Man charged with holding woman in Finksburg house
A 25-year-old Baltimore County man is being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center after refusing to let a woman leave a Finksburg home for more than a month, authorities said yesterday.
William Thomas Parrish III, who knew the victim since they were about 16, was arrested Saturday morning, Maryland State Police said.
Preliminary charges against Parrish include first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and malicious destruction of property, police said.
Parrish and the victim, also 25 and from Baltimore County, had been seeing each other for about two weeks before he refused to let her leave the house and began threatening, assaulting and abusing her, police said. The abuse is said to have occurred for about a month and a half, police said.
The victim managed to escape with the help of his grandfather, who owned the house, police said. She called 911 from another residence after knocking on doors for help.
The investigation is continuing, police said, with the possibility of further charges, depending on what the Carroll County state's attorney's office decides.
: East side
Grants awarded to battle violence
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announced yesterday that the Living Classrooms Foundation will receive $382,600 in federal grants to create a program that will work to reduce violence in East Baltimore.
Part of a $1.4 million grant the city's Health Department received in 2005 from the U.S. Department of Justice, the money will be used by the foundation to hire four new outreach workers and to launch a public relations campaign to deter shootings and violence.
Dixon said the initiative, known as Operation Safe Streets, will be expanded to a second site this year and said the initiative is an example of the community policing model she has been promoting since taking over as mayor in January.
"I'm eager to see it work in Baltimore," Dixon said. "[It is a] preventive, holistic approach to this effort, not just looking at how we can lock up more individuals."
Administration officials said the Safe Streets program is based on an initiative called CeaseFire that was developed by the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago. Living Classrooms in a nonprofit group that provides education and job training to at-risk children.
: White Marsh
Gas line hit; closure, evacuation follows
A construction crew hit a gas line in the White Marsh area yesterday, forcing the closure of portions of two main roads and the evacuation of several homes, Baltimore County fire officials said.
The gas main in the 11500 block of Philadelphia Road was hit about 9:20 a.m., a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman said.
As a precaution, firefighters evacuated two nearby houses on Philadelphia Road and closed part of Philadelphia Road and Honeygo Boulevard. Repairs were completed, and the roads were reopened just before noon, officials said.
No BGE customers lost power during that time, said Linda Foy, a spokeswoman for the utility company.