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March 14, 2003
On March 11, 2003, LENA A. GELFMAN (nee August), beloved wife of the late Harold Gelfman, loving mother of Richard Gelfman of Columbia, MD. and Arnold Gelfman of Wayside, NJ, devoted mother-in-law of Lenore Gelfman and Margo Gelfman, dear sister of Sari Merrill and Dr. George August. Loving grandmother of four. Service and Interment will be held in Northhampton, MA. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to the charity of donors choice. 14
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
Victoria F. "Vickie" Gelfman, a prosecutor in the Howard County state's attorney's office whose blog posts about her struggle with acute myeloid leukemia served as an inspiration to others, died Friday of the disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 31. "Vickie was such a shining star. She was very gifted, talented and had a warm spirit," said Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown. "She had a wonderful spirit and a pleasant demeanor. And as a prosecutor, she represented the state so well.
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1996
Dick Gelfman, one of Baltimore's most prominent television journalists, has emerged in recent months as the media guru of his wife's campaign for Howard County Circuit judge -- using equipment and services rented from his employer, WJZ-TV, to help make her campaign ads.The practice raises ethical issues for Gelfman and the station, which permitted the rental for campaign use. It also calls into question the accuracy of a campaign financial disclosure report...
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2012
Howard County's 19th-century courthouse has seen a 40 percent increase in jury trials in the past year, causing court officials to clamor for a new facility. "Our county is growing, our population is growing, and that means more case filing," said Administrative Judge Lenore R. Gelfman. "The demands have been significant for a while. " Gelfman, County State's Attorney Dario J. Broccolino and Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald told the County Council last week that the increase is too much for the 170-year-old Ellicott City courthouse, which is cramped and outdated.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | May 17, 2000
A Howard County Circuit judge threw out criminal charges yesterday against a Columbia man accused of wielding an assault rifle in the robbery of a Wilde Lake supermarket early last year. Judge Lenore R. Gelfman ruled that evidence presented didn't support continuing the trial. She then acquitted Armistead D. Myers, 26, of armed robbery, robbery, assault and other charges in the hold-up Jan. 12, 1999, of the Giant Food store in the 10400 block of Twin Rivers Road. Prosecutors had finished presenting their case when Gelfman ruled on a defense request to dismiss the charges against Myers.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 17, 2002
Family members of Howard Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman and her husband, WJZ-TV consumer affairs reporter Richard D. "Dick" Gelfman, released a statement yesterday thanking emergency personnel for their care and well-wishers for their support in the wake of an accident Sunday night that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Baltimore woman. "Our entire family feels very fortunate and we want to express our gratitude to the neighbors and passers-by who assisted on the scene and saved our parents' lives," Hillary Gelfman, 27, the couple's oldest daughter, said in a prepared statement.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1996
A new cable TV commercial launched by the sitting judges' campaign depicts the likely front-runner in the Howard County Circuit Court race, District Judge Lenore R. Gelfman, as a lenient judge and a hypocrite, and the challengers promptly labeled the ad misleading.The 30-second spot -- which will run 122 times from late last week through Sunday on Comcast cable stations CNN, TNT, Discovery and A&E -- tries to poke holes in the challengers' tough-on-crime campaign theme by charging that:Gelfman is one of District Court's strongest proponents of criminal rehabilitation.
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By Shanon D. Murray and James M. Coram and Shanon D. Murray and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1996
Two leading challengers in the primary race for the Howard County Circuit Court bench are defying the president of the county's bar association by continuing to air cable TV commercials that may wrongly imply they have the bar's official support.About 30 supporters of the two challengers, District Judge Lenore R. Gelfman and attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, called a news conference yesterday to denounce the bar president's move against the TV ads as inappropriate.Illustrating how divisive the judges race has been for the local legal community, those who showed up at the news conference to oppose the bar association president, Fred Howard Silverstein, included six former bar presidents and two current executive board members.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | February 29, 1996
An article in yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun incorrectly characterized the campaign contributions of Columbia attorney Vincent M. Guida and of the law firm of Lloyd, Kane, Wieder and Willis. Mr. Guida gave $155 to the campaign of District Judge Lenore R. Gelfman and Columbia attorney Jonathan Scott Smith. The law firm of Lloyd et. al. gave Judge Gelfman and Mr. Smith $810.The Sun regrets the error.When it comes to financial support, District Judge Lenore R. Gelfman and Columbia attorney Jonathan Scott Smith are well positioned in Tuesday's primary vote for two Howard County Circuit Court judgeships.
