the force at an April 13 ceremony.

The event was held at Western District headquarters in Odenton. Officer of Merit Award recipients for 2015 were chosen on the basis of sustained, superior performance throughout the year, or for their exemplary performance in dealing with one or more significant events during that year.

•Sgt. Robert Price, of Platoon Two, was involved in a number of critical events in 2015, including managing a situation with an individual who barricaded himself in his house, threatened officers and refused to surrender. This situation, thanks in great part to Price, was eventually resolved without violence.

•Detective Greg Pamer was honored for investigating and solving criminal cases including robberies, assaults, drug issues and home invasions. This year, PCRC chose to recognize and honor the eight-year Western District veteran's service.

•Detective Jeff Golas, who is described by peers as aggressive and productive, was involved in the search for a serial shooter who was wanted in at least three Maryland counties in 2015. He played a major role in the identification and apprehension of that shooter.

•Officer Andrew Stallings, of Platoon One, was honored for performing his duties with skill and dedication. He is a cooperative team member, ready and eager to take on any assignment. As a result, Stallings has become a role model for his fellow officers.

•Officer Ming Yee, of Shift Four, approached two suspicious-looking individuals one night last year as they were pretending to be window shopping in front of a CVS at 3:30 a.m. Yee questioned them and subsequently arrested them, plus an accomplice. All three individuals were in the process of staging an armed robbery before Yee stopped them.

In addition to receiving PCRC certificates and having their names engraved on one of the plaques that remains on permanent display in the WD headquarters meeting room, each recipient was congratulated and presented additional certificates by Pat Daly, from the Office of the County Executive; state Del. Mark Chang; and County Councilmen Pete Smith and Andrew Pruski. Rusty Bristow introduced the recipients, and Police Chief Timothy Altomare read the citations.

Hummingbird presentation

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are due to arrive in our area soon. Wild Birds Unlimited, 1304 Main Chapel Way in Gambrills, is hosting a hummingbird presentation at 4 p.m. May 1.

The presentation will be given by expert Bruce Peterjohn from the Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge. The focus of the talk will be how to attract hummingbirds to your garden or yard.

Space is limited, so RSVP by calling the shop at 410-451-6876.

Golf fundraiser

Efforts 4 Ellie is sponsoring its second annual Golf 4 A Cure. The event will take place beginning at 9 a.m. May 20 at Bay Hills Golf Club, 545 Bay Hills Drive in Arnold.

The event is a fundraiser for Ellie Centrella, who suffers from glycogen storage disease 1B. This disease is extremely rare. One in one million live births and about 100 people in the U.S. have it. Those that suffer from it do not make glucose, and they can not store glycogen and break it down.

To become a sponsor or for more information, contact christycentrella@verizon.net.

Street festival

The seventh annual Piney Orchard Street Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 21 at 2400 Stream Valley Drive in Odenton. The annual event typically attracts more than 8,000 people.

The Piney Orchard Community Association offers food, games, prize raffles, live music, children's entertainment and face painting.

For more information, visit www.pineyorchard.com/news-app/street-fest-2015.

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