Thursday, July 5, 2012
This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department
Howard County Police Thursday reported one successful and one attempted break-in in Ellicott City Sometime between Saturday, June 30 and Tuesday, someone entered a house on the 9300 block of Tiller Drive through a basement window, according to police. The suspect, or suspects, stole a television, a piggy bank and a pillow case. Police also report that sometime between early June and Wednesday, an unknown number of suspects tried to force their way into the front door of a house on the 3600 block of Joycin Court. No one was able to get into the house, police said, but the entrance was damaged…
Friday, June 29, 2012
Officers will check for alcohol, seatbelt compliance and use of child safety seats.
The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, but the Howard County Police Department is getting ready for early celebrations. In addition to ramping up patrols on July 4th, police will set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the county during the weekend, police said in a statement Thursday. 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: The checkpoint is partially funded by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office and falls under the Checkpoint Strikeforce, a multi-state initiative to take impaired drivers off the roads. In Howard County, alcohol was involved in 25 percent of …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Motorcycle collisions have led to two deaths in Howard County recently -- what can the police, and drivers, do to keep safe?
With top speeds approaching 200 mph, high-performance motorcycles zooming past cars have become a regular sight on highways, and to police and rescue crews. May was Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, but the debate of how to keep riders -- and the vehicles they share the roads with – safe, is ongoing. Particularly, according to Chief William McMahon, when it comes to high-performance motorcycles “That’s something we struggle with,” McMahon told a group of residents at the Citizens Advisory Council meeting last week. “We don’t chase them, frankly, because we can’t catch them,” he said. Tell us in comments: What do you think should be done to increase motorcycle safety? On May 21, 45-year-old Gary Alan Lynch died when his motorcycle went …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A police officer was taken to Shock Trauma and Woodstock man to Howard County Hospital, after an Ellicott City collision.
Howard County Police are investigating an accident involving a police cruiser that sent two people to the hospital earlier this week. According to a statement sent by police, at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday a marked police 2012 Dodge Charger was driving on Baltimore National Pike westbound near Martiottsville Road. Traveling westbound on the same road, according to police, was a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. The driver of the Hyundai tried to make a left turn onto Marriottsville Road, according to police, but did not yield right of way and crashed into the police car, which had a green light. Sgt. Roch DeFrances was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma and Hyundai driver Euijeong Lee, 51, of Woodstock was taken Howard County …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Police say three children have suffered head injuries this year after falling out of windows.
It may be tempting to leave windows open during these cool summer days, but Howard County officials are warning parents that an open window can be a danger to children. In the last few months, three children in the county have been injured after falling out of open windows, according to a statement released by Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. Two remain hospitalized. “Injuries in these types of cases can be severe,” Police Chief William McMahon said in a statement. “We investigate every case to ensure there is no foul play or child abuse involved, and usually what we find are preventable accidents.” On May 23, a two-year-old boy fell from the second floor window of his Ellicott City home, according to police. During …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Officers are aggressively enforcing the "click it or ticket" rule this month.
Throughout May and into early June, Maryland law enforcement officers will be aggressively enforcing Maryland’s seat belt laws, according to Sherry Llewellyn, a spokesperson for the Howard County Police Department. The effort is part of the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s “Click it or Ticket” campaign. In Maryland, drivers who are caught not wearing their seat belt receive a $25 ticket for their first offense, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Police have not yet released the name of the driver, who died after a collision in Columbia.
One person is dead after a collision in Columbia Monday night, according to Howard County Police. At about 9:45 p.m. a 1985 Mercedes was driving southeast on Robert Fulton Drive when the driver attempted to make a left turn onto Commerce Center Drive, according to a statement released by police. The Mercedes collided with a 2008 Toyota 4 Runner that was driving northwest on Robert Fulton Drive, according to the statement. The driver of the Mercedes was alone in the car, police said. The driver was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma and later died as a result of the collision. Police said the driver of the 4 Runner, 38-year-old Holli Michele Broerman of Pasadena, was also alone in her car; she was taken to Baltimore Washington …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Fines collected have not yet covered the initial costs of the program, but should this year, according to police.
More than 3,600 speed camera citations were issued in Howard County in the first two months of 2012, according to the Howard County Police Department. Speed cameras began operating in school zones in October of last year. After a one-month probationary period, $40 citations were issued to vehicles travelling 12 mph or faster over the speed limit. Since November, the county has collected $182,360 in fines according to Sherry Llewellyn, spokewoman for the police department. Those fines have not yet covered the expenses of the program which, to date, have been $196,073, according to Llewellyn. That figure includes the initial start-up expenses of the program and payments of $87,375 to ACS, the vendor that operates the mobile speed units. …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Heads of government will discuss how their offices would be affected by the additional financial burden of teacher pension costs.
In a letter to employees two weeks ago, County Executive Ken Ulman said pay cuts and layoffs were in Howard County’s future if the governor’s plan to shift some of the cost of teacher pensions to the counties was instituted. This morning, heads of the county departments that would see those cuts will join Ulman at an event dubbed the “Stop the Shift” rally. According to a statement from the executive’s office, the leaders will talk about the programs that “could be on the budget ‘chopping block.’” The gathering is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the the Harper’s Choice Village Center Courtyard, 5485 Harpers Farm Road in Columbia. In addition to Ulman, are Howard County Police Chief William McMahon, Department of Fire and Rescue Services Chief …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Chief William McMahon said “there’s really not much left to cut except people.”
The Howard County Police Department had initially fashioned a budget for this year that looked a lot like last year's, according to Chief William McMahon. It did not include a lot of growth, but if all goes well, McMahon said, “we plan on having a recruit-level class in June” to fill some of the 10 sworn vacancies in the department. McMahon explained potential budget problems to a dozen Howard County residents at Wednesday’s meeting of the Citizens Advisory Council. County Executive Ken Ulman asked the police department, along with all other county departments, to submit a contingency budget with a seven percent reduction in expenses in the event that Gov. O’Malley’s proposal to shift some of the burden of teacher pensions to the …