Police and Fire briefs, April 29, 2020

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/RFC
Among the departments responding to the fire at Konsyl Pharmaceuticals was Cambridge Rescue Fire Company. This photo was taken from the bucket atop the extended ladder of RFC’s Tower 1 engine.

Three-alarm commercial fire
On Saturday around 6:39 a.m., volunteer fire departments throughout Talbot County were dispatched to a commercial building fire located at 8050 Industrial Park Road in Easton. A passerby alerted 911 to the fire, and upon arrival firefighters were faced with heavy smoke conditions throughout the building.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the location and initiated an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature due to an electrical malfunction within a commercial scissor lift, being stored inside of the building.
The property, owned by Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, is a 55,000 square foot storage facility. Due to the size of property, the estimated damages exceed $1 million.
The response went to three alarms, and the fire was controlled and extinguished within a couple hours, a report from the fire marshal said. More than 100 firefighters responded from Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties to assist with the incident. There were no injuries.

Pedestrian dies on Parkway
On April 20 at approximately 9:23 p.m., US Park Police Officers were dispatched to the area of southbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway south of Route 202 for a report of a struck pedestrian. Arriving units did find a body in the roadway.
The male decedent, 39-year-old Innocent Munyaneri of Riverdale, was pronounced on scene. The operator of the striking vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation.
The United States Park Police, Criminal Investigations Major Crime Unit, is seeking the public’s help. Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything prior to the crash to contact the CID Tip Line at (202) 610-8737, USPP_tipline@nps.gov, or US Park Police Communications at (202) 610-7500. Callers can remain completely anonymous.

Felony charges
A 33-year-old Maryland man was arrested on felony charges following two domestic-related incidents with his ex-girlfriend on March 29, police said.
The Salisbury man was charged after twice appearing at a residence in the 6000 block of Old Sharptown Road, according to Delaware State Police. Two children were present at the time, according to Delaware State Police spokeswoman Senior Cpl. Heather Pepper.
Police said the man allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend in the face in the first visit and pulled a pocket knife while threatening her with bodily harm the second time. He was taken into custody by Wicomico County Police and extradited to Delaware on Tuesday.
Police charged Jordan Kirn with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child (four counts), possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree burglary, aggravated menacing, criminal contempt of a domestic violence protective order, disregarding a police officer signal, terroristic threatening, reckless driving, offensive touching and criminal mischief under $1,000 property damage (two counts).
Mr. Kirn was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court and was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown.

High speeds on beltway
From 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, troopers at the Forestville Barrack issued five citations for 80-89 m.p.h., two citations for 90-99 m.p.h., one citation for 100-109 m.p.h. and one citation for a speed exceeding 110 m.p.h.on I-95/I-495. Through personal observation and anecdotal information, troopers believe some drivers are taking advantage of lighter traffic volume to engage in aggressive driving and speeding.
“Regardless of the reasons, troopers will continue strict enforcement of all traffic laws in an effort to keep Maryland highways safe, even as we work to stop the virus spread during the state of emergency,” a statement from the Maryland State Police said. “Please obey the speed limit.”

Salisbury woman shot
The Maryland State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on April 20.
The victim, a 38-year old woman from Salisbury, is not being identified at this time. She was treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
The suspect is described as an African-American male with dark skin, 5’7”, 130-140 lbs., and wearing black pants with a dark green hooded sweatshirt. Witnesses told police he was wearing a black face mask and no gloves at the time of the shooting.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m. April 20, troopers from the Salisbury Barrack responded to the 800 block of Miami Avenue in Salisbury for the report of a shooting. Responding troopers were met by the victim who had sustained an apparent gunshot wound to her leg. Troopers immediately rendered aid at the scene until EMS responded to transport her to the hospital.
The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect knocked on the door of the victim’s home, identifying himself as her cousin. When she opened the door, the suspect reportedly aimed the gun at her and demanded money. The suspect fired the gun and fled the scene.
Responding troopers from the Salisbury Barrack secured a perimeter, searched the area and conducted neighborhood checks. Crime scene techs from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division responded to gather evidence and process the scene. Deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department responded to assist with the investigation.
Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Lower Shore Region are the lead in the investigation. Police urge anyone with information relevant to this case, to contact Maryland State Police at the Salisbury Barrack at 410-749-3101. The investigation continues.
Incendiary investigation
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating an April 22 incident involving a trash and brush fire at 5336 Cordtown Road, Cambridge. A passerby reported the fire at 5:01 a.m., at the property owned by Reginald McClain.
Four firefighters from Rescue Fire Company controlled the incident in 10 minutes. There were no arrests or injuries, and no monetary losses.
The preliminary cause was reported to be incendiary, as a result of intentionally setting the pile on fire. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Lower Eastern Region Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-713-3780.

MDTA police training
Officers reported for field training April 22, after completing a demanding academy training program that began in August 2019. In addition to the difficulty of standard training, the new officers and their instructors from the MDTA Police Training Unit overcame challenges prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic to safely complete their final weeks at the academy.
Meetings that required the entire class were limited and, when needed, were held outside to ensure proper adherence to social distancing measures. Recruit Class 53 consisted of 34 recruits from the MDTA Police, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) Police, the Annapolis Police Department, the Greenbelt Police Department and the Hyattsville Police Department.