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By HEATHER KEELS | November 14, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A delegation from China's National Population and Family Planning Commission was in Hagerstown Thursday to study how the United States manages family planning and social services for children. The visit was part of a two-day seminar coordinated by Kaplan College in Hagerstown and included tours of Washington County Hospital and Safe Place, a child advocacy center in the Walnut Street Community Health Center. Friday, the group is scheduled to visit Mont Alto Family Practice in Pennsylvania and Manito, an organization that provides alternative education for youths with behavioral problems and learning disabilities.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 17, 2008
North Hagerstown High School art teacher Brandy Merchant was honored Tuesday for her work in painting murals in the newly renovated and expanded space in Safe Place for Washington County Child Advocacy Center. Merchant was recognized during Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education meeting. Safe Place is a child advocacy center that responds to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases. The victims of those crimes are in the Safe Place office daily.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | April 16, 2010
Abracadabra won't make child abuse disappear, but the folks at Safe Place Washington County Child Advocacy Center hope a magic show fundraiser will help raise money and awareness. The fourth annual Family Magic Show is scheduled for Saturday at The Maryland Theatre, in downtown Hagerstown. The show is a fundraiser for Safe Place, a child advocacy center in Hagerstown. The show's producer and emcee, Russell Gary Smith -- whose stage name is RG Smith -- will return, and he's brought with him a traveling team of performers to end a six-city magic show tour throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland.
NEWS
October 31, 2011
The Oct. 14 Safe Place Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit at Hagerstown Community College, sponsored by the Washington County Child Advocacy Center, drew a crowd of 154 people. The summit topics included child exploitation investigations, physical child abuse identification, bite-mark recognition, investigating child sex crimes, interviewing children with disabilities and documentation caveats.   “We're proud that this summit was able to cover such a diverse range of child-abuse maltreatment topics,” said Safe Place Forensic Nurse Joyce Williams, who helped coordinate the summit.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 22, 2008
Students who created a public service announcement for the Child Advocacy Center, known as "Safe Place," were honored during Thursday's Washington County Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said the students' public service announcement was meant to raise awareness about the rights of children regarding child abuse and about the services of the advocacy center. The students who were honored from Washington County Technical High School's digital communications class were James D. Banks, Dara M. Gamby, Bryant M. Gidich, K.C. Marquart, Ashley E. McCallister, Celeste M. Morris, Amanda E. Spigler and Stefan A. G. Sterling.
NEWS
January 1, 2011
On Dec. 17, Hagerstown Rotary Club — Sunrise distributed proceeds from its ninth annual dinner and auction held at Elks Lodge 378 on Oct. 31.   This year’s event was a Halloween-themed party complete with costumes and music provided by the Prophets of the Abstract Truth.   A total of $38,000 was raised and distributed between auction partners, including the American Red Cross of Washington County, $8,950 and Friends of SafePlace, Child Advocacy Center of Washington County, $7,850.
NEWS
March 23, 2007
During the month of March, two fundraisers were held to support the Washington County Child Advocacy Center, also known as The Safe Place, at the Walnut Street Medical Center in Hagerstown. On March 11, the Home Builders Association of Washington County hosted the third annual benefit concert and auction at Hagerstown Community College in support of the Child Advocacy Center. The concert featured local recording artist Tori Anderson and Possum Holler and nationally known recording artist Exile.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 31, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com One of the interview rooms in the Department of Social Services' Safe Place Child Advocacy Center is designed for its small clients. The red two-cushion couch is no more than 3 feet wide and the blue foam chair is dwarfed by a 6-foot-tall police officer. The stuffed animal on the counter near the two-way mirror, under the discreet security camera, peers lazily through glued-on eyes. This bright room, nestled in a Washington County Hospital annex building on Walnut Street, is where some of Washington County's darkest conversations occur, but it also represents a growing trend in dealing with young victims of violence.
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By MARLO BARNHART | May 5, 1999
A child advocacy center in Washington County may become a reality if area police, prosecutors and social workers have their say. "This would be a safe, central place for sexually abused children that is child-friendly," said Stephanie Andrews, a social worker with the Washington County Department of Social Services. In Huntsville, Ala., it's called The Little House. "At such a place, a child victim could be interviewed just once by everybody ... in a quiet, safe place," Andrews said.
NEWS
March 14, 2001
Prosecutor can have crucial effect on kids Editor's note : This is the fourth in a weeklong series of stories profiling women who are making a contribution in the Tri-State area. By MARLO BARNHART marlob@herald-mail.com Photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer Susan Haugh Lochbaum's impact on the lives of some children in Washington County can be life-changing. An assistant Washington County state's attorney, Lochbaum is in charge of juvenile prosecutions.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
A man who spent two years on the run after being charged with child sex abuse and child pornography offenses asked for mercy Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, but received the 50-year sentence sought by prosecutors. Robert William Mulkern Jr., 46, formerly of Hagerstown and Williamsport, pleaded guilty in March to sex abuse of a minor, five counts of manufacturing child pornography and two counts of third-degree sex offenses. The charges stem from incidents in 2009 involving a girl who was then 15 years old. “I didn't mean to hurt anybody,” Mulkern, 46, told Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley before sentencing.
