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September 14, 2009
Sheena Blandford might still be alive if the judge who issued a final protective order against her abusive husband had also confiscated the gun he used to murder her. Ms. Blandford clearly feared for her life when she applied for a protective order in August after her estranged husband, Theodore Blandford, threatened to kill her. But on her petition for court protection she failed to check a box requesting a judge to confiscate her husband's firearms -...
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October 4, 2009
Last month, Theodore Blandford broke into the Lothian home of his estranged wife, Sheena Blandford, and shot her to death, along with her sister, Cheryl Timmons. Ms. Blandford knew she was in danger; two weeks earlier she had requested a protective order from the courts after her husband threatened to kill her by running over her with his truck and bashing her with a hammer. Ms. Blandford's death was only one of many well-publicized incidents this year that threw a bright spotlight on the problem of domestic violence in Maryland - a problem made more acute by the economic downturn, which has exacerbated the turmoil in troubled families and put thousands more women at greater risk of serious injury or death at the hands of abusive partners.
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FEATURES
By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | March 30, 2001
On most any map of Maryland you will find a lonely dot of a town called "T.B." It's in Southern Maryland, almost lost amid the creeping D.C. suburbia of Clinton, Brandywine and Waldorf. The abbreviated name has nothing to do with tuberculosis, tablespoons, total bases or terabytes. It has everything to do with arcane local history, so arcane that even people living in T.B. have never heard of the place. "I don't know anything about it," says Marsha Trahan, a nine-year resident who'd always thought she was living in Brandywine, because that's what it says on her mail.
NEWS
September 14, 2009
Sheena Blandford might still be alive if the judge who issued a final protective order against her abusive husband had also confiscated the gun he used to murder her. Ms. Blandford clearly feared for her life when she applied for a protective order in August after her estranged husband, Theodore Blandford, threatened to kill her. But on her petition for court protection she failed to check a box requesting a judge to confiscate her husband's firearms -...
NEWS
By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1994
If someone calls your home this week and asks your opinion of downtown Westminster, it's not a marketing company trying to sell you something.It's the city calling, looking for data to help an Alexandria, Va., consulting firm prepare a strategic plan to revitalize downtown Westminster, said Karen Blandford, administrator of the city office of Housing and Community Development."
NEWS
By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | July 20, 1998
A $400,000 project to repair and expand a dilapidated shelter for homeless families in Westminster will begin today.Over the next few days, work crews will remove asbestos from the Family Shelter at 21 W. Green St. The two-story building is getting a complete makeover, with construction scheduled to begin next month.The project is funded in part by two federal grants. Construction is expected to be completed in January."It is the most depressing place," said Karen K. Blandford, Westminster's housing and community development manager.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff writer | October 31, 1990
WESTMINSTER - Paying the rent will be easier for 28 more Westminster families who will get federal housing subsidies now that the city has obtained more money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).The subsidies amount to an estimated $882,240 over the next five years and will help two groups of people: those now in emergency shelters for the homeless, and those participating in Project Independence, a program designed to give welfare recipients job training and education.
NEWS
By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | January 8, 1993
Low-income Westminster residents who face waiting lists of up to 18 months for one-bedroom apartments are expected to receive help from a federal grant that will spread $660,000 in rental aid over five years."
NEWS
January 16, 1991
The Westminster Business and Professional Association has received another grant from the state to continue its projects.The Main Street Improvement Program gave the association $5,000, which will be used to continue paying the association's promotions coordinator, said Karen Blandford of the city's Housing and Community Development Office.The city also will donate $12,000 in in-kind services to the association this year, and the group hopes to raise another $8,200 to continue its projects, she said.
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 16, 1997
Because all the bids were too high, the city of Westminster will readvertise the renovation of the former West End School and seek additional state money for the job.Despite cuts in the proposal, the gap remained too wide, said Karen K. Blandford, the city's administrator of housing and community development.The turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, off Pennsylvania Avenue near Western Maryland College, will house an adult day-care facility on the first floor and eight assisted-living housing units for the elderly on the second, to be run by Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | September 3, 2009
Two women were found fatally shot Wednesday morning in a Lothian house, and Anne Arundel County police said a suspect, the estranged husband of one of the women, was killed by an officer after a chase into the District of Columbia. Sheena Blandford, 50, and her sister, Cheryl Timmons, 55, of the 1800 block of Copeland St. in Annapolis, were dead on the floor of the home in the 200 block of Ella Welch Way in the Boone's Estates mobile home park that Blandford recently shared with her husband, Theodore Nathaniel Blandford, 51, police said.
