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By LAURA ERNDE | February 22, 2000
ANNAPOLIS - When a Hagerstown man allegedly threatened the lives of Washington County child protective service employees, police were powerless to make an arrest. It wasn't until death threats were aimed at Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone that charges were leveled. "It doesn't make sense to me," Social Services Director David Engle testified Tuesday before a the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Engle and five other state employees from Washington County want the Maryland General Assembly to protect all state employees, not just elected officials, from death threats.
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NEWS
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
By LAURA ERNDE | March 3, 1999
ANNAPOLIS - Washington County social workers testified Tuesday that angry parents have threatened to kill them. They are asking the legislature for a law to protect them from those threats, which have been idle so far and which police are powerless to address. Debbie Mills, 33, of Clear Spring, told the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Tuesday that she was threatened by a man she had taken to court for an increase in his child support order. "Basically he blamed me for everything that had gone wrong in his life from birth," Mills said.
NEWS
December 11, 1998
A Sept. 2 letter from state auditors citing possible fraud in the local addictions unit's billing practices is old news, according to the head of the Washington County Health Department, who says state officials have since cleared the department of any wrongdoing. To back up his contention that his department has received a clean bill of health, Dr. Robert Parker released a Nov. 23 letter from William Groseclose, chief of the state health department's division of internal audits.
NEWS
January 9, 1998
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A radio show for teens, by teens and about teens called "The Truth" is airing for the first time from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday on Greencastle-based radio station WCBG 1590 AM. The first of the weekly teen talk and talent radio program, which is produced, marketed, managed and run by high school students from Franklin and Fulton counties, will feature a roundtable discussion among...
NEWS
December 4, 1997
Social workers outperform private firm By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer State employees at the Washington County Department of Social Services, freed from some bureaucratic restrictions, are outperforming a private contractor in efforts to collect back child support. The county agency expects to increase collections by 13 percent this year, while a pilot program started elsewhere in the state last year by Lockheed Martin IMS will see a 10 percent increase, officials said.
NEWS
June 13, 1997
Jobs well-done To the editor: I am an inmate incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown. I am writing this letter in response to the article printed in The Herald-Mail several weeks ago, in reference to the social workers here and their work. I as an inmate, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to participate in the various groups that are offered by the social worker department. Although, I have not been in any of the groups facilitated by Dorothy Strawsburg, Robin Secrist, MaryAnn Ford, Rebecca Highbarger and Patricia Blair, the addiction specialist, I do know for a fact that these social workers have a great and positive impact on the individuals that participate in the groups that are offered here.
NEWS
June 12, 1997
Teaching your child about appropriate touch How to role play with your child By KAREN MASTERSON Staff Writer Parents have every reason to be concerned when entrusting their children to baby sitters, neighbors, other family members and adolescent children in the neighborhood, according to national studies and local social workers. U.S. Justice Department statistics from 1994 indicate that in child sexual abuse cases, children know their abusers 85 percent of the time.
NEWS
June 12, 1997
Teaching your child about appropriate touch Parents can take an active role in preventing sexual abuse By KAREN MASTERSON Staff Writer One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before reaching adulthood, according to federal statistics. But local social workers say those numbers are conservative. Their experience working with abused children indicate that the ratio is closer to four out of 10. In other words, they believe almost half of all children will experience some kind of sexual abuse.
NEWS
May 7, 1997
By JENNYLYNN BROWN Staff Writer Getting inmates to change the way they think and to control the way they act is one of the challenges facing social workers assigned to prisons. Dorothy Strawsburg, 52, regional supervisor of the Hagerstown prison complex south of Hagerstown, said social workers usually adopt the mission of their agency, and for those employed by the Maryland Division of Corrections, that mission is to promote public safety. "Our ultimate goal is to reduce recidivism," said Gloria Arnold, 53, Social Worker IV at the Maryland Correctional Institution at Hagerstown.
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