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Richard V Allen
Seven homicides in county in 2011, two more than 2010

There were seven homicides in Howard County in 2011, two more than in 2010. Police have made arrests in five of those cases. The April death of Elijah LaJeuness, a 3-year-old Oakland Mills boy, was ruled a homicide months later after an autopsy by the Maryland medical examiner's office determined he had been asphyxiated. And the February oxycodone overdose death of Kevin Patrick Molony, 51, of Ellicott City, was declared a homicide in November, citing the medical examiner's final autopsy report. Those cases remain open. Arrests have been made in the three other homicides investigated in 2011 by the Howard County Police Department and the two homicides handled by Maryland State...