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Man, 22, charged in child porn

A 22-year-old man has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography after a yearlong investigation by Maryland State Police that centered on his then-home in Baltimore County, authorities said.

Jeffrey G.A. Stimson, who now lives in the 700 block of S. Potomac St. in Baltimore, faces charges of two counts of distributing and one count of possessing child pornography. He was released Tuesday from the Baltimore County Detention Center on $75,000 bail, court records show.

Police said in a statement that troopers began their investigation in 2007 when members of the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force logged onto a network offering videos of children.

"Troopers were able to trace the computer back to Stimson," police said in a statement. In August, police said, they raided Stimson's residence in the 2900 block of Freeway in Halethorpe and seized the computer.

"Investigators recovered dozens of videos and pictures depicting children believed to be under the age of 16 engaged in various stages of sexual activity," police said in the statement.

Police said they arrested Stimson on Monday at his office. He faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted.


Fire spurs evacuation at seniors complex

A fire caused by a pot of food burning in a unit at an Edgemere senior citizen apartment building forced an undetermined number of residents to evacuate yesterday.

A sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading, a spokesman for the county Fire Department said.

There were no injuries.

The fire, reported about 5 p.m. in a third-floor apartment at St. Luke's Place in the 2800 block of Lodge Farm Road, was brought under control in a few minutes by 30 firefighters manning apparatus from several eastern county stations, said Glenn Blackwell, the spokesman.

Blackwell credited a fire drill held last week at the four-story building, owned by Catholic Charities, for preventing injuries. "Every resident knew the elevators were not in service, and all used stairways to escape the effects of the fire," he said.

Blackwell said six to eight apartments on the first, second and third floors of the 125-unit building had water damage.

Richard Irwin


Five firefighters awarded Bronze Star

The county Fire Department gave its third-highest award, the Bronze Star, to four career firefighters and one volunteer firefighter at its annual promotional and commendations ceremony this week at Goucher College.

Also recognized were a 15-year-old baby sitter, volunteer firefighters from Reisterstown and Glyndon, and 34 career personnel who were promoted in the past year.

The Bronze Star recipients were: Lt. John Meyers IV and Lt. Daniel Kluge from Eastview Fire Station; Lt. Timothy Wilson and Fire Specialist Leroy Edmunds III from Fullerton Fire Station; and Chief Jerry Ertwine from Middle River Volunteer Ambulance-Rescue Co.

The five men were part of the crews responding to a tractor-trailer that overturned in a collision last April on Interstate 95 between Moravia Road and the Baltimore City-county line. They spent at least two hours trying to free the driver from the wreckage while dealing with diesel-soaked soil, darkness and an unstable light pole, said Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

Others honored at the ceremony included:

Elizabeth Anne Martin, 15, of Hereford, who calmly helped five children she was baby-sitting escape from a fire at her home.

Reisterstown and Glyndon volunteer firefighters who responded to an automobile accident at Tufton and Greenspring avenues involving a 17-year-old boy with a fence post impaled in his neck. The young man survived.

Ellie Baublitz

Law enforcement

Applicants sought for anti-crime grants

The county Police Department has applications available for community crime prevention grants and youth activity grants.

Nonprofit groups, community organizations and individuals may apply. The deadline for applications is Tuesday.

Crime prevention grants are for Citizens on Patrol groups and other programs aimed at reducing crime. Youth activity grants are for programs focusing on early intervention and long-term behavior modification for at-risk youth.

Grants are for July 1 to June 30, 2009.

Information: 410-887-5637.

Cromwell Valley

Annual egg hunt set for Saturday

Cromwell Valley Park will hold its Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road.

Hunt times are: 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 and 4; 10:45 a.m. for ages 5 and 6; 11 a.m. for ages 7 and 8; and 11:15 a.m. for ages 9 and 10.

Information: 410-887-2503.

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