Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A total of seven will be honored at the ceremony Tuesday in Ellicott City.
On Tuesday, Howard County police and government officials will honor seven police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony in Ellicott City, in conjunction with National Police Week, will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Howard County Police Headquarters Memorial Courtyard and Garden, 3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City. According to a news release, the fallen officers honored will be: Additionally, for Police Week, Howard County officers will conduct a Memorial Ride Tuesday between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the various sites where the seven fallen officers had died, according to a release. Related: Fallen Trooper Shaft Hunter Memorialized on I-95 Deterring the distracted driver Fallen in the Line of Duty: Howard County …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The annual awards ceremony highlights excellence in every aspect of police work.
The Howard County Police Department will recognize at a Wednesday night ceremony contributions made in 2012 by some of its officers, civilian employees and volunteers. Award recipients will include Cpl. Craig Ream, who, while off-duty, came across a crash in Carroll County. He jumped into action, crawling into a burning car and rescuing18-year-old Casey Marie Bellofatto. Ream will be awarded the Medal of Honor. Officer Richard Romberger will be awarded the Purple Heart. Romberger was injured in January 2012 when he was struck by a car while on-duty in Mt. Airy, according to the Baltimore Sun. The following awards will also be given out: The ceremony is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kossiakoff Conference and Education Center at the Johns …
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.
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,…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Police checked licenses, sobriety in North Laurel.
Police arrested five people over the weekend during a sobriety checkpoint in North Laurel, according to a statement from the Howard County Police Department (HCPD). Between Friday night and Saturday morning, police said 690 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, which was on Route 1 northbound at Davis Avenue and staffed by Maryland State Police and HCPD. Three drivers, including one 18-year-old, were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, said police. The teen was given an additional charge related to being underage, according to Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for HCPD. Two people were arrested for driving on suspended licenses, said police. All drivers were provided with literature on the dangers of drinking and driving, …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Officers from Howard County Police Department will check for three things during operation.
The Howard County Police will set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the county this weekend, police said in a statement Wednesday. Police will be in marked and unmarked vehicles in a setting with lights and signage. While the department did not say where the checkpoint would be, it did say what officers will be looking for: Police said the last scheduled DUI checkpoint, in late June, was cancelled after a derecho, or windstorm, ravaged Maryland. Police periodically conduct checkpoints to raise awareness about safety. In Howard County, alcohol was involved in 25 percent of fatal crashes last year, according to the Howard County Police Department, which arrested 1,391 people for driving under the influence in 2011. The checkpoint is …
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. …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Suspect was armed in July 12 robbery at Woody's Liquor, according to police.
The Howard County Police Department is offering up to $500 for information leading to the arrest of a man who robbed a Jessup liquor store at gunpoint earlier this month, according to a statement the department issued Thursday. At approximately 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, police responded to Woody's Liquor & Bar in Jessup after a man entered the store, held up a gun and demanded money, according to the statement. Police said that after the clerk gave the armed man the money, the suspect fled into the woods behind the store, which is on the 8800 block of Washington Boulevard. The Howard County Police Department released the following description of the suspect: If you have information about the suspect, call the Howard County Police …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Howard County police continue to target the Route 1 corridor based on citizen complaints.
The Howard County Police Department announced Tuesday that 10 men were arrested in a reverse prostitution sting along the Route 1 corridor in Laurel on Friday. Undercover female officers worked in areas where citizens have complained about prostitution, and they arrested 10 men who approached them and offered money for sex, according to a statement from the department. This is the second "reverse prostitution" sting of 2012. Officers arrested eight men for soliciting prostitution in May. The following men were arrested as a result of the operation on Friday, July 13, and face charges for soliciting prostitution: Miguel Barbosa-Palacios, 37, of Riverdale Preston Harrison McGriff, 38, of Laurel Jose Quintanilla-Rivera, 38, of Laurel William …