Sniper Breaks Columbia Windows

Police, fire log

January 05, 1992

Someone armed with a pellet gun shot out seven windows of the Parkside Building in Columbia Tuesday, causing an estimated $14,000 in damage, county police said.

Each of the plate-glass windows, worth about $2,000, were shot out sometime before 2 p.m., police said. The windows were located between the first and fourth floors.

No suspects were seen.

The building, located in the 10500 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, is owned by Columbia Management.


Two laborers suffered minor injuries Friday morning when a propane leak ignited and caused a small explosion at a home under construction in Columbia, county firefighters said.

Themen, Craig Smith, 18, of Glen Burnie, and Michael Chubb, 34, of Pasadena, were working in the basement of the home when the propane tank ignited at 10:30 a.m., apparently because of an electrical problem, said Donald R. Howell, a rescue services spokesman.

"A quasi-explosion then ensued, and the two men beat feet out of there," Howell said. The blast of air propelled Smith forward into a wall, causing a possible shoulder dislocation, Howell said.

A small fire in the house, located in the 10300 block of Weather Burn Drive, was confined to the basement. Damage is estimated at $8,000, firefighters said.

Both Smith and Chubb, who suffered a hand injury, were able to escape from the basement before the fire spread, Howell said.


Three people were stabbed with a knife early NewYear's Day after a fight at a Laurel party, county police said.

The fight began about 2 a.m. at a home in the 10500 block of Gorman Road when three uninvited guests showed up at a small party. When the three were asked to leave, one of the men pulled a knife, police said.

Injured were three partygoers: Millard Milton Bell, 20, of the 7200 block of Procopio Circle in Columbia; and two Laurel residents, David Raine, 22, and Scott Raine, 23, both of the 7900 block of HelmartDrive.

Bell was in satisfactory and stable condition Friday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Condition reports on theother two men, who were taken to Howard County General Hospital, were unavailable.

Police said they are continuing their search for the three men.


Two adults and two children were forced from their Columbia apartment on New Year's Day when an electrical short started a fire, county firefighters said.

The fire began at 10:20 a.m. in the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road. Firefighters put out the blaze, which caused an estimated $75,000 in damage,shortly after arrival.

The occupant of the home is identified in fire records at Yolette Battle, who is staying with relatives while the damage is repaired. Staying with her are three other residents of the apartment, an adult and two children whose names and ages were not available.


An Ellicott City man was arrested Monday after an armed robbery of the the Sun House Designs store in the Mall in Columbia, county police said.

Jerome Lamar Powers, 35, of the 8200 block of Main Street, was arrested shortly after the 3:25 p.m. robbery when an officer on patrol spotted him in the area, police said.

Police said an employee of the store reported that the robber had placed a brown paper bag on the counter,showed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money from the register. The employee contacted police immediately after the robber left.

The stolen money was recovered, as was as a replica handgun, police said. The store employee identified the suspect, police said.


An Ellicott City woman reportedthat her purse was stolen Monday after a man shoved her to the ground outside her apartment complex, county police said.

The woman said she was walking into her apartment, in the 9100 block of Town and Country Boulevard, when the man approached her at 6 p.m. and shoved her to the ground, police said.

He then grabbed her purse and got into a waiting car. Baltimore County police recovered the purse on Rolling Road shortly after the incident, although an unknown amount of cash was taken, police said.

Police said the victim was not injured.


Other crimes reported to Howard County police:


6000 block Majors Lane: A camera and accessories were reported stolen at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday from a home entered through a window that waspried open.

Long Reach Village Center: An undisclosed amount of cash was reported stolen at 6:15 a.m. Thursday from a Subway sandwich shop that was entered after someone pried a lock from the rear door. On the same day, cash was also reported missing from the nearby Dry Clean USA store.

9300 block Gerwig Lane: A 1985 Ford F-150 truck was reported stolen at 3 p.m. Dec. 22 from a residential parking lot.

5900 block Harper's Farm Road: A 1984 Toyota Camry was reported stolen at 7 a.m. Sunday from a residential area.

6600 block OverheartLane: A 1990 Honda automobile was reported stolen at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday from a residential area.

5500 block Wincopin Circle: A 1991 Honda Prelude was reported stolen at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 from a business parking lot.


6400 block Loudon Avenue: Someone pushed in the living room window of a home sometime before 6:50 p.m. Sunday, but apparently nothing was taken from the home.

Ellicott City

7700 block Chatfield Lane: A refrigerator and a heat pump were stolen sometime before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday from a home under construction. Thethief, who entered through a rear screen door that was pried open, flooded one of the bathrooms with water. He also apparently stole a furnace from another nearby home under construction.

3100 block PineOrchard Lane: A 1989 BMW automobile was reported stolen at 8 a.m. Tuesday from a residential area.


9400 block 5th Street: Someone attempted to remove the screen door of a home sometime before 8:45 p.m., but was unsuccessful.

11800 block Route 216: Tools were stolen from an unlocked garage at 5 p.m.

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