$275 in pennies collected for Epilepsy Association

September 30, 1994

The children who participated in the Annapolis Recreation and Parks summer playground program collected more than $275 in pennies for the Epilepsy Association of Maryland.

About 500 children attended the program, where the theme was "Kids can be heroes, too." Educational programs include lessons on safety, drug abuse, crime prevention, hygiene, animal care, health and nutrition.

Each year, the children in the program collect their pennies for a charitable cause.

This year, the leaders of the program chose the Epilepsy Association because of the help that organization has given the playground program over the years.

"We wanted to show they could be heroes in helping others," said Gilda Fowlkes, the program supervisor.

The pennies were counted by the West Street branch of `D Maryland National Bank and a check will be given to the Epilepsy Association next week, Ms. Fowlkes said.

Woman charged in theft attempt

County police arrested an Annapolis woman Tuesday afternoon and charged her with trying to buy some clothes from The Gap in Annapolis Mall with a stolen credit card, authorities said.

A woman gave the Visa Gold credit card to the cashier and tried to buy a pair of men's pants, two pairs of jeans and a baseball cap. The merchandise was worth $140. The card belonged to an 80-year-old Annapolis man. The woman told the cashier she was the man's wife, police said.

The cashier called the credit card company and learned that the card had been reported stolen. The cashier then called the card holder, who confirmed that he had reported the card stolen and said that he did not know the woman at the store. She was held until an officer arrived, police said.

Pamela Ann Puryear, 48, of the 400 block of Oaklawn Ave. was charged with theft under $300 and credit card misuse, police said.

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