News of interest in Howard County that appear in the daily Post Sept. 1-7.


Boy Drowns After Wandering From Playground

A 23-month-old boy wandered down a grassy slope from a lakeside playground in Howard County and drowned Friday in the shallow water, police said. Alex Ferrera had been with a day-care provider at a group of swings and jungle gym equipment near Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.


Inmate at County Jail Dies

Howard County police are investigating what they called an "unattended death" of an inmate in the county's jail. A prison guard discovered Joseph E. McGee, 38, lying in his cell about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead on the way to Howard County General Hospital. It was the second inmate death at the jail in recent weeks. A death there in August was reported by detention center officials as a suicide.


Columbia Man Is Found Stabbed

A 20-year-old man was found beaten and stabbed early Monday. Police identified the victim as Eric L. McGhee and said he was found unconscious about 4 a.m. next to the Snowden River Parkway near Tamar Drive in Columbia. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical condition. Police said they knew of no suspects.