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September 30, 1996
MARYLAND'S ONLY privately run prison is a 95-bed medium security facility located at 1105 East Fayette Street in Baltimore City and operated by Volunteers of America. This is just one of the service areas of the Chesapeake branch of VOA, which celebrates its 100th anniversary Saturday and provides children's, mental health and developmentally disabled services, homeless assistance, substance abuse treatment and affordable housing for more than 7,000 people a year in Maryland and Virginia.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Baltimore City firefighters were called to a 2.5-alarm blaze at a building that once housed Volunteers of America but is now vacant in the Jonestown neighborhood Sunday, officials said. Firefighters were called just before 3 p.m. to the two-story block and stone building in the 1100 block of E. Fayette Street, where they encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions. Smoke poured from the second-floor windows and over the street as firefighters sprayed the building from above and below with water hoses.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter | February 17, 2008
Someone should have been watching Nolan L. Evans. On a night in April 2006 when court records show he was supposed to have been secured inside a halfway house, authorities charge that the convicted felon was able to shoot a man in Northwest Baltimore. Months later, the man died from his injuries. The little-publicized homicide case, scheduled for trial this week, could be another blow to Volunteers of America's Comprehensive Sanction Center. The Sun reported last month that during a spot-check in April 2007, 10 inmates were discovered missing from the halfway house and that two probationary employees suspected of accepting bribes from those inmates were fired as a result.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Dick.irwin@baltsun.com | October 2, 2009
Baltimore County police have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, who was reported missing nearly a year ago and whose body was found late last week in a wooded area in Woodlawn. Tyrone Lamont Webb Jr., 29, of the 3900 block of W. Forest Park Ave. was arrested Wednesday based on information gathered during an investigation by Baltimore City police detectives and county police. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mia Nichols, 27, a mother of three. Police said Webb was being held without bail at the county Detention Center in Towson.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN REPORTER | January 31, 2008
Employees at a privately run Baltimore halfway house have allowed federal defendants to leave the secured facility at night in violation of court-ordered restrictions. Officials at the nonprofit Volunteers of America suspect that two employees - who have subsequently been fired - accepted bribes in exchange for letting the defendants out. But despite questions about the integrity of the program, judges continue to send defendants there because there are few other places in Maryland to house minimum-security defendants awaiting federal trials.
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By Melissa Harris | March 6, 2008
A man accused of leaving a half-way house to commit murder in Baltimore has been acquitted by a Baltimore Circuit Court jury, according to the city prosecutor's office. Nolan L. Evans, 38, the son of death row inmate Vernon Lee Evans Jr., was charged after a witness came forward months after the April 2006 shooting of Larry Parks. Before issuing its verdict Tuesday night, jurors asked Circuit Judge Kaye A. Allison to allow them to review the videotape of the witness' testimony, a request the judge granted.
NEWS
July 31, 2006
On July 26, 2006, JOHN D. RAMBO, age 80. Born in Macon, GA and grew up in Talbotton and Columbus, GA. Auburn University Electrical Engineering graduate and Sigma Chi Fraternity member. World War II Veteran and regional salesman for many years in Baltimore for Bussman of St. Louis, MO and owner of Rambo Associates, Inc. An Elder at Moorings Presbyterian Church and member of Royal Poinciana Country Club, Sons of the American Revolution, and BArons of the Magna Carta. He loved golfing, fishing and hunting.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Dick.irwin@baltsun.com | October 2, 2009
Baltimore County police have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, who was reported missing nearly a year ago and whose body was found late last week in a wooded area in Woodlawn. Tyrone Lamont Webb Jr., 29, of the 3900 block of W. Forest Park Ave. was arrested Wednesday based on information gathered during an investigation by Baltimore City police detectives and county police. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mia Nichols, 27, a mother of three. Police said Webb was being held without bail at the county Detention Center in Towson.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1996
Nearly 300 elderly Baltimore women, most of whom would have spent yesterday at home, enjoyed an afternoon Mother's ** Day celebration instead, courtesy of Volunteers of America.For the fifth consecutive year, the century-old organization coordinated and provided an "I Remember Mama" luncheon with entertainment that lasted through much of the afternoon.The festivities, at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, were for older mothers like Dorothy Wayland, who would have spent a tearfully lonely Mother's Day otherwise.
