Tuesday, February 19, 2013
This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department.
Columbia Vandalism – Lilly’s Mexican Market Someone smashed out a side window at Lilly’s Mexican Market around midnight on Feb. 17 but it is unknown if anyone entered the store. Attempted Break-in – Harper’s Choice Liquors Someone kicked the door at Harper’s Choice Liquors in the 5400 block of Harper’s Farm Road, but no entry was made around 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 17. Possible Break-in – Midsummer Lane Someone gained entry to a residence in the 10700 block of Midsummer Lane through the garage door, but it’s unknown if anything was taken sometime between Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. Burglary – Augustine Ave. Two laptops were stolen between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 after someone pried open a rear window at a residence in the 5400 block of …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Police reported sinks were broken and feces left on the floor of the bathroom at Martin Road Park.
Police reported that both the female and male bathrooms were vandalized at Martin Road Park between 7:30 and 10:50 a.m. on Monday. Broken sinks and feces on the floor were reportedly discovered by police inside the public bathrooms in the park, and graffiti was found near a basketball net. No suspects have been arrested, according to police. Martin Road Park is near the 6700 block of Martin Road in Columbia, it's a 6-acre public park run by Howard County that has a playground, grills, basketball courts and a field.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Police said this was the third incident of speed camera van vandalism this month.
Editor's Note: This story was updated to include information from the police report. Howard County police announced on Wednesday they arrested an Ellicott City man who was shooting marbles at a speed camera near Manor Woods Elementary School around 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Bruce Lawrence May, 50, of 2882 Evergreen Court in Ellicott City, was charged with second-degree assault, destruction of property and reckless endangerment after police said they determined he was driving the vehicle the marbles were being shot from. A civilian speed camera van operator was inside the van at the corner of Route 144 and Tridelphia Road when he heard something strike the side of the van and saw a gray 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan passing on Route 144…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A senior "prank" at River Hill High School that went too far will not lead to the cancelation of prom.
A senior "prank" at River Hill High School that was decribed by school officials as vandalism will not lead to the cancellation of the school's prom, according to Patti Caplan, a spokesperson for Howard County Schools. At least 30 students were involved in the vandalism, according to Caplan. River Hill Principal Nicholas Novak sent a message to parents on Monday afternoon saying students had spray painted inappropriate messages and pictures around the high school, flipped over the 'prom promise car,' toilet papered trees and moved trash cans into the street. In the message, Novak said consequences could include exclusion from senior activities such as prom and graduation. Caplan said the school has determined the individuals who were …
Friday, April 20, 2012
The camera was at the newest location at the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive on South Rolling Road.
The speed camera on South Rolling Road in Catonsville was destroyed after vandals set fire to the metal box early Friday morning, according to police. The act comes a week after the speed camera and cement pad were installed by the county at the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive on South Rolling Road. Officials had added the third site along South Rolling Road after many residents complained about excessive speeding along that stretch of the road. Police received a call at 1:40 a.m. for a fire along the 400 block of South Rolling Road, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. When Engine 41 from Catonsville responded to the scene, firefighters saw that the metal box that holds the camera was on fire. Firefighters …
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Dobbin Road corridor in particular has been hard hit over the past few years, according to the Howard County Police Department, but no one appears to be panicking about graffiti just yet.
The amount of graffiti in Columbia has increased in the last decade—but authorities here are hesitant to characterize it as a serious problem. Since 2000, there has been a 25 percent increase in graffiti in Columbia, according to Daniel D’Amore, director for open space management for Columbia Association. "It is seasonal, with more activity noted in the summer," D'Amore said. "But it also tends to be area- or neighborhood-specific for a while, and then things quiet down as the kid or kids responsible for it grow out of it or move on." In 2010, 133 police reports were generated in Howard County for graffiti, 17 of which police determined to be gang-related, according to Lt. Michael Price, commander of the Operational Preparedness Division…