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By Liz F. Kay and Julie Scharper and Liz F. Kay and Julie Scharper,SUN REPORTERS | May 20, 2008
A Baltimore priest has been permanently removed from ministry 15 years after allegations that he had committed sexual abuse and three years after he pleaded guilty in court to abusing a minor - too long a wait for some advocates for abuse victims. At the request of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Pope Benedict XVI this month defrocked Jerome F. Toohey Jr., who admitted in November 2005 that he sexually abused a high school sophomore in the late 1980s while Toohey was chaplain at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Local playwright Rosemary Frisino Toohey has taken first place for having written the best script to be performed in the recently concluded Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Toohey picked up $250 for her Holocaust-themed drama, "Under the Poplar Trees, the festival announced in a news release. Toohey previously won top honors in the 2005 and 2009 festivals. Second place, carrying a $100 award, went to Lewis Schrager's script for "Fourteen Days in July", while Joycelyn Walls won third place and $50 for "The Soulman's Soul.
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By Janice D'Arcy and Janice D'Arcy,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2005
A Roman Catholic priest who a decade ago publicly denied an allegation of sexual abuse has been accused of another series of incidents, according to the Archdiocese of Baltimore. This time, a former Calvert Hall College high school student said the priest, Jerome F. Toohey Jr., abused him over the course of several years. Toohey, known as Father Jeff, has not been practicing as a priest since 1993, when he was first accused of abusing a young man. Toohey, 58, did not respond to a message left at his home yesterday.
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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | January 21, 2010
After almost 14 years as the voice of the Baltimore County police, Bill Toohey will leave the department on Friday, take a week off, and start a new job on Feb. 1. Toohey, a former radio reporter and spokesman for two U.S. senators, is to be the communications director for the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, which coordinates programs, grants and research for public safety and corrections agencies. "It's a great expansion of my professional world and I'm really looking forward to that," said Toohey, 64, who was informed in November that he was being let go from the police department to make way for a uniformed officer.
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By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | February 8, 2006
For nearly 20 years, Thomas Roberts kept quiet, hiding the secret of sexual abuse by the high school chaplain he sought counseling from in 1987. When another young man who had attended a different school came forward in 1993 with similar allegations against the priest, Roberts still kept quiet. Yesterday, as a Baltimore County judge prepared to sentence Jerome F. Toohey Jr. for the sexual abuse that occurred over three years, Roberts kept quiet no longer. "Father Jeff lived nearly 20 years in the freedom of my silence," the 33-year-old former Calvert Hall College High School student told the judge.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,Sun Reporter | December 9, 2006
Ten months after a former Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexually abusing a student, a Baltimore County judge granted the priest's request yesterday to serve the rest of his sentence on home detention - a decision his two victims criticized. A lawyer for Jerome F. Toohey Jr., known as Father Jeff, had asked the judge to release his client either on probation or home detention because the conditions of his confinement at the county jail are "extremely tough."
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2003
Four people were killed in an unusual spree of homicides in Baltimore County over the weekend, including an elderly couple in a murder-suicide, police said yesterday. The violence began Friday night in Reisterstown when Henry Paul Polk Sr., 44, was fatally stabbed with a kitchen knife in his home in the 100 block of Carolstowne Road, police said. Police said yesterday that the victim's son, Henry Paul Polk Jr., 19, of the same address, has been charged with first-degree murder. The next morning in Baldwin, a 79-year-old woman was found shot and killed, along with her 78-year-old husband.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 24, 1997
During a traffic stop last night, a Baltimore County K-9 officer shot a man in a car, believing him to be armed, police said.Bill Toohey, a police spokesman, said Officer Michael Cortez stopped a Ford Tiempo with temporary Delaware tags for a traffic violation about 8: 25 p.m. at Pulaski Highway and Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale. Cortez saw what appeared to be a handgun near the front-seat passenger, Toohey said.Fearing for his safety, Toohey said, the officer drew his handgun and shot the passenger in the leg. The driver sped off, and, after a brief chase, the car was stopped on Rossville Boulevard near Pulaski Highway.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 1, 2001
A man was killed and another man seriously injured yesterday afternoon after leading Baltimore County police on a chase through Dundalk. The chase began when a detective saw the unidentified men, whom he suspected of drug involvement, in a Jeep Cherokee on Merritt Boulevard, Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey said. The suspects fled, leading police through residential streets, ending up on Holabird Avenue. The suspects fired several shots at officers, who did not return fire, Toohey said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 8, 1997
An article in Monday's editions of The Sun erroneously referred to the marital status of Phillip Weaver Jr., the father of a 3 1/2 -year-old White Marsh girl who wounded herself while playing with his handgun. Weaver is not married.The Sun regrets the error.A 3 1/2 -year-old White Marsh girl was seriously wounded last night while playing with her father's handgun, a Baltimore County police spokesman said.William Toohey, the spokesman, said Asia Antoinette Weaver of the 9200 block of Oswald Way at Canterbury Apartments was in her father's bedroom about 6: 45 p.m. when she took his .45-caliber handgun from under his bed and shot herself in the midsection while playing with the weapon.
