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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | May 23, 1993
Harford residents seem more concerned about a proposal to strip the elected sheriff of most law enforcement duties and about the costs of creating a county police force than the prospect of wresting control of the Detention Center from the Sheriff's Office.At three public meetings in the past 10 days, more than 100 residents and public safety officials have shared their views on County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann's proposal to take control of law enforcement and the Harford Detention Center from the Sheriff's Office.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 11, 2013
The painting of a mural on the north wall of the Harford County Sheriff's Office headquarters is under way in earnest this week. The mural, which is being paid for by the town of Bel Air, will overlook the town's Main Street parking lot, built last year after the BB&T Bank building that stood on the site was acquired by the town and demolished. That opened up the bare wall of the sheriff's headquarters, which had butted against the bank building. The mural will depict the adjoining courthouse square as it looked prior to the 1950s, when a house stood on the site of the sheriff's building, in front of the old jail which is still standing.
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NEWS
September 17, 1993
Last week's public hearing on bills to restructure the Harford County's sheriff's department produced the usual red herrings, mudslinging and misinformation.But out of the discussion, amid charges of blackmail and abuse of public office, came a public consensus that a referendum is needed to decide whether police and/or jail authority should be taken from the elected sheriff and given to an appointed police chief and an independent warden.The referendum could be held in Noverber 1994. A sheriff will be elected as a state official then, however Harford decides on his future powers.
FEATURES
By Bobby Bryant and Bobby Bryant,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 17, 2003
You got a warrant?" someone asks Sheriff Buford Pusser in the 1973 movie Walking Tall, and that is not a question you want to ask this sheriff. "Yeah, I keep it in my shoe!"
NEWS
November 4, 1994
The most hotly contested race in Harford County this election is not between candidates but between voter positions on ballot Question A, which would create a county police force under an appointed professional chief.As we have urged before, this question deserves the strong support of county voters to provide the basis for a better, more stable, non-political, professionally managed law enforcement agency in a rapidly growing Harford County.Some residents say they are ultimately in favor of transferring the police duties from an elected sheriff, but that this step is not needed today.
NEWS
October 11, 1993
Now is the time for Harford's County Council to give voters a chance to decide the future of law enforcement in a growing, changing community: whether they want the police department and jail under county government instead of under an elected sheriff.The council has until Thursday to act on proposals to submit the question to referendum. Otherwise, the legislation automatically dies under the 60-day rule.The issues have been debated, discussed and analyzed by the public and by officials.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1998
Democrat Anne K. Strasdauskas, the former Baltimore County deputy sheriff who was fired last year, was officially elected sheriff yesterday, with absentee ballots giving her a 4,000-vote win over incumbent Republican Norman M. Pepersack Jr., who fired her."From unemployment to $70,000 a year, that's what I accomplished. Tell your readers anything's possible. I have proven it," said Strasdauskas, a former jail guard and speed skater.She won the election with 112,140 votes to Pepersack's 108,140.
FEATURES
By Bobby Bryant and Bobby Bryant,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 17, 2003
You got a warrant?" someone asks Sheriff Buford Pusser in the 1973 movie Walking Tall, and that is not a question you want to ask this sheriff. "Yeah, I keep it in my shoe!"
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | August 5, 1994
Tired of boring Whitewater hearings and eye-glazing political debates over national health insurance? How about an old-fashioned pistol shootout between candidates for sheriff -- Baltimore County style.Instead of asking for another candidates' forum, Jack McClernan, one of two Democrats gunning for incumbent Republican sheriff Norman M. Pepersack Jr., has proposed a real, smoking gun shootout -- for charity, of course.The candidates wouldn't be aiming at each other, but at targets on a firing range.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 11, 2013
The painting of a mural on the north wall of the Harford County Sheriff's Office headquarters is under way in earnest this week. The mural, which is being paid for by the town of Bel Air, will overlook the town's Main Street parking lot, built last year after the BB&T Bank building that stood on the site was acquired by the town and demolished. That opened up the bare wall of the sheriff's headquarters, which had butted against the bank building. The mural will depict the adjoining courthouse square as it looked prior to the 1950s, when a house stood on the site of the sheriff's building, in front of the old jail which is still standing.
