Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

December 07, 2006

Woman pleads guilty to neglecting adult

A 22-year-old former employee of an Owings Mills facility for the developmentally disabled was sentenced yesterday to probation after pleading guilty to neglecting a vulnerable adult, according to the Maryland attorney general's office.

Davita Jacobs of Warren Park Drive in Pikesville was sentenced to 18 months' probation by Baltimore County District Judge Edward P. Murphy. As a condition of probation, Jacobs was ordered not to take another job caring for vulnerable adults, the attorney general's office said.

Jacobs was working at Progress Unlimited in January when a resident woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't find her, according to prosecutors. The resident called her family, who notified the program manager. Jacobs acknowledged that she had left the facility, leaving three severely impaired residents unattended.

Health Department

Physician named deputy director

Dr. Gregory W. Branch has been named deputy director of the Baltimore County Health Department, County Executive James T. Smith Jr. announced this week.

Branch, an internist and former chief medical officer for a health care management company, will start Dec. 18. His hiring means that the county will comply with a state law requiring that one of the county's top two health officials be a licensed physician in Maryland, officials said.

"Dr. Branch will be a tremendous asset to our team," said county health director Dr. Pierre N. Vigilance, who holds a medical degree but is not a licensed physician with the state. "He brings a proven track record of enhancing health by providing high quality care and health education to individuals and communities, both vital elements of the Baltimore County Department of Health's mission."

Branch comes to the county from Schaller Anderson Inc. of Maryland, a management company that administers Maryland Physicians Care and Maryland Health Insurance Plan. In that capacity, he provided oversight to the medical components of the organization.

Branch received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his clinical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his master's in business administration from the University of Baltimore, and is a certified physician executive.

Yard materials

Separate pickup to end Dec. 23

To conserve fuel this winter, a separate recycling collection for yard materials will end Dec. 23.

Yard materials, including leaves, will continue to be collected but with the trash.

All residents are asked to follow their trash and recycling schedules for 2007. Residents with questions may call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management's customer service line at 410-887-2000.

Police Department

Segment offered on winter driving

The latest edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, will include a segment on safe driving during the winter months.

The Community Resource Centers in Precinct 6/Towson and Precinct 11/Essex will be profiled in the show's second segment, which airs through Jan. 5.

The program is aired four times a week on Comcast Channel 25 in the county. It airs at 8:30 p.m. Monday; 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and 10:30 a.m. Friday.

CCBC

Dance company schedules show

The Community College of Baltimore County Dance Company will perform its second fall concert, Synergy: Celebrating Urban Dance, at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday in the K Building Theatre at the Dundalk campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for CCBC students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The concert will feature the CCBC Dance Company performing hip-hop, funk, jazz, rumba and salsa. Shodekeh, a human beat-box artist, is to perform.

Tickets or information: 410-780-6369.

Youth symphony

Concert slated for Dec. 16

The Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Angelo Gatto, will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Fine and Performing Arts Theatre of the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Rd.

The program will include "Overture to Iphigenia in Aulis" by Gluck, "Variations on a Famous Theme" by Paganini, and the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor by Beethoven.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call the orchestra at 410-442-5645 or visit http:--www.myso.info/.

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