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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1999
At least three people have been killed on Maryland highways since Friday evening, including a Virginia man who was thrown from his car and struck by another driver on Interstate 95 in Prince George's County, police reported.The other fatal accidents happened in Howard and Carroll counties.About 2: 30 a.m. yesterday, two men were traveling south on I-95 near Route 5 when the driver lost control of the 1985 Nissan 300 2X, Maryland State Police said. The car flipped, tossing the driver and passenger onto the highway.
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By Sean Welsh and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Howard County police arrested a 40-year-old man on Friday they said shot another man in a Columbia parking lot Thursday night. Conrad Louis Simpson, 40, has been charged with attempted armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun to commit a felony, and reckless endangerment, police said. Officers responded at 9:48 p.m. to the 5400 block of Harpers Farm Road for a report of a shooting victim. The victim, who police identified as Darnell Rasheen Furby, 21, of Columbia, is in fair condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2010
Howard County Police are investigating a collision between a county police cruiser and a Toyota Camry Saturday that sent both drivers to the hospital with minor injuries. Police say the driver of the Camry failed to yield the right-of-way while making a left turn from northbound Oakland Mills Road onto Homespun Drive at about 8 a.m. Saturday. The police officer's 2008 Crown Victoria, driven by Officer Hiram Henderson, hit the passenger side of the 1999 Camry, driven by 45-year-old Asiye Gaus of the 7500 block of Harmans Road in Harmans.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A 46-year-old Laurel man has been charged with killing his 68-year-old father in a fight at their home Sunday morning, Howard County police said. Nandal Gupta and his son, Deepak, got into an argument that turned physical, police said, causing Nandal to experience chest pains. Emergency responders took him from the home in the 9500 block of Washington Ave. to Laurel Regional Hospital, where he died at 9:35 a.m. Deepak Gupta has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and first- and second-degree assault, police said.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2012
With record highs on tap for the next few days , experts are reminding us to keep an eye out on our kids and vehicles. The Howard County Police are asking people to remember the kids can get overheated very quickly, and that cars parked in direct sunlight can reach temperatures of 131 degrees to 172 degrees F when outside temperatures are 80-100, and we're expecting higher than 100. "It's critical that caregivers know it is never safe...
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2010
Three more people have been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting in Clarksville on April 6, according to Howard County police. Patrick James Belt, 21, of the 16000 block of Frederick Road in Mount Airy faces attempted first-degree murder, assault, robbery and other charges. Stevie Ann Gribble, 19, of the same address, was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. Diana Eileen Marker, 22, of the 5500 block of Hunting Horn Drive in Ellicott City was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and other charges.
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By Peter Hermann | January 5, 2012
A former Howard County police officer is scheduled to be sentenced Friday after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer from Baltimore City during an altercation outside a bar in Canton in August last year. A Baltimore Circuit Court jury on Wednesday found Casey R. Lechter, 23, guilty of assault and disorderly conduct, and not guilty of resisting arrest, according to his attorney. Lechter's brother, Kary Williams, 35, was convicted of disorderly conduct and acquitted of assault and resisting arrest.
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By Peter Hermann | May 10, 2012
Police in Howard County say they busted a marijuana growing operation at a house in Laurel, seizing 341 plants that authorities estimate could yield 170 pounds of pot worth more than a half million dollars. Police charged Manoj Unni, 30, of the 9300 block of Cross Timbers Court, with several drug counts. Police said they searched the house on Wednesday and found the alleged growing operation in the basement, with "sophisticated growing equipment. " Police said they found "high-intensity lights, a dehumidifier, air filters, water pumping systems, lighting timers, a CO2 system and a ventilation system.
