Monday, May 13, 2013
Fallen officers from across the country, including Prince William Officer Chris Yung, will be honored.
Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and their families will converge on Washington, DC, this week for National Police Week 2013, May 12 through May 18. Among the events will be the Annual Candlelight Vigil, now in its 25th year, on Monday, May 13. National Police Week 2013 full schedule of events. National Police Week brings together between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees from departments throughout the United States and internationally. Police officers from Howard County arrived Sunday on two wheels as part of the fifth Police Unity Tour, "a 275-mile bike ride to raise awareness for police officers who died in the line of duty" according to spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn. The group of 23 Howard County police officers and support …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The men approached plain-clothes female officers in Howard County and offered to pay for sex.
Howard County Police charged 11 men with solicitation of prostitution and related charges after they were arrested in an undercover operation on Wednesday along Washington Boulevard in North Laurel. The men were arrested after they approached plain-clothes female officers and offered money for sex, according to police. This was the first undercover prostitution operation of 2013, said police. In 2012, police arrested 23 men in September, ten men in July, and eight in May in similar operations. Six of the men were from Laurel, two from Rockville, one from Elkridge, one from Lanham and one from Randallstown, according to police reports. Related Articles
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Howard County police offer tips on protecting yourself from these crimes.
Police say a network of thieves has been breaking into cars near daycare centers, gyms, schools and parks up and down the East Coast, including in Howard County. The thieves are using stolen information to steal money from victims’ bank accounts. According to police, eight cases that fit this trend were reported locally between December 2012 and February 2013. The victims told police they had left their purses in their car when they went to pick up kids; take a class at the gym; or walk dogs. All of the victims were women, according to police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn. When they returned from their errands, police said, the victims returned to smashed windows and missing purses. With stolen information in hand, police say the …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Residents who turn in guns at Saturday's event will receive $100 and a free gun lock.
County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Police Chief William McMahon shared the podium on Friday with a family member of a victim of accidental gun violence to ask residents to turn in unwanted guns on gun buyback day. McMahon said police will give people $100 each for guns brought to the Dorsey Building at 9250 Bendix Road in Columbia from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Police said anyone who turns in guns will remain anonymous. Up to three guns can be turned in for money, although police will take as many guns as a person brings. On turning in weapons, Ulman said, “If you don’t think you need a [weapon], even if it’s specifically secured… now is the time, you get $100, bring it on in.” The money to pay for the guns is coming from …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Howard County police will hold a gun buyback program on March 16.
Howard County police are offering residents $100 per gun if they bring it to the Dorsey Building in Columbia on March 16. Guns dropped off at the event will be destroyed and funds to pay for them will come from money seized in drug investigations, according to police. “This is truly about safety,” said Police Chief William J. McMahon, in a statement. “If you have a gun in your home that you no longer want, we will help you eliminate the possibility that it could be used in a way you never intended.” Those participating in the event will remain anonymous, and police said they will not ask for identification at the event. Police will buy any complete firearm, but not gun parts or pellet/BB guns. Residents who bring a gun to the event have …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Police say 3 were charged with driving under the influence.
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. Police say 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 Howard County and Maryland State Police. Assistant was provided by the Howard County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Drivers were given an informational handout with DUI information, police said. The operation was part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign and was funded in part by a grant from the …
Wednesday, February 27, 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 …
Friday, February 15, 2013
This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department.
Ellicott City Residential Burglary – Ashley Court An unknown person broke a window in the basement door of a residence on the 4500 block of Ashley Court to enter and then ransacked bedrooms stealing jewelry, cash, electronic gaming equipment, a laptop and a gift card sometime on Feb. 13. Residential Burglary – Rocky Glen Way Jewelry, a purse and a Bose stereo were stolen and bedrooms were ransacked at a residence in the 2700 block of Rocky Glen Way. A small window to the front door was broken and the deadbolt unlocked to gain entry. Residential Burglary – Chapel Avenue A rear window was pried open to gain entry to a residence in the 8900 block of Chapel Avenue sometime between Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, but it’s unknown if any property was taken…
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 8, 2013
This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department.
Ellicott City Residential burglary – Wheaton Way Two laptops and four watches were reported stolen from a residence in the 3200 block of Wheaton Way after a person or persons made entry through a second-story balcony sliding glass door overnight on Feb. 5 – 6. West Friendship Residential burglary – Stiles Way Alarm speakers were torn from the wall at a residence in the 3100 block of Stiles Way on Feb. 6. The rear French doors were smashed to gain entry and master bedroom dresser drawers were searched, but nothing was reported missing. Columbia Robbery – King’s Contrivance CVS A man stole a variety of DVDs and over-the-counter medications after entering the CVS in the 8600 block of Guilford Road around 4 p.m. on Feb. 5. As two employees …