NEWS
By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2004
High rents are making it nearly impossible for Westminster's working families to live without assistance, the city's housing director has told council members. "The reality is, people can't pay rent where they are," Karen Blandford, administrator of Westminster's Office of Housing and Community Development, said at a Monday council meeting. Blandford reported a rise in working families applying for the Section 8 Rental Assistance program, an increase she attributes to escalating rents, low rental vacancies and low-paying jobs.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2004
High rents are making it nearly impossible for Westminster's working families to live without assistance, the city's housing director has told council members. "The reality is, people can't pay rent where they are," Karen Blandford, administrator of Westminster's Office of Housing and Community Development, said at a Monday council meeting. Blandford reported a rise in working families applying for the Section 8 Rental Assistance program, which she attributes to escalating rents, low rental vacancies and low-paying jobs.
SPORTS
By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2003
The accomplishment was significant yesterday, but the celebration was not excessively exuberant. The top-ranked Notre Dame Prep girls soccer team understands there's still work to be done. With goals from Zoey Bouchelle, Kayce Blandford and Beth Koloup highlighting a collectively strong effort, the Blazers took out No. 10 St. Mary's - winner of the past three Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crowns - with a 3-1 home win that sent them to the championship game.
SPORTS
By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | September 30, 2003
The Notre Dame Prep girls soccer team came into the week with the metro area's top ranking and an undefeated record. What more could the Blazers ask for? A win over St. Mary's. They took care of that at home yesterday, getting a goal from sophomore midfielder Caitlyn McFadden in the first 10-minute period of sudden-death overtime to come away with a further-validating 2-1 win over the No. 7 Saints, who have won the past three Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crowns.
NEWS
November 3, 2002
The Community Services Council of Carroll County has awarded the 2002 Sylvia Canon Humanitarian Award to Karen Blandford, administrator of the Westminster Office of Housing and Community Development. During the 15 years she has worked for the city, Blandford has established several shelters and worked with housing projects to benefit all ages. Projects she has worked on include community centers, recreational opportunities and the new Arts Council center. She is a founding member of Human Services Programs of Carroll County, has volunteered with United Way and the Maryland Housing Coalition, and has promoted programs to help the needy.
NEWS
By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff writer | January 26, 1992
When the city bought the Maryland Water Works Co. 28 years ago, the purchase included John Dudderar, who is now city clerk, and a safe.Looking to do some house cleaning, the city has decided to sell the6-foot-2 solid metal box. Dudderar, at 6 feet, though, is staying."
NEWS
By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2004
High rents are making it nearly impossible for Westminster's working families to live without assistance, the city's housing director has told council members. "The reality is, people can't pay rent where they are," Karen Blandford, administrator of Westminster's Office of Housing and Community Development, said at a Monday council meeting. Blandford reported a rise in working families applying for the Section 8 Rental Assistance program, which she attributes to escalating rents, low rental vacancies and low-paying jobs.
FEATURES
By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | March 30, 2001
On most any map of Maryland you will find a lonely dot of a town called "T.B." It's in Southern Maryland, almost lost amid the creeping D.C. suburbia of Clinton, Brandywine and Waldorf. The abbreviated name has nothing to do with tuberculosis, tablespoons, total bases or terabytes. It has everything to do with arcane local history, so arcane that even people living in T.B. have never heard of the place. "I don't know anything about it," says Marsha Trahan, a nine-year resident who'd always thought she was living in Brandywine, because that's what it says on her mail.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1999
A line started forming the morning after the Westminster Common Council approved a program last week to provide $3,000 toward closing costs for city employees who choose to live close to downtown.Officials hope employers such as Western Maryland College and Carroll County General Hospital will participate in the state's 2-year-old Live Near Your Work program."Obviously, this could be used as a recruiting tool," said Karen Blandford, manager of housing and community development for the city.
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