Blair Ames

Writer

Blair Ames currently covers education in Howard County. He's previously covered a variety of beats throughout Carroll and Howard counties.

Recent Articles

  • Howard school bus driver facing drug charges after crash

    Howard school bus driver facing drug charges after crash

    A Howard County school bus driver has been charged with drug possession and driving while impaired following an accident involving a bus full of Forest Ridge Elementary School students this week. Stacy Jean McKinney, 33, of Laurel, is also facing negligent driving and additional traffic charges...

  • Laurel officers requested to aid Baltimore against violent outbreaks

    Laurel officers requested to aid Baltimore against violent outbreaks

    With fires burning and businesses looted in Baltimore, the Laurel Police Department deployed 10 officers to the scene of unrest Tuesday at the request of the National Guard.Riots that began Monday followed a week of mostly peaceful protests over the death of 25-year-old Baltimore man Freddie Gray...

  • Howard officers respond to Baltimore violence, schools cancel trips

    Howard officers respond to Baltimore violence, schools cancel trips

    As protests in Baltimore grew violent after the funeral of Freddie Gray Monday, more than 20 Howard County police officers were sent to the city to support police operations and additional officers will be deployed Tuesday, according to police. With fires burning and businesses looted throughout...

  • Mayfield Woods students get an up close look at NASA mission

    Mayfield Woods students get an up close look at NASA mission

    Varshini Suresh, a sixth grader at Mayfield Woods Middle School, says her goal is to one day become an astronaut or a scientist in space. A visit to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel with her classmates on Friday provided Varshini with an up close look of the field that interests...

  • Frederick man sentenced to life-plus-215 years in child abuse case

    Frederick man sentenced to life-plus-215 years in child abuse case

    A Frederick man, convicted in January of sexually abusing a young boy, was sentenced to life-plus-215 years in prison by a Howard County Circuit Court judge Friday. Dean Lee Benner, 48, of the 5700 block of Brook Hill Lane, was sentenced for abusing the boy at multiple Howard County locations between...

  • Pallotti High School expands into new space

    Pallotti High School expands into new space

    St. Vincent Pallotti High School is about to grow by 20 percent, but not in terms of enrollment. The Pallotti Early Learning Center, adjacent to the south end of the school with a playground along Montgomery Street, will be moving into the new St. Mary of the Mills Parish Center, which will avail...

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