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May 30, 1993
Was Ford's Life Seen Worth Less?That the murder of William Martin Ford happened in Harford County, our quiet community of PTA's, backyard barbecues and choral groups, was, to most of us, certainly unexpected. Things like that don't happen here. But, the fact is that incidents like last year's sadistic and terrifying assault on Mr. Ford in the Harford County Detention Center can happen wherever public officials become impressed with their own importance and become indifferent to citizens' rights.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,sun reporter | December 28, 2006
When her husband unexpectedly became the nation's 38th president, Betty Ford was suddenly and reluctantly transformed from congressional wife and former department store fashion coordinator to first lady of the United States. Her candor and common sense quickly won over a nation that had never before heard a president's wife talk so openly about taboo topics, including her own addictions and her battle against breast cancer. Gerald R.
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NEWS
June 5, 1994
Big Fish, Little Fish?In the May 8 edition of The Sun, Sylvia Badger wrote of a fishing trip that took place the day before the rockfish season opened so all had to be released. Did she not know that even fishing for them was illegal at the time? She should have, considering that Dr. Torrey Brown, secretary of Natural Resources, was also on this fishing trip, as were others who should have known better. Why didn't Dr. Brown inform everyone of this fact?Less than two weeks after this trip, the Department of Natural Resources announced that a partial lifting of the rockfish ban was going to take place.
NEWS
June 5, 1994
Big Fish, Little Fish?In the May 8 edition of The Sun, Sylvia Badger wrote of a fishing trip that took place the day before the rockfish season opened so all had to be released. Did she not know that even fishing for them was illegal at the time? She should have, considering that Dr. Torrey Brown, secretary of Natural Resources, was also on this fishing trip, as were others who should have known better. Why didn't Dr. Brown inform everyone of this fact?Less than two weeks after this trip, the Department of Natural Resources announced that a partial lifting of the rockfish ban was going to take place.
NEWS
February 18, 1994
Any notion that the Harford grand jury's report would finally explain the mysterious death two years ago of William M. Ford in the county detention center has been swiftly dispelled.The county administration wants to see FBI laboratory tests on blood DNA from the body. So does the lawyer for the family of Mr. Ford, whom the grand jury says committed suicide.They question the grand jury's finding that the only semen found in the body was that of Mr. Ford, refuting allegations of sexual assault, when the initial lab tests were said to be inconclusive.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | May 12, 1993
The Harford County executive and the sheriff exchanged accusations yesterday over the handling of an investigation into the suspicious death of an inmate last year at the Detention Center.Sheriff Robert E. Comes, whose office has been harshly criticized for the way the investigation was conducted, called a 10 a.m. news conference to say that the Maryland attorney general should look into the way state, federal and other county officials have dealt with the case.County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann held her own news conference an hour later to respond: "It's apparent the sheriff is attempting to move the focus away from the Detention Center, while he still seems to have some problems out there."
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Mike Farabaugh and Bruce Reid and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writers | April 27, 1993
An article in yesterday's editions on the death of an inmate at the Harford County Detention Center should have said that the cause of William M. Ford's death was initially reported by jail officials as suicide by strangulation.+ The Sun regrets the errors.A Delaware man whose family alleges that he was raped and murdered last year in the Harford County Detention Center probably did not commit suicide as jail officials originally reported, according to three pathologists who reviewed the autopsy report.
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By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Staff Writer | December 3, 1993
A grand jury probing the suspicious death of an inmate at the Harford County jail is nearing the end of its investigation and may issue a report later this month, said several sources familiar with the case.The 23-member panel has been hearing testimony since September about the death of William M. Ford, a 28-year-old laborer from Wilmington, Del., who was serving 30 days for drunken driving. He was found dead in his cell March 1, 1992.Jail officials originally ruled his death a suicide by strangulation, but the case has received intense scrutiny since April, when the Ford family alleged publicly that he had been raped and murdered.
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By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
Despite a grand jury's recent conclusion that a Harford County inmate strangled himself with a pillowcase, Maryland's chief medical examiner says he will continue to list the manner of death as "undetermined."In a statement released yesterday, Dr. John E. Smialek indicated that mistakes in the investigation of the death nearly two years ago make it impossible to change the officially listed manner of death to suicide or accidental.In its report released Feb. 4, the grand jury said inmate William M. Ford, 28, of Wilmington, Del., killed himself intentionally or accidentally while faking a suicide and that he was not sexually assaulted.
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By Bruce Reid and Mike Farabaugh and Bruce Reid and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writers | May 1, 1993
Three guards at the Harford County Detention Center are the focus of an investigation into the suspicious death of a Delaware man, whose family alleges he was raped and killed at the jail last year.Blood samples taken from the guards have been sent to a Colorado laboratory that will perform DNA tests to see if they match seminal fluid recovered from the dead man, said several individuals close to the investigation being conducted by the county state's attorney's office.Two guards gave their blood samples last year, and preliminary DNA tests done by the FBI proved inconclusive -- although the sources said the FBI's tests are not as sophisticated as those performed at the Colorado lab.Those two samples -- along with one taken in recent weeks from a third guard -- are being sent to the lab for more thorough testing.
