Pasadena man to receive `Beautiful People' recognition
A Pasadena man active in church programs bringing together Korean and African-American children will be among the honorees tomorrow in Annapolis at the 14th "Maryland's Most Beautiful People" awards ceremony.
The program recognizes volunteers from each of the state's 23 counties and the city of Baltimore.
Anne Arundel's "Most Beautiful" this year is Kap Young Park, who, with his wife, owns the Pennington Market in Curtis Bay. They are the parents of two children.
Park's volunteer activities include serving as treasurer and senior deacon of the Korean Methodist Church of Love in Severn, and vice president of the Korean-American Grocers Foundation of Maryland; assisting in the operation of the Druid Heights Cultural Exchange Fun Camp, which gives children an opportunity "to embrace their likeness and celebrate their differences;" and, with other Korean merchants, providing a full meal and toys for 40 needy families during the holiday season.
The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. in St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium. To obtain free tickets, call 410-767-6332.
Sheriff's office to announce domestic violence unit
The county sheriff's office has rescheduled for Thursday its announcement of a new unit that will specialize in domestic violence -- aimed at clearing a backlog of paperwork and ensuring that protective court orders are served quickly and filed properly.
The announcement, planned for the State House steps, will follow by less than a week the guilty plea by Richard Wayne Spicknall II of Laurel in the killing of his two young children -- a tragedy that officials say involved a breakdown in the filing of a restraining order obtained in Howard County by his estranged wife.
Despite a federal law that prohibits anyone placed under such an order from buying a firearm for a year, Spicknall purchased the gun he used in the slayings from a pawnshop, police said. The restraining order apparently had been wrongly left off the Maryland Interagency Law Enforcement System, the computer database that is checked before a weapons permit is approved.
Anne Arundel Sheriff George F. Johnson IV has said that a dedicated domestic violence unit might prevent such as tragedy from occurring in the future.
Severn woman hit by car dies of arterial blood clot
A Severn woman who was hit by a car while crossing a road near her home died over the weekend at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, more than a week after the accident, county police reported.
Patricia Ann Perkins, 44, of the 7800 block of Telegraph Road was attempting to cross Annapolis Road against the traffic signal about 6:50 p.m. Nov. 3 when she walked into the path of a Honda Civic, police said.
Perkins suffered multiple injuries, including fractures, but had been listed in stable condition before she died Saturday afternoon at Shock Trauma of an arterial blood clot, police said.
The cause of the accident was listed by police as "pedestrian error," and the driver was not charged.