Columbia man charged in Feb. 1 bomb threat


Howard County police charged a Columbia man yesterday with making a false bomb threat last week that targeted the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

Police said a man called them at 9: 45 a.m. Feb. 1, saying there were "several bombs" under the county government building. Officials traced the call to a home on Jason Lane in Wilde Lake. When police arrived, a man there said he had more bombs, prompting a three-hour blockade, police said.

The man eventually surrendered peacefully, and he was taken to a mental health facility.

Edward Brown Jr., 57, was charged with five counts, including two of arson threat and giving a false statement about a destructive device. His bond was being set last night.

Pub Date: 2/10/99

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