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By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | March 19, 1995
Residents in Pioneer City know a new name won't fix their problems.But christening the subsidized town home development "Orchards at Severn" is a good place to begin."
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By DAVID MICHAEL ETTLIN AND JOHN FRITZE and DAVID MICHAEL ETTLIN AND JOHN FRITZE,SUN REPORTERS | January 10, 2006
Victorine Q. Adams, a Baltimore pioneer in African-American politics and civic leader who nearly four decades ago became the first black woman on the City Council, died Sunday morning. She was 93 and had been living at Roland Park Place. Mrs. Adams' death was announced at last night's City Council meeting and was followed by a moment of silence in her honor. "She was a very fiery woman at a time when, in city government, women were in the minority," said Council President Sheila Dixon.
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April 8, 1993
Hats off to Anne Arundel County school bus contractor Willie Nixon and a group of business owners who know the meaning of civic responsibility for giving two of that county's poorest, most troubled neighborhoods a desperately needed resource -- transportation.Many of the people who live in Pioneer City and Meade Village have no cars, which translates into no work and no access to health care, addiction and family counseling, and other services to help lift them out of despair. Not long ago, a number of residents who completed a computer-training course at Van Bokkelen Elementary wanted to continue adult education studies in Annapolis, but could not because they had no transportation to get there.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2005
In an indictment depicting a violent drug-trafficking operation that terrorized communities in western Anne Arundel County, a federal grand jury has charged seven men with conspiring in the crack cocaine trade in several troubled neighborhoods. Unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the 11-page indictment describes a group called the Pioneer City Boys, accusing suspected members of selling drugs, and charging one with shooting and wounding an Anne Arundel police officer last year.
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By Capt. Timothy R. Bowman | October 5, 1997
ON AUG. 9, I drove down Pioneer Drive at about 7 p.m. and heard the unmistakable sounds of a DJ playing the music today's young people love, in the way they love to hear it: Loud, with deep, pulsating bass.It was my introduction to "Pioneer's Night Out." This was a night designated by Pioneers in Action, a group dedicated to the improvement of the community.I saw about 100 teen-agers, listening to the music or dancing, or running after one another the way children do. Adults were in and about, ready to keep order and generally to do what adults are supposed to do.This type of activity in a predominantly African-American area that is reputed to suffer great distress from criminal activity can lead one to be apprehensive.
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By Devon Spurgeon and Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1999
A Pioneer City man killed himself and his wife Tuesday, according to Anne Arundel County police who found the bodies of the couple yesterday in the upstairs bedroom of their townhouse.Police went to the home in the 8200 block of Deerfield Circle after workers at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda reported that Reather Hulane Tyler, 44, had not been at work since Monday and had not called in. Police found her body and that of David Alonzo Tyler, 45.After a rental agent let police into the home, they called the homicide squad about 12: 15 p.m. Police said there were no gunshot or stab wounds on the bodies but declined to give a cause of death.
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2005
A Severn teenager was arrested and charged with attempted murder early yesterday after the stabbing of another girl during a fight in the Pioneer City neighborhood, Anne Arundel police said. Tamara Dinique Hall, 17, of the 1800 block of Dove Court also was charged with two counts of assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses in the incident, which left a 15-year-old seriously wounded, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas. Hall was being held yesterday at the county detention center in lieu of $500,000 bail.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2003
Pioneer City, a townhouse community in Severn that has suffered from crime and blight in recent years, soon will get its first community health center. Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced this month that People's Community Health Centers, a local nonprofit organization, received a $714,938 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build the center within the Pioneer City census tract. County officials said the organization was the only group in the state to have received a grant this year.
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2004
A Baltimore teenager has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting and wounding of a man early Sunday morning in Pioneer City, Anne Arundel police said yesterday. Laronte Lee Richardson, 18, of the 900 block of First St. in Baltimore also is charged with assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses. He is accused of firing several shots at a man who was walking near Pioneer Drive and Arwell Court, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas. Police say Derrick D. Poole, 35, of Pioneer Drive was cutting through an open lot near his home about 3 a.m. when a young man wearing a dark coat and knit hat began shooting at him. Police don't think they knew each other.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Rona Kobell and Laura Barnhardt and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | September 22, 2002
The day is made for going barefoot and spoiling dinner with ice cream cones. Eighty degrees and sunny, the afternoon is greeted on Arwell Court with open windows and children's laughter. But the drone of a distant lawn mower is shattered by loud pops of gunfire. When four bullets pierce the upper body of a 21-year-old convicted drug dealer, the happy shrieks of children riding bikes momentarily stop. Anne Arundel County Police Officer T.J. Smith speeds up in a patrol car minutes later to find dozens of people - from toddlers to grandmothers - mobbing the street.
