Howard County Digest

November 18, 2005|By MELISSA HARRIS

Service reduction set at animal shelter

Construction will force Howard County's animal-control facility to run at half-strength next week.

From Monday until Nov. 27, the facility will continue to handle calls for service and take in stray animals, but it will be closed for adoptions and public inquiries, according to police.

The facility, at 8576 Davis Road in Columbia, will resume full operations Nov. 28.

Information on pets available for adoption can still be found online at hcpd.org/animalcontrol.

Sex offender sought on registry violation

Howard County police have arrested all but one sex offender being sought for failing to report their current residence on a statewide registry of rapists and child molesters.

Karen Diane Hammond, 49, continued to elude police as of yesterday. They have been unable to find her since they checked in late July on the county's sex offenders.

Hammond, a child sex offender, is believed to have fled Maryland.

Police arrested Craig Orlando Wallace, 37, in Jessup and Russell Wade Cade, 47, in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Failing to report a move or falsifying an address in the registry is a misdemeanor under a state law passed in 1995, one year after Congress required states to track sex offenders. Violators could face a fine of up to $5,000 and a maximum three-year prison sentence.

Anyone with information on Hammond's whereabouts should call 410-313-2929.

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