Ellicott City man indicted in school vandalism


A 20-year-old Ellicott City man who confessed in open court to driving construction equipment into the new, unfinished Bellows Spring Elementary School was indicted yesterday in the case.

A Howard County grand jury returned a five-count indictment against James A. McCormack of the 8200 block of Tall Trees Court, charging him with malicious destruction, unauthorized use, fourth-degree burglary and trespassing.

McCormack is accused of taking two pieces of equipment - a dirt-moving machine and a bulldozer - from a hotel construction site at Route 108 and Snowden River Parkway on Dec. 29 and using them to crush a brick wall and knock holes in other walls, police have said.

More than $100,000 in damage was done to the school in the 3100 block of Old Stockbridge Drive, which is scheduled to open in August.

During a bail review last month, McCormack said he was "highly intoxicated" at the time.

He was being held in the Howard County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

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