Columbia lawyer starts elderly abuse hot lineCOLUMBIA -- A...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

December 29, 1992

HOWARD COUNTY COLUMBIA — Columbia lawyer starts elderly abuse hot line

COLUMBIA -- A new hot line has opened to take reports of suspected abuse and neglect of the elderly.

The hot line is a project of Columbia resident and lawyer Charles Jerome Ware, and the Reverend John L. Wright, of the First Baptist Church of Guilford.

Mr. Ware said he became interested in the issue of abuse of the elderly through his work as legal counsel for the Maryland State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which develops leadership and political programs.

Through that job, he often gets phone calls and letters complaining about problems in the community.

"It used to be the thing I heard a lot about was police brutality. Now the thing I hear about often is incidents of elder abuse," said Mr. Ware, who specializes in civil litigation and criminal defense.

He said he gets about five calls a week about suspected incidents of elderly abuse or neglect. The complaints include physical, emotional, verbal and financial abuse. Often it is a neighbor or friend who calls to complain that the person needs assistance.

Mr. Ware and Mr. Wright say callers to the (410) 740-5699 hot-line number will be able to report suspected neglect or abuse, and the information will be forwarded to the appropriate government agency for investigation.

Callers will be asked their name and contact phone numbers so authorities can follow up on the complaint.

For now, the hot line is intended for Howard County area residents. But Mr. Ware, a former Justice Department lawyer, said he'd like to set up a toll-free line so people statewide could report abuse.

Man held without bond in death of roommate

ALLEGANY COUNTY

CUMBERLAND

CUMBERLAND -- A Cumberland man was being without bond in the Allegany County Jail yesterday in the fatal stabbing of his roommate Dec. 22.last Tuesday.

William Franklin Myers, 20, had been in custody at the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., but has been transferred to the Allegany County Jail awaiting trial.

He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Michael Leon Lohr, 36, and felony auto theft.

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