Parents' group offers help in avoiding abuse
A branch of Parents Anonymous meets weekly at Harundale Presbyterian Church to offer advice and support to parents who fear stress may lead to physical abuse.
"Parents need someplace to come and talk, someplace where they won't be criticized, and where they won't be judged," said Maddie Zimmerman, who heads the group.
Ms. Zimmerman, a mother of three children, invites parents of any age, single, divorced or married, to come to the support group to "learn how to step away from situations that make them angry enough to strike a child."
The Annapolitan has been a PA volunteer for five years.
PA teaches alternatives to break the cycle of abuse. As Ms. Zimmerman explains, "People are very happy to learn other ways to discipline their children."
The church is at 1012 Eastway Road, across from the Harundale Mall.
For more information on Parents Anonymous meetings, contact the 24-hour Parent StressLine at 410-243-7337. Collect calls are accepted.
Pellet rifle bullet strikes passer-by
An 18-year-old Glen Burnie woman was hit in the shoulder by a slug from a pellet rifle Monday night as she walked past a home in the 7800 block of Oakwood Road, county police reported.
Investigators said a man was sitting on the porch of his house pumping a pellet rifle as the woman walked by.
They said the gun went off and the woman was struck.
She refused treatment for the injury, and the man was not charged.