The schools were cleared after police tracked down the source of the gunshots.
Clarksville Middle School and Pointers Run Elementary School went into modified lockdown Monday at 12:30 p.m. after gunshots were heard in the area, according to a letter sent home to parents. Doors were locked and all outdoor activities were ceased at the schools as police investigated, according to the letter. Police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn said the gunshots came from an adult male who was engaged in target practice on a 26-acre farm off of Hall Shop Road, about a mile or two from the schools. "This is permissable," wrote Llewellyn in an email, "since he was not near homes, roads or any public land." The schools were given the all clear by police at 1:10 p.m. and went back to normal activities, according to the letter.
Local organizations are hosting a food, clothing and water drive on Saturday.
Here in Howard County, Superstorm Sandy knocked out power, downed trees, caused minor flooding, but luckily, didn't cause the widespread coastal devastation residents of New York and New Jersey face. This weekend three local organizations are teaming up to collect donations for our neighbors to the North. Food on the 15th, Columbia Association and the Young Women's Giving Circle of Howard County wil be collecting a wide range of items from noon to 3 p.m. at Clarksville Middle School, 6535 Trotter Road, Clarksville, on Saturday. The donations will then be loaded into a truck by CA's Open Space Division staff and Titan Maintenance and brought to the Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing in Glen Burnie—who will bring it to those in need. This is …