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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2003
The Harford County Child Advocacy Center is pursuing a number of leads but has no one in custody in its investigation of a child abduction and sexual assault case in the Belcamp area, said Joseph I. Cassilly, Harford County state's attorney. The incident occurred in an area of Church Creek Road about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10. The abductor is described as a white male with black hair who was wearing blue jeans and a short-sleeved shirt.Cassilly said the man lured a 4-year-old boy into his white four-door car and drove to an undisclosed location, where he sexually assaulted the victim.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun reporter | January 24, 2008
A 34-year-old Harford County man has been indicted by a county grand jury on 23 counts of sexual offenses, production and possession of child pornography, stalking and sexual solicitation of a minor. Leon Frederick Richards Jr. of Street, a registered sex offender, was arrested this month after an 11-year-old told police that a man was making comments and gestures at her from his truck. In August and September, police had received similar complaints about a man in a truck who was making sexual comments to children.
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November 12, 2006
The Howard County Child Advocacy Center, 3421 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City, will celebrate its 15th anniversary at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Speakers are to include Howard County Executive James N. Robey, State's Attorney Tim McCrone, who is chairman of the center's executive committee, and other officials. The advocacy center, also known as the Listening Place, was created to address physical and sexual abuse of children. The celebration will include a tour and recognition of staff members. The Listening Place is a collaborative effort of the Howard County Police Department, the state's attorney's office, Child Protective Services, the Health Department, the STTAR Center and the Domestic Violence Center.
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By Mary Gail Hare | December 13, 2007
A Bel Air business owner has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy during an 11-month period that ended in July, according to the Harford County state's attorney's office. William L. Harrison, 62, owner of Trenton Property Services on Main Street, was arrested last week and charged with six counts of abuse, said Bruce Smith, the assistant state's attorney handling the case. Authorities say that the abuse occurred while the boy worked for Harrison's company. Police are continuing the investigation and have determined that Harrison has employed several boys of the same age in the past, Smith said.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 15, 1999
As its 25th anniversary production, the Howard County Summer Theatre is re-mounting "Hello, Dolly!", a show the theater first produced in 1987. Conni Ross stars as Dolly Gallagher Levi in this Jerry Herman-Michael Stewart musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker." The cast of more than 80 will be directed by Tom Sankey, who also staged the theater's previous production of "Dolly." Proceeds after expenses will benefit the Listening Place, Child Advocacy Center, a Howard County facility that works with victims of child abuse.
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By Mary Gail Hare | December 13, 2007
A Bel Air business owner has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy during an 11-month period that ended in July, according to the Harford County state's attorney's office. William L. Harrison, 62, owner of Trenton Property Services on Main Street, was arrested last week and charged with six counts of abuse, said Bruce Smith, the assistant state's attorney handling the case. Authorities say that the abuse occurred while the boy worked for Harrison's company. Police are continuing the investigation and have determined that Harrison has employed several boys of the same age in the past, Smith said.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | September 8, 1991
Hoping to improve communication and efficiency in child-abuse investigations, the county plans to open a center in the next month to bring together experts at a central location, county officials said.Employees from the county Department of Social Services, the Police Department and the state's attorneys office will staff the new Child Advocacy Center. The center is funded by a $46,000 state grant."By working out of a central office we hope to coordinate much more closely on a case-by-case basis," said Carl Smith, a child protective services supervisor in Social Services.
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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Contributing writer | May 12, 1991
Howard County will open a child advocacy center by July to coordinate assistance for sexually and physically abused children and the prosecution of their attackers.The center will bring lawyers, therapists, pediatricians, police investigators and social workers under oneroof.Samuel W. Marshall, director of the county's Department of SocialServices, said the budget for the center is $234,113. That includes a $46,050 start-up grant from the state Department of Human Resourcesand the salaries of workers already employed by six county government or non-profit agencies who will be assigned to the center.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1998
Howard County advocates for children are planning to nearly double the size of the county-run center where victims of child abuse are interviewed.The Child Advocacy Center on Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City -- renamed The Listening Place last year -- will be expanded by 1,300 square feet to provide a space where police, social workers, victims' advocates and doctors can treat child victims of physical or sexual abuse.Angela Simmons, coordinator of The Listening Place, projects the renovation costs to be about $200,000 and expects the work to begin in April and be completed by the end of the year, though the effort to find a construction company has not begun.
NEWS
By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun reporter | January 24, 2008
A 34-year-old Harford County man has been indicted by a county grand jury on 23 counts of sexual offenses, production and possession of child pornography, stalking and sexual solicitation of a minor. Leon Frederick Richards Jr. of Street, a registered sex offender, was arrested this month after an 11-year-old told police that a man was making comments and gestures at her from his truck. In August and September, police had received similar complaints about a man in a truck who was making sexual comments to children.
