West Columbia

December 08, 1992

Shots fired outside Waverly Winds

Three men fired at least six shots outside the Waverly Winds housing development in Harper's Choice Saturday night after an argument, county police said.

No injuries were reported after the gunshots were fired at 10:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of Cedar Lane, police said.

Several witnesses told police that three men in a blue Toyota fired the shots after leaving the development, police said.

An unidentified man had been involved in an argument with the men, who apparently fired in his direction as they left the development, police said.

Several bullets struck an unoccupied car in a parking lot, and at least one bullet shattered a window in a nearby home, police said. The resident of the house was near the window when the bullet shattered it, but he was not injured, they said.

Police said three unidentified men are suspects in the the shooting.

Motorists alerted to traffic changes

County traffic administrators are advising motorists in west Columbia to be aware of several new traffic patterns resulting from the new section of Broken Land Parkway, opened in late September.

Edward Walter, chief of traffic engineering for Howard County, said the new traffic patterns are:

* Traffic signals on a 2.5 mile stretch of Broken Land Parkway, between Hickory Ridge Road and Snowden River Parkway, are timed for traffic to move at 45 miles an hour, the posted speed limit.

That means, said Mr. Walter, that motorists traveling on the road at 45 miles an hour after any particular light turns green should encounter all subsequent traffic lights as green. The signals are timed between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

* Motorists using Broken Land Parkway to travel east toward Town Center in Columbia are advised there is a new entrance to the Columbia Mall off of Broken Land Parkway. That entrance is poorly marked, said Mr. Walter. Many motorists are continuing to travel to Little Patuxent Parkway and use the mall entrance off that road unnecessarily, he said.

* Motorists westbound on Little Patuxent Parkway and planning to travel to Broken Land Parkway are advised they can save themselves some time by turning left on South Entrance Road, and take U.S. 29 south to Broken Land Parkway exits. That route will allow drivers to bypass four traffic lights on Little Patuxent parkway, said Mr. Walter.

* Motorists are advised they can no longer use South Entrance Road off Little Patuxent Parkway to access Route 29 northbound.

* The county is planning to install an improved turn signal at Little Patuxent Parkway and South Entrance Road that should help alleviate stacking of cars in the turn lane.

Woman escapes attempted carjacking

A 22-year-old Woodbine woman escaped from an attempted carjacking in Town Center early Saturday by gunning her car, which had been stopped at a traffic signal, and speeding through a red light.

The woman was not injured in the 3:40 a.m. incident at Governor Warfield and Little Patuxent parkways, police said.

Officers said the woman was stopped at the light when two men approached her 1988 Ford Taurus and attempted to climb in -- one through the driver's side and one through the passenger side. The woman sped away. Police said the men displayed no weapons.

POLICE LOG

* Harper's Choice: 11200 block of Shadowmere Mews: A $1,660 whirlpool bath tub was stolen from a construction site Nov. 30 or Dec. 1.

* Hickory Ridge: 6500 block of Freetown Road: A $1,400 computer was stolen from the media center at Atholton High School Thursday or Friday.

* 10800 block of Hickory Ridge Road: A suspect wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt walked into an office reception area Tuesday and, when the occupants' attention was diverted, took a brown leather wallet left unattended in a file cabinet. The wallet contained several charge cards.

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