Thursday, February 14, 2013
Police said a Burtonsville man exposed himself twice inside the Mall in Columbia.
Howard County police said they arrested and charged a Burtonsville man in two reported incidents of indecent exposure at the Mall in Columbia after a mall employee spotted the man exposing himself in the food court on Wednesday night. Police said the mall employee saw the man, identified as Steven Michael Lerer, 49, of Burtonsville, standing near the food court with a jacket covering his genital area. When the man turned, the employee saw the man fondling himself and exposing his genitals, said police. The employee reported the man to mall security, who held him until police arrived, police said. Police were then able to identify the man as the person they said was involved in a Jan. 13 incident in which a man followed a group of girls …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The man reportedly exposed himself behind a group of girls at the Mall in Columbia.
Police have released additional photos of a man they said exposed himself behind a group of girls inside the Mall in Columbia. Police said the incident occurred during the afternoon on Jan. 13. Police described the suspect as a white male in his 50s, between 5-foot-9-inches and 6 feet tall, about 250 pounds, with dark hair, thick eyebrows, square glasses and protruding teeth. Inside the mall, he was wearing a black t-shirt with gold or tan corduroy pants, reported police. Related Article Columbia Mall Indecent Exposure Suspect Caught on Camera
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Police released a grainy photo of the suspect on Tuesday.
Police released a photo of a man on Tuesday believed to have exposed his genitals inside the Mall in Columbia while following a group of girls during the afternoon of Jan. 13. Police described the suspect as a white male in his 50s, between 5-foot-9-inches and six feet tall, about 250 pounds, with dark hair, thick eyebrows, square glasses and protruding teeth. Inside the mall, he was wearing a black t-shirt with gold or tan corduroy pants, reported police. A police spokesperson said the photo released is from a mall surveillance video and is the best-quality image available. The incident was reported by a bystander who saw the man following a group of girls while touching his exposed genitals, which were hanging in front of his pants, …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After a few swings of golden sledgehammers, construction will soon begin on the expansion of the Mall in Columbia.
It was May of 2005 when about 500 residents gathered with representatives of General Growth Properties to begin creating a plan to develop Downtown Columbia. On Tuesday, officials from GGP and Howard County swung golden sledgehammers through a wall at the Mall in Columbia, the loud thunks officially ringing in the beginning of the construction process. "This starts a series of groundbreaking and activity after years of discussion," said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. The Mall is planning to construct a new 75,000 square foot retail and restaurant center in the current location of L.L. Bean. When finished, there will be three new buildings and a new walkway that connects the mall with the Columbia lakefront. "Today marks the beginning …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
A malfunctioning boiler was the cause, according to the fire department. The store opening was delayed but no injuries were reported.
High carbon monixide levels at the Nordstrom in Columbia Sunday morning prompted firefighters to ventilate the store and evaluate an employee for medical reasons, according to the fire department. Nordstrom employees at The Mall in Columbia called 911 after smelling a strange odor around 9:30 a.m., according to Battalion Chief Gordon Wallace. Approximately 30 fire and rescue personnel arrived and determined that a boiler in the tailor shop, which operated the steam presses, had malfunctioned, said Wallace, spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS). The malfunction "created high levels of carbon monoxide" in the store, which was not open at the time, said Wallace. High levels of carbon monoxide, which …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Check out some creations on display from Howard County's up and coming artists.
In case you haven't seen it, there's some great work by local artists on display at The Mall in Columbia this month. There are currently over 3,000 pieces of student artwork on display throughout the mall from 73 elementary, middle and high schools in Howard County, according to a spokesperson for the mall. This is the 40th year the Columbia Mall is hosting art displays from schools throughout the county. The project is organized by the Office of Fine Arts at the Howard County Public School System. Patch navigated the mall and picked 36 pieces that stood out. Which piece is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.