Anne Arundel deputy sheriffs arrested 18 parents Sunday on charges they owed $77,000 in back child support in a series of early-morning raids on homes in the county and Baltimore. Five others turned themselves in yesterday after they found they were wanted.
The 20 men and three women were taken to the Anne Arundel detention center, where they will remain until they pay their full purge payment, a type of bond in child support cases.
One man owed $15,000 on three separate child support cases and another man's purge payment was more than $2,300, said Lt. Jerry Palazola, supervisor of the child support enforcement unit.
The purge payments are set by a District Court judge, who bases the sum partially on the amount of arrears.
The county domestic relations division will collect more than $10,600 in purge payments as a result of the arrests. Most of the money will be sent to custodial parents after a hearing.
The purpose of the raids is to get parents on a schedule to pay their child support, county officials said.
"You've got parents and children who are waiting for these payments to be made," said Sheriff George F. Johnson IV. "Some of them need these payments. The efforts I put forth is for the children's sake."
Deputy sheriffs served 30 traffic and criminal warrants when they began knocking on doors of more than 70 homes about 4 a.m. Sunday.
Four teams of three deputies canvassed neighborhoods in Cherry Hill, Annapolis, Glen Burnie, South County and Severn for seven hours, waking men and women to serve warrants issued after they failed to appear in court for child support cases.
Palazola said about half of the list of men and women were repeat offenders, and many of them chronic offenders. But many, like the man who is $15,000 in arrears, will walk out of the detention center after paying only $1,000 or less in purge payment.
"If we don't arrest the parents, many times they don't pay [child support] at all," Palazola said. "The children will get nothing. This way the children get something."
He said the sheriff's department arrests between 900 and 1,000 parents in child support cases annually.
The following were arrested on failure to appear on child support charges in Anne Arundel County yesterday and Sunday:
Dennis M. Wiley, 51, of the first block of Davis Court in Glen Burnie.
Michael Butler, 27, of the first block of Southview Drive in Annapolis, on three charges of failure to appear on child support cases.
Carroll Moulden, 39, of the first block of Johnson Place in Annapolis, who also was charged with failure to appear on a traffic charge.
Curtis Leon Goliday, 24, of the 1800 block of Quebec St. in Severn.
Louis Griffin, 37, of the 1100 block of Madison St. in Annapolis.
Anthony L. Wallace, 25, of the first block of Arbor Hill Road in Annapolis, also charged with driving with a suspended license.
Bruce A. Jackson, 32, of the 400 block of Mainview Court in Glen Burnie.
Frank Boe Preston, 31, of the 8300 block of Brookwood Road in Millersville.
Michael W. Robinson, 40, of the 1500 block of Ingalls Road in Glen Burnie
Brontus Lamonte Lee , 30, of the first block of Brooks Terrace in Glen Burnie.
Pamela Denise Duerson, 39, of the 800 block of Betsy Court in Annapolis.
Lawrence M. Williams, 35, of the 5600 block of Harbor Valley Drive in Baltimore.
William D. Smith, 38, of the 1200 block of Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie.
John Samuel Thompson, 29, of the 5400 block of Deale Churchton Road in Churchton, also charged with failure to pay child support in Calvert County.
Robert D. Thorne, 30, no street address, of Cherry Hill.
Maurice James Wells, 51, of the 200 block of Pindell Ave. in Annapolis, also charged with driving on a suspended license and displaying an unauthorized license.
William J. Daniels, 27, of the 8400 block of Bay Road in Pasadena.
Warren Holiday, 37, of the 1800 block of Copeland St. in Annapolis, charged with two counts of failure to appear in child support cases.
Latwann Hillary, 26, of the 700 block of Newtown Drive in Annapolis.
India Jackson, 28, of the 400 block of Mainview Court in Glen Burnie.
Boyd Walton, 41, of the 2000 block of Madison St. in Baltimore.
Samuel Joyce III, 26, of the 1900 block of Copeland St. in Annapolis.
In addition, Peter Yastrzernsky, 41, of the 1000 block of Bell Ave. in Glen Burnie was charged with a warrant for failure to appear for child support in Baltimore.
Pub Date: 6/11/96