West Columbia

April 01, 1993

2 teens charged in pellet rifle shooting at cars

Police have charged two teen-agers with destruction of property in the use of pellet rifles to shoot out windows and damage a police car early Tuesday morning in Hickory Ridge, Howard County police said.

The youths, aged 14 and 15, were charged as juveniles Tuesday and released to the custody of their parents, police said. Their names weren't released because of their ages.

The investigation began at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when a patrol officer responded to the 10400 block of Owen Brown Road for reports of someone shooting pellet guns at cars. While making the check, someone fired a pellet gun at the front of the cruiser, police said.

An officer and his dog conducted an investigation, and a trail led them to a residence near East Wind Way, where the teen-agers were later arrested, police said.

Two pellet guns were recovered at the residence, police said.

It's unclear how many cars were fired upon, but someone fired a pellet gun at the police cruiser, and at windows of a home in the 10300 block of College Square and at an apartment in the 10300 block of Hickory Ridge, police said. The residents told police they were awakened by loud noises and discovered BB holes in their windows.

No one was hit or injured in the shootings.

Panel approves plans to build in River Hill

The county Planning Board approved plans yesterday for the development of 236 more homes in River Hill, Columbia's 10th and last village.

The board voted 3-0, with one member absent, to approve a final development plan for 88 acres east of Trotter Road and north of Guilford Road in the neighborhood of Pointers Run. The vote approves the way the land will be developed by Howard Research and Development Corp., the Rouse Company's Columbia development arm.

About 42 acres of the approved development is between Guilford Road and the planned relocation of Route 32 and will consist of homesites averaging half an acre each.

Another 22 acres north of the planned highway are designated for homesites averaging a quarter-acre.

The Rouse Co. can now work toward recording subdivision plans, build roads and sewers and sell lots to builders. The subdivisions are expected to take about 18 months to build.

Board member Joan Lancos, a former Columbia Council member, ribbed a Rouse Co. planner about street names for the project. "My favorite is 'Liquid Laughter Lane,' " she said, adding, "You guys are getting a little calmer, but you are obviously running out of names."

POLICE LOG

* Harper's Choice: 5600 block of Suffield Court: Someone entered a 1981 Toyota Corolla about 5 p.m. Monday, and stole a $150 Alpine AM-FM cassette stereo, a $37 Realistic 8-inch speaker, a $40 Alpine 4-inch speaker and an $80 Audiovox equalizer.

* Wilde Lake: 5400 block of Trumpeter Road: A wallet was stolen from backstage at the Wilde Lake High School auditorium between 9 p.m. March 23 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The wallet contained a gas charge card and a Maryland driver's license.

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