Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Opening statements in the trial of the suspected killer were presented on Tuesday.
In opening statements in the murder trial of Dominique Davon McDonald of Columbia, prosecutors said they had scientific and forensic evidence that directly links the 23 year old to the slaying of a bail bondswoman on Hayshed Lane in September of 2011. Prosecutor Ned Curry said investigators found a number of pieces of evidence linking McDonald, who is accused of shooting Nichole McNair, 42, as she attempted to collect a bond payment from him. Wayne Kirwan, a spokesperson for the state's attorney's office, said the evidence referenced in opening statements included: According to police, McDonald was arrested near an apartment building in the 8800 block of Tamar Drive about 24 hours after the shooting. Inside a sprinkler room of that …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Study shows home values in Columbia's villages rose 82 percent since 2000, but were highest in 2007, the year before the housing market crashed.
The good news in Columbia Association's recently released real estate study is that home values in Columbia's villages increased by 84 percent between 2000 and 2010. That increase was just above the 82 percent increase in home values countywide, during the same 10-year period. The increases, however, were tempered by the housing spiral, which began in late 2007 and continued to erode home values nationally until 2010. During that period, home values in Columbia dropped by about $40,000 on average, according to the CA study. By 2010 the average home value in Columbia was $326,516 compared to $374,560 in 2007. Check out the graphs and charts above for more detailed information. Among the Columbia villages, Hickory Ridge's homes are the most …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Commencement ceremony dates wer announced later than usual due to Merriweather Post Pavilion's schedule.
The Howard County Public School System has announced its commencement schedule - a little later than usual. "Many parents have asked why the graduation schedule announcement was delayed this year," spokesperson Rebecca Amani-Dove wrote in a statement. Merriweather Post Pavilion, where all commencement ceremonies will be taking place, has provided use of its facility for more than two decades, Amani-Dove wrote. As part of an agreement, Merriweather can schedule concerts into early June until April 15. "In prior years, the facility has often been able to provide the graduation schedule before that date, but could not do so this year," Amani-Dove wrote. Each ceremony will be broadcast on HCPSS TV and on the HCPSS TV website within hours of…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Find out which top local high school teams are competing in the Maryland State Championships.
Tuesday, February 26
Oakland Mills, Columbia Long Reach, Columbia River Hill, Clarksville Reservoir, Fulton Additional Information: State championship tournament brackets Maryland high school basketball information - MaxPreps
Friday, December 14, 2012
Xavier Trevon Bates pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in September.
A 19-year-old Columbia man was sentenced to life in prison with all but 60 years suspended at Howard County Circuit Court on Friday for stabbing a 17 year old to death in July of 2011. Xavier Trevon Bates pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Christian LenDell Massey-Hall, of Columbia, in September. "Today's verdict gave me some closure," said Christine Massey, Hall's mother, in a statement, "but I am still so very devastated. Nothing ever will be the same again." Massey was inside her Long Reach apartment when Bates charged in chasing her son, wielding a knife. She struggled to pull Bates off her son as he stabbed Hall at least 10 times in the chest, back and arms, eventually killing him, according to the statement of the facts …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The man who was knocked out in a viral video of a fight at Long Reach High School pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Monday.
A Columbia man pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 60 days in prison for his involvement in a fight at Long Reach High School that was the subject of a viral video in March. Donnell Maurice Vannison, 41, was pictured in a cell phone video shot at Long Reach High, wearing a mask and confronting a 16-year-old student who subsequently knocked him to the ground with one punch. School officials at the time said the fight may have evolved from an earlier incident involving french fries being thrown at a girl in the cafeteria. On Monday, it was confirmed in the statement of the facts in the case that french fries had been thrown at Vannison's sister two days before the fight took place, according to a spokesperson for …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Donnell Vannison, the man who was allegedly knocked out in a viral video of a Long Reach fight, is scheduled to appear for his trial on Friday.
Donnell Maurice Vannison, the man charged with second-degree assault in an incident at Long Reach High School that became a viral video, is scheduled to appear for trial in Howard County Friday. Vannison, 40, of Columbia, allegedly went to the high school wearing a ski mask, attempted to assault a student and subsequently was knocked out, police said in March. He reportedly left the scene of the fight “stumbling down the sidewalk, almost falling over” with “blood on his face” after he was knocked out by a 17-year-old Long Reach football player, according to charging documents. School officials said at the time that the confrontation may have stemmed from an incident involving French fries being thrown at a 15-year-old girl in the …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Police said the crash was the result of speed and failure to drive within a single lane.
This story was updated at 9:54 a.m. to include the driver's name and the cause of the accident. Michele Lorenz, 42, of Columbia, was killed after her 1999 Dodge Dakota truck left the roadway and struck a tree around 9:30 p.m. on Monday night near the 5600 block of High Tor Hill in Long Reach, according to Howard County police. Police believed the primary causes of the collision were speed and failure to drive within a single lane. Lorenz was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to police. Lorenz was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle, according to police.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Police said a pair of 18-20-year-old men are the suspects.
A young man riding his bike at Long Reach High School near Tamar Drive in Columbia was pushed to the ground and robbed Sunday night, according to the Howard County Police Department (HCPD). Police said that two men were involved in the attack, which occurred between 8:30 and 8:40 p.m. on Sunday. After pushing the young man to the ground, the pair reportedly stole cash and left the scene on foot. Police released the following description of the assailants: If you have information, call the Howard County Police Department's tip line at 410-313-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The following arrest information was supplied by the Howard County police department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Armed Robbery Three unknown suspects, all with dreadlocks, one armed with a gun, another armed with a knife approached a man who was on foot at the Long Reach Exxon station at 6000 Foreland Garth around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. One of the suspects asked the man for a dollar, then allegedly displayed the gun and told the man to give the suspects his money, according to police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn. One of the other suspects displayed the knife. The victim gave the suspects his money. Police are seeking suspects. Residential Breaking and Entering A gold chain was taken from a residence near the 5900 Block of Harpers Farm Road between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Police reported there were no signs of forced entry. Sometime between …