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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | July 28, 1999
The Carroll County state's attorney's domestic violence unit may have prevented a homicide last week.Members of the unit -- formed two years ago after three people were killed in domestic violence incidents in Hampstead -- happened to be nearby last week when a woman came to the courthouse seeking help.The man hadn't struck her or their child, but he had stalked and harassed her and burglarized her home, "and there were indicators flying all around" of potentially serious violence, said Gary W. Cofflin, the unit's full-time investigator.
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By Julie Scharper and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
John Buch threw away his sons' Ray Rice jerseys. He ripped posters of the Ravens running back from the walls of their rooms. And this season, there won't be any cheers for Rice from the family's Towson home. Since a video surfaced of Rice dragging the unconscious body of his now-wife from a casino elevator, the incident has sharply divided Ravens fans. Rice married his longtime girlfriend, Janay Palmer, the day after he was indicted on assault charges. He later agreed to a pretrial diversion program to avoid jail time.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 30, 1998
The state has won $2.4 million in new and continuing federal grants to prevent family violence and support domestic violence victims, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend announced yesterday.The grants include $140,626 for the House of Ruth to continue its court advocacy unit for domestic violence victims; $485,355 to train state troopers and local police officers on domestic violence policies and $542,174 for three initiatives in Montgomery County, including a prosecutor to handle domestic violence cases.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
A Baltimore County district judge who has been under fire for his handling of a domestic violence case plans to retire next month, a spokesman for the Maryland court system said Tuesday. Judge Bruce S. Lamdin, 64, was removed in August from hearing cases pending an investigation of his remarks to a White Marsh woman during a court hearing last December. On Tuesday, he submitted a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley saying he plans to step down Oct. 1, according to Terri Bolling, a spokeswoman for the Maryland court system.
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By Nicole Fuller and Justin Fenton and Nicole Fuller and Justin Fenton,SUN REPORTERS | October 19, 2007
In the messy world of domestic violence cases, often complicated by a lover's willingness to forgive, this one had a promising twist for prosecutors: Though the woman refused to testify against her boyfriend, a police officer said she had witnessed the attack in a Laurel gas station parking lot. But Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul Harris, in a decision that has victims' rights advocates crying foul, acquitted the man charged with second-degree assault...
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Staff Writer | May 28, 1993
Baltimore police fielded nearly 20,000 domestic violence complaints during the first three months of this year, but the city's criminal justice system is not responding strongly enough to these complaints, according to representatives from the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women.Carole Alexander and Jann Jackson, staff members at the House of Ruth, recently made public a report from Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee. The report concludes that the "volume of domestic violence cases is burgeoning" and that "it is clear that victims of domestic violence are not being protected."
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By Tyeesha Dixon | October 5, 2008
Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon has been chosen to join law enforcement leaders from around the nation this week at a national seminar on violence against women. McMahon is one of 23 participants selected to attend the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The program is a three-day seminar to be held this week in Atlanta, according to the Police Department. The participants will explore approaches to investigating domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking crimes.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Staff Writer | July 20, 1993
The next incarnation of the assault weapons ban, a perennial legislative proposal in Annapolis, will include a provision that would prevent convicted perpetrators of domestic violence from buying or owning guns.Representatives from Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse said yesterday they have decided to combine the issues of gun control and domestic violence in one bill during the 1994 session of the General Assembly, providing the group with a new ally -- the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women in Baltimore.
