Monday, May 13, 2013
Fallen officers from across the country will be honored.
Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and their families will converge on Washington, DC, this week for National Police Week 2013, May 12 through May 18. Among the events will be the Annual Candlelight Vigil, now in its 25th year, on Monday, May 13. National Police Week 2013 full schedule of events. National Police Week brings together between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees from departments throughout the United States and internationally. Police officers from Howard County arrived Sunday on two wheels as part of the fifth Police Unity Tour, "a 275-mile bike ride to raise awareness for police officers who died in the line of duty" according to spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn. The group of 23 Howard County police officers and support …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The men approached plain-clothes female officers in Howard County and offered to pay for sex.
Howard County Police charged 11 men with solicitation of prostitution and related charges after they were arrested in an undercover operation on Wednesday along Washington Boulevard in North Laurel. The men were arrested after they approached plain-clothes female officers and offered money for sex, according to police. This was the first undercover prostitution operation of 2013, said police. In 2012, police arrested 23 men in September, ten men in July, and eight in May in similar operations. Six of the men were from Laurel, two from Rockville, one from Elkridge, one from Lanham and one from Randallstown, according to police reports. Related Articles
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The man was seen on surveillance video buying cigarettes the day before he allegedly robbed the store with his face covered.
Police charged a 31-year-old man with armed robbery of a Snowden Exxon after a store clerk recognized the man as a customer from the day before. Cedric Ryan Murphy, who has no fixed address, was charged in the robbery. Police said a clerk at the gas station recognized the man who robbed him, even though his face was partially covered with a bandanna, as the same man who bought a pack of Newport cigarettes the day before. The man was wearing the same clothes on both days, according to police, who reviewed security footage from the incident. During the robbery, the man threatened the clerk with a knife and stole two to three cartons of Newport cigarettes and cash, said police. The robbery occurred Jan. 19. The Exxon is located in the 8200 …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
All information provided by the Howard County Police Department.
Columbia Burglary - Prayer Tabernacle Church Someone stole cash and a video camera from Prayer Tabernacle Church in the 10700 block of Hikcory Ridge Road sometime between April 7 and April 10. Police reported a door was left unsecured to the church. Attempted Robbery Two men arranged to meet an acquaintance in the 5300 block of Old Tucker Row on April 10 around 8:30 p.m. When they arrived they were met by four men in a parking lot. One of the men got into the car, demanded money and grabbed the driver from behind. After a struggle inside the car, the four suspects fled the scene. Police described the men as black males, between 18 to 23-years-old, all of them thin. One was wearing tan pants and a t-shirt, the other three were wearing …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The 2012 countywide crime statistics were released by Howard County Police on Tuesday.
Violent crimes in the county were down compared to last year, but burglaries rose slightly in the 2012 annual statistics released by Howard County Police on Tuesday. There were 574 incidents of violent crime—which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault—in 2012 compared to 597 in 2011. Last year’s numbers were not the lowest in the last five years, in 2010 there were 558 violent crimes, but 2012’s numbers were much lower than 2008 and 2009 when there were more than 700 violent crimes both of those years. While property crime, which includes burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson was down as a category; burglaries were up from 2011. In 2012, there were 1,185 burglaries compared to 1,108 the year before. The …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Residents who turn in guns at Saturday's event will receive $100 and a free gun lock.
County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon shared the podium on Friday with a family member of a victim of accidental gun violence to ask residents to turn in unwanted guns on gun buyback day. McMahon said police will give people $100 each for guns brought to the Dorsey Building at 9250 Bendix Road in Columbia from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Police said individuals turning in guns will remain anonymous and up to three guns can be turned in for money, although police will take as many guns as a person brings. On turning in weapons, Ulman said, “If you don’t think you need a [weapon], even if it’s specifically secured… now is the time, you get $100, bring it on in.” The money to pay for the guns is coming …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Three people were charged with driving under the influence, police said.
Authorities say five drivers were arrested late Saturday and early Sunday at a sobriety checkpoint on U.S. Route 1 in North Laurel. According to Howard County police, three people were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, one for driving without a license, and one for driving on a suspended license. A total of 537 vehicles reportedly passed through the checkpoint, situated near Davis Avenue and staffed by members of the HCPD and Maryland State Police. Drivers were given an informational handout with DUI information, police said, and the Howard County chapter of Mothers against Drunk Driving provided assistance with the checkpoint. The operation was part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign and was funded in part by a …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Two officers who worked to save a young woman from a burning vehicle in January were recognized by local officials.
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On Jan. 11, 18-year-old Casey Marie Bellofatto's car crossed the double yellow line on Route 97 near Sykesville and hit another vehicle head-on before turning over and starting on fire. Cpl. Craig Ream, an 11-year veteran of the Howard County police department happened upon the scene on his way to work and crawled under the hood of the burning car to rescue Bellofatto. After pulling the woman from the burning car, Ream and Carroll County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Gunnar Burdt carried her up a hill and away from the vehicle. Earlier this week the two officers were recognized by local officials for their courage and valor in saving the young woman's life. Carroll County Sheriff Kenneth Tregoning was joined by Howard County Chief of Police …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Columbia man pleads guilty to a single count of armed robbery.
A Columbia man who committed an armed robbery in the Mall in Columbia parking lot as police looked on from a nearby parking garage pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Howard County Circuit Court on Friday. Odell Kareem Copeland, 32, was arrested in September after he and another man, Pierre Antwan Booth, 28, of Randallstown, were observed by police robbing a man inside his car in the mall parking lot near Union Jack's. The police report said officers wrote that Copeland acted as a lookout as Booth held a pistol to the man and stole his cigarettes, car keys, $75 and a cell phone. Copeland is scheduled to be sentenced on May 28, according to a spokesperson for the Howard County state's attorney's office. Booth is scheduled to stand trial on …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Police have some tips for residents "before the burglar comes."
Howard County Police Capt. Daniel Coon visited with residents in Ellicott City's Dunloggin Neighborhood earlier this week to talk to people about residential burglaries. Along with specific information about their neighborhood, he shared some general advice for people to keep their homes safe, including a brochure from Maryland Crime Watch. Make your home look (and sound) occupied: Be a good neighbor: Install good locks ... and lock them: Secure your windows: Change the locks 'at the drop of a threat': Don't welcome burglars by telephone: Don't open your door to anyone with no business inside: Man's best friend repels burglars: Don't advertise your vacation plans: Tell the police: Write down the serial numbers for you electronic devices: