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Mount Airy man charged with threat to South Carroll High

Mount Airy, Carroll County, Maryland April 1, 2014 ---- Sheriff’s Detectives have charged 20 year old Timothy Edgar Baker of the 2600 BLK of Walston Road with the March 20, 2014 threats against South Carroll High School and its students.  At approximately 2:18 p.m. that afternoon, police were dispatched to South Carroll High School after school officials received an anonymous, non-specific bomb threat by telephone.  In conformance with school procedures, South Carroll High School was placed on lockdown while police arrived and secured the school.

After the initial phone call, school officials received four additional calls, one of which threatened that students would be shot as they left the building, and another referenced that the school would “turn into Columbine”.  The Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack received a sixth telephone call, during which the caller reported that he was the friend of a mentally unstable student that was planning to shoot South Carroll High School students.  A joint decision was made on scene by school officials and the Sheriff’s incident commander to release the high school buses, keeping the students in place while the middle and elementary school bus routes were completed.

South Carroll High School remained on lockdown while State Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies and Sykesville Police began a methodical search of the School campus and building.  At the same time, investigators located, debriefed and eliminated potential suspects identified through tips and phone information. Local police were joined by tactical officers and explosive detection canine teams from law enforcement agencies across the region as they worked the next several hours to search every bush, room and backpack.  Students and staff were released without incident after the threat was found to be a hoax.

Since March 20th, Sheriff’s Detectives have worked closely with investigators from the Maryland State Police, parents, school officials and students to investigate the incident.  Investigators were able to trace the phone number to an internet based Voice of Internet Protocol (VoIP) wholesaler, and on to a secondary phone service application provider that was linked to two incidents involving erroneous 911 calls made during February, and threatening text messages sent earlier in March.  Return information led detectives to a Comcast Cable account that was linked to Baker.  As a result, Sheriff’s Detectives assisted by investigators from the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack executed a Search and Seizure Warrant at Baker’s home yesterday afternoon, where they recovered additional evidence, including Baker’s cellular phone and personal use quantities of marijuana. Baker denied setting an explosive device or having a gun at the school, offering only that he and some acquaintances thought it would be fun to see the police response.

Consequently, Baker has been charged with making a “False Statement regarding a Destructive Device, Threat of Arson, repeated Telephone Misuse, and Possession of Marijuana”.  He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center without bail following a bail review hearing in District Court this morning.  Baker does not own any firearms, and investigators do not believe he presented any danger to South Carroll High School, its students or faculty. 

The investigation continues, additional charges may be applied…  Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Detective Youman of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 410-386-2571, or the Anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP. 



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Sheriff’s Office Administrator graduates from FBI National Academy

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; March 28, 2014 ----- The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the graduation of Lt. Christopher Orwig from Session 256 of the prestigious FBI National Academy. The FBI National Academy is internationally known for academic excellence, consisting of 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness schooling for selected law enforcement executives from around the world. Class 256 consisted of 221 students,   including international students from 23 countries including Peru, Chile and South Africa.

Instruction is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Lt. Orwig is currently assigned as the 1st line administrator for Patrol Squad 1. He began working for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in 2004, and has spent time as a patrol deputy, Union Bridge community deputy, criminal investigator, and patrol supervisor. Prior to employment with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Orwig served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and worked at the Salisbury Police Department from 1999 until 2004. He has a criminal justice degree from Wilmington College, and is currently working on his Masters.



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