Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

February 15, 2004

Homeless board awarded $300,000 grant from state

Carroll County will receive more than $300,000 to help its efforts to end homelessness.

The county's Circle of Caring Homeless Board announced Friday that it has won a state grant for homeless-related projects, including the continued funding of the Safe Haven homeless shelter in Westminster.

The board, a coalition of nonprofit and faith-based organizations as well as government agencies, submitted an application detailing its programs. The state scores applications through a competitive process and awards grants based on the programs' merits. Carroll's projects received 48.5 out of 60 points.

"These funds will help us continue to help provide supportive services for the homeless," said Jolene Sullivan, director of the county's Department of Citizen Services.

McDaniel students charged with substance violations

Nine McDaniel College students were charged with marijuana possession and eight of them also with alcohol violations Friday, after a complaint about a loud party at one of the dormitories, Westminster City Police said.

A campus safety officer walking the grounds heard loud music from Rouzer Hall, and called police, according to charging documents. While other security officers entered a second-floor dorm room, the first officer and a Westminster officer saw someone "throw a baggie out of the window and land on the first-floor window sill."

The officers smelled "a strong odor of burning marijuana" and found cans of beer in the room.

Bryant Ross Dull, 21, of the 100 block of Dumbarton Road, Baltimore, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia for the plastic bag. He and the others were arrested and later released.

The remaining students, all age 18, were charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and underaged drinking, police said. They face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine on the possession charge.

Arrested were: Jerome David DeFrances of the 6700 block of Pyramid Way, Columbia; Nancy Marie Thompson of the 7100 block of Norris Ave., Sykesville; Robert Dewey Wills of Arlington, Va.; Jason Bryan Karmann of the 3900 block of Grier Nursery Road, Street; Milton Anthony Lang III of the 3400 block of Widows Care, Fallston; Cody Edward Durbin of the 20900 block of Nanticoke Road, Bivalve; Nicholas Scott Hall of the 7000 block of Folded Palm, Columbia; and Jessica Lee Beall of the 14100 block of Schaeffer Road, Germantown.

In addition to the criminal charges, the students are subject to disciplinary action within 10 days by the college administration under a zero-tolerance policy, said Rita Beyer, associate director of media relations.

"We involve the police when illegal drugs are found on campus," she said, "and the students are accountable under our rules, as well as what they face in the court system."

Beyer said a first offense involves a $150 fine payable to the college, notification of parents, and a minimum of three hours of community service. A second offense carries a $300 fine, plus removal from a residence hall for the remainder of the semester and the entire next semester. She said a third offense would lead to expulsion.

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