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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | January 20, 2010
After almost 14 years as the voice of the Baltimore County police, Bill Toohey will leave the department on Friday, take a week off and start a new job on Feb. 1. Toohey, a former radio reporter and spokesman for two U.S. senators, is to be the communications director for the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, which coordinates programs, grants and research for public safety and corrections agencies. "It's a great expansion of my professional world and I'm really looking forward to that," said Toohey, 64, who was informed in November that he was being let go from the Police Department to make way for a uniformed officer.
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By Nick Madigan and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 20, 2009
Lt. Robert McCullough, a 43-year-old community-outreach team commander who has been with the Baltimore County police force since he joined as a cadet at age 18, is to be the department's new chief spokesman. McCullough, currently assigned to the Randallstown substation, will move soon to the department's headquarters in Towson to replace Bill Toohey, a civilian who has held the job of spokesman since 1996. Toohey was told earlier this week that he was being dismissed to make way for a uniformed officer.
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By Nick Madigan and Peter Hermann and Baltimore Sun reporters | November 19, 2009
Bill Toohey, the public face of the Baltimore County Police Department since 1996, has been dismissed and will be replaced by a uniformed officer. Toohey, a 64-year-old civilian and former radio reporter, was informed of the decision Tuesday by Police Chief James W. Johnson, who expressed a preference for the department's front man to be a sworn member of the force. Toohey's successor will be Lt. Robert McCullough, a 43-year-old community-outreach team commander who has been with the Baltimore County police force since he joined as a cadet when he was 18. Employees of the county government who declined to be named said the decision to let Toohey go took him by surprise.
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By Nick Madigan and Peter Hermann and Baltimore Sun reporters | November 19, 2009
Bill Toohey, the public face of the Baltimore County Police Department since 1996, has been dismissed and will be replaced by a uniformed officer. The 64-year-old chief departmental spokesman and former radio reporter was informed of the decision Tuesday by Police Chief James W. Johnson, who expressed a preference for the department's front man to be a sworn member of the force instead of a civilian. Toohey was philosophical when reached Wednesday afternoon: "There comes a time for people to move on and new people to move in. That is what is happening here.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | August 25, 2009
An Owings Mills man who spent years helping his parents run a summer camp in West Virginia was found shot to death over the weekend, Baltimore County police said Monday. Scott Michael Greenberg, 51, was discovered Saturday evening by his former wife in the home of his parents, Fred and Evelyn Greenberg, in the 2300 block of Velvet Valley Way, where he had been living, according to police spokesman William Toohey. Lisa Greenberg told police she had gone to the house to drop off the couple's two children, Brady, 8, and Hannah, 10. When they arrived, the door was locked and there was no sign of Greenberg.
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By PETER HERMANN | August 16, 2009
The posting on the Baltimore Police Department's Facebook page seemed innocent enough - a link to a news article about the imperiled mounted horse unit. The chief spokesman put it online, hoping to generate interest and donations to keep the unit alive. Then the public weighed in. "Think it over Sheila!" Ian Hall wrote, referring to Mayor Sheila Dixon. Carol Taylor-Long compared Dixon to former Washington Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr., who had legal troubles of his own: "If anything gets cut, it should be her salary and replace her with a more honest person!"
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 28, 2000
A Baltimore County police officer responding to a burglary call was injured yesterday when his cruiser collided with a car at Belair Road and Blakely Avenue in Perry Hall. Officer Marvin Tinsley Hall, 34, was traveling north on Belair Road when the driver of a car ahead of him made an abrupt U-turn, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. Toohey said the police car - which was not using emergency lights - collided with the other vehicle and flipped onto its roof. "The officer was in the left-hand lane and [the other driver]
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 29, 2000
A Baltimore County police officer shot a man suspected in a string of robberies in Dundalk after he allegedly put a knife to a convenience store clerk's head, police said. Police said a man walked into the Royal Farms Store in the 7700 block of German Hill Road about 12: 55 yesterday morning, brandished a knife and stole two cartons of cigarettes and money from a cash register. The man told the store clerk to walk toward the door, and put the knife to her back, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.
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