Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The jury has decided the fate of a former Elkridge resident accused of killing his wife more than 20 years ago.
After hours of deliberation, a jury has found Robert Jarrett Jr. guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his former wife, Christine Jarrett, the Baltimore Sun reported. Prosecutors had been seeking a first-degree murder conviction for Robert Jarrett, who reported Christine Jarrett missing in 1991. At the time, a detective on the case said that he thought she had run away. More than 20 years later, in April 2012, police found a body later identified as Christine Jarrett buried in concrete under a shed in the back yard of the Claire Drive house the couple had shared. Neighbors told Patch that for 21 years, they had suspected that Christine Jarrett was buried in the yard in Elkridge. "All the kids said she was under there," one …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The former Elkridge resident is accused of killing his wife and burying her under a shed more than 20 years ago.
The trial began Wednesday for a man accused of murdering his wife and burying her body under a shed in their yard Robert Jarrett, Jr., formerly of Elkridge, was indicted in May for the 1991 murder of his then-wife, Christine Jarrett. After getting permission to search the Elkridge property from Jarrett’s second wife, police found Christine Jarrett’s remains on April 18, 2012, under concrete, under a shed in the yard. Jarrett and his second wife have since divorced. According to a spokesman for the State’s Attorney’s office, during opening statements in court Wednesday, prosecutor James Dietrich told the court that Robert and Christine Jarrett’s marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse. Jarrett’s attorney, George Psoras, told jurors not …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman unveiled the fiscal year 2014 budget on Monday.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman unveiled a $442.4 million capital budget on Monday that would dedicate a significant amount of funds for upgrades at schools, including Atholton High School, Longfellow Elementary, Running Brook Elementary and Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia. In addition, the fiscal year 2014 capital budget proposal includes funds to build the second phase of Blandair Park. Nearly $20 million in funds is proposed for a new science and engineering building at Howard Community College. Also, the plan earmarks funds for a new home for the Howard County Economic Development Authority and the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship in Downtown Columbia. Fiscal year 2014 begins July 1. Ulman proposed the following dollar …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Photos from the spring snow storm that fell in Howard County on March 25, 2013.
Despite schools being closed, few people were outside braving the mix of snow and rain that continued to fall on Monday morning. Main roads such as avenues in Columbia and highways like Route 100 and 29 were not too treacherous on Monday, but less traveled roads like New Cut Road in Ellicott City had some snow on them. Patch captured the above photos Monday morning in Ellicott City, Columbia and Elkridge. Add your own spring snow photos by clicking on the upload photos button below the pictures. Related Articles PHOTOS: It's Not Snow Bad Now PHOTOS: Sandy's Aftermath in Columbia
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
'I know what I did was wrong.' - Josiah David Martin.
A former Michigan resident received a nine-month jail sentence for his role in an Elkridge hotel room’s methamphetamine lab operation stemming from last June. This past December, Josiah David Martin, 23, originally from Mesick, Mich., pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and to reckless endangerment after Howard County police discovered a meth lab at a Holiday Inn Express in Elkridge. At a hearing this past Friday, Martin apologized for his role, stating, “I know what I did was wrong," according to T. Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for the Howard County State's Attorney's Office. Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt handed Martin an eight-year sentence but suspended all but nine months on the …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
This information is supplied by the Howard County Police Department.
Jessup Commercial Burglary Someone threw a large rock through the front window glass of Kay’s Diner, entered the restaurant and stole a Nestle’s strawberry milk and some Snickers bars. The incident was discovered by an officer doing checks in the area around 9 p.m. on March 6 in the 8200 block of Preston Court. Residential Burglary Two citizens detained an Ellicott City man who had entered a home in the 8300 block of Barkwood Court through an open door. The citizens spotted the 32-year-old man in the basement and called police, who arrested him around 7:30 a.m. on March 5. He was charged with fourth-degree burglary. Elkridge Armed Robbery A man was walking on Old Stockbridge Road near Village Drive when a slow-moving black sedan pulled up …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Are those around you worried about the threat of sequestration cuts? Tell us in the comments.
Gov. Martin O’Malley has plans to visit an Elkridge manufacturing business Wednesday where he says he will urge Congress to act against federal sequestration cuts O’Malley will be speaking at 10 a.m. at FLIR Systems, 6610 Amberton Dr. in Elkridge, and will also be addressing his thoughts on how the sequester could impact Maryland. O’Malley’s office called FLIR was an “advanced manufacturing business that employs middle-skill workers.” Without action from Congress, the sequester would go into effect automatically on March 1, reducing spending in a number of areas, including education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement, the White House said. “Federal sequestration can hinder Maryland’s ability to create jobs, and provide …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Dale Audet may spend 18 months in jail for his involvement in a deadly collision in Elkridge.
Parents of two teenagers killed in a collision on Lawyers Hill Road last year spoke a lot about forgiveness at a sentencing hearing for the 19-year-old who had been driving more than 70 mph at times on the hilly, windy road in Elkridge. Dale Kirk Audet, of Linthicum pleaded guilty in September to two counts of criminal negligent manslaughter In statements made in Circuit Court Wednesday, victims' parents talked about how they came to forgive - or were trying to forgive - Audet. He had been “hill jumping” - accelerating over hills - on Nov. 25 of last year when the car he was driving went airborne and struck a tree, killing 19-year-old Jeffrey Giles of Linthicum and 18-year-old Jonathon Deckman, of Severn, who were passengers in the car. …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The two men pleaded guilty to being involved with a methamphetamine lab inside an Elkridge hotel room.
Two Oklahoma men pleaded guilty this week to charges stemming from their role in a methamphetamine lab set up inside a Holiday Inn Express in Elkridge last June. Joshua Wade Matthews, 34, of Sallisaw, OK and Forrest Derrick Rhoades, 35, also from Sallisaw, pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and to reckless endangerment. Rhoades was sentenced to nine months in jail by Judge Timothy J. McCrone, according to Wayne Kirwan, spokesperson for the Howard County state's attorney's office. Matthews, who prosecutors described as forthcoming with authorities, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 27, 2013, according to Kirwan. Two other out-of-state men have also pleaded guilty to drug charges related to the meth lab. …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Jury selection should begin Wednesday in the case of an Elkridge man accused of murdering his wife, burying her under the shed.
Remains found buried in concrete underneath a shed in an Elkridge backyard can be used as evidence in the state’s trial against Robert Jarrett Jr., a judge ruled Monday. The remains, according to the medical eaminer, were those of Christine Jarrett, Robert Jarrett’s wife in January 1991 when he reported her missing. In April 2012, Jarrett’s second wife – from whom he was separated at the time and who later filed for divorce – allowed police to search the property behind their house. It was the same home Jarrett shared with Christine when she was reported missing. Jarrett was indicted on first-degree murder in May. Read full coverage of the Jarrett case on Elkridge Patch In court Monday, Jarrett’s attorney, George Psoras Jr., revived …