Thursday, May 16, 2013
Authorities are seeking to identify two masked men who held up All Saints Liquors at gunpoint May 4.
Howard County police are offering a reward for help in identifying two men who robbed a North Laurel liquor store. On May 4 just after 11 p.m., two employees were closing up shop at All Saints Liquors (9105 All Saints Rd.) when two masked men showed up with a handgun and demanded that the employees lay on the floor, according to police. One of the robbers hit an employee in the head with the gun, police said. The robbers then took all of the money from the store's registers and from a lock box. Police do not know how much money was stolen. The first suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall, skinny black man. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, gloves, a white ski mask, black pants, and Air Jordan sneakers. Police said he had a gun. The …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
After an extensive search, police discovered that the girl had spent the night at her school.
Authorities say Jeanne Bioj, a 9-year-old Laurel girl who was reported missing Tuesday night, has been found safe and sound after an extensive search. According to Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer, Bioj was found by a detective around 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria of Scotchtown Hills Elementary, where she is a fourth grader. Family notified Laurel police that she was missing around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Piringer said, prompting police to deploy significant resources. Authorities worked through the night contacting friends and famiy and searching the area. Bloohounds were sent into action, and a scent trail was located on Millbrook Lane. Aviation support was also requested from Howard County policet. The Chesapeake Search & Rescue Team and a …
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 …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Howard County police increased patrols over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Howard County announced Monday that they arrested 21 people for driving under the influence during increased patrols over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. “Thankfully, we'll never know if one of those drivers might have injured himself or someone else, or worse,” officials wrote on the Howard County Police Department Facebook Page. Carroll County officials were also among the law enforcement agencies watching out for drivers under the influence over the holiday, officials reported Monday. Two drivers were arrested in Carroll County during a weekend sobriety checkpoint, law enforcement officials said. A sobriety checkpoint earlier this month in North Laurel netted five driver arrests, according to Howard County Police. See related posts: Five…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said the turnout was "tremendous."
Residents turned in 631 weapons during Howard County's gun buyback event on Saturday. In all, police took in 314 handguns, 168 rifles, 149 shotguns during the event that ran long due to a wait. Police distributed about $63,000 in funds, paying $100 each for the unwanted guns, from money seized in drug investigations. The response to the event far exceeded previous gun buyback events held in the county in 1994 and 1995. In 1995, three guns were turned in and in 1994, 15 guns were turned in, according to police. “The tremendous turnout today shows that many people have firearms in their homes that they don't want or need,” said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. “There are now hundreds of fewer rifles and handguns in Howard County that could…
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 …
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:
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 …