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By Sylvia Porter and Sylvia Porter,1990 Los Angeles Times Syndicate | November 2, 1990
If you believe the inability of 27 million Americans to read, write and do simple arithmetic is not your problem, think again. It is costing you, a taxpayer, billions of dollars a year, and that means you are footing the bill out of your own pocket.The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 1990 International Literacy Year and a conference is scheduled early next month at U.N. headquarters in New York to explore the issue. Illiteracy is not just a "foreign" or third-world problem.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | August 30, 2009
When Jimmie Shannon began working at a residential center for detainees in Baltimore 22 years ago, he wasn't sure where the job would take him. He was, however, certain that he was there for the long haul. "And I'll tell you why," said Shannon, who retired as director of the Volunteers of America Chesapeake Supervised Residential Center. "Because I was looking for a job that I could have an influence on helping people." Shannon, 64, stepped down in July from his position overseeing a staff of 30 at the 95-bed facility, which houses male detainees awaiting trial or serving brief sentences for minor, nonviolent charges.
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By Melissa Harris | March 6, 2008
A man accused of leaving a half-way house to commit murder in Baltimore has been acquitted by a Baltimore Circuit Court jury, according to the city prosecutor's office. Nolan L. Evans, 38, the son of death row inmate Vernon Lee Evans Jr., was charged after a witness came forward months after the April 2006 shooting of Larry Parks. Before issuing its verdict Tuesday night, jurors asked Circuit Judge Kaye A. Allison to allow them to review the videotape of the witness' testimony, a request the judge granted.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter | February 17, 2008
Someone should have been watching Nolan L. Evans. On a night in April 2006 when court records show he was supposed to have been secured inside a halfway house, authorities charge that the convicted felon was able to shoot a man in Northwest Baltimore. Months later, the man died from his injuries. The little-publicized homicide case, scheduled for trial this week, could be another blow to Volunteers of America's Comprehensive Sanction Center. The Sun reported last month that during a spot-check in April 2007, 10 inmates were discovered missing from the halfway house and that two probationary employees suspected of accepting bribes from those inmates were fired as a result.
NEWS
By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN REPORTER | January 31, 2008
Employees at a privately run Baltimore halfway house have allowed federal defendants to leave the secured facility at night in violation of court-ordered restrictions. Officials at the nonprofit Volunteers of America suspect that two employees - who have subsequently been fired - accepted bribes in exchange for letting the defendants out. But despite questions about the integrity of the program, judges continue to send defendants there because there are few other places in Maryland to house minimum-security defendants awaiting federal trials.
NEWS
July 31, 2006
On July 26, 2006, JOHN D. RAMBO, age 80. Born in Macon, GA and grew up in Talbotton and Columbus, GA. Auburn University Electrical Engineering graduate and Sigma Chi Fraternity member. World War II Veteran and regional salesman for many years in Baltimore for Bussman of St. Louis, MO and owner of Rambo Associates, Inc. An Elder at Moorings Presbyterian Church and member of Royal Poinciana Country Club, Sons of the American Revolution, and BArons of the Magna Carta. He loved golfing, fishing and hunting.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1996
Lugging an armful of clothes, a few tattered boxes and a birthday balloon, Laurence Chapman walked through the red door of his new efficiency at Paca House, looked around and proclaimed it the best Christmas present he could ever hope for.Homeless for the past two years, Chapman was one of the first persons yesterday to move into Baltimore's long-awaited, multimillion-dollar residential project designed to permanently house the homeless, veterans and the...
NEWS
September 27, 1990
George W. K. Rokos, a retired real estate broker, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home on Mayfield Avenue in Baltimore. He was 80.Mr. Rokos retired about 15 years ago as the owner of the Rokos Co., which specialized in commercial real estate for nearly 20 years.Earlier, he had been a vice president in Chicago of the American Phonograph Corp.Born in Toledo, Ohio, George Washington Klecka Rokos was reared in Baltimore and was a graduate of City College and the University of Baltimore law school.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Evening Sun Staff | August 15, 1991
Mike Anderer and Matt Camuso were both approaching graduation from an Ivy League university, but they found themselves wanting to do more with their lives before settling into careers.The two young men, members of the crew team at Princeton University, played out their desire when they donned bicycle gear in July and began a cross-country bike ride in the name of literacy.Anderer postponed his career as a secondary school science teacher and Camuso held off entering medical school so they could organize and implement Ride for Reading, a 47-day, 4,100-mile bike ride from Seattle to Boston.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1996
Lugging an armful of clothes, a few tattered boxes and a birthday balloon, Laurence Chapman walked through the red door of his new efficiency at Paca House, looked around and proclaimed it the best Christmas present he could ever hope for.Homeless for the past two years, Chapman was one of the first persons yesterday to move into Baltimore's long-awaited, multimillion-dollar residential project designed to permanently house the homeless, veterans and the...
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