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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer | September 10, 1994
In early August, four juvenile offenders fled in a friend's car from a halfway house operated by the District of Columbia at Forest Haven off Route 198 near Maryland City. But no oneinformed local officials.That shouldn't happen again under an agreement reached yesterday between District of Columbia authorities and civic leaders from Jessup, Laurel and Maryland City.District officials said they would add Forest Haven to an agreement drafted last March to cover the Oak Hill Youth Detention center, a maximum-security youth prison next door.
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By Neal Thompson and Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1999
Residents of western Anne Arundel County have dark memories of the former detention center called Cedar Knolls, the longtime repository for convicted juveniles from Washington, which owned the center.Youths regularly escaped out the windows of the minimum-security center -- 132 during one particularly egregious four-month stretch -- and fled through the yards and streets of terrified neighbors.So last week's sale of the 106-acre property to a commercial real estate firm is being hailed by county officials and residents as outstanding news.
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September 16, 1994
U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer said yesterday that District of Columbia officials have assured him security has been beefed up at Forest Haven, a district youth detention center near Maryland City.Mr. Hoyer, a 5th District Democrat, said Dr. Vincent Gray, head of the district's Department of Human Services, has told him mesh wire and bars have been placed on all windows in a Forest Haven pre-release center where juveniles are being held. Also, the number of youths held in the program at Camelia Cottage was cut from 20 to 10.At least 10 youths have walked away from Forest Haven since Aug. 6. The escapes prompted an angry letter from Mr. Hoyer to district Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly last Monday.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1998
U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer demanded yesterday that the District of Columbia clean up its rotting Forest Haven institution for the mentally retarded in Anne Arundel County before moving ahead with a $25 million plan to build a jail near the site.The Democratic congressman also said the district's mayor-elect, Anthony Williams, should meet with Maryland City-area residents to discuss how the district can make its institutions safer and less of a nuisance.Hoyer has some influence over what happens on the roughly 250-acre Forest Haven site north of Route 198 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway because the district leases the land from the federal government.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1998
U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer demanded yesterday that the District of Columbia clean up its rotting Forest Haven institution for the mentally retarded in Anne Arundel County before moving ahead with a $25 million plan to build a jail near the site.The Democratic congressman also said the district's mayor-elect, Anthony Williams, should meet with Maryland City-area residents to discuss how the district can make its institutions safer and less of a nuisance.Hoyer has some influence over what happens on the roughly 250-acre Forest Haven site north of Route 198 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway because the district leases the land from the federal government.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1998
U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer demanded yesterday that the District of Columbia clean up its rotting Forest Haven institution for the mentally retarded in Anne Arundel County before moving ahead with a $25 million plan to build a jail near the site.The Democratic congressman also said the District's mayor-elect, Anthony Williams, should meet with Maryland City-area residents to discuss how the District can make its institutions safer and less of a nuisance.Hoyer has some influence over what happens on the roughly 250-acre Forest Haven site north of Route 198 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway because the District leases the land from the federal government.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1998
Kevin Feeheley and some old high school buddies were driving to a party not long ago when they decided to take a detour to explore a haunted village they'd heard about near the headquarters of the National Security Agency.The rumor was that government agents accidentally killed everyone in a town east of Laurel with radiation, buried their bodies in unmarked graves and left without even cleaning up.As his car's headlights swung around a bend, Feeheley saw evidence to suggest the ghost story was true.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer | September 15, 1994
Last Friday morning, District of Columbia officials assured civic leaders from the Laurel area that youths at Forest Haven, a district juvenile jail off Route 198 near Maryland City, pose no security threat.Several hours later, a 17-year-old fled the facility, Anne Arundel County police said. The next day, a 19-year-old absconded. And on Sunday, another 17-year-old escaped, according to U.S. Park Police.Ten youths have walked away or driven away from Forest Haven since Aug. 6, said Pat Belasco-Barr, the district's administrator of youth services.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer | November 6, 1994
The people living near the District of Columbia's juvenile detention center in western Anne Arundel County aren't impressed that the district has temporarily closed a building from which a teen-ager accused of murder and three others escaped last month.William O'Reilly of Maryland City said the community wants the entire Forest Haven detention center shut down. Ray Smallwood, president of the Maryland City Civic Association, vowed to do just that."To kill a snake, you cut off its head," he said.
