Monday, April 8, 2013
A 25-year-old Columbia man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly setting fire to a building on Harpers Farm Road in Columbia.
Howard County Police charged a 25-year-old Columbia man with assault and malicious burning after he allegedly set fire to an apartment on Harpers Farm Road Friday night while police were investigating an assault. Police arrested Alejandro Adolfo Rodriguez, of the 5300 block of Harpers Farm Road, around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday after officers searching for him saw him walking on Eliots Oak Road in Columbia. He was arrested without incident, according to police. Police said when they arrived at the Harpers Farm Road residence Friday to investigate a reported assault, Rodriguez yelled obscenities at officers from a second-story window. Shortly after, a fire could be seen in the building, according to police. Rodriguez fled out of a rear window …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
School officials also canceled after school activities due to the threat.
Atholton High School was evacuated and all after school activities were canceled on Thursday after a bomb threat on the building was received in the afternoon, according to Howard County Police. A police spokesperson said the bomb threat was sent to a school administrator's email account around the time of dismissal. Dismissal was completed and police searched the school with a bomb sniffing dog, according to police. School officials sent out a notice around 5 p.m. Thursday that after a search of the school, police determined the building is safe. The school will remain closed Thursday, but will open as usual on Friday, according to the notice.
Friday, February 1, 2013
"Things went pretty smoothly" as the City of Laurel responded to Thursday's flooding, a spokesman said.
Update, Feb. 1: City of Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer said "things went pretty smoothly" Thursday as police, public works crews, and other emergency responders worked to limit the risk posed by flooding on the Patuxent River. Despite some leftover mud and debris, the MARC commuter lot at the Laurel train station reopened Friday morning after having been closed Thursday. Riverfront Park was set to reopen Friday morning as well. Update, 7:22 p.m.: City of Laurel officials say the Patuxent River is starting to recede in the area after surging significantly on Thursday. The rise in the river's level was caused by the release of water from the T. Howard Duckett Dam made necessary by last night's heavy rains. According to a statement from Mayor…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Residents with and without pets may evacuate to any of three Prince George's County shelters.
The Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management has three shelters open for county residents Tuesday in the aftermath of Sandy's strongest blows. All three shelters are now "pet friendly," said Carol Terry, a spokesperson for the county Department of Environmental Resources. The shelters will take in owners who evacuate with their pets, but they are not drop offs for unattended animals, according to Terry. The shelters are Charles H. Flowers High School located at 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Rd. in Springdale, Gwynn Park High School at 13800 Brandywine Rd in Brandywine, and University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum at 7950 Baltimore Avenue in College Park. Residents can check the county website for updates or call the 311 call center…
Friday, July 6, 2012
No injuries were reported, and the Columbia store has been re-opened.
Wegmans was briefly evacuated around 11:30 a.m. Friday morning after a small kitchen fire broke out inside the store, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Fire officials said they responded to a call for smoke in the café kitchen at Wegmans, which opened in Columbia in June, just after 11:30 a.m., and that by then, customers had already evacuated the store. Preliminary information indicated it was a grease fire and there were no injuries reported, according to fire officials. Wegmans tweeted to Patch at 11:50 a.m., “Small fire in the kitchen, extinguished right away. Evacuated as a precaution. Everyone’s safe & back in the store shopping.”
Friday, August 26, 2011
The governor declared a state of emergency and evacuated Ocean City.
Gov. Martin O'Malley declared a state of emergency on Aug. 25, deploying 100 state troopers to assist with an evacuation of Ocean City and swift-water rescue teams in advance of a "monster hurricane" headed toward Maryland. “This is a large, this is a deadly, this is a slow-moving hurricane that is bearing down on the state of Maryland,” O'Malley said at the emergency operations center of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. O'Malley warned about flooding in coastal and flood-prone areas, and advised residents to have enough food and water to last 72 hours. "People who live in areas that experience floods in heavy rains will definitely be experiencing flooding from the monster hurricane that is headed to our state," O'Malley said. "…
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Gov. Martin O’Malley urged citizens to prepare supplies to sustain them for 72 hours as Hurricane Irene moves through Maryland. A statewide emergency has been declared as well as a mandatory evacuation of Ocean City.
Gov. Martin O’Malley urged Maryland residents to prepare for flooding, gale winds, electrical outages and torrential rain as Hurricane Irene is headed for the state. He declared a state of emergency and ordered a rare evacuation of Ocean City. “We are fully activated and watching very closely in full preparation mode for the arrival of Hurricane Irene,” O’Malley said Thursday at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) headquarters in Reisterstown, MD. “This is a large, this is a deadly, this is a slow-moving hurricane that is bearing down on the state of Maryland." The governor has declared a statewide emergency and ordered a mandatory evacuation of Ocean City, MD. Officials anticipate the storm will be a Category 2 when it arrives…