Clarksville man charged in burglary and jewel theft
A Clarksville man has been charged by Howard County police with burglarizing a neighbor's home last Sunday and stealing jewelry worth about $30,000. Michael Edward Macon, 23, of the 11800 block of Shepard's Crossing was charged with three counts of burglary and two counts of theft. Police were called to a home in the 11800 block of Shepard's Crossing, where the victims said they had been robbed. There were no signs of forced entry, and police say the suspect might have known the security code to enter the garage. Investigators found that Macon had pawned items in Laurel and in Prince George's County, police said. Police recovered about $25,000 worth of jewelry taken from the home. Macon was released Thursday from the Howard County detention center on $25,000 bond, police said. The investigation is continuing.
Dundalk wellness center opens at elementary school
Students at Dundalk elementary, middle and high schools, which are all within walking distance, will use a new wellness center at the elementary school for immunizations, sports physicals and some chronic illness management, officials said. With a $55,000 grant from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission, which works to improve access to care, the county renovated an administrator's office into reception and examination rooms. A clinician and nursing assistant will staff the center, along with the school nurse, Julia Anderson. "This clinic is supplementing what we do," said Anderson, who has already set up appointments with the clinician for physicals and immunizations.
-Mary Gail Hare
Howard County fielding offers for properties
Five finalists, including Kimco Realty, the firm that owns six Columbia village centers, made presentations to Howard County officials in an effort to get the chance to buy the former Gateway School site. The property is situated in the Route 108 commercial corridor in the midst of the county's most prosperous residential area. County public works director James Irvin said a buyer could be selected in weeks. Bidders on an undeveloped 25-acre site on Rogers Avenue near U.S. 40 in Ellicott City, once intended as the site for a new county government complex, have until Oct. 28 to submit offers. Irvin said he expects both properties to be sold this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The county needs the proceeds to help pay for renovation of the three county office buildings, which is under way.