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September 1, 1994
In the 10 years since he has been on the Anne Arundel County Council, David G. Boschert can recall District of Columbia officials contacting him but once about their detention facilities in West County.The D.C. Department of Human Services, which manages the facilities, has a history of not cooperating with the county, with dangerous consequences. In 1992, county police never linked an attack and car theft to an escapee from the now-closed Cedar Knoll minimum-security prison because the district never bothered to tell them an escape had occurred.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1998
U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer demanded yesterday that the District of Columbia clean up its rotting Forest Haven institution for the mentally retarded in Anne Arundel County before moving ahead with a $25 million plan to build a jail near the site.The Democratic congressman also said the District's mayor-elect, Anthony Williams, should meet with Maryland City-area residents to discuss how the District can make its institutions safer and less of a nuisance.Hoyer has some influence over what happens on the roughly 250-acre Forest Haven site north of Route 198 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway because the District leases the land from the federal government.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1998
Kevin Feeheley and some old high school buddies were driving to a party not long ago when they decided to take a detour to explore a haunted village they'd heard about near the headquarters of the National Security Agency.The rumor was that government agents accidentally killed everyone in a town east of Laurel with radiation, buried their bodies in unmarked graves and left without even cleaning up.As his car's headlights swung around a bend, Feeheley saw evidence to suggest the ghost story was true.
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October 17, 1995
CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES surrounding last week's opening of a D.C.-run boot camp for youths on federal land in West County show D.C. officials slowly learning the lesson that local leaders and residents need to be included before such sensitive programs are moved to their backyard. Certain other circumstances show the District still tends to treat such federal properties as though they exist in a vacuum.For years, the U.S. government ignored the concerns of West County residents, plopping D.C. youth jails there without telling them a thing.
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By SHIRLEY LEUNG and SHIRLEY LEUNG,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1995
A spirit of cooperation in western Anne Arundel County has helped clear the way for the District of Columbia to open a program for nonviolent juveniles and young adults next week, district officials announced yesterday.Starting Tuesday, 25 juveniles will go through a monthlong, quasi-military boot camp at Forest Haven, the district's defunct mental institution complex off Route 198 in Laurel. The camp will be the starting point for the D.C. Superior Court's Urban Services Program, a yearlong pilot to help about 150 youthful offenders on probation.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun Staff Writer | August 10, 1995
County officials are reviewing a proposal by the District of Columbia to add a boot camp for 25 nonviolent juveniles and young adults on probation to its detention center in Laurel.The Superior Court of the District of Columbia hopes to add the $1.4 million, 30-room camp to Forest Haven, the detention facility for offenders between ages 14 and 26, said Ulysses B. Hammond, chief executive officer of the District of Columbia Courts.The 30-day boot camp, at the corner of River Road and Center Avenue off Route 198, is expected to run eight times a year.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer | November 6, 1994
The people living near the District of Columbia's juvenile detention center in western Anne Arundel County aren't impressed that the district has temporarily closed a building from which a teen-ager accused of murder and three others escaped last month.William O'Reilly of Maryland City said the community wants the entire Forest Haven detention center shut down. Ray Smallwood, president of the Maryland City Civic Association, vowed to do just that."To kill a snake, you cut off its head," he said.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer | October 27, 1994
West Anne Arundel County residents were angered yesterday to learn that a teen-ager who shot six people at a District of Columbia swimming pool last year and another accused of a double murder were among four who walked away Tuesday from a minimum security youth center near Laurel.The four, who were taken to Forest Haven for an educational program, were recaptured later Tuesday."They're not supposed to be in that facility," fumed Ray Smallwood, president of the Maryland City Civic Association.
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