5 at concert charged with drug violations
Five concert-goers were arrested for alleged drug violations and two others were the victims of an attempted robbery at a Saturday rock concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, police said.
Police said four adults and a juvenile were arrested and charged with either possession of marijuana or possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said most of the arrests were done before or during the first hour of the Jimmy Buffett concert.
Arrested were: Michael J. Scott, 18, and Andrew J. Scott, 22, both of Berlin; Jason K. Root, 18, and Jason Fipps, 18, both of Columbia; and a Columbia juvenile.
After the concert, a 23-year-old Columbia woman and a 31-year-old Columbia man were leaving the pavilion when two unidentified men accosted them and asked the man for his wallet.
Police said after the man refused, one of the robbers swung his fist at him and slashed him with a knife. After a struggle, the pair fled into the woods without the wallet.
The victim received 19 stitches on his shoulder and nine others on his hand at Howard County General Hospital. He has been released.
Police say they have no description of the suspects.
Series of fires set at detention center
County corrections officials are investigating a series of small fires that were set Monday at the county detention center in Jessup.
James N. Rollins, director of the county corrections department, said 45 inmates were moved out of two housing areas as firefighters helped clear the smoke from three mattresses that were set on fire.
He said three of the fires were the result of newspapers that were lighted and thrown out of the cell. Guards doused them.
"We are still investigating and trying to identify who started the fires," he said.
Inmates were protesting changes in recreational times, and none of them will be disciplined, Rollins said.
While inmates are allowed to keep matches in their cells, a proposed smoking ban would make them illegal in September.
"For health reasons, no inmates or staff will be allowed to smoke," Rollins said. "Matches will be considered contraband."
23-month-old baby falls from window
A 23-month-old baby fell out of a second-floor bedroom window Saturday afternoon but was not seriously injured, according to police.
Police said Dustin Waller awoke from a nap and leaned against a window screen, falling 20 feet onto grass outside his home in the 8200 block of Slippery Rock Way.
The baby received facial abrasions and was flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric unit in Baltimore for preventive measures.
"The baby turned out to be OK," said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a police spokesman.
With warm weather coming up, parents of small children should be careful about leaving children unattended near window screens, Gardner said.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
5400 block of Wild Turkey: A stone was thrown through a window overnight Saturday. Police report an unknown number of items were missing.
9600 block of White Acre Road: A door on an apartment was pried Saturday. No entry was made.
8400 block of Greystone: Someone tried to enter an apartment Friday. Nothing was taken.
8600 block of Spiral Cut: Glass was broken and an alarm sounded between Friday and Monday.
8900 block of Tamar Drive: A window of a vacant apartment was smashed Monday. A pair of flip-flops were found at the scene, and nothing was taken.
8700 block of Cloudleap Court: A window was broken over the weekend and a VCR was taken.
7310 Eden Brook Drive: The clubhouse at Chase Eden Apartments was entered overnight Sunday.
5400 block of Trumpeter Road: Unknown suspects tried to cut a chain to a weight room with a torch between Friday and Sunday. Nothing was taken.
9000 block of U.S. 40: Cash and tools were taken from Miller Chevrolet over the weekend.
3400 block of Plumtree Drive: A storage area fence of Storer Cable was cut May 19, and a generator was taken.
3400 block of Plumtree Drive: A storage area fence of W. F. Wilson and Son was cut May 19. A generator, wheelbarrow, tires and heaters were taken.
3500 block of St. Johns Lane: Someone used a key to enter Lemon Tree and took an undisclosed sum of cash over the weekend.
8500 block of U.S. 40: A window of a trailer at Major Motors was broken over the weekend. Keys, forms, notebooks and other supplies were taken.
8200 block of Patuxent Range Road: A brick was thrown through a window of Asplundh Tree Expert Co. over the weekend. A fax machine and a microwave oven were taken.
16100 block of Old Frederick Road: A garage was entered and a plywood wall was forced open to gain entry into a workshop.
1700 block of Florence Road: An unlocked door of a garage was entered Saturday, and tools and fishing equipment were taken.
1000 block of Ridge Road: A screen was pried from an office trailer of D. R. Snell Nursery. Coins, a chain saw and other tools were taken.
1st block of Pfister St.: A mobile home was entered Friday night, but nothing was taken.
8500 block of Storch Woods Drive: Police arrested a Prince George's County man for allegedly breaking and entering through a sliding glass door Sunday. Police charged George Washington Beatty, 28, with breaking and entering, resisting arrest, battery and simple assault. Police say the incident was domestic-related.