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December 16, 1998
New Windsor Middle School will present $1,373 to the Carroll County state's attorney's domestic violence unit at an assembly this morning.Students raised most of the money during a two-week campaign against domestic violence, said teacher Kathy Berry. Businesses and others also donated.In return, the state's attorney's office will present the school with a plaque for its efforts in the fight against domestic violence.Berry said her goal for the campaign was $1,000.FireUnion Bridge: Firefighters assisted Frederick County at 12: 05 TTC p.m. Monday, responding to a barn fire on Fountain School Road.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,tyeesha.dixon@baltsun.com | October 2, 2008
The Howard County state's attorney's office announced that it has received a $45,000 grant to organize a domestic violence unit. The grant, which comes from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, will enable the state's attorney's office to create a unit in its District Court division to serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and elder abuse, according to a news release. "This grant allows us to add a new position that will expand and enhance our ongoing efforts to protect the victims of domestic violence from further violent acts, to protect children and the elderly from household violence and to hold offenders accountable for their actions," county state's attorney Dario J. Broccolino said in the statement.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,tyeesha.dixon@baltsun.com | October 2, 2008
The Howard County state's attorney's office announced that it has received a $45,000 grant to organize a domestic violence unit. The grant, which comes from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, will enable the state's attorney's office to create a unit in its District Court division to serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and elder abuse, according to a news release. "This grant allows us to add a new position that will expand and enhance our ongoing efforts to protect the victims of domestic violence from further violent acts, to protect children and the elderly from household violence and to hold offenders accountable for their actions," county state's attorney Dario J. Broccolino said in the statement.
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By Janene Holzberg and Janene Holzberg,Special To The Sun | June 8, 2008
Witnessing the fallout of a drive-by shooting in downtown Baltimore is an event that remains crystallized in Jodi Finkelstein's mind, 16 years later. "I could still tell you every detail about that night," said Finkelstein, the executive director of the county's Domestic Violence Center. A social work intern at the University of Maryland, Baltimore at the time, she first mistook the shots for the sounds of a radiator popping, then realized what she had heard and left her desk to investigate, she recalled.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2000
The sergeant in charge of the Baltimore police Southern District's domestic violence unit was suspended with pay yesterday after being arrested on charges of assaulting his wife in their Pasadena home. Anne Arundel County police charged Sgt. Gary F. White Sr., 49, with second-degree assault early Tuesday shortly after his wife was admitted to North Arundel Hospital. Christina White, 37, told police her husband became angry because she was talking on the telephone at the couple's Fort Smallwood Road home.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | January 4, 1998
Choosing between friendship and moral duty after witnessing a brutal domestic assault, a Westminster woman alerted authorities -- and her friend was arrested.Now she is encouraging others to come forward against domestic violence and praising the quick response to her report by the domestic violence unit of the Carroll County state's attorney's office.Christina Leatherman, 21, said she knew she had to act before something even more horrible happened than what she saw that September morning when -- according to her account and police reports -- Beth Hoffman was assaulted and she and her 4-week-old son were threatened with a kitchen knife.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2003
As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Baltimore state's attorney's office announced yesterday that it has received funding to expand its domestic violence division as well as a loan of a dozen cellular telephones that will be available for victims' protection. Prosecutors were given $101,780 by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, which will help them hire one prosecutor and one victim services worker. The 12 cellular phones are on loan from Verizon for a year and will be given to victims who may need to make emergency calls to police or a women's shelter.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1998
Two women who were beaten in unrelated domestic disputes Sunday were granted temporary protective orders yesterday, and the men accused of assaulting them were being held at the county jail, authorities said.In the first incident, a Manchester woman was threatened with a butcher knife and later choked with a lamp cord, police said in court documents.While her husband, William J. Haines, was being arrested, he broke free while handcuffed and ran into the path of a car, police said.In the other incident, a woman was dragged toward a lighted fireplace after her head had been doused with vodka, investigators said.
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December 6, 1998
The Carroll County state's attorney's domestic violence unit is appealing to businesses and residents for unused cellular phones to afford abuse victims immediate access to police help.Gary Cofflin, special investigator, said the unit has about 100 active domestic violence cases, and the need is great to protect victims from further abuse."We are asking that anyone planning to upgrade a cellular phone to consider donating the old phone to the domestic violence unit," Cofflin said.Even without being activated, a cellular phone can still be used to dial 911, which is a free service, he said.
