Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

June 22, 2007

County police identify two Hillendale victims

County police identified the two bodies found Wednesday in a home in the Hillendale area and continued to investigate the deaths as homicides.

The victims were identified yesterday as Girard Scott Hall Jr., 22, and Frances Theresa Childress, 25, both of the first block of Astro Court, according to county police. Childress is described in court records as Hall's girlfriend.

No arrests had been made by yesterday afternoon, and investigators were awaiting findings from the medical examiner's office to determine cause of the deaths, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. The couple were not believed to have been victims of a random crime, he said.

Their bodies were found shortly after 10 a.m., one on the first floor of their townhouse and the other on the second floor, after police received a call from a nearby home. A neighbor has said a crying child knocked on her door and said her parents were dead.

Two children found at the house were turned over to the Department of Social Services, Toohey said.

The victims were new residents in the community, the neighbor said.

Police said no motive was known for the killings.

Childress had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on a complaint filed against another man for child support and medical insurance, court documents show.

Hall had been a defendant in a paternity case last year and had been arrested in recent years on drug and theft charges, court records show. He received a four-month sentence in 2004 and a 30-day sentence the next year after being convicted on drug charges, records show.

A recent drug charge stemmed from a traffic stop near his former Parkville home in January last year, records show. During the stop, county police found cocaine in Hall's car, and they later searched the apartment he shared with Childress and found a loaded, sawed-off shotgun, court papers said. Hall told police at the time that he had been selling cocaine for about six months, charging documents stated.

Hall's drug, traffic and weapon charges in that incident were dismissed the next month in county District Court, according to court papers.

Nick Shields

Organizations

2 nonprofits receive Weinberg grants

Two Baltimore County nonprofit organizations were among the Maryland groups to receive money in grants announced yesterday by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Owings Mills received $150,000 to sponsor programs for the senior citizens at Weinberg Village and a $225,000 grant to expand Milldale's special-needs camp.

Prologue Inc., which works with the homeless and people suffering from mental illnesses, plans to use its $600,000 grant to build a community center.

More than 70 Maryland organizations received grants totaling almost $21 million from the foundation, with a majority used to sponsor projects that give housing assistance to the elderly and the poor.

HIV

County, groups to offer free testing

Free HIV testing will be available Wednesday to county residents.

The county Department of Health will work with several local groups to offer free anonymous and confidential testing as part of the National HIV Testing Day.

Walk-in testing will be available at the Towson Health Center, the Valley Terrace and Cedar Gardens apartments, both in Windsor Mill, and St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Essex.

Information: 410-887-2437.

Online

Scheduling of inspections available

Construction-inspections scheduling can be done online.

The Inspection Connection, a service available through the county Web site, at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/inspectionconnection, allows contractors and homeowners to schedule, cancel or inquire about building, plumbing and electrical work.

The information also will be available on a 24-hour, automated telephone system at 410-887-4638.

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