October 20, 1991
A Howard County grand jury ruled Thursday that a county police officer was not criminally at fault for firing his gun and wounding the driver of a stolen car that he believed was trying to run him down in August.Officer Charles Walker, a 19-year police veteran, was cleared of any wrongdoing by the grand jury, which found that Walker feared for his life when he fired the gun, said Michael Sherman, a county police spokesman.The incident occurred Aug. 7, when Walker and another officer, Kevin Meile, chased a stolen Toyota 4-Runner vehicle on Interstate 70 and eventually cornered the vehicle on Route 144.Police said the vehicle had come to a complete stop, but when Meile approached it, the15-year-old driver drove into his police cruiser.
February 16, 1992
Four people were charged with theft Thursday morning and are being investigated in connection with a string of about 30 other recent thefts from cars in Columbia, county police said.A patrol officer arrested the four suspects at 3 a.m. after stopping their car for a traffic check on Lambskin Lane. Two car stereos that had been reported stolen the previous evening were found in the car, police said.Charged with theft were three Washington residents, Jose E. Amaya, 20; Chollo Romero, 24; and a 17-year-old boy who was charged as a juvenile, police said.
March 20, 1995
POLICE LOG* Oakland Mills: 6100 block of Encounter Row: A woman said she woke just after midnight Friday and discovered that someone had broken into her home and stolen her purse as she slept. Police said the robber may have entered through the front door, but officers found no sign of forced entry.* Owen Brown: 9300 block of Ripplestir Place: Residents returning home saw a man trying to pry open the kitchen window Wednesday night. Police said the man fled when the residents approached.* Long Reach: 8800 block of Spiral Cut: On Wednesday, police found a 1986 Mitsubishi Galant reported stolen from Baltimore last month.
November 3, 1991
A group of juveniles attacked a 12-year-old Columbia boy and made off with his trick-or-treat candy Thursday, police said.The 12-year-old was trick-or-treating in the Hickory Ridge area of Columbia whena group of youths approached him. One of the unidentified youths hitthe boy in the face and grabbed his pillow case full of candy.An unidentified witness chased the youths. They got away, but dropped the bag of candy.Police are continuing the investigation.MAN SHOT IN LEG IN APARTMENT HALLPolice said a 26-year-old man shota Catonsville resident in the leg during an argument early Thursday morning in a Columbia apartment complex.
April 28, 1991
A dump truck driver was killed Friday after being run over by the rear wheels of the truck, which went out of control on Route 32 in Clarksville, county police said.Police were withholding the name of the victim, a 23-year-old Prince George's County man, until relatives were contacted.The accident occurred about 9:15 a.m. when the man lost control of the truck in the 6500 block of Route 32, apparently when the truck's brakes failed, county police said.Police said the westbound truck crossed into the opposite lane and began heading toward the lawn of a home.
May 15, 1995
Sixteen bicycles, valued at more than $2,500, have been reported stolen in Westminster since March 3. None of them was locked or secured, according to Lt. Randy Barnes, a city police spokesman.Westminster police encourage riders to lock their bikes securely when not riding them or to store them inside to prevent theft.The lieutenant said most of the stolen bikes had been left on the lawns of homes, from The Greens on the west edge of the city to Charles Street on the east side.He said that in most cases the theft victims were young riders who dropped their bikes on the lawn at home overnight and discovered them missing the next morning.
August 29, 1997
Police Log:Glen Burnie: A gold ring and six necklaces worth $400 were reported stolen Tuesday from an apartment in the 7800 block of Tall Pines Court. Police said no signs of forced entry were found.Millersville: A 14-inch tire, its rim and lug nuts were reported stolen Tuesday from a 1991 Toyota Camry while it was parked at Old Mill High SchoolGlen Burnie: A thief broke a garage window at a house in the 400 block of Third Ave. between 3: 30 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Tuesday and stole a power washer and tools together worth $660.
July 7, 1991
A man wearing a camouflage rain poncho escaped with cash and drugs Tuesday night after robbing a Columbia drug store, county police said.Police said the man, believed to have been carrying a gun, entered the People's Drug store in the 8600 block of Guilford Road shortly before 8:20 p.m. and jumped behind the prescription counter, police said.He then ordered the pharmacist to open the safe and give him the cash from the register, police said.The man then took an unknown amount of prescription drugs from the safe.
January 20, 1991
Two men wearing sweat suits robbed a 29-year-old Columbia man of some personal items Sunday as he walked near a parking lot, county police said.The incident occurred shortly before 11:40 p.m. as the man walkedalong the unit block of Wincopin Circle. He was approached from behind by two black men who demanded money, police said.One of the men grabbed the victim's arm and the other put a handgun to his head, police said.The victim was carrying no money, but the assailants grabbed some unidentified personal items valued at about $50 from his pockets and fled the area on foot.
January 27, 1991
A fire at Wilde Lake High School caused an estimated $2,500 worth ofdamage Friday, although county firefighters say that a sprinkler system prevented what could have been a serious fire loss.The fire began shortly before 12:50 p.m. in a small classroom, firefighters said. Students had the day off Friday due to a countywide professional day for teachers.Sprinklers activated within minutesof the blaze extinguished the fire. A small table in the classroom was destroyed, while water from the sprinklers caused minor floor damage to approximately five rooms, firefighters said.