NEWS
February 18, 1994
Any notion that the Harford grand jury's report would finally explain the mysterious death two years ago of William M. Ford in the county detention center has been swiftly dispelled.The county administration wants to see FBI laboratory tests on blood DNA from the body. So does the lawyer for the family of Mr. Ford, whom the grand jury says committed suicide.They question the grand jury's finding that the only semen found in the body was that of Mr. Ford, refuting allegations of sexual assault, when the initial lab tests were said to be inconclusive.
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
Despite a grand jury's recent conclusion that a Harford County inmate strangled himself with a pillowcase, Maryland's chief medical examiner says he will continue to list the manner of death as "undetermined."In a statement released yesterday, Dr. John E. Smialek indicated that mistakes in the investigation of the death nearly two years ago make it impossible to change the officially listed manner of death to suicide or accidental.In its report released Feb. 4, the grand jury said inmate William M. Ford, 28, of Wilmington, Del., killed himself intentionally or accidentally while faking a suicide and that he was not sexually assaulted.
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Staff Writer | December 3, 1993
A grand jury probing the suspicious death of an inmate at the Harford County jail is nearing the end of its investigation and may issue a report later this month, said several sources familiar with the case.The 23-member panel has been hearing testimony since September about the death of William M. Ford, a 28-year-old laborer from Wilmington, Del., who was serving 30 days for drunken driving. He was found dead in his cell March 1, 1992.Jail officials originally ruled his death a suicide by strangulation, but the case has received intense scrutiny since April, when the Ford family alleged publicly that he had been raped and murdered.
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Staff Writer | June 29, 1993
Five hours before his death in the Harford County Detention Center, inmate William M. Ford told his sister that he expected to be sexually assaulted by as many as 20 men and possibly killed, according to her handwritten notes of their conversation."
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By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Staff Writer | June 6, 1993
A former inmate at the Harford County jail says he saw one guard choking William M. Ford with a piece of cloth while two others restrained him on the same afternoon Mr. Ford was found dead in his cell last year.Jail officials initially called the death of Mr. Ford, who was serving 30 days for drunken driving, a suicide by strangulation. But it is now under investigation by the Maryland attorney general's office.George Dennard, the former inmate, told the FBI last fall that he witnessed a violent attack on Mr. Ford on the day of his death, March 1, 1992.
NEWS
May 30, 1993
Was Ford's Life Seen Worth Less?That the murder of William Martin Ford happened in Harford County, our quiet community of PTA's, backyard barbecues and choral groups, was, to most of us, certainly unexpected. Things like that don't happen here. But, the fact is that incidents like last year's sadistic and terrifying assault on Mr. Ford in the Harford County Detention Center can happen wherever public officials become impressed with their own importance and become indifferent to citizens' rights.
NEWS
By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,sun reporter | December 28, 2006
When her husband unexpectedly became the nation's 38th president, Betty Ford was suddenly and reluctantly transformed from congressional wife and former department store fashion coordinator to first lady of the United States. Her candor and common sense quickly won over a nation that had never before heard a president's wife talk so openly about taboo topics, including her own addictions and her battle against breast cancer. Gerald R.
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Staff Writer | June 6, 1993
A former inmate at the Harford County jail says he saw one guard choking William M. Ford with a piece of cloth while two others restrained him on the same afternoon Mr. Ford was found dead in his cell last year.Jail officials initially called the death of Mr. Ford, who was serving 30 days for drunken driving, a suicide by strangulation. But it is now under investigation by the Maryland attorney general's office.George Dennard, the former inmate, told the FBI last fall that he witnessed a violent attack on Mr. Ford on the day of his death, March 1, 1992.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | May 12, 1993
The Harford County executive and the sheriff exchanged accusations yesterday over the handling of an investigation into the suspicious death of an inmate last year at the Detention Center.Sheriff Robert E. Comes, whose office has been harshly criticized for the way the investigation was conducted, called a 10 a.m. news conference to say that the Maryland attorney general should look into the way state, federal and other county officials have dealt with the case.County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann held her own news conference an hour later to respond: "It's apparent the sheriff is attempting to move the focus away from the Detention Center, while he still seems to have some problems out there."
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Mike Farabaugh and Bruce Reid and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writers | May 1, 1993
Three guards at the Harford County Detention Center are the focus of an investigation into the suspicious death of a Delaware man, whose family alleges he was raped and killed at the jail last year.Blood samples taken from the guards have been sent to a Colorado laboratory that will perform DNA tests to see if they match seminal fluid recovered from the dead man, said several individuals close to the investigation being conducted by the county state's attorney's office.Two guards gave their blood samples last year, and preliminary DNA tests done by the FBI proved inconclusive -- although the sources said the FBI's tests are not as sophisticated as those performed at the Colorado lab.Those two samples -- along with one taken in recent weeks from a third guard -- are being sent to the lab for more thorough testing.
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