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Lorraine Mirabella | May 24, 2013
Police in Howard County are warning elderly residents to watch out for financial scams. The warning comes after an 86-year-old Elkridge man wired $151,000 to cover what he believed were taxes on a fake $1.6 million prize check, police said. Police are investigating the theft and fraud case. The victim has received letters and phone calls over the last month from people claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House, company attorneys or IRS representatives, police said. The man was sent a fake prize check and told he would be able to cash the check once he paid the taxes and received an activation code.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
The Elkridge teenager shot by Howard County police a week ago died over the weekend, Howard County police said. Police described the incident that took place last Monday afternoon as a standoff, saying that Jeffrey Dustin Nichols, 19, refused to drop a handgun. Officers, called to Elkridge for reports of shots fired, followed Nichols along railroad tracks to an area behind an industrial park 7400 block of Hi Tech Drive, where he again refused to drop the weapon and was shot eight times.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
A 24-year-old Elkridge man was arrested Friday after police said he threw a Molotov cocktail at an Ellicott City tavern where employees had thrown him out for disorderly conduct. Kenneth Norman Conway, of the 6800 block of Sanctuary Court, was charged with arson, property damage, use of a destructive device and possession of incendiary material in the incident after an investigation led police to his house, Howard County Police said. About 35 people were inside the Diamondback Tavern in the 3700 block of Old Columbia Pike early Friday morning when Conway allegedly pulled a vehicle in front of the bar and tossed the Molotov cocktail, police said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
A Mount Airy man was killed in a car crash in Ellicott City Wednesday night after suffering a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of the vehicle, Howard County police said. Police identified the driver as Scott Brian Stanley, 41. Stanley was the only person in the Mazda Rx-8 while he was driving on Baltimore National Pike near Turf Valley Road. Around 9:15 p.m., he suffered a serious medical emergency and the car ran off the road and struck a tree, catching on fire.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Police officials marked the formal grand opening Friday of the Howard County Police Museum. The museum, located inside the Howard County Welcome Center on Main Street in Ellicott City, includes exhibits on fallen officers, vintage uniforms, past chiefs of police and antique weapons. "We need to capture the history of this agency," said Howard County Police Chief William McMahon, who is retiring from the top job next week. Retired Howard County Sergeant Larry Corum, who was heavily involved in the project, said the museum shows how far the department has come over the course of its 61-year history.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Chris Gleason walked outside early Tuesday to spend some time on his deck before heading to work, but he said he stopped dead in his tracks at the sight of an unexpected visitor: a black bear mere feet away. "As soon as I processed what it was, I was gone," said the 51-year-old Columbia resident, who lives in a subdivision just east of U.S. 29. "He was just standing there, not really doing anything. I knew it was time to get back into the house as soon as I could. " Gleason ran to get a camera, but the bear was gone when he got back, he said.
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By Carrie Wells and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Howard County police charged a Hyattsville man with murder in connection with the shooting death of another man in Dayton on Friday afternoon. Rodolfo Miguel Cervantes, 31, of Hyatsville, was found dead in an outbuilding on a property in the 4900 block of Ten Oaks Road in Dayton at about 3 p.m. Police had been called to the area for a report of shots fired. Police charged Ismael Guerra Vasquez, 36, with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and the use of a firearm during a felony.
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By Justin George and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Nearly four months after two employees were shot and killed, the skate apparel and accessory shop Zumiez reopened on Monday in The Mall in Columbia. The store has been closed since Jan. 25, the day Darion Aguilar, 19, gunned down two store employees at the store, Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson. Police said he then turned the gun on himself. "After consulting with our employees and the victims' families, we decided to completely remodel and reopen the store," Zumiez officials said in a statement.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
A Howard County police officer was injured while conducting a traffic stop on the side of Interstate 70 in Marriottsville late Monday night when an oncoming vehicle crashed into his stopped patrol vehicle, according to Howard County Police. Police believe the driver of the oncoming vehicle may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Pfc. Neil White, 38, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center by a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, and was later discharged, police said. White, a 10-year veteran of the department, had pulled over a 2013 Ford Focus for a traffic violation on the westbound side of I-70 about 11:37 p.m., police said.
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January 20, 2013
Howard County police are asking for the public's help in locating a elderly man who has been missing since Saturday afternoon, and have issued a Silver Alert in an attempt to find him. Huber Earl Smutz, Jr., 82, was reported missing around 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. According to police, a family member woke up around noon and Smutz was gone from his home in the 700 block of Driver Road in Marriottsville. He left in a 2007 silver Honda Accord with MD tag HYR743, police said. Smutz is described as a white male, balding, with straight gray hair and blue eyes, no facial hair and a medium build.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
A Baltimore man was struck and killed by a car after a rock concert Friday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Howard County police said. About 10 p.m., Justin Wilds, 30, of Philadelphia, was leaving a grass parking lot after the M-3 Rock Festival when the Chrysler Sebring he was driving ran over 42-year-old Erick Jon Girardin, police said. Police said Wilds was not intoxicated at the time of accident, and that Girardin may have been lying on the ground behind the car just before the incident.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | April 15, 2014
A Baltimore city police officer and Columbia resident was indicted last week on multiple sex offense charges by a Howard County Grand Jury, a county State's Attorney spokesman announced Tuesday. Charles William Hagee, 44, of the 8800 block of Goose Landing Circle, was indicted on three third-degree sex offense charges, a charge of sexual solicitation of a minor, and three counts of prostitution, according to court documents. Hagee was arrested in March by Howard County police when they received a tip regarding the prostitution of a 14-year-old girl in Columbia.  Police said detectives believe Hagee contacted the girl through a phone number posted to an online prostitution advertisement, and that the two exchanged text messages before meeting at his Columbia home and engaging in sexual activity.
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