Friday, February 1, 2013
Police will have an increased presence on the road "after the Ravens win" Sunday's match.
A great Super Bowl party usually involves a big television, lots of food and, in the case of a Ravens' party, probably some adult beverages. Howard County Police know that. Chief William McMahon said in a statement released by the police department, “We want people to have a great time and celebrate. We just ask that you designate a driver before you drink alcohol.” Howard County police will be on “saturation patrol” after, the statement read, “the Ravens’ Super Bowl win.” The increased presence will work to keep impaired drivers off the road on what is “one of the deadliest days across the nation for alcohol related traffic crashes,” the statement said, citing to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). “Super Bowl Sunday is always a …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Police say the suspect went to the store a few hours before returning to rob it.
Police are looking for a man in connection with the second robbery of the same Howard County gas station in a less than a month. A reward of up to $500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Police responded to a reported robbery at the Exxon gas station on the 8200 block of Snowden River Parkway in Columbia at about 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 19. Investigators say a man entered the business wearing a yellow bandanna covering his face, showed a knife and demanded money. Police say the clerk gave the money to the man, who also took several cartons of cigarettes before leaving, getting into the passenger side of a waiting vehicle. Surveillance footage shows the same man had entered the store about three hours prior to the robbery …
Monday, January 28, 2013
One 13-year-old, two 14-year-olds and a 17-year-old are believed to be involved with a string of burglaries that began in November, police said.
Four Columbia teens were charged this week in a string of 16 commercial burglaries at Howard County businesses, including a recent jewelry store burglary in which a neighboring business had its wall sledgehammered to gain entry. Of those charged, one is 13-years-old, two are 14, and one is 17, according to police. Police said the juveniles colluded with Charles Rodriguez, a 24-year-old Columbia man, who was charged with selling their stolen merchandise after one of the incidents. Police said they believe the teens are responsible for a Jan. 22 burglary in which the suspects broke a back window at Concentra Urgent Care on Dobbin Road, then sledgehammered through a wall of the business to enter J&D Jewelry, where they stole an undetermined…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The new officers were sworn in Thursday night.
The three women and 20 men of Police Academy 37 were sworn in at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia Wednesday night by Howard County Clerk of Court Wayne Robey. "You are going to be asked to run toward trouble when others run away. You are going to see the worst that people can do to each other," Howard County Police Chief William McMahon told the graduates. "Don't be afraid to be heroes." The graduating class of Police Academy 37:
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The 18-year-old remains in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
A Sykesville teen pulled from a burning car by a Howard County police officer Friday has been released from Shock Trauma, according to the Howard County Times. Casey Marie Bellofatto, 18, was rescued from the burning car by Cpl. Craig Ream, an 11-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department. Ream was on his way to work on Rt. 97 in Carroll County when he came upon the two-vehicle accident at 3 a.m. on Jan. 11. As previously reported on Patch, Ream crawled under the hood of Bellofatto's burning Toyota Corolla and squeezed himself through a small opening to pull the teenager to safety. Bellofatto was released from Shock Trauma Monday, and according to an article in the Howard County Times she was sent to the Johns Hopkins Bayview …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Deputies were serving a warrant related to a Jan. 8 home invasion in Mt. Airy, in western Howard County.
Frederick County sheriff's deputies shot and killed 19-year-old Daniel Vail on Thursday morning while serving a warrant related to a Howard County home invasion in Mt. Airy, according to a police account. The deputies were assisting Howard County Police who had issued a warrant for Vail, of Mt. Airy, who was suspected to be involved with a Jan. 8 home invasion in Mt. Airy. The Jan. 8 home invasion, which occurred in the Howard County portion of Mt. Airy, involved three masked men, armed with a baseball bat and a shotgun, who demanded money from two male victims at a residence near the 600 block of Long Corner Road, according to Howard County police. No one was injured during the home invasion, but police believe the incident may be drug …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Howard County man faces more than a half-dozen burglary charges.
A Howard County man has been indicted on several burglary charges in a string of home invasions that date back to last summer. Police say they caught Robert W. Stone, who has an address in Elkridge and one in Columbia listed in court records, on the 1000 block of Ridermark Row. According to police, officers were investigating a stolen vehicle on Nov. 22 when they saw Stone walking past a house wearing a mask, dark clothes and gloves. Police said when Stone saw them, he tried to get into the car they had been investigating and drive away, but they were able to detain him. During the ensuing investigation, police say they found evidence that linked Stone to several other break-ins, including one in July on the 6800 block of Creekside Road …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Police say the man implied he had a gun before taking cash from the clerk.
The Howard County Police Department is hoping the public can help identify the suspect in an armed robbery at a hotel, and the department is offering a reward of up to $500 for information that leads to an arrest. According to police, a man walked into the main entrance of the Comfort Inn on the 8800 block of Washington Boulevard in Jessup on Dec. 14 and approached the clerk. The man lifted his shirt, implying he had a gun in his waistband, police said. The man gave the clerk a plastic bag and demanded money, according to police; the clerk complied and the robber left on foot. Police describe the robber as a tall, black man with average build, a goatee and a thin, chin-strap beard. Police said the robber was wearing a winter hat with …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Columbia man arrested in string of burglaries.
A masked man captured as he allegedly attempted to make a getaway from a burlgarized home now faces burglary, auto theft and other charges in multiple home break-in cases. According to Howard County police, on Nov. 22, officers were investigating a stolen vehicle on the 11000 block of Ridermark Row, in Columbia, when they say Robert W. Stone, 43, of Columbia, was walking near a house wearing a mask, dark clothes and gloves. Police say when they approached Stone, he ran to the vehicle they had been investigating. He tried to drive away, police said, but officers were able to detain him. The back door of the house Stone was walking by had been smashed with a rock and the home had been burglarized, police determined. Stone was arrested at …
Monday, November 19, 2012
A new mobile app gives residents a new way to connect with police.
The Howard County Police Department has announced that residents can now use an app to anonymously send crime tips. Howard County is the first in the state to use iWatchHowardCounty, according to a statement released by the police department. Using the app, people can send a text, picture or video to the police department. “We think this tool is invaluable,” Police Chief William McMahon said in a statement. He said the app will not replace 911, but will work more like the police tip-line. “Once users download the app, they can be the eyes and ears of their communities with a direct and immediate link to law enforcement,” he said. County Executive Ken Ulman, who last week launched the Parker app, which helps people find parking spaces in …