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June 23, 2005
On June 22, 2005, VIRGINIA CRUSE, 84, passed in Timonium, MD. Wife of John J. Brenza, mother of Charles Cruse, Linda Hughes, Susan Von Hagen, Bryant Cruse, and Donald. Memorial Services will be held 11 A.M. Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church, 315 South Main Street, North East, MD. Arrangements by Crouch Funeral Home, 127 South Main Street, North East, MD. For condolences visit www.crouchfuneralhome.com
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
Helen Cruse, a retired nurse, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Jan. 31 at the Summit Park Nursing Home. The Gwynn Oak resident was 88. Born Helen Mariano in Baltimore, she was raised on Stricker Street and attended Baltimore City public schools. She later lived with family in New York City, where she became a nurse and worked for the Veterans Administration. She then returned to Baltimore and nursed at the old Provident Hospital and at Liberty Medical Center. She also worked at the Augsburg Lutheran Nursing Home.
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March 16, 2005
On March 12, 2005, LUTHER L. CRUSE, JR., devoted son of Shirley Cruse; loving brother of Edward C. Cruse. He is also survived by a beloved niece, Elyssa Cruse and a host of other relatives and friends. On Thursday, friends may call at INTEGRITY FUNERAL SERVICES, 119-121 S. Stricker St., from 3 to 5 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M. On Friday, the family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 A.M. with Services to follow. Inquiries to (410) 566-5500.
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February 8, 2009
On February 3, 2009, ETHEL CRUSE; loving mother of Harry M Cruse, Ronald L. Cruse and Carol a. Chisholm-Foster. She is also survived by one sister, Helen Wilson of Florida and a host of other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends at the family owned WYLIE FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 638 N. Gilmor Street on Sunday from 1 to 4 P.M. Services will be held Monday at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Avenue, 10:30 Wake, 11 A.M Funeral. Interment following. Inquiries at www.wyliefh.
NEWS
February 8, 2009
On February 3, 2009, ETHEL CRUSE; loving mother of Harry M Cruse, Ronald L. Cruse and Carol a. Chisholm-Foster. She is also survived by one sister, Helen Wilson of Florida and a host of other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends at the family owned WYLIE FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 638 N. Gilmor Street on Sunday from 1 to 4 P.M. Services will be held Monday at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Avenue, 10:30 Wake, 11 A.M Funeral. Interment following. Inquiries at www.wyliefh.
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By Julie Bykowicz | November 23, 2006
State and city officials yesterday disclosed yesterday their court settlements -- totaling at least $92,500 -- with Iva T. Cruse, whose granddaughter died four years ago at the hands of an abusive caretaker. Cruse received $82,500 from the state Department of Human Resources, which oversees the city Department of Social Services, said Kevin Enright, a spokesman for the attorney general's office. The city school board paid Cruse $10,000, said Vanessa Pyatt, a school system spokeswoman. The amount was covered by the City's Risk Management Fund, Pyatt said.
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By Jennifer Keats and Jennifer Keats,Contributing writer | December 13, 1990
John Brenza is a 68-year-old retired metallurgy engineer who lifts weights and drives the van for Anne Arundel Community College's Senior Guild tours.Virginia Cruse is a 70-year-old retired psychologist who writes and illustrates for the Senior Guild newsletter at Anne Arundel Community College.One day three years ago, during a walking class at the college, they were introduced.The two Annapolitans announced their engagement to a crowd of friends Tuesday at the college's Senior Guild for Life Christmas party.
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By William Wan and William Wan,SUN STAFF | August 18, 2005
Remembering her granddaughter's birthday yesterday, Iva Cruse bought a cake, made her way across the city and lit birthday candles in front of an abandoned rowhouse. But even as Cruse blew out the candles for her granddaughter, Ciara Jobes, she knew her wish -- that the girl could still be alive -- would never come true. Almost three years ago, the 15-year-old was found beaten and starved to death on the kitchen floor of her guardian's home. Investigators found 700 scars and bruises on her emaciated body and arrested Satrina Roberts, who had been given custody of Ciara in court despite being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 5, 2003
A Baltimore woman and a Talbot County man have been accused of trying to illegally purchase handguns, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday. Iva Theresa Cruse of the 3700 block of E. Lombard St. and James Otis Blann of the 30300 block of Harris Range Road in Cordova were charged Monday in Howard County Circuit Court. Cruse claimed on an application she filed with Maryland State Police on Nov. 29 that she had never been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of more than two years, authorities said.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2003
A year to the day after Ciara Jobes' bruised and emaciated body was found in a Southeast Baltimore rowhouse, her grandmother returned there last night to hold a candlelight vigil. "We came here tonight to let Ciara know that she may be gone a year, but we still think about her," said Iva Cruse, 55, who organized the gathering at the O'Donnell Heights rowhouse where Ciara, who was 15 when she died, spent her last days. Police found the girl's body, which was covered with cuts from recent beatings, last Dec. 12 and arrested her legal guardian, Satrina Roberts, 32, who lived with Ciara in the home in the 1200 block of Gregor Way. Roberts is jailed, awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree murder.
