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Domestic disturbance spreads to social services office

Posted June 8, 2009

— Clients of the Cumberland County Department of Social Services were forced out of the facility Monday afternoon while sheriff’s deputies searched for a wanted man.

Stephanie Malanu, 19, called 911 from inside a restroom at the facility at 1225 Ramsey Street to report that her boyfriend was threatening her. Malanu said Jordan Tywayne Mitchell, 19, followed her there and told her via cell phone that he had a gun.

When deputies arrived, they evacuated the building while they searched for Malanu and Mitchell.

Mitchell escaped from the building, but was arrested a few blocks away. He did not have a weapon in his possession, deputies said.

Mitchell, of 6826 Marlowe Drive, is charged with communicating threats. He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center Monday afternoon.

Employees and staff were allowed to return to the building after about 45 minutes, DSS Director Brenda Jackson said.


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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 9, 2009

    Come on, people! Give this fine young man a second chance. LOL!

  • Adelinthe Jun 8, 2009

    Hang the beast, cause mark my words, the young lady involved will be found seriously injured or dead.

    Praying for her.

    God bless.


  • twc Jun 8, 2009

    anneonymousone, that was a lot of nonsense! We understand what is meant by domestic violence. The purpose of communication is to communicate--not to form judgment.

  • anneonymousone Jun 8, 2009

    This reminds us of another reason to not refer to relationship violence as "domestic disturbances," as it makes it sound as if the house is the problem, rather than the abuse of a person by a current or former partner or spouse. Lots of business shootings in the last few years have been extensions of violence perpetrated by (ex)husbands or (ex)boyfriends. Some of the last two decades' school shootings have been, too.

    Euphemisms help no one. My least favorite, often written or spoken aloud by some expert or other after someone (usually a woman, but not always) has been murdered after the perpetrator (usually a man, but not always) has been arrested numerous times, is that "there is a history of domestic problems."

    NONSENSE! A "domestic problem" is not having enough spoons or having poor insulation around doors. When someone's life and well-being is in danger, that is abuse.