Luke Lavoie

Writer

Luke Lavoie writes about development, business and news in Columbia. He also covers crime across Howard County; covers the Laurel City Council; and writes feature stories. His work appears in print in the Columbia Flier, Howard County Times and Laurel Leader. Luke is a Connecticut native and graduate of Loyola University Maryland; he joined the Baltimore Sun Media Group in July 2012.

Recent Articles

  • AT&T opens 'experience' store in Laurel

    AT&T opens 'experience' store in Laurel

    AT&T opened an interactive, specialty retail store – dubbed the "Store of the Future" by the company – last weekend inside Towne Centre at Laurel, bringing the number of specialty stores in Maryland to three. The store is called an "experience store" and aims to offer the shopper a more hands-on...

  • New Columbia gym founded on military values

    New Columbia gym founded on military values

    Life hasn't been easy for Danny Farrar. The 35-year-old Army veteran has been obese, unemployed, homeless, a victim of a sexual assault, and even suicidal – he says he tried to kill himself in 2011. He also lost his mother and brother within a six-month span. His troubles, he says, stem from a...

  • Man invades elderly woman's kitchen in Columbia [Crime Log]

    Man invades elderly woman's kitchen in Columbia [Crime Log]

    The following is compiled from police reports. Descriptions of perpetrators are included only when the description makes identification possible. East Columbia Mellen Court, 9500 block, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Elderly victim heard unknown man's voice inside residence and saw unknown man in kitchen....

  • Major Merriweather renovations poised to start

    Major Merriweather renovations poised to start

    As most patrons will tell you, the drawbacks to attending a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion are few, but not insignificant. These gripes aren't related to the actual concert-viewing experience itself – it's perennially ranked and widely regarded as one of the best outdoor concert venues in...

  • Volunteer Jim McCeney honored at council meeting

    Volunteer Jim McCeney honored at council meeting

    The Laurel City Council honored longtime CERT member and Laurel native Jim McCeney at Monday's council meeting. McCeney, 73, a resident of Main Street, has served for more than five years on the city's Community Emergency Response Team, a group of volunteers trained to educate and prepare residents...

  • Man stabbed on Route 29 roadside in Columbia

    Man stabbed on Route 29 roadside in Columbia

    A man was hospitalized after he was stabbed on the Route 29 roadside following a fight with another man, according to Howard County police. The man, 52, told police he and a woman were driving back to Howard County from Baltimore City in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 25, when he realized...

  • Many recall Columbia's resilience on mall shooting anniversary

    Many recall Columbia's resilience on mall shooting anniversary

    Less than two months after a gunman killed two Zumiez employees, and then himself, inside The Mall in Columbia last January, Jessamine Duvall, manager of one of Columbia's 10 village associations, received a call from San Diego. On the line was a woman who was relocating her family to Maryland....

  • Sketch released of Columbia apartment rape suspect

    Sketch released of Columbia apartment rape suspect

    Howard County Police have released a sketch of a man suspected of raping a woman in a Columbia apartment complex earlier this week. The reward for information on this case has been increased from $1,000 to $5,000, police said Friday. The apartment’s management company, Equity Management, has offered...

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