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By Julie Bykowicz | November 23, 2006
State and city officials yesterday disclosed yesterday their court settlements -- totaling at least $92,500 -- with Iva T. Cruse, whose granddaughter died four years ago at the hands of an abusive caretaker. Cruse received $82,500 from the state Department of Human Resources, which oversees the city Department of Social Services, said Kevin Enright, a spokesman for the attorney general's office. The city school board paid Cruse $10,000, said Vanessa Pyatt, a school system spokeswoman. The amount was covered by the City's Risk Management Fund, Pyatt said.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | November 22, 2006
The grandmother of a Baltimore teenager who died at the hands of an abusive legal guardian has been awarded $15 million for a civil lawsuit, but it is unlikely that she'll ever receive any of that money. Iva T. Cruse filed her suit in August 2004, naming plaintiffs ranging from city social services and public schools to Satrina Roberts, the woman later convicted of killing 15-year-old Ciara Jobes. Roberts did not participate in the proceedings, so Baltimore Circuit Judge Paul E. Alpert entered a summary judgment against her. Alpert awarded Cruse $15 million after listening to evidence and arguments during a half-day bench trial, said Mark Herman, Cruse's attorney.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | August 23, 2006
Robert C. Griffin spent two decades in prison for a Baltimore murder he says he did not commit. Yesterday, the 71-year-old proclaimed his innocence again, but then he took a plea deal and left the courthouse a free man. Griffin was convicted in May 1986 of first-degree murder in the stabbing and strangling death of his girlfriend, Annie Cruse, 20, whose body was found in Druid Hill Park. That conviction, which carried a life sentence, was overturned last year because recent testing showed DNA found in Cruse's body was not Griffin's.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | November 9, 2005
A 71-year-old man who has spent two decades in prison will get a new trial, a judge has ruled, because a lab determined that genetic evidence from the victim is not his - making this the first Baltimore murder conviction to be turned around by new DNA testing. Robert C. Griffin was found guilty in 1986 of stabbing and strangling 20-year-old Annie Cruse and leaving her body in Druid Hill Park. Circuit Judge Gale E. Raisin said in a hearing that the result from a recent DNA test is "so compelling" that Griffin deserves a new trial.
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By William Wan and William Wan,SUN STAFF | August 18, 2005
Remembering her granddaughter's birthday yesterday, Iva Cruse bought a cake, made her way across the city and lit birthday candles in front of an abandoned rowhouse. But even as Cruse blew out the candles for her granddaughter, Ciara Jobes, she knew her wish -- that the girl could still be alive -- would never come true. Almost three years ago, the 15-year-old was found beaten and starved to death on the kitchen floor of her guardian's home. Investigators found 700 scars and bruises on her emaciated body and arrested Satrina Roberts, who had been given custody of Ciara in court despite being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
NEWS
June 23, 2005
On June 22, 2005, VIRGINIA CRUSE, 84, passed in Timonium, MD. Wife of John J. Brenza, mother of Charles Cruse, Linda Hughes, Susan Von Hagen, Bryant Cruse, and Donald. Memorial Services will be held 11 A.M. Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church, 315 South Main Street, North East, MD. Arrangements by Crouch Funeral Home, 127 South Main Street, North East, MD. For condolences visit www.crouchfuneralhome.com
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | November 22, 2006
The grandmother of a Baltimore teenager who died at the hands of an abusive legal guardian has been awarded $15 million for a civil lawsuit, but it is unlikely that she'll ever receive any of that money. Iva T. Cruse filed her suit in August 2004, naming plaintiffs ranging from city social services and public schools to Satrina Roberts, the woman later convicted of killing 15-year-old Ciara Jobes. Roberts did not participate in the proceedings, so Baltimore Circuit Judge Paul E. Alpert entered a summary judgment against her. Alpert awarded Cruse $15 million after listening to evidence and arguments during a half-day bench trial, said Mark Herman, Cruse's attorney.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2003
A Baltimore City grand jury indicted yesterday on first-degree murder charges the legal guardian of a teen-age girl who prosecutors said died from abuse. Satrina Roberts, 31, was charged with murder and child abuse in the death of Ciara Jobes, 15. Ciara's emaciated body, weighing just 73 pounds and badly bruised, was found by police in Roberts' kitchen in a Southeast Baltimore apartment Dec. 11. Meanwhile, the girl's grandmother, Iva Cruse, has hired a lawyer to look into the role public agencies, including the Department of Social Services and city school system, might have played in her death.
NEWS
March 16, 2005
On March 12, 2005, LUTHER L. CRUSE, JR., devoted son of Shirley Cruse; loving brother of Edward C. Cruse. He is also survived by a beloved niece, Elyssa Cruse and a host of other relatives and friends. On Thursday, friends may call at INTEGRITY FUNERAL SERVICES, 119-121 S. Stricker St., from 3 to 5 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M. On Friday, the family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 A.M. with Services to follow. Inquiries to (410) 566-5500.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2003
A year to the day after Ciara Jobes' bruised and emaciated body was found in a Southeast Baltimore rowhouse, her grandmother returned there last night to hold a candlelight vigil. "We came here tonight to let Ciara know that she may be gone a year, but we still think about her," said Iva Cruse, 55, who organized the gathering at the O'Donnell Heights rowhouse where Ciara, who was 15 when she died, spent her last days. Police found the girl's body, which was covered with cuts from recent beatings, last Dec. 12 and arrested her legal guardian, Satrina Roberts, 32, who lived with Ciara in the home in the 1200 block of Gregor Way. Roberts is jailed, awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree murder.
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