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By Norris P. West and Shanon D. Murray and Norris P. West and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1996
A group of high-powered Howard lawyers yesterday lashed out at the leading two Circuit Court challengers, calling their campaign tactics "shameful" and saying the newly appointed judges have broad support among county lawyers.In the most recent skirmish in Howard County's battle of the bench, a dozen lawyers appeared at a news conference in Columbia to lend "high-road support" to Circuit Judges Donna Hill Staton and Diane O. Leasure, who were appointed last fall and must stand for election for 15-year terms in the March 5 primary.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2012
Two and a half decades after he graduated from law school and hung out a shingle, Clarke F. Ahlers is challenging two sitting judges in Howard County, creating what will be at least a three-way contest for the Circuit Court bench. Ahlers filed candidacy paperwork Tuesday. Administrative Judge Lenore R. Gelfman, who is completing a 15-year term, and Judge William V. Tucker, who was sworn in Dec. 29, filed Thursday, according to the State Board of Elections. Candidates must file by Jan. 11. The Columbia lawyer said he thought he'd make a good judge after handling different types of cases — most of his work is criminal defense and representation of law enforcement officers in various circumstances, though he does some civil cases.
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July 13, 2011
Lenore R. Gelfman has been named administrative judge for the Howard County Circuit Court, succeeding Diane O. Leasure, who announced her retirement, effective Nov. 4, 2011. "Judge Gelfman has a long and impressive record of service," said Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, who made the appointment. "She is a thoughtful and distinguished jurist, whose leadership skills are exemplary. " Gelfman received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore in 1973 and began her legal career as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore City.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2010
The Baltimore man convicted in last year's stabbing near the Mall in Columbia was sentenced Friday in Howard County Circuit Court to 26 years in prison. Carlos Luis Ortiz, 22, of the 4000 block Greenspring Ave. in Baltimore has been serving a one-year jail sentence on a drug charge since September, seven months after William G. Collins was stabbed and Andrew David Rogers was beaten over a $20 marijuana sale. The incident began at the Mall in Columbia the night of Feb. 28, 2009, when Collins and two friends met Ortiz and arranged to buy marijuana.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2010
An illegal immigrant who fled to Mexico after killing his boss for drug money in 2005 was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday in Howard County Circuit Court. It took Howard police and prosecutors more than four years to find and extradite Joel Nunez Valles from a Mexican jail, where he was confined for an unknown crime. Prosecutor Susan Weinstein said Valles' sentence, life in prison with all but 40 years suspended, was the result of a plea agreement because the main witnesses were his own family members, who were "reluctant" to testify.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | January 27, 2010
A 24-year-old Columbia man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in the Howard County detention center for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Elijah Jackson of the 5200 block of Rivendell Lane was running away from police after a fight outside a house party last June when 23 packets of crack cocaine and one packet of powdered cocaine fell out of his hat, prosecutors said. They had asked Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman to sentence Jackson to three years in prison, but Gelfman opted to send him to the detention center out of concern for his safety.
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By John-John Williams IV | December 16, 2007
The Howard County Board of Education has until Jan. 3 to decide whether to appeal a recent decision by a Circuit Court judge in a discrimination lawsuit won by a former Centennial High School English teacher. In the decision, Judge Lenore R. Gelfman upheld the jury's verdict in the case but reduced the amount awarded to Michelle Maupin by $62,000 because of an error that improperly awarded damages for the same acts based on both state and federal statutes. "It was an impermissible double recovery," said Maupin's lawyer, Mike Coyle.
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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | December 11, 1990
A 42-year-old Parkville man who was illiterate faced a petty theft charge. He got probation before judgment, which allows him to clear his record, but only if he tries to learn how to read.A 19-year-old from Halethorpe told the judge he couldn't work as a roofer anymore because of an ankle injury. He also got probation before judgment, on a marijuana charge, on the condition that he get vocational training to find another line of work.This unusual brand of justice is being dispensed by Howard County District Judge Lenore R. Gelfman, who was appointed to the bench in August 1989.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | November 21, 1990
The governor will choose one of four finalists recommended by the county's Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the seat being vacated by county Circuit Court Judge J. Thomas Nissel.The 13-member commission has selected local attorney Lewis S. Nippard, Circuit Court master of chancery Bernard A. Raum, deputy state attorney general Dennis M. Sweeney and county public defender Louis P. Willemin from a list of nine candidates seeking the judgeship.The Circuit Court seat became available when Administrative Circuit Court Judge Nissel announced in October that he would step down Dec. 31.Circuit Court Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. has been appointed administrative judge of the Circuit Court to replace Nissel, a 10-year veteran of the bench.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,SUN REPORTER | August 29, 2006
A Howard County judge sentenced an 18-year-old Columbia man to 15 years in prison for the shooting of a 4-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet this year and for an unrelated sexual offense involving a 13-year-old acquaintance. Tion Jamaar Bell pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, a handgun charge and a fourth-degree sex offense.
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