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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | August 5, 2009
During a 10-minute statement Tuesday in Howard County Circuit Court, Emilia D. Raras talked about how nearly a decade in jail has made her more religious and less angry. The 73-year-old Baltimore County grandmother, who was sentenced in 2000 to life without parole for enlisting a co-worker to kill her daughter-in-law in November 1998, said she didn't want to die in prison. "No person should die in prison," Raras said. In a hearing to ask retired Judge Dennis Sweeney to reconsider the sentence he had given her, Raras apologized for the act she committed and said she hoped others would forgive her. "Through the years in my solitude, I always think of Sara," Raras said of the woman she had had killed, Sara Williamson Raras.
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April 12, 2013
Susan Reimer 's commentary touched on an issue that has bothered me for years ("Babies on a plane: Can the rest of the flying public cut mom some slack?" April 4). As an executive, I have been required to travel by plane on business for well over 30 years. I fly about once a month and often more than that. As a result, I have been held captive many times to crying, screaming infants or toddlers who keep it up for most if not the entire duration of the flight. Somehow, this just doesn't seem fair.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2002
A teary Emilia D. Raras pleaded yesterday for a reduction in the life-without-parole sentence she received for hiring a hit man in November 1998 to kill her Elkridge daughter-in-law - a woman she claimed to "love like a daughter." Raras and her lawyers asked a Howard County Circuit Court panel of three judges to suspend all but 10 years of the sentence. The review panel likely will file its decision within 30 days. If the judges reduce her sentence and she is paroled after serving the mandatory minimum of five years, Raras could be free before her 70th birthday.
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September 15, 2009
On September 12, 2009, DENNIS J. O'KEEFE; devoted husband of Carol O'Keefe (nee: Bieda); loving father of his son Dennis O'Keefe and daughter-in-law Greta, daughter Kimberly and son-in-law Edward McCaffrey and adoring Pop-Pop to Ian O'Keefe, and Liam and Caroline McCaffrey passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. A memorial service will be planned for a future date. For those desiring, memorial donations may be made in Dennis' name to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2000
A 64-year-old Baltimore County grandmother was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole for her role in a murder-for-hire scheme that ended in the death of her daughter-in-law in late 1998. At yesterday's hearing in Howard County Circuit Court, Emilia D. Raras spoke publicly for the first time, saying she never wanted to kill her daughter-in-law, Sara J. Williamson Raras. "I would like to say to the honorable court that I had no intention at all to kill Sara," Raras said between sobs.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | February 2, 2000
Co-workers of Emilia D. Raras -- the woman charged with hiring a hit man to kill her daughter-in-law -- testified yesterday that they knew of the custody battle between her son and Sara J. Williamson Raras, and of the elder Raras' friendly association with the man accused of killing the woman. The witnesses, who worked with Raras, 63, and Ardale D. Tickles at a Baltimore County nursing home testified that Raras and Tickles were seen talking on several occasions in the employee lounge and at the nursing station before Sara Raras, 35, was killed at her home on Meadowfield Court in Elkridge.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1999
A Howard County Circuit Court judge ruled yesterdaythat prosecutors can use a statement that a 63-year-old woman gave to police officers who charged her in the death last year of her Elkridge daughter-in-law.Defense attorneys for Emilia Raras of Parkville argued that Judge Dennis M. Sweeney should toss out the statement for various reasons, including what they said was the questionable interrogation of another suspect and Raras' demands to have a lawyer.But in a 25-page ruling released yesterday, Sweeney wrote that Raras "freely and voluntarily" gave her statement to Howard County police in August.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1999
A woman charged with murder in the death of her Elkridge daughter-in-law last year told police that she hired a man to seek revenge but never intended to kill her."In fact, I thought he's not going to kill her," Emilia Raras, 63, told detectives during her interrogation in August. "Because he told me he is just going to stone the house. As a revenge. For me."Her comments are from transcripts of a tape-recording of the questioning played last week in Howard County Circuit Court during pretrial hearings.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2000
A 64-year-old Baltimore County grandmother was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole for her role in a murder-for-hire scheme that ended in the death of her daughter-in-law in late 1998. At yesterday's hearing in Howard County Circuit Court, Emilia D. Raras spoke publicly for the first time, saying she never wanted to kill her daughter-in-law, Sara J. Williamson Raras. "I would like to say to the honorable court that I had no intention at all to kill Sara," Raras said between sobs.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | January 23, 2000
More than a year after the brutal killing of an Elkridge woman in her home, the trial of her Baltimore County mother-in-law on murder charges is scheduled to begin tomorrow in what authorities have called a murder-for-hire scheme that arose, in part, from a sense of rejection. Emilia D. Raras, 63, of Parkville is accused of paying a co-worker $3,000 to have her daughter-in-law killed -- a charge she denied during a tape-recorded police interrogation after her arrest in August. "In fact, I thought he's not going to kill her," Raras told detectives.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | August 5, 2009
During a 10-minute statement Tuesday in Howard County Circuit Court, Emilia D. Raras talked about how nearly a decade in jail has made her more religious and less angry. The 73-year-old Baltimore County grandmother, who was sentenced in 2000 to life without parole for enlisting a co-worker to kill her daughter-in-law in November 1998, said she didn't want to die in prison. "No person should die in prison," Raras said. In a hearing to ask retired Judge Dennis Sweeney to reconsider the sentence he had given her, Raras apologized for the act she committed and said she hoped others would forgive her. "Through the years in my solitude, I always think of Sara," Raras said of the woman she had had killed, Sara Williamson Raras.
