Howard deputies arrest eight fathers accused of not paying child support

November 07, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

Howard County sheriff's deputies arrested eight fathers last week as part of a statewide sweep that netted at least 450 people charged with failing to pay child support or otherwise neglecting their children.

The multijurisdictional effort involved the cooperation of the state's 24 sheriff's offices, the Maryland Department of Human Resources and the Department of Social Services.

"Child support cases are very important to us," said Howard County Sheriff Michael Chiuchiolo. "We serve them top priority."

The statewide sweep ended just as the trial for one man accused of not paying child support is about to begin in Howard County.

Authorities ranked Charles Anthony Farace, 42, as Maryland's No. 1 "deadbeat dad" when he was arrested in Baltimore on July 26.

Mr. Farace, who is out on bond, is accused of owing more than $48,135 to his ex-wife in Ellicott City based on a Howard County court order for him to pay child support in 1986.

Mr. Farace is scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. hearing at Howard County Circuit court today, said Martin J. McNamara III, assistant state's attorney for the family support division.

In August, sheriff's departments from around the state -- concerned about parents who were living outside their jurisdictional reaches -- decided to merge their resources to serve child support warrants from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.

Last week, deputies studied files and used computer-based research techniques to track down eight men wanted on arrest warrants in Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Howard counties.

Each department handled the arrests of people who lived in their county, though the subjects were wanted in other jurisdictions.

Courts from other jurisdictions had outstanding warrants related child support violations for seven people with Howard County addresses.

The eight men arrested by Howard County officials were picked up at their homes or workplaces, law officers said.

Howard County deputies finished their arrests Thursday, picking a Columbia man wanted by Howard County Circuit Court.

Law officers said they arrested men who apparently had little regard for their families or for the legal system that regulates their responsibilities as parents.

"The failure to pay child support is a civil matter," said Howard County Sgt. Randy Roby, supervisor of the warrant/fugitive section. "But when you fail to obey a court order, then you're in contempt of court."

Arrested in the sweep were: Andrew H. Roberts, 33, of the 9000 block of Queen Maria Court in Columbia, wanted in Howard County; John L. Jones, 37, of the 1100 block of Shafersville Road in Mount Airy, wanted in Montgomery County; Aubrey Nicholson, 34, of the 5500 block of Green Mountain Circle in Columbia, wanted in Anne Arundel County.

Also: Sheldon P. English, 27, of the 8900 block of Lincoln St. in Savage; Gary W. Fleming, 44, of the 10000 block of Route 1 in Laurel; William G. Walker, 30, of Meadow Lane in Laurel; Craig S. Mackel, 34, of the 9700 block of Mountain Laurel Way in Laurel; and Gregory E. O'Dell, 25, of the 7300 block of Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. All of those men were wanted in Prince George's County.

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