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2005
A Severn teenager was arrested and charged with attempted murder early yesterday after the stabbing of another girl during a fight in the Pioneer City neighborhood, Anne Arundel police said. Tamara Dinique Hall, 17, of the 1800 block of Dove Court also was charged with two counts of assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses in the incident, which left a 15-year-old seriously wounded, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas. Hall was being held yesterday at the county detention center in lieu of $500,000 bail.
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2004
A Baltimore teenager has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting and wounding of a man early Sunday morning in Pioneer City, Anne Arundel police said yesterday. Laronte Lee Richardson, 18, of the 900 block of First St. in Baltimore also is charged with assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses. He is accused of firing several shots at a man who was walking near Pioneer Drive and Arwell Court, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas. Police say Derrick D. Poole, 35, of Pioneer Drive was cutting through an open lot near his home about 3 a.m. when a young man wearing a dark coat and knit hat began shooting at him. Police don't think they knew each other.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2004
James H. Watkins, owner of a Baltimore-based security agency who in the 1970s became the second-highest-ranking African-American in the city Police Department, died of complications from diabetes Dec. 1 at his Mount Washington home. He was 79. Born in Baltimore and raised on Presstman Street, he attended city public schools and as a boy held jobs delivering The Sun and working at Carter's Bakery on nearby Gilmor Street. He served in the Army and earned the rank of master sergeant. While in the service, he received his General Educational Development certificate.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2003
Pioneer City, a townhouse community in Severn that has suffered from crime and blight in recent years, soon will get its first community health center. Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced this month that People's Community Health Centers, a local nonprofit organization, received a $714,938 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build the center within the Pioneer City census tract. County officials said the organization was the only group in the state to have received a grant this year.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2003
An auctioneer sold most of the run-down, boarded-up townhouses belonging to Arwell Court's largest landlord yesterday, marking a major step toward cleaning up one of Anne Arundel County's most dangerous streets. Businessman Mark Woods of Chantilly, Va., bought 24 of Mohammad Zuberi's 30 townhouses on the Pioneer City street known for drugs, blight and gunshots. He paid about $7,000 for each, a fraction of what they were listed for when Zuberi bought them over the past three decades. The sale fell short of the $216,000 needed to pay off one of Zuberi's main creditors, Warfield Condominium Association No. 3, which governs Arwell Court.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2002
A man accused of attempted murder in a Pioneer City shooting was acquitted yesterday after the victim failed to appear in court and two witnesses were unable to identify him as the gunman. Winning the acquittal from Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth was Terrell T. Bush, 21, who was accused of shooting Marcellis L. Anderson in May on Arwell Court -- Anne Arundel County's most dangerous street. The shooting was spotlighted in a Sun series in September on the troubled Pioneer City neighborhood.
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August 13, 1993
"It doesn't matter where you live," said Chris Kwak, the young man from Pioneer City, a public housing project in Severn, who heads to Harvard in a few weeks.For Chris, that is undoubtedly true. Buoyed by his own drive and intelligence, blessed with a supportive family, molded by an East Asian culture that stresses hard work and educational success, he probably would have achieved his goals no matter where he grew up.Nonetheless, we find it remarkable that someone who spent his childhood in such a troubled place could become Meade High's valedictorian, come within a whisker of a perfect SAT score and win a full scholarship to one of the nation's most prestigious schools.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2002
A Severn landlord who has infuriated community leaders and Health Department inspectors by refusing to make repairs to units on one of Anne Arundel County's most crime-ridden streets agreed yesterday to board up his properties and try to sell them. In a consent order filed with the District Court yesterday, Mohammad Zuberi, who owns 30 properties on Arwell Court, agreed to evict his tenants from the Pioneer City street by January or face daily fines. He also said that if he couldn't sell the properties, he would not attempt to rent them until he makes all necessary repairs.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Rona Kobell and Andrea F. Siegel and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | October 1, 2002
In one courthouse last week, jurors who had heard jumbled versions of a shooting found a young man not guilty of trying to kill three people in Anne Arundel County's most crime-ridden neighborhood. Down the road in another courthouse, a longtime landlord in the community tried to convince a judge that he should not have to pay $700 in fines for failing to promptly fix health code violations at four of his houses. The trials - one criminal and one civil - are part of a multipronged attack on crime and blight that officials hope will help clean up Arwell Court in the Pioneer City section of Severn, troubled over the years by open-air drug dealing, gunfire and rundown homes.
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