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January 28, 2014
The Howard County Police Department provided and excellent response, investigation and timely communication of the tragic shooting at the Columbia Mall this past weekend, and their professional actions should be a lesson to every county in our state ( "Columbia mall reopens after deadly shooting Jan. 27). Despite difficult economic times, County Executive Ken Ulman, the Howard County Council and Police Chief William McMahon have made difficult decisions concerning the safety of citizens in Howard County.
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Staff Reports and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Howard County Police say they are detaining a suspect in an incident this morning in which shots were reportedly fired in an area of Columbia. Police reported via Twitter that gunshots were heard in the Long Reach area of Columbia, and that a suspect was detained after an officer spotted a person firing shots in open area near a pond. Police reported that no one was injured. No additional details were immediately available. This story will be updated.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 26, 2013
Howard County police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint is being done to "to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roads," and is part of the initiative aimed at keeping county roads safe, according to a news release. According to police, the checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers who willutilize both marked and unmarked vehicles and will be checking for violations including driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to use seat belts and failure to use child safety seats.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Howard County police say their speed camera vendor has corrected a year's worth of inaccurate data the company submitted about the cameras there.  In a letter submitted to the County Council this week, Chief Gary Gardner reported that Xerox State & Local Solutions had resolved its data issues to the police department's satisfaction. "Xerox has resubmitted the report to the police department after manually checking the data points and it now includes all of the original, complete information," Gardner wrote.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | March 5, 2014
Howard County police are investigating multiple cases of telephone fraud, where the caller poses as an agent from the Internal Revenue Service or federal government, police said in a news release Wednesday. Police said nine cases involving county residents have been reported since October 2013, with occurrences increasing during the start of tax season. Police said in some cases, scammers have received victims' Social Security numbers and monetary amounts between $2,000 and $3,000.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2010
The bespectacled man looks young and eager. Like an insurance salesman ready to get crazy with an actuarial table or two. Dressed in a collared dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a red tie and gray pants, he's holding a piece of paper in his hands. He's in western Howard County, on secluded Browns Bridge Road, sparsely lined with large houses hidden by trees. He's standing on someone's front porch at 10:24 in the morning, knocking on a storm door. The owner isn't home, but he's been burglarized before, so he has hidden a video camera to catch the next person who breaks in. This will be that person.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Howard County police are working to determine who set fire to portable speed-camera equipment near Glenelg High School. A newspaper carrier discovered the fire in the 14000 block of Burntwoods Road in Glenelg about 5 a.m. Saturday and called 911, police said. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze. Investigators determined that the fire was arson. The county's speed camera vendor plans to pay for the damage - the cost hasn't been determined - and replace the equipment by Monday morning at a new location, police said.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2012
Howard County Police are warning of a spate of so-called "bottle bomb" pranks in which plastic soda containers are filled with chemicals and left to explode. County residents have reported five bottle bomb incidents to police this year. Nine incidents were reported in 2011, police said. Victims of the pranks risk injuries to the skin, eyes and lungs. Anyone who finds a suspicious container is advised to stay clear and call 911. Common instructions for the bombs found online call for a mixture of drain cleaner, water and aluminum foil.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2010
Howard County police collected 256 pounds of unused, unwanted medications in four hours Saturday. The county's two police stations accepted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., part of a National Take Back Initiative to reduce poisonings, misuse and theft, while also keeping people from flushing drugs down the toilet. Police did not examine the items, but sealed them and weighed them for disposal by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA said there were 4,094 collection locations nationwide and nearly 3,000 law enforcement organizations participated.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | October 22, 2010
Howard County police are looking for two women who used credit cards at Laurel Mall that had been stolen from a Laurel home the same day. The women used the cards at about 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the mall. The credit cards, two televisions and jewelry were stolen from the 8400 block of Old Columbia Road in Laurel that day. While at the mall, the women were recorded driving a 2002 white Ford F150 truck that had been stolen Oct. 6 from a neighboring jurisdiction. The vehicle was recovered Oct. 19 in another county with suspected stolen property inside.
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June 29, 2014
Police Maj. Gary Gardner is scheduled to formally take the reins of the Howard County Police Department as its new chief after William McMahon retires June 30. McMahon, 51, has served as chief since being named by County Executive Ken Ulman in 2006. In April, he announced his plan to retire. Gardner, 55, formally takes over as chief July 1. The new chief is a 30-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department and holds the position of deputy chief for operations, overseeing patrol districts, operational preparedness division and the youth services division.
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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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June 17, 2014
The Howard County Police Officers Association, FOP Lodge 21 has endorsed Jon Weinstein, Democrat for the Howard County Council District 1. Jon has made a career in improving government performance, has written two books on government management, has been a business owner and has been involved in our community for many years. We feel strongly that Jon will make an excellent County Council member for District 1. Gregory Der, Ellicott City The writer is president of the Howard County Police Officers Association, FOP Lodge 21 - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
A man was arrested after walking into Howard County police southern district headquarters Sunday claiming to have planted explosives there, officials said. After an evacuation of both police and fire stations in the Fulton complex and nearby restaurants, teams performed a bomb sweep of the area and found no explosives. Police did not immediately identify the man, who entered the station and was arrested around 4:40 p.m. He is expected to face several charges, department spokeswoman Mary T. Phelan 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 Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Months after being thrust into a national spotlight as the face of Howard County's response to a murder-suicide at The Mall in Columbia, Police Chief William J. McMahon said Thursday that he is retiring in June after 28 years with the department. McMahon, 51, who has served nearly eight years as chief, said he had picked the date of June 30 four years ago when he signed up for a deferred retirement payment program. "The timing is just right," McMahon said in a telephone interview.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | December 7, 2013
 Joshua Nathaniel Payne, 20, who was described by Howard County police as "armed and dangerous," turned himself in to Frederick authories overnight without incident, Howard police said Saturday. No other details were immediately available, other than that Payne is in custody, police said. Howard police were offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of Payne, implicated in an armed robbery and other crimes. Payne, of no fixed address, is wanted in connection with the Dec. 1 armed robbery of a BP gas station on Frederick Road in Lisbon, police said.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 20, 2013
Howard County Police announced this week that two portable cameras will be added to its school zone speed camera program for the 2013-2014 school year. The units, called portable camera units or PCUs, will be rotated between 13 school zones starting Monday, Aug. 26, the first day of school. The PCUs will supplement the police department's two speed camera vans and be placed in zones where vans had problems setting up. The PCUs and the vans, which also will be deployed Aug. 26, are in operation from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun   | March 10, 2014
A 17-year-old riding a stolen motorcycle was killed Saturday night and the driver of an automobile was seriously injured in a crash on state Route 198 in Anne Arundel County. A rider on a second motorcycle fled the scene. According to county police, Ira Tracy Matthews, 53, of Laurel, was making a left-hand turn on to Race Track Road at about 10:30 p.m. when his Isuzu was struck by the motorcycle. The driver was ejected and declared dead at the scene. Matthews was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma where he was reported in serious but stable condition.
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March 6, 2014
Howard County Police Department will host an open house Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to offer information on job opportunities for entry-level police officers, lateral police officers, police cadets and seasonal cadets. The event at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville, will include displays of equipment including a tactical vehicle, command post and motorcycles. There will also be tours of the training facility. The department is recruiting entry-level police officer candidates.
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