Howard County Digest

June 15, 2005

A $1,000 reward offered for information in fatal hit-and-run

Howard County police are offering a $1,000 reward for information on the driver who fatally hit a 37-year-old Ellicott City man in March and fled.

Gordon Dungan, 37, of the 3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive, was attempting to cross the eastbound lanes of U.S. 40 near Rogers Avenue about 7 p.m. March 11 when police believe a Toyota Corolla CE, model year between 1998 and 2002, hit him.

Police recovered a car mirror at the scene, but are unsure of the car's color or whether it is a two- or four-door model.

The car likely was missing its driver's-side mirror and had damage to the hood or front fender after the incident.

The accident appears to have been caused by pedestrian error.

Anyone with information should call police at 410-313-3200.

- Melissa Harris

Restaurant burglarized, may have been set on fire

The Boston Market on U.S. 40 was burglarized and may have been set on fire early Saturday morning, Howard County police said yesterday.

"We're investigation the burglary, and we're looking into the fact that the building caught fire, but we haven't confirmed a link between the two," police spokesman Pfc. David Proulx said.

Arson investigators were reviewing evidence recovered from the restaurant in the 9300 block of U.S. 40 yesterday, which is why the arson suspicion remains preliminary.

Proulx said he did not know what was taken from the building.

Fire department spokesman William Mould said that $500,000 worth of damage was done to the restaurant, which was a "total loss."

Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at 5:15 a.m.

- Melissa Harris

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