Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The annual awards ceremony highlights excellence in different aspects of police work.
The Howard County Police Department will recognize at a Wednesday night ceremony contributions made in 2012 by some of its officers, civilian employees and volunteers. Award recipients will include Cpl. Craig Ream, who, while off-duty, came across a crash in Carroll County. He jumped into action, crawling into a burning car and pulling out 18-year-old Casey Marie Bellofatto. Ream will be awarded the Medal of Honor. Officer Richard Romberger will be awarded the Purple Heart. Romberger was injured in January 2012 when he was struck by a car while on-duty in Mt. Airy, according to the Baltimore Sun. The following awards will also be given out: The ceremony is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kossiakoff Conference and Education Center at the Johns …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Howard County Police confronted questions from the public on a planned sobriety checkpoint this weekend.
A routine press release from the Howard County Police Department on an upcoming sobriety checkpoint this weekend generated 89 shares, 64 “likes” and more than 25 comments on Facebook. What was all the fuss about? Reactions to the Tuesday post from the department ranged from worries about drinking and driving, texting and driving, to questioning why the police department had to inform the public prior to a sobriety checkpoint --- doesn’t that defeat the purpose? “I think it's stupid that the police [department] has to tell the public these things,” wrote Robin Maldonado-Shaw on the Howard County Police Department Facebook page. “You drink and drive you should go to jail! I know plenty of people who have just been slapped on the wrist yet …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Police say the shooting occurred early Sunday at the Taco Bell on Minstrel Way.
Police are investigating a shooting that left a Taco Bell manager in critical condition after he was shot several times outside his business, according to a Howard County police press release. Police said they responded to the 7100 block of Minstrel Way at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday for a person who had been shot. An investigation revealed that the Taco Bell manager was confronted by two unknown male subjects outside of the store who then began shooting at him, police said. According to the release, the manager was struck several times, but was able to make it back into the Taco Bell. Two other employees, who were inside the store at the time of the shooting, called 911. The manager was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The money will go to traffic enforcement, training and more.
Howard County has been awarded more than $52,000 in federal grant money earmarked for violent crime reduction and other public safety activities. The U.S. Department of Justice grant is part of $6.3 million provided to the state and individual counties and cities in Maryland. Howard County's $52,520 share will be used for extra crime patrols and traffic enforcement, as well as for interpreter training and training in operating an emergency vehicle. The money will also pay for a contingent traffic analyst, according to a statement released by Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. The grant funding is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics. Baltimore County was awared $360,238; Baltimore City received $762,…
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Yolanda Murchison jumped a curb by Route 1 in North Laurel and struck a marked Howard County police cruiser, according to police.
A Columbia woman is in jail and a police officer is in the hospital after a Saturday morning crash on Route 1 in North Laurel, according to the Howard County Police Department (HCPD). At approximately 1:24 a.m. on July 28, Yolanda Murchison was driving her Chevrolet Cruze northbound on Route 1 at Davis Avenue when she "jumped the curb and drove across the median and struck the right rear of the police vehicle," according to a statement from HCPD. The marked police car was at a stop sign about to turn on Davis Avenue at the time of the crash, HCPD spokesman Cpl. Christopher Adams told Patch. The police officer was taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital, where HCPD said he was in stable condition Saturday morning. Murchison, 30…
Monday, July 23, 2012
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman spoke about safety Monday in the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting.
Days after a man opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, which CNN reports killed 12 and wounded 58 people, an Elkridge man asked County Executive Ken Ulman for his take. “How would you handle an Aurora, Colorado, situation?” asked Tony Campise during the Howard County executive's sixth annual public forum. “You really almost can’t fathom,” said Ulman of the Aurora, CO, shootings. “I will tell you this: after each incident like this around the country—whether it be Columbine or Virginia Tech—our folks have redoubled our efforts to look at our communications plans.” On Friday, Howard County Police Department officials said they met with the county's two movie theaters to talk about safety in the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting. …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Heads of government will discuss how their offices would be affected by the additional financial burden of teacher pension costs.
In a letter to employees two weeks ago, County Executive Ken Ulman said pay cuts and layoffs were in Howard County’s future if the governor’s plan to shift some of the cost of teacher pensions to the counties was instituted. This morning, heads of the county departments that would see those cuts will join Ulman at an event dubbed the “Stop the Shift” rally. According to a statement from the executive’s office, the leaders will talk about the programs that “could be on the budget ‘chopping block.’” The gathering is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the the Harper’s Choice Village Center Courtyard, 5485 Harpers Farm Road in Columbia. In addition to Ulman, are Howard County Police Chief William McMahon, Department of Fire and Rescue Services Chief …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Howard County police met with parents in the wake of several reports of suspicious activity involving kids and strangers.
One day, when Jeff was away from home, someone threw a mailbox through his front window. “That’s when I got the camera,” he said, standing in the cafeteria of Rockburn Elementary School on Tuesday evening. Jeff, who asked that his last name not be printed, not only installed a security camera on his property, but also a license plate tag reader. He joined other parents from around Howard County on Tuesday to discuss child safety with members of the Howard County Police Department in the wake of several reported “suspicious circumstances” involving children. Since December, there have been seven reports of suspicious strangers attempting to engage or acting suspicious near children, according to the police department. “We don’t think any…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Two Siamese cats, a gerbil and a lizard are thriving and in need of loving homes.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012
Four pets found alive after being abandoned for more than a week in a Columbia home have been nursed back to health and are now available for adoption, according to the Howard County Police Department. Two cats, a gerbil and a bearded dragon lizard were found alive but in bad shape in a house in the 9600 block of Lambeth Court on Jan. 16. Officials also found 40 dead animals in the house. The four pets had survived despite being without food or water for more than a week. After recuperating and receiving necessary veterinary care, the four survivors are now ready for adoption, according to police officials. In addition to the lizard and white gerbil, two Siamese cats described as a bonded pair are looking for new homes. Officials are …
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions.
Marriottsville: Construction Break-In Attempt Shortly before 4 a.m. on Jan. 25, an unknown number of suspects attempted to break into a model home on the 2300 block of Adam David Way, but failed to gain entry. Police said the incident is being investigated as possibly being related to two other model home break-ins. Columbia: Break-In Between 12:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, an unknown number of suspects entered a residence on the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road, stealing a laptop, jewelry box and cash. Woodbine: Break-In Attempt Police said within the past six months, an unknown number of suspects attempted to force open the rear basement door of a residence on the 16400 block of Frederick Road, but failed to gain entry. For …