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LIFESTYLE
May 31, 2013
In more than 10 years at Safe Place, Washington County's child advocacy center, forensic nurse Joyce Williams has seen her share of child-abuse injuries. “It's sad when you see the child, but, because of Safe Place, the child gets the help and resources they need,” said Williams, who along with Dr. Ruth Dwyer have performed more than 600 medical examinations on abused children from Washington County at Safe Place. Williams soon will leave the center to move to Malaysia to work on a special project with the Normah Specialist Medical Center.  “It's really bittersweet,” Williams said.
OPINION
May 5, 2013
We should never disagree with the word of God To the editor: Yes, I love gays and lesbians. God loves them, too. But I do not believe they have the right to marriage, be it civil or otherwise. Nor do I believe they have the right to the same benefits as heterosexual couples. I truly believe the reason for the problems we are having in the world today is that people who call themselves Christians, and even some churches, are compromising with the Bible and world affairs.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 3, 2013
The kind of uninhibited cheers preteen girls typically reserve for celebrity heartthrobs erupted Friday night as 12 area bachelors paraded through an audience of about 200 people, most of whom were women anxiously awaiting a chance to win a date. The second annual Charity Bachelor Auction, hosted by Friends of Safe Place, was held at BPO Elks Lodge No. 378, where the highest bidder paid $800 for a date with 34-year-old Jeffrey Butts of Hagerstown. The first bachelor up for bid, 27-year-old Arnold Martin III, of Martinsburg, W.Va., topped out at $250.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | April 25, 2013
Don't forget that this year's Walk and 5K Run to End Child Abuse will be held Saturday morning. Activity will center around Widmeyer Park, where there will be food, fun and festivities for participants. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for runners and 9 a.m. for walkers. Participants can register in advance on line at http://walktoendchildabuse.weebly.com/. The Maryland and West Virginia chapters of Bikers Against Child Abuse will be on hand to give out information. Their motorcycles will be on display for children to admire and sit on.  Additional activities include: CHIPS, or Children's Identification System, inflatable bounce, a balloon launch, educational displays, T-shirts, raffles, beverages and treats.  All proceeds from the event will benefit local children through the Child Advocacy Center in Hagerstown.  The event also helps the families of Bella Appel and Justice Myers to celebrate the memory of the two Washington County children who lost their lives through child abuse.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2012
A man who shot his 3-year-old son in the face and head with a BB gun was sentenced to one year in jail after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree child abuse in Washington County Circuit Court. John William Wilfong Jr., 24, of 507 W. Washington St., Apt. 4, Hagerstown, had also been charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and neglect of a child, but those charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 1, 2012
People appeared to be cheery as they unwrapped packets of blue ribbon Sunday at University Park in downtown Hagerstown. Youngster Lucky Brown pulled on a string, with Lacey Sellers holding the other end, turning the string of ribbon into a beautiful blue bow. Dozens of people helped make piles of bows that they then tied around parking meter poles, trees, and other poles along West and East Washington Street as a reminder that April is Child...
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 10, 2012
More than 1,000 children and their families came through the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center to receive treatment for abuse last year. Safe Place Executive Director Mooch Mutchler said the high abuse rate was one of the reasons the organization held its 6th Annual Family Evening of Comedy Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. He said he hoped the event, which cost $20 per ticket, would raise close to $7,500. "It helps with all kinds of operating expenses," Mutchler said.
NEWS
October 31, 2011
The Oct. 14 Safe Place Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit at Hagerstown Community College, sponsored by the Washington County Child Advocacy Center, drew a crowd of 154 people. The summit topics included child exploitation investigations, physical child abuse identification, bite-mark recognition, investigating child sex crimes, interviewing children with disabilities and documentation caveats.   “We're proud that this summit was able to cover such a diverse range of child-abuse maltreatment topics,” said Safe Place Forensic Nurse Joyce Williams, who helped coordinate the summit.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2011
It was more than 10 years in the making and in May, Safe Place, Washington County’s child advocacy center, celebrated 10 years of serving children and families in Washington County. David A. Engle, director of Washington County Department of Social Services, headed up a team that was the driving force behind the project. “We first applied on Feb. 20, 1991, to get a child advocacy center in Washington County,” Engle said of a $63,000 grant request to the state of Maryland’s Department of Human Resources.
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