County police are investigating the robbery reported Friday at the Changing Point alcohol and drug treatment center in Ellicott City and assault of a nurse there.

The woman told police that a man enteredthe center and struck her on the head before fleeing.

A small amount of prescription drugs and cash is typically kept in the office, but police said Friday they were awaiting an inventory check by center officials to determine whether anything was taken.

The incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. at the treatment center office, in the 4100 block of College Avenue. Police said the nurse, a33-year-old Timonium resident, was struck down after answering a knock at the door.

At least one man rushed in and appeared to have gone through several cabinets and shelves in the office, police said. After apparently taking a few items, he ran from the office.

The nurse, who told police she was dazed from the blow and saw no weapons, said she was uncertain whether more than one man ran into the office.

"There wasn't a lot to take. If they did get something, it was probably very little," said Sgt. Robert Adams, a county police spokesman.

The nurse was treated for a head injury and released from Howard County General Hospital. Police said she did not get a good look atthe man who attacked her.

The incident remains under investigation.


The Association of Community Services of Howard County presented its 17th annual Audrey Robbins HumanitarianAward to county child care coordinator Dale Jackson at a luncheon Wednesday at the CoHo Grill at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club.

The memorialaward, named after the former director of the Department of Social Services, is given to an individual for outstanding contributions to the county's poor and disadvantaged.

Jackson, the first county employee to be honored, was chosen from a list of three nominees for her work in child abuse prevention.

The Ellicott City resident co-authored a $20,000 grant from United Way for Project HOPE, a parent education program and support group run by the Family Life Center for parents at risk of abusing their children.

She was also instrumental in obtaining an assessment of the county's Child Abuse Response System, to determine its effectiveness and speed in handling child abuse cases; and is currently helping to create a child advocacy center in Howard which would better coordinate the work of police, the state's attorney office and the Department of Social Services.

"If we had a central office, the children, many of which have gone through traumatic circumstances, wouldn't have to go from location to location to beinterviewed. The child's best interest should come first," Jackson said.

The other award nominees were Harryet Wallace, a job counselor with the Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network, and Ramona Buck, executive director for Hospice Services of Howard County.

"This luncheon is the one time each year human services professionals come together not only to honor the winner and nominees, but also to appreciate each other's hard work," said ACS executive director SheilaRay.

"Even during tough economic times and budget cuts, it seems the commitment from these professionals has actually increased," saidRay.


Traffic delays that plagued westbound Route 40 in Ellicott City last week could continue in both directions through the end of this month, as State Highway Administration crews continue work between St. John's Lane and the Patapsco River.

In the southern end of the county, similar resurfacing work will begin this week on aging pavement on Route 32 from Route 1 to the Anne Arundel County line.

Lane closings, generally between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.,will be avoided during rush hour, but motorists can expect delays inboth directions on both roads during lunchtime.

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