Full-time prosecutor assigned to 'Hot Spot'

October 01, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

To enhance its crime-fighting efforts in Columbia's Long Reach village, the Howard County state's attorney's office said yesterday it will add a full-time prosecutor to its "Hot Spot" program in the community.

A state grant of about $44,000 will fund a portion of the salary of Joeday Newsom, a senior prosecutor who will work with police, juvenile justice and parole and probation officials to take cases in the Long Reach area to trial and develop crime-prevention efforts.

County State's Attorney Marna McLendon said Newsom will also work with staff members at Long Reach High School and juvenile justice officials to develop ways to reduce truancy.

Since last year, the county has received $122,000 in grants from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, which oversees the statewide $3.8 million Hot Spot program. The program is intended to reduce the number of violent crimes.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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