Regional Digest

Regional Digest

August 08, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Ex-DSS workers plead guilty to felony theft charges

Two former employees of the Baltimore Department of Social Services pleaded guilty to bilking the department out of $115,000 in overtime, the state attorney general's office reported.

The defendants, R. Paula Mitchell, 50, and Helene Pendleton, 45, pleaded guilty Friday to felony theft charges in city Circuit Court. From December 1999 to December 2002 they stole the $115,000 from DSS through a scheme that brought them overtime pay they had not earned, according to the attorney general's office.

Mitchell and Pendleton forged the signature of a supervisor to have the fraudulent overtime approved, the attorney general's office said. In some cases, Mitchell and Pendleton were not at work during the regular hours of the days they were getting paid for overtime.

They even received overtime on Sept. 11, 2001, even though their building was closed because of the terror attacks in New York and Washington, the attorney general's office said.

Man found fatally shot in Hamilton area

A man was found dead of gunshot wounds in Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore early yesterday, police said.

The man was found lying on the ground in the 4800 block of Herring Run Drive just before 5 a.m. Police said he had wounds to the head and chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not release his identity yesterday. No arrests had been made.

In Howard County

Police investigate assault of woman in Columbia

COLUMBIA - Howard County police are investigating a sexual assault in the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road on Friday afternoon.

A 21-year-old woman told police that a stranger approached her about 3 p.m. as she entered a laundry room. He engaged her in conversation and assaulted her, police said. She was taken to Howard County General Hospital for treatment.

Police describe the suspect as a black man with a dark complexion, 23 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall, and clean-shaven with a short Afro haircut. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Howard County police at 410-313-3200.

Sting yields 5 arrests; undercover officer injured

COLUMBIA - An undercover officer was injured and five people were arrested in a sting operation in Columbia Friday night, police said.

The officer purchased drugs from some of the suspects, police said, and during the transaction was assaulted, resulting in a head injury. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Charged with attempted robbery, second-degree assault and attempted theft were David Lee Williams, 18, of the 9600 block of Basket Ring Road; Brandon Philip Stanton, 19, of the 12100 block of Little Patuxent Parkway; Brian Michael Nork, 34, of the 9600 block of White Acre Road; and two minors. One of the minors was also charged with drug violations.

In Harford County

Armed men rob bank, escape in stolen car

FALLSTON - Two men wearing nylon stockings over their heads and brandishing guns robbed a Fallston bank yesterday morning, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Maryland State Police said.

The men entered Madison Square Bank, 2209 Bel Air Road, about 10:30 a.m. and ordered everyone inside to lie down, police said. The men then took cash from registers and a vault before fleeing in a burgundy Chevrolet Lumina, which had been stolen in Baltimore City earlier in the day, police said.

The car was recovered about a half-mile from the bank, but the men were still at large last night. Police ask anyone with information to call them at 410-838-4101.

In Prince George's

Arundel man was victim of armored car robbery

HYATTSVILLE - Prince George's County police have identified the man killed in Friday's armored car robbery as a 28-year-old Anne Arundel County man.

Jason Schwindler of Crownsville was the man fatally shot about 1 p.m. outside a BB&T bank branch in Hyattsville, said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman. He was working for Dunbar, an armored car service, when two gunmen approached, shot him and took at least one bag of money.

When a fellow security officer still inside the armored car rammed the suspects' getaway vehicle, they fled on foot and stole a car, which Richardson said police found late Friday night in Washington. The men remain at large.

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