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November 14, 2008
On November 10, 2008, HELEN ROSA, beloved wife of the late Joseph Herold Sr., devoted mother of Edward Herold and daughter-in-law Janet, and Joseph Herold Jr. and daughter-in-law Maryann, dear sister of Karl Wagner. Also survived by five grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the W. Dabrowski-Chojnacki Funeral Homes, P.A., 1005 Dundalk Ave., Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral Service private.
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June 10, 2008
On Saturday, June 7, 2008 ESTELLA V. BECKETTS, age 77, was called home. She was loving mother of Danton Robinson, Wendy Beckett, Steven Becketts, David Becketts and the late Stephanie Jenkins; dear sister of Elizabeth Staley, Hortense Grant, Peggy Beckett, Joseph Beckett and the late Howard Beckett, George Beckett, Sr., and Minerva Beckett McClure. She is also survived by one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Lugo Becketts and one future daughter-in-law, Nicole Cameron, ten grand children, ten great grandchildren.
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May 8, 2008
On May 4, 2008, JAMES HAYWOOD; devoted husband of Susie. He is also survived by two daughters; two sons; five grandchildren; two sons in-law; one daughter in-law; one sister;three sisters in-law, aunts, uncles nephews and other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the Chatman-Harris Funeral Home, 5240 Reisterstown Road, on Thursday, 3 to 8 P.M. Family will receive friends Friday 10:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. with service following in the Chapel. Interment Druid Ridge Cemetery. ARRANGEMENTS ENTRUSTED TO CARLTON C. DOUGLASS FUNERAL SERVICE P.A.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter | October 26, 2007
Lewis E. Pearce Sr., a retired Baltimore County herb farmer who ascribed his longevity to his wife's cooking - and especially her homemade fudge - died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his Glen Arm home. He was 107. Mr. Pearce was born at home in Glen Arm, and then moved to a 12-acre farm that his parents had purchased in 1906, where he would live and work for the rest of his life. "He was born Jan. 12, 1900, and often joked that if only his mother had gone into labor 12 days earlier, he could say that he had lived in three centuries," said Elaine Pearce, a daughter-in-law.
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October 21, 2007
On October 18, 2007 ROBERT L. JOYCE, SR. Survived by his wife Margaret (nee Buckmaster). Son of the late Robert E. Joyce and Edith Dawson, Father of Robert L. Joyce, Jr., daughter-in-law Denise Franczkowski, Brian K. Joyce, Sr., daughter-in-law Melinda. Grandfather of Brian K. Joyce, Jr., Wyatt C. Joyce and Jessica Joyce. Memorial service Thursday, October 25th 6 P.M. at Fork Christian Church, Sunshine Ave, Kingsville, MD.
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November 14, 2008
On November 10, 2008, HELEN ROSA, beloved wife of the late Joseph Herold Sr., devoted mother of Edward Herold and daughter-in-law Janet, and Joseph Herold Jr. and daughter-in-law Maryann, dear sister of Karl Wagner. Also survived by five grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the W. Dabrowski-Chojnacki Funeral Homes, P.A., 1005 Dundalk Ave., Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral Service private.
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October 21, 2007
On October 18, 2007 ROBERT L. JOYCE, SR. Survived by his wife Margaret (nee Buckmaster). Son of the late Robert E. Joyce and Edith Dawson, Father of Robert L. Joyce, Jr., daughter-in-law Denise Franczkowski, Brian K. Joyce, Sr., daughter-in-law Melinda. Grandfather of Brian K. Joyce, Jr., Wyatt C. Joyce and Jessica Joyce. Memorial service Thursday, October 25th 6 P.M. at Fork Christian Church, Sunshine Ave, Kingsville, MD.
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September 11, 2007
On September 7, 2007, in Warfordsburg, PA, "Dink". Dink was born March 4, 1950 in Baltimore, MD. Surviving is his son Brian K. Holmes and daughter Nicole D. Jenkins and grandson Nicolas D. Linthicum, daughter-in-law Jo-Jo and son-in-law Brian. Services were private.
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August 30, 2007
On August 26, 2007 NATHANIEL, SR.; devoted husband of Lucille, 1 son Rev. Nathaniel Grogan, Jr., 2 step daughters, 1 step son, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 step daughter-in-law, 3 grandchildren, 1 sister, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the Carlton C. Douglass Funeral Service, P.A., 1701 McCulloh St., on Thursday 1 to 9 P.M. Family will receive friends Friday 10 to 10:30 A.M. at the Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, Pennsylvania Ave. and Cumberland Sts. with service following.
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