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June 10, 1993
There's a lot of talk about the danger of street crime i Baltimore. But for many women, unsafe streets are less threatening than the danger they face in their own homes from abusive husbands or boyfriends. Equally frightening is the fact that few crimes that are classified as "domestic violence" ever get pursued and punished.Last month, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee issued a report detailing the extent of the problem in the city, a problem that extends far beyond unruly or abusive men bent on victimizing women.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1998
A women's advocacy group has filed a complaint with a state judicial committee charging that Howard Circuit Judge James B. Dudley's treatment of a rape victim last fall raises questions about his competency to hear domestic violence cases.The Women's Law Center of Maryland filed the two-page complaint with the Select Committee on Gender Equality, a 21-member committee of judges and lawyers created by the state's top judge to address issues of gender bias within the court system.The complaint, filed late last month, stems from comments Dudley made during the sentencing in November of Chester P. Walker Jr., who was convicted of raping his former girlfriend.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2011
Former television news personality Dennis Edwards is being held in the Baltimore city jail after police arrested him a second time in four days in connection with a domestic violence case involving his wife, according to court documents. A District Court judge on Monday set bail at $500,000 and scheduled a hearing for Feb. 2. The 54-year-old is charged with violating a protective order, telephone misuse, harassment and malicious destruction of property. Police first arrested Edwards on Wednesday, Dec. 29, and charged him with assaulting his wife in their home on South Road.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Peter.hermann@baltsun.com | October 23, 2009
It used to be that officers wrote off domestic killings as a given - unfortunate and often brutal crimes that added numbers to the city's death tally but couldn't be prevented in the traditional way, such as with more police, neighborhood sweeps and arrests. And there wasn't much of a public outcry. People felt bad and were angry, but they didn't feel less safe because the man up the street killed his wife in an upstairs bedroom. A new team of Baltimore police and prosecutors is turning those antiquated theories around.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,jennifer.mcmenamin@baltsun.com | October 22, 2008
It took just a half-hour court hearing to convince the judge that Parbadee Ann Bisnath's ex-husband had threatened her with a kitchen knife in front of their children and vowed to kill her if she did not leave their house. Baltimore County District Judge Bruce S. Lamdin ordered Gordan Bisnath not to abuse, threaten or harass her anymore. He directed the 48-year-old to complete an abuser intervention program. But when it came time to address the victim's request that her abuser not be permitted to contact her or return to their home - provisions that domestic violence experts say typically are granted as a matter of routine in such cases - the judge declined.
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By Tyeesha Dixon | October 5, 2008
Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon has been chosen to join law enforcement leaders from around the nation this week at a national seminar on violence against women. McMahon is one of 23 participants selected to attend the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The program is a three-day seminar to be held this week in Atlanta, according to the Police Department. The participants will explore approaches to investigating domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking crimes.
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December 31, 2007
Artesha Moses called Baltimore police one night last March when her ex-boyfriend punched and kicked her after she refused to give him money for drugs. But the arrest warrant for James Summerville was never served, and three weeks later he was arrested for killing her. Domestic violence calls don't always end so tragically, but police who respond should act as though they might. A professional approach to investigating domestic violence cases can help prevent serious crimes and save lives.
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By Nicole Fuller and Justin Fenton and Nicole Fuller and Justin Fenton,SUN REPORTERS | October 19, 2007
In the messy world of domestic violence cases, often complicated by a lover's willingness to forgive, this one had a promising twist for prosecutors: Though the woman refused to testify against her boyfriend, a police officer said she had witnessed the attack in a Laurel gas station parking lot. But Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul Harris, in a decision that has victims' rights advocates crying foul, acquitted the man charged with second-degree assault...
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1996
Maryland State Police are seeking federal help to launch two projects, one in Carroll and another serving five Eastern Shore counties, that for the first time would provide a coordinated approach to the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases in rural areas.The agency is requesting between $500,000 and $700,000 to hire investigators who would specialize in domestic violence, expand shelters for victims and their children, and train police officers in the most effective ways to respond to domestic violence calls.
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October 27, 1994
With public interest focused on judicial responses to women's issues, most of Maryland's 242 judges are expected in Towson today and tomorrow for a conference on family violence convened by Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy."
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | June 3, 2007
The Carroll County office of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland has officially teamed up with all the county's law enforcement agencies - the state police, the municipal departments and the sheriff's office - to match crisis workers with police officers to respond to domestic violence incidents through the First Step program. The expanded partnership will help Family and Children's Services bring its programs to more victims and publicize the county's more than two-year-old protective shelter, said Connie Sgarlata, director of the non-profit agency's Westminster office.
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By LYNN ANDERSON and LYNN ANDERSON,SUN REPORTER | February 6, 2006
A domestic violence court has opened in Baltimore where battered women can take legal action against their abusers and find support services such as emergency housing and counseling. The new court, the first of its kind in the city, is located at the Eastside District Court Building at 1400 E. North Ave. Before it opened, domestic violence victims filed civil complaints with the District Court Civil Division at 501 E. Fayette St. and traveled to the Eastside court, where criminal cases are processed.
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