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By Melissa Harris | October 8, 2006
The Howard County Police Department has won a $400,000 federal grant to start a three-person domestic violence unit. The unit's goal is to increase the number of domestic violence arrests in the county and to create a tracking system to quickly identify repeat offenders. The team also will ensure victims have access to social services and help them obtain protective orders. The unit will include a supervisor, officer and administrative assistant. If the unit is found to be effective, the county has pledged to continue funding it after the two-year grant expires.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,Sun reporter | August 22, 2007
Domestic violence arrests in Howard County have more than doubled during the first half of the year, compared with the previous six months -- a spike that coincides with the creation of a three-member domestic violence unit within the Police Department in January. Arrests rose from 43 in the last half of 2006 to 125 in the first half of 2007, according to police data. Howard County is the last jurisdiction in the Baltimore region to dedicate officers to domestic violence work.
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By Melissa Harris | October 8, 2006
The Howard County Police Department has won a $400,000 federal grant to start a three-person domestic violence unit. The unit's goal is to increase the number of domestic violence arrests in the county and to create a tracking system to quickly identify repeat offenders. The team also will ensure victims have access to social services and help them obtain protective orders. The unit will include a supervisor, officer and administrative assistant. If the unit is found to be effective, the county has pledged to continue funding it after the two-year grant expires.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2003
As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Baltimore state's attorney's office announced yesterday that it has received funding to expand its domestic violence division as well as a loan of a dozen cellular telephones that will be available for victims' protection. Prosecutors were given $101,780 by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, which will help them hire one prosecutor and one victim services worker. The 12 cellular phones are on loan from Verizon for a year and will be given to victims who may need to make emergency calls to police or a women's shelter.
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March 14, 2001
THE DEATH of Officer Michael J. Cowdery in a shootout must redouble the whole Baltimore community's efforts to stamp out violence. Anything less would besmirch the memory of the 31-year-old officer who made the ultimate sacrifice on the vicious streets of East Baltimore. It was because of the efforts of men and women like Officer Cowdery that Baltimore's shocking homicide rate last year fell below 300 for the first time since 1990. More recently, though, the trend has again turned upward.
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By Richard Irwin and Lisa Goldberg and Richard Irwin and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2001
A police officer was fatally shot and another wounded last night in East Baltimore when a man opened fire with a powerful handgun, apparently without provocation. According to Ragina C. Averella, a police spokeswoman, Officers Michael J. Cowdery and Tiffany Walker, working a plainclothes detail, stopped two men about 10:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of Harford Road for questioning. While they were talking to them, another came around a corner and began firing a .357-caliber Magnum, hitting Cowdery in the head and upper torso, Averella said.
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November 14, 2000
Pasadena man to receive `Beautiful People' recognition A Pasadena man active in church programs bringing together Korean and African-American children will be among the honorees tomorrow in Annapolis at the 14th "Maryland's Most Beautiful People" awards ceremony. The program recognizes volunteers from each of the state's 23 counties and the city of Baltimore. Anne Arundel's "Most Beautiful" this year is Kap Young Park, who, with his wife, owns the Pennington Market in Curtis Bay. They are the parents of two children.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1998
The Carroll County state's attorney and a staff member from his office will be honored Friday at the Governor's Victim Assistance Awards luncheon in Linthicum for their contributions to victims' rights and services.Jerry F. Barnes and Shirley E. Haas, director of the director of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit, are two of 30 being recognized at the luncheon, which is sponsored by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention in conjunction with National Crime Victim Rights Week, which ends Saturday.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2000
Early last year a woman was driving through Howard County, trying to escape her abusive husband, who was following her, honking his car's horn, flashing its lights and screaming. She picked up her cellular phone and called the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, where counselors gave her directions to a local police station and safety. It is an example of how powerful and helpful a cellular phone can be, domestic violence experts and authorities say. To get cellular phones into the hands of more domestic violence victims to increase their safety, the Howard County Sheriff's Office is asking for donations.
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