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By Jennifer Sullivan and Jennifer Sullivan,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1999
Beginning next month, Granite House Inc., a Carroll County mental health care provider, will combine its local services with Baltimore's Sheppard Pratt Health Systems. The partnership, effective July 1, will bring an increase in mental health services and doctors available to patients and expand Granite House's programs to more Carroll communities. "Our mission is to help Carroll County folks," said Spencer Gear, executive director of the Westminster-based Granite House, a private, nonprofit provider of psychiatric rehabilitation, supported housing, outpatient mental health and related services.
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By Jennifer Sullivan and Jennifer Sullivan,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1999
Beginning next month, Granite House Inc., a Carroll County mental health care provider, will combine its local services with Baltimore's Sheppard Pratt Health Systems. The partnership, effective July 1, will bring an increase in mental health services and doctors available to patients and expand Granite House's programs to more Carroll communities. "Our mission is to help Carroll County folks," said Spencer Gear, executive director of the Westminster-based Granite House, a private, nonprofit provider of psychiatric rehabilitation, supported housing, outpatient mental health and related services.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1995
Carroll Hall, a state-run rehabilitation program for the mentally ill slated to close next month, will remain open under the management of a private, nonprofit agency in Westminster.Granite House, which provides housing and other services for the mentally ill, has received a $100,000 emergency state grant to expand its psychiatric rehabilitation program to accommodate most of Carroll Hall's 97 clients.Founded in 1976, Carroll Hall has served as a surrogate family for many of its clients, some of whom have been in the program for 16 years.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1998
A Westminster woman who served a controversial 10-month jail sentence for the manslaughter death of her 4-month-old daughter was ordered back to prison yesterday.With her head bowed, Lisa E. Ruby, 22, stood before Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. and conceded that she drove while intoxicated in December, a violation of her probation in the manslaughter case.Without comment, Burns reinstated the balance of the nine-year sentence he had imposed in June. He had suspended all but 10 months of that term and placed Ruby on five years' probation with strict conditions.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1996
After 10 years at 181 E. Main St., Carroll Hall, a psychiatric rehabilitation program for the mentally ill, will move tomorrow to a temporary site at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.The move is an unwelcome surprise for the program's staff and clients, who have endured major changes at Carroll Hall over the past few months.First, county health department officials announced in October that the program would close this month. The closing was averted in December when Granite House, a private, nonprofit agency in Westminster, received a $100,000 state grant to manage the program, which serves 97 mentally ill clients.
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October 20, 1991
Name: Spencer L. GearHonored by The Carroll County Sun for: Being chosen executive director of Granite House Inc., a non-profit provider of support services to psychiatrically disabled people in CarrollCountyAge: 37Residence; hometown: Westminster; Johannesburg, South AfricaEducation: Bachelor of arts honors degree in social work from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, 1976; master's degree in clinical social work from the University of...
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1997
A former Taneytown woman, who was released in June after serving 10 months in jail for abusing and suffocating her 4-month old daughter, was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail yesterday, charged with violating the strict conditions of her probation.Lisa E. Ruby, 21, who now lives at the Safe Haven Shelter in Westminster, was arrested Thursday evening on a warrant signed Wednesday by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.Ruby was arrested in August 1996 after leading police to the body of Tabitha Meekins, found under a pile of leaves near Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County.
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July 29, 1992
Employees recognizedWESTMINSTER -- The first staff recognition dinner for Granite House employees was at the Westminster Riding Club June 4.Board president Barbara Gundina presented staff members that had been employed by Granite House for more than five years with service awards.Recipients were Lavonne Fiore, David Baldwin, Mary George, Mildred Hughes, Barbara Smith and Ginny Young.Board treasurer Elaine Adkins presented Spencer Gear, executive director with a donation check contributed by board members.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
Carroll commissioners have approved forming an agency to coordinate local services for the mentally ill, reversing their initial decision to reject the recommendation of the county's Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee.The commissioners changed their minds after learning that the county may have lost funds for housing the mentally ill because it doesn't have a "core service agency.""That's the thing that really made us change our mind," said Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy. "I can't afford to endanger county funds in these hard times."
