Baltimore County man held in Woodstock slaying

Howard County police have charged a 28-year-old Baltimore County man in the execution-style slaying of another man whose body was found at the Woodstock post office more than two weeks ago.

Troy L. Brooks of the 7900 block of Brookford Circle is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center on charges of first-degree murder and a handgun violation, police said.

He was arrested late Friday at his home and charged in the fatal shooting of Kevin Lee Holland, 27, of the 200 block of Eutaw Place in Baltimore, police said.

Mr. Brooks was charged after a firearms expert studied a bullet removed from Mr. Holland's body during an autopsy and found that the bullet was used in an unusual Hungarian-made semiautomatic weapon, police said.

Police said they were able to link Mr. Brooks to the gun through an investigation and the help of an unidentified source.

County homicide detectives arrested Mr. Brooks during the execution of a search warrant at his house, during which they found the handgun, police said.

The two men apparently lived together, police said.

A delivery person found Mr. Holland's body about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 10 on the post office parking lot at 10501 Old Frederick Road, police said.

Mr. Holland was shot in the head while in the parking lot, they said.

Officers said they think the shooting was drug-related and that Mr. Holland owed Mr. Brooks an undisclosed amount of money and drugs.

Columbia woman injured in collision

A 19-year-old Columbia woman was seriously injured in a single-car collision early Sunday when her car ran off the road in Ellicott City, Howard County police said.

Heather Cathryn Courtney, of the 8800 block of Roll Right Court, was in serious, but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

At about 2:25 a.m. Sunday, she was traveling south on Montgomery Road near Old Montgomery Road in her 1988 Toyota Tercel when she apparently failed to negotiate a curve and left the right side of the road, police said.

The Toyota traveled over a small embankment, partially overturning before it came to rest against a utility pole, police said.


* Ellicott City: 8300 block of Main Street: Someone stole two Michelin tires and rims valued at $350 from a 1991 Nissan Sentra Saturday. The Nissan was left on a cinder block.

*4900 block of Centennial Lane: Someone broke a right front window to a 1981 Ford Granada and stole a $25 blue Wilson bag, a $60 green sweat shirt, an $80 green Fila tennis shoes and two $10 T-shirts Friday.

*9000 block of Baltimore National Pike: Someone broke into a 1991 Chevrolet Cavalier and stole a $300 radio cassette player between Oct. 19 and Oct. 22.

*4400 block of Cross Country Drive: Someone stole a $500 Cartel portable bag phone and a $300 radar detector Friday or Saturday.

*8800 block of Manahan Drive: Someone broke into a 1988 Chevrolet Spectrum and stole a $500 Bazooka tube speaker and two Jensen amplifiers valued at $400 Saturday or Sunday.

* Elkridge: Route 100 at Washington Boulevard: Someone broke into a 1991 Hyundai that was parked at a Park and Ride Friday or Saturday, and stole several items including a $1,000 Bell Atlantic car telephone and a $40 Samsonite briefcase.

*5700 block of Railroad Ave.: Someone stole a $340 Schwinn men's bicycle Friday.

Amberton Drive and Route 1: Someone removed two license plates valued at $40 from a 1988 Chevrolet Baretta at the Route 100 Industrial Park Saturday.

* 8100 block of Morning Breeze Drive: A woman reported discovering a straight pin in a pack of raisins she had purchased at the Long Reach Safeway Store Friday. There were no injuries reported.

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