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Top Howard County News: New Downtown Building; Snow!; Heiress Post Stabbed

Top stories from the past week on Howard County Patch websites.


Planning Board Approves $65 Million Downtown Columbia Building

The building is planned to include 160 residential units as well as commercial and office space. 

Ellicott City Man's Commercial a Finalist for $1 Million Super Bowl Contest

Raj Suri's Doritos spot could net him $1 million if it receives the most votes in the company's Super Bowl contest. 


Police Say 4-Year-Old Child Left in Car at Maryland Live! Casino for 8 Hours

The 4-year-old was left in a cold car in the parking garage for over 8 hours, said police.


Columbia Receives County's Highest Snowfall Total in Storm

The snowfall total in the city was about an inch less than the highest total measured in the state.


Boy, 6, Left Unattended in Snow-Covered Van, Columbia Man Charged

Police arrested the 6-year-old boy's grandfather after the child was left for more than 90 minutes in the Arundel Mills parking lot.


Great-granddaughter of Heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post Found Stabbed to Death

A musician has been arrested in the Caribbean in the death within a family well-known in Maryland for its namesake concert venue in Columbia, according to reports.


Cash for Cell Phone Kiosk to Be Removed from Mall in Columbia

The kiosks generated controversy in the state for possibly attracting cell phone thieves.


Report: Howard County to Supply Wastewater to NSA

The county will receive millions from the security agency to supply it with water to cool computer systems.


Ellicott City Fire Causes $900K in Damage, 1 Person Escaped

A fire engulfed a two-story house on Ellis Lane overnight on Dec. 29.

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