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Baltimore County Police arrest two people after suspicious package forces evacuation at Pine Grove Middle and Elementary schools; all children safe

Center, Gina Sax and her daughter, Allison Sax, 11, walk from Parkville High School. Allison, a sixth grader, was among the students who were evacuated from Pine Grove Middle School.

Baltimore County Police arrested two people Tuesday following a suspicious package investigation that forced evacuations at two Baltimore County schools, Pine Grove Middle and Pine Grove Elementary schools, officials said.

One person was arrested at about 11:30 a.m., police said Tuesday night. Officers arrested another person in the 1600 block of Whitehead Court, where roads were closed earlier in the day.

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All streets were open by Tuesday night and police were not seeking any additional suspects. Baltimore County Police will have an “increased presence” at county schools Wednesday.

Pine Grove Middle and Pine Grove Elementary schools resumed normal operations Wednesday.

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“All children are all safe and well,” Baltimore County Police tweeted about 2 p.m. The evacuations were done “out of an abundance of caution.”

Detective Trae Corbin, a Baltimore County Police spokesperson, said the department’s hazardous device team did a “controlled” action to investigate a device found inside a vehicle on Pine Grove Middle School’s campus. There is no threat, he said.

Police did not say what the device was or how close the vehicle was to the school. Detective Anthony Shelton, a police spokesman, declined to say whether the vehicle belonged to either of the people arrested Tuesday.

There was also an “incident” on Woodlawn Drive that is related to the suspicious device investigation, Corbin said.

Pine Grove Middle School students and staff in Baltimore County were evacuated Tuesday at about noon because of a suspicious package on the property, officials reported.

They went to Pine Grove Elementary School, less than a mile away, and then bused to Parkville High School, at 2600 Putty Hill Ave. in Parkville, for reunification.

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By about 4 p.m., the reunification of middle school students and their parents at Parkville was complete and Parkville students had been dismissed, school officials and police said.

Officials also evacuated students and staff at Pine Grove Elementary to Loch Raven High School at 1212 Cowpens Ave. in Towson, for reunification, officials reported at about 1:30 p.m. Police reported at around 5:30 p.m. that the reunification was complete and that additional support will be available for all students and staff Wednesday.

Police activity at Parkville High School where students fom Pine Grove Middle School were being brought after they were evacuated from their school.

Afternoon pre-K has been canceled at the elementary school, and dismissal at Loch Raven High School will be at 4 p.m., Baltimore County Public Schools said.

Students were evacuated and bused to the high schools at about noon. Charles Herndon, a spokesman for Baltimore County Public Schools, said the school system received information about a “suspicious package” on the campus around midmorning Tuesday. Herndon said out of an “abundance of caution,” students were evacuated.

He said he didn’t have information about how police learned about the package or any threats.

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”Everybody’s safe. Everybody’s fine. It’s just a matter at this point of finding out what’s happening on the police side,” Herndon said.

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Police were also investigating an area in the 1600 block of Whitehead Court in connection with the suspicious package. The area was been evacuated police said.

At about 5:30 p.m., police said residents evacuated near Pine Grove Middle may return to their homes. Approximately an hour later, they said all roads near the school have reopened.

All roads closed in Baltimore County following the discovery of the package were reopened by 6:50 p.m., police said. “All students are safe this evening after being reunified with family members,” Baltimore County Police said on Twitter.

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