In Allegany CountyHealth system gets grant to...


In Allegany County

Health system gets grant to aid emergency patients

CUMBERLAND -- The Western Maryland Health System received a $125,000 grant yesterday from the Maryland Health Care Foundation to provide health care to Cumberland residents using emergency rooms.

Half the visits to the health system's emergency rooms are by people without insurance who need primary health care. The WellCheck Prevention Program will provide low-cost annual physical examinations and preventive services to uninsured adults, as well as identify and refer people using hospital emergency rooms as their source of care.

The foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the uninsured and medically underserved, awarded a total of $440,000 in grants.

In Anne Arundel

Right to trial by jury allowed in contempt cases

ANNAPOLIS -- Anyone criminally charged with contempt of court for violating a Circuit Court judge's order is entitled to a jury trial, the state's highest court ruled yesterday.

The Court of Appeals ruling stemmed from two Cecil County child support cases in which men failed to make payments, but it applies to other criminal contempt cases as well.

The ruling is likely to have little noticeable effect in courtrooms around the state, because most contempt cases are civil, not criminal, said assistant public defender Julia Doyle Bernhardt, who argued the Cecil cases. Civil contempt cases are heard by a judge.

In Harford County

Proposed plea agreement in overdose case rejected

BEL AIR -- A Harford County district judge has rejected a proposed plea agreement for a woman charged with attempted murder after three teens overdosed on her prescription medicine, prosecutors said yesterday.

The Harford County State Attorney's Office had sought to have Felicia Marie Chapman, 25, of the 300 block of Adair Court in Joppatowne, plead guilty to three counts of reckless endangerment and to receive a five-year suspended sentence for the incident in July in which the teens allegedly were forced to take pills at Chapman's orders.

Judge John Dunnigan rejected the recommendation and ordered a presentencing investigation.

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