Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Frank Alan Klukosky, 43, pled guilty in March to filming a 13-year-old girl in states of undress.
A Laurel man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday on charges of producing child pornography, prosecutors said. Frank Alan Klukosky, 43, received the sentence from Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow in Greenbelt. Klukosky also faces lifetime supervised release and must register as a sex offender. According to Klukosky's plea agreement, in June 2012, a federal probation officer found pornographic images and videos depicting children on the cell phone of a registered sex offender who had been in contact with Klukosky. "Further investigation revealed that on June 24, 2012 Klukosky drove to the registered sex offender’s home in Laurel with an SD card that contained at least 120 images and six videos of child pornography," …
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 …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Howard County Police confronted questions from the public on a planned sobriety checkpoint this weekend.
A routine press release from the Howard County Police Department on an upcoming sobriety checkpoint this weekend generated 89 shares, 64 “likes” and more than 25 comments on Facebook. What was all the fuss about? Reactions to the Tuesday post from the department ranged from worries about drinking and driving, texting and driving, to questioning why the police department had to inform the public prior to a sobriety checkpoint --- doesn’t that defeat the purpose? “I think it's stupid that the police [department] has to tell the public these things,” wrote Robin Maldonado-Shaw on the Howard County Police Department Facebook page. “You drink and drive you should go to jail! I know plenty of people who have just been slapped on the wrist yet …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Foul play is not suspected, police said, but an autopsy is pending.
Update, 1:25 p.m. Howard County police have identified the body found Sunday afternoon in North Laurel as that of 49-year-old Staci Marie Watkins. Foul play is not suspected, police said. An autopsy is pending. Original article: The body of a woman was found Sunday in the woods off of the 9000 block of U.S. Route 1 in North Laurel, authorities said. According to Howard County police, a man called 911 around 4 p.m. to report that he had seen the body while walking in the woods. Officials believe it may be that of a woman in her 40s reported missing several weeks ago by a friend. There were no obvious signs of foul play, police said, but an investigation is ongoing.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Manoj Unni, a former crime lab technician for Baltimore City Police, allegedly cultivated marijuana plants worth over $500,000 in his basement.
A North Laurel man arrested in May after police allegedly discovered half a million dollars worth of marijuana plants growing in his basement has pleaded guilty to manufacturing controlled substances, ExploreHoward.com reports. Manoj Unni, 30, of the 9300 block of Cross Timbers Court entered his plea in October, according to the site. He faces sentencing in January. On May 9, Howard County police acting on an anonymous tip searched Unni's home. Officials said they found a “substantial marijuana grow operation in the basement, including sophisticated growing equipment." Detectives reported seizing 341 plants capable of yielding $510,000 of marijuana, as well as high-intensity lights, a dehumidifier, air filters, water pumping systems, …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Police say the shooting occurred early Sunday at the Taco Bell on Minstrel Way.
Police are investigating a shooting that left a Taco Bell manager in critical condition after he was shot several times outside his business, according to a Howard County police press release. Police said they responded to the 7100 block of Minstrel Way at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday for a person who had been shot. An investigation revealed that the Taco Bell manager was confronted by two unknown male subjects outside of the store who then began shooting at him, police said. According to the release, the manager was struck several times, but was able to make it back into the Taco Bell. Two other employees, who were inside the store at the time of the shooting, called 911. The manager was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The money will go to traffic enforcement, training and more.
Howard County has been awarded more than $52,000 in federal grant money earmarked for violent crime reduction and other public safety activities. The U.S. Department of Justice grant is part of $6.3 million provided to the state and individual counties and cities in Maryland. Howard County's $52,520 share will be used for extra crime patrols and traffic enforcement, as well as for interpreter training and training in operating an emergency vehicle. The money will also pay for a contingent traffic analyst, according to a statement released by Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. The grant funding is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics. Baltimore County was awared $360,238; Baltimore City received $762,…
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department.
Laurel: Police say suspects broke a front window on a home on the 9900 block of Wintry Day Place on Saturday between noon and 8 p.m. The suspects reached through the window and unlocked the door, but nothing was reported missing. Columbia: Two businesses and a home in Columbia were burglarized last week, according to police. At about 8:20 a.m. on Friday, police say a suspect smashed the front door of Oak Tree Furniture, on the 9100 block of Red Branch Road, with a concrete stone. The suspect took money from one register, and stole a second one. Police say the second register was stolen because the suspect could not open it. Police say a suspect used a brick to smash the front glass door of Tropical Tan on the 6900 block of Oakland Mills …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Yolanda Murchison jumped a curb by Route 1 in North Laurel and struck a marked Howard County police cruiser, according to police.
A Columbia woman is in jail and a police officer is in the hospital after a Saturday morning crash on Route 1 in North Laurel, according to the Howard County Police Department (HCPD). At approximately 1:24 a.m. on July 28, Yolanda Murchison was driving her Chevrolet Cruze northbound on Route 1 at Davis Avenue when she "jumped the curb and drove across the median and struck the right rear of the police vehicle," according to a statement from HCPD. The marked police car was at a stop sign about to turn on Davis Avenue at the time of the crash, HCPD spokesman Cpl. Christopher Adams told Patch. The police officer was taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital, where HCPD said he was in stable condition Saturday morning. Murchison, 30…
Monday, July 23, 2012
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman spoke about safety Monday in the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting.
Days after a man opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, which CNN reports killed 12 and wounded 58 people, an Elkridge man asked County Executive Ken Ulman for his take. “How would you handle an Aurora, Colorado, situation?” asked Tony Campise during the Howard County executive's sixth annual public forum. “You really almost can’t fathom,” said Ulman of the Aurora, CO, shootings. “I will tell you this: after each incident like this around the country—whether it be Columbine or Virginia Tech—our folks have redoubled our efforts to look at our communications plans.” On Friday, Howard County Police Department officials said they met with the county's two movie theaters to talk about safety in the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting. …