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.

Man found fatally shot in Northeast Baltimore

A man was found dead of gunshot wounds 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.

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 sum, 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 that 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 410-838-4101.

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.

Sting yields 5 arrests; undercover officer injured

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

The officer purchased drugs, 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 Washington County

Woman, 33, drives SUV into trailer, dies at scene

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown woman was killed yesterday morning when she drove her small sport utility vehicle through a red light on Route 63 in Washington County and struck a tractor-trailer, state police said.

Kelly Raye Kennedy, 33, ended up pinned in her Chevrolet Geo Tracker under the trailer and died at the scene, police said.

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