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Vandals break car windows, mailboxes

Howard County police are searching for vandals who broke 25 to 30 car windows and smashed several mailboxes in Ellicott City. The spree, which occurred late Tuesday or early Wednesday, caused several thousand dollars in damage.

The vehicles were damaged when the vandals shot out car windows, possibly with a BB pellet gun, police said. A baseball bat or similar object also was used.

Police said the vandals also destroyed mailboxes and threw trash on the streets.

No one has been arrested in the incidents. Vandals damaged cars and mailboxes in: the 3700 block of St. Paul St.; 2900 and 3000 block of Brookwood Road; 9900 block of Old Mill Road; 10000 block of Maplewood Drive; 5100 block of Bonnie Branch Road; 3600 block of Grosvenor Drive and 10300 block of Waverly Woods Drive, police said.

Persons with information are asked to call the police department at 313-2236.

St. John's dedication service

St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City will have a service at 3 p.m. on Sunday to dedicate its newly restored sanctuary and to lay the cornerstone for a new Parish Life Center. The service will include a musical program by the Monumental Brass Quintet and a sermon given by Bishop Theodore Eastman.

A reception will follow in the auditorium. The public is welcome.

This service marks the culmination of the "Towards 2000 A.D." campaign, a planning effort undertaken in 1988 to respond to the parish's explosive growth. Because of St. John's growth, more room was needed for Sunday school classes and meeting rooms. The Parish Life Center will include these rooms as well as a chapel and administrative offices.

The church, originally designed by renowned ecclesiastical architect N. G. Starkweather, was completed in 1860. The church was expanded in 1974 and again this year as well as being restored to the historical accuracy of the 1860 design.

Information: 461-7793.

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