Howard Digest


December 08, 2006

Driver charged in U.S. 40 crash

A 21-year-old Baltimore driver has been charged in a Wednesday evening accident that backed up rush-hour traffic on U.S. 40 for two hours and sent a Howard County detective to the hospital.

Detective Steven Lampe was stopped in his unmarked Nissan in the westbound fast lane behind a disabled vehicle when another Nissan struck his car and pushed it into the disabled vehicle. Lampe was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and has since been released, said Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for Howard County police.

Marquita Alexandra Mann of the 100 block of S. Culver St. has been charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision. A 1-year-old child and a 21-year-old passenger had minor injuries, according to police.

The driver of the disabled vehicle was not injured.

Melissa Harris

3 robbers sought in bank holdup

Howard County police are searching for three men who robbed a Provident Bank in the 9300 block of U.S. 40 Wednesday morning.

The robbers forced about 10 customers and five employees onto the floor at gunpoint and stole an undetermined amount of money from the tellers' cash drawers about 10:45 a.m. They fled in a green sport utility vehicle.

No one was injured. The bank's dye pack was found unexploded on the service road behind the bank. The FBI also responded to the scene, Howard police said.

Melissa Harris

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