NEWS
November 12, 2006
The Howard County Child Advocacy Center, 3421 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City, will celebrate its 15th anniversary at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Speakers are to include Howard County Executive James N. Robey, State's Attorney Tim McCrone, who is chairman of the center's executive committee, and other officials. The advocacy center, also known as the Listening Place, was created to address physical and sexual abuse of children. The celebration will include a tour and recognition of staff members. The Listening Place is a collaborative effort of the Howard County Police Department, the state's attorney's office, Child Protective Services, the Health Department, the STTAR Center and the Domestic Violence Center.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2004
Sheila Begg never forgot the silence that surrounded the rape of a friend on their college campus 40 years ago. She never forgot the isolation or the shame - or the way they never talked about what happened. It was, in hindsight, a defining moment in her life, a shadow that would never quite go away, even after graduation, after a job as a teacher, after marriage and babies. So it was, perhaps, no surprise when, seeking an outlet for her energies years later, she fell into a new profession - one that looked out for the needs of the innocent and the sexually abused.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2003
The Harford County Child Advocacy Center is pursuing a number of leads but has no one in custody in its investigation of a child abduction and sexual assault case in the Belcamp area, said Joseph I. Cassilly, Harford County state's attorney. The incident occurred in an area of Church Creek Road about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10. The abductor is described as a white male with black hair who was wearing blue jeans and a short-sleeved shirt.Cassilly said the man lured a 4-year-old boy into his white four-door car and drove to an undisclosed location, where he sexually assaulted the victim.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 15, 1999
As its 25th anniversary production, the Howard County Summer Theatre is re-mounting "Hello, Dolly!", a show the theater first produced in 1987. Conni Ross stars as Dolly Gallagher Levi in this Jerry Herman-Michael Stewart musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker." The cast of more than 80 will be directed by Tom Sankey, who also staged the theater's previous production of "Dolly." Proceeds after expenses will benefit the Listening Place, Child Advocacy Center, a Howard County facility that works with victims of child abuse.
NEWS
By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1998
Dozens of child welfare advocates attended a rededication ceremony yesterday for the Listening Place, where victims of child abuse in Howard County are interviewed and treated.Once known as the Child Advocacy Center, the facility on Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City underwent a 1,300-square-foot expansion and renovation to provide a space where police, social workers and doctors can talk to and treat young victims of physical or sexual abuse.The center, once a small single-family house, has four new offices, two child interview rooms and a new examination room where a pediatrician can examine children who have been abused.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1998
Howard County advocates for children are planning to nearly double the size of the county-run center where victims of child abuse are interviewed.The Child Advocacy Center on Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City -- renamed The Listening Place last year -- will be expanded by 1,300 square feet to provide a space where police, social workers, victims' advocates and doctors can treat child victims of physical or sexual abuse.Angela Simmons, coordinator of The Listening Place, projects the renovation costs to be about $200,000 and expects the work to begin in April and be completed by the end of the year, though the effort to find a construction company has not begun.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer | June 11, 1993
The Loch Raven Library building, closed earlier this year by Baltimore County belt-tightening, will reopen in three weeks as a community health center and as the headquarters for county child sex abuse investigations.Starting July 1, the building will house the Towson Health Center and the Child Advocacy Center. County officials say they will save taxpayers $90,000 in annual lease payments by moving the two agencies from rented quarters elsewhere in Towson.The county is spending $30,000 to get the building ready for its new occupants and to improve access to the handicapped.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Staff Writer | September 19, 1993
The waiting room at the new Child Advocacy Center in Bel Air looks like a small family rec room. A sofa upholstered in floral print sits against one wall and a child's table and chairs along another.There are books, a toy box and a stuffed dinosaur named Barney. It's a room that would make a young child feel comfortable very quickly.That's the whole goal of the center, says Jerome Reyerson, assistant director of Harford County's Department of Social Services. He oversees the department's handling of child sex abuse cases.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Sun Staff Writer | April 2, 1995
Stuffed animals, balloons and shelves of children's books crowd the family room of a brick and wood house in Ellicott City.But this is no private home. It's the Howard County Child Advocacy Center, where children who have suffered sexual or physical abuse will face some of the toughest questions of their lives.It's here that social workers, detectives and prosecutors talk with abused children in a setting intended to be less intimidating than a police station's interview room.The victims who come through the center -- about 300 of them each year -- include such children as the 14-year-old Ellicott City girl taken to the center two weeks ago after saying that she had been raped in an abandoned shed.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Staff Writer | September 19, 1993
The waiting room at the new Child Advocacy Center in Bel Air looks like a small family rec room. A sofa upholstered in floral print sits against one wall and a child's table and chairs along another.There are books, a toy box and a stuffed dinosaur named Barney. It's a room that would make a young child feel comfortable very quickly.That's the whole goal of the center, says Jerome Reyerson, assistant director of Harford County's Department of Social Services. He oversees the department's handling of child sex abuse cases.
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