Cell phone owners answer the call to aid victims of...

Arundel Digest

September 09, 2001

Cell phone owners answer the call to aid victims of violence

In April, several law enforcement agencies and Anne Arundel County prosecutors asked for donations of cellular phones that could be lent to victims of domestic violence.

Several hundred wireless phones later, the agencies announced yesterday that they cannot accept any more phones, saying they have run out of storage space for the many phones and chargers they have received.

Dozens of phones have been provided to people who fear their abusers will attack them again. A charged cell phone can be used to call 911 even if its user has no service contract.

Arundel groups awarded grants from Bowie State

The Institute for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Bowie State University has awarded $15,000 in grants to six Anne Arundel County organizations to establish education, training and leadership programs.

The six groups receiving awards are:

Banneker Douglass Museum Foundation, to research African-American history in Anne Arundel County.

St. James Church of the Apostolic Faith, to provide child-rearing classes to low-income parents.

United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County, to promote interchange among residents of different cultures.

El Centro de Ayuda, a resource center serving Annapolis' Hispanic community, to establish an after-school program for Hispanic children to teach social skills, conflict resolution and tolerance.

Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, to provide training in mediation at Stanton Community Center.

Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, to promote racial tolerance through community meetings and to work with an African-American church to chronicle the history of black watermen.

The grant program is part of the Community Empowerment and Diversity Project, a $1.9 million effort funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Drug investigation leads to large cocaine haul

A seven-month drug investigation in Laurel led to one of the largest cocaine seizures in Anne Arundel County, police said.

Six kilograms (about 13 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of more than $619,000 was seized from a house in the Russett Green community in Laurel, police said last week. Several loaded guns also were seized.

"Drugs can be anywhere," said Lt. Randall Jones. "But it was a shock to discover it in that neighborhood."

On Friday, Chief P. Thomas Shanahan called the seizure one of the largest in county history.

Investigators said the drugs, transported from South Florida, were distributed in Baltimore City and Baltimore and Prince George's counties.

After the raid Wednesday, police charged Ronald Huggins, 31, of the 8500 block of Mayaone St. in Laurel with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was released on $750,000 bond, police said.

100 inmates to graduate from two jail programs

More than 100 inmates at the county's Ordnance Road Detention Center are expected to graduate from substance-abuse and educational programs Thursday.

Del. Janet Greenip, a Crofton Republican, is to speak at the graduation ceremony.

The Substance Treatment and Recovery Program is operated through a partnership of the detention center and the county Health Department. The program is designed to address employment, family and lifestyle issues.

In Anne Arundel Community College's Success Through Education Program, inmates met daily in classrooms to learn to read, use computers and complete high-school equivalency diplomas.

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