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1995
Carroll Hall, a psychiatric rehabilitation program that has served the county's mentally ill for 19 years, will close Jan. 30.Expected cost increases and pressure from state health officials to privatize services contributed to the county health department's decision to end the program when its lease runs out in January, said Larry L. Leitch, deputy county health officer.Operating out of a blue building at 181 E. Main St. in Westminster, Carroll Hall serves about 90 clients, many of whom have spent time in psychiatric hospitals.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 26, 1998
A former Taneytown woman who served 10 months in jail for suffocating her 4-month-old daughter in 1996 was acquitted yesterday of damaging the inside of a police car after her arrest on charges of violating probation in October.District Judge Marc G. Rasinsky found Lisa E. Ruby, 21, not guilty of the malicious destruction of a police car, saying he was not "convinced beyond reasonable doubt that she intended to damage the vehicle."Ruby, who lives in Westminster, was convicted of manslaughter and child abuse in the death of Tabitha Meekins.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1998
A former Taneytown woman who served 10 months in jail for suffocating her 4-month-old daughter in 1996 was convicted in Towson District Court yesterday of drunken driving.Lisa E. Ruby, 21, of Westminster was sentenced to 63 days in jail, the time she has been incarcerated since her arrest on Dec. 16, prosecutors said.Ruby was immediately returned to the Carroll County Detention Center to be held without bail pending charges that she violated the terms of probation stemming from her 1997 conviction in the death of Tabitha Meekins.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1997
A former Taneytown woman, who was released in June after serving 10 months in jail for abusing and suffocating her 4-month old daughter, was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail yesterday, charged with violating the strict conditions of her probation.Lisa E. Ruby, 21, who now lives at the Safe Haven Shelter in Westminster, was arrested Thursday evening on a warrant signed Wednesday by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.Ruby was arrested in August 1996 after leading police to the body of Tabitha Meekins, found under a pile of leaves near Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1996
After 10 years at 181 E. Main St., Carroll Hall, a psychiatric rehabilitation program for the mentally ill, will move tomorrow to a temporary site at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.The move is an unwelcome surprise for the program's staff and clients, who have endured major changes at Carroll Hall over the past few months.First, county health department officials announced in October that the program would close this month. The closing was averted in December when Granite House, a private, nonprofit agency in Westminster, received a $100,000 state grant to manage the program, which serves 97 mentally ill clients.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1995
Carroll Hall, a state-run rehabilitation program for the mentally ill slated to close next month, will remain open under the management of a private, nonprofit agency in Westminster.Granite House, which provides housing and other services for the mentally ill, has received a $100,000 emergency state grant to expand its psychiatric rehabilitation program to accommodate most of Carroll Hall's 97 clients.Founded in 1976, Carroll Hall has served as a surrogate family for many of its clients, some of whom have been in the program for 16 years.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1995
Carroll Hall, a psychiatric rehabilitation program that has served the county's mentally ill for 19 years, will close Jan. 30.Expected cost increases and pressure from state health officials to privatize services contributed to the county health department's decision to end the program when its lease runs out in January, said Larry L. Leitch, deputy county health officer.Operating out of a blue building at 181 E. Main St. in Westminster, Carroll Hall serves about 90 clients, many of whom have spent time in psychiatric hospitals.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1998
A former Taneytown woman who served 10 months in jail for suffocating her 4-month-old daughter in 1996 was convicted in Towson District Court yesterday of drunken driving.Lisa E. Ruby, 21, of Westminster was sentenced to 63 days in jail, the time she has been incarcerated since her arrest on Dec. 16, prosecutors said.Ruby was immediately returned to the Carroll County Detention Center to be held without bail pending charges that she violated the terms of probation stemming from her 1997 conviction in the death of Tabitha Meekins.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 26, 1998
A former Taneytown woman who served 10 months in jail for suffocating her 4-month-old daughter in 1996 was acquitted yesterday of damaging the inside of a police car after her arrest on charges of violating probation in October.District Judge Marc G. Rasinsky found Lisa E. Ruby, 21, not guilty of the malicious destruction of a police car, saying he was not "convinced beyond reasonable doubt that she intended to damage the vehicle."Ruby, who lives in Westminster, was convicted of manslaughter and child abuse in the death of Tabitha Meekins.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
Carroll commissioners have approved forming an agency to coordinate local services for the mentally ill, reversing their initial decision to reject the recommendation of the county's Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee.The commissioners changed their minds after learning that the county may have lost funds for housing the mentally ill because it doesn't have a "core service agency.""That's the thing that really made us change our mind," said Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy. "I can't afford to endanger county funds in these hard times."
NEWS
By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | October 21, 1992
A new group called Concerned Counselors Against Question 6 gathered behind the Carroll County Office Building yesterday to explain why they oppose the proposed change in Maryland's abortion law."We are not entering into the political debate about abortion," said Mary Lynn Ziegler, a social worker and member of the group. "We are simply asking the question, 'Is Question 6 a good law for Maryland?' "They decided it is not a good law they said, because it would limit options for a woman with a problem pregnancy and would not require a pregnant minor to inform her parents before she seeks an abortion.
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