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | January 23, 2002
Carroll County Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning announced yesterday that he will seek a second term, saying he enjoys the job and wants to continue his plans that emphasize coordination with other police agencies. Changes during his four years include: expanding road patrol to a 24-hour operation; expanding the capacity of the county detention center; joining a reconstituted county drug-enforcement task force; improving mutual-aid agreements, including deputizing town police officers; and a central booking unit that he said saves each officer 2 1/2 hours per arrest -the equivalent of having 4 1/2 more officers on county roads.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | January 23, 2000
H. LeRoy "Monk" Campbell quit after five terms as the elected sheriff of Carroll County in 1982, saying he wanted to retire and do nothing. Some say Campbell, 82, deserved to do nothing after 20 years of being overworked and underpaid. Campbell and Mildred, his wife of 62 years, were virtually married to the old stone jail in Westminster, living above the prisoners housed there. For several years, Mildred cooked three meals a day for an average of eight to 10 inmates, while her husband provided security for the sitting Circuit Court judge by day and guarded the jail by night.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1998
Democrat Anne K. Strasdauskas, the former Baltimore County deputy sheriff who was fired last year, was officially elected sheriff yesterday, with absentee ballots giving her a 4,000-vote win over incumbent Republican Norman M. Pepersack Jr., who fired her."From unemployment to $70,000 a year, that's what I accomplished. Tell your readers anything's possible. I have proven it," said Strasdauskas, a former jail guard and speed skater.She won the election with 112,140 votes to Pepersack's 108,140.
NEWS
November 4, 1994
The most hotly contested race in Harford County this election is not between candidates but between voter positions on ballot Question A, which would create a county police force under an appointed professional chief.As we have urged before, this question deserves the strong support of county voters to provide the basis for a better, more stable, non-political, professionally managed law enforcement agency in a rapidly growing Harford County.Some residents say they are ultimately in favor of transferring the police duties from an elected sheriff, but that this step is not needed today.
NEWS
October 30, 1994
Why a 'no' vote on police forceI urge all Harford countians to vote "no" on Question A -- that is, vote against establishment of a Harford County police force.As a former member of the Harford County Council, I have followed the issue closely but have not taken any public stance until now, since any stance on the issue might be misinterpreted as being for or against any particular candidate for office. The question of county police force will be decided by referendum and should stand apart from candidate preference.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | September 18, 1994
The three Democrats who lost their bids for sheriff in Tuesday's primary election said Harford County voters sent a strong message that they want a change in law enforcement leadership and that the incumbent sheriff didn't get it.Robert E. Comes, the incumbent, won nomination for a second term by collecting 7,638 votes, 37 percent of the Democratic ballots cast, over challengers George W. Cunningham, who got 5,237 votes; E. Dale Zepp, a former deputy, 3,848...
NEWS
July 12, 1993
Direct electoral control of the county sheriff has always had a strong democratic appeal. But the value of that control has eroded with the increasing complexity and growing needs of police protection in Harford County, and the disturbing politicization of the sheriff's office.In the Baltimore region, only Harford retains an elected sheriff as the head of its law enforcement agency. When Harford was largely rural and smaller, the sheriff's office could satisfactorily keep the peace and run the county jail.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | January 23, 2000
H. LeRoy "Monk" Campbell quit after five terms as the elected sheriff of Carroll County in 1982, saying he wanted to retire and do nothing. Some say Campbell, 82, deserved to do nothing after 20 years of being overworked and underpaid. Campbell and Mildred, his wife of 62 years, were virtually married to the old stone jail in Westminster, living above the prisoners housed there. For several years, Mildred cooked three meals a day for an average of eight to 10 inmates, while her husband provided security for the sitting Circuit Court judge by day and guarded the jail by night.
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Sun Staff Writer | September 4, 1994
Voters trying to pick the next Harford County sheriff don't have it easy.The administration of incumbent Democrat Robert E. Comes has been clouded for more than two years by the death of inmate William Ford and allegations that jail guards were responsible -- and resulting charges of management ineffectiveness.Another inmate's death in July and a promised $10 million civil lawsuit have only thickened the cloud. But Mr. Comes says voters have no reason to question his management of the jail or the agency.
NEWS
By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | August 7, 1994
More than two dozen political hopefuls came to Candidates' Night at the First District Democratic Club in Edgewood Monday to introduce themselves to the Democratic masses. But the masses stayed home.The 18 candidates, some accompanied by spouses and campaign workers, outnumbered club members and interested citizens by a ratio of nearly 3-to-1.Although the meeting was sparsely attended, the candidates' remarks indicated that they regard the economic health of the county, the coming referendum on a county police force and managed growth as major issues in the coming election.
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