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March 31, 1998

Pa. woman charged with welfare fraud

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., woman has been charged with welfare fraud, according to a release from the Office of Inspector General.

The criminal complaint alleges that Barbara A. Jackson, 23, of the 300 block of South Main Street, illegally received $1,941 in public assistance by failing to report employment and wages to the Franklin County Assistance Office from April 25, 1997, to Sept. 1, 1997, according to the release.

The charges were filed before District Justice Gary L. Carter.

Those found guilty of welfare fraud may face a maximum of seven years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution to the Commonwealth and program disqualification, according to the release.


Carport burglarized

More than $5,600 in property was reported stolen from a carport in the 18300 block of Woodside Drive, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Among the items taken were a propane gas cylinder, four chrome wheels and tires, a 27-inch Schwinn bike, a gray Craftsmen tool box, and a cedar storage box containing assorted stereo equipment.

The theft, which was discovered Sunday evening, could have occurred within the past week, the victims told deputies.

In other weekend calls

* Deputies charged a Shepherdstown, W.Va., woman with driving under the influence of drugs after she was stopped at 11:30 p.m. on North Conococheague Street in Williams-port.

Lisa Leigh Boyd, 29, also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, deputies said.

* Someone broke into a repair garage at 20126 Leitersburg Pike Sunday, got into three vehicles and took tools valued at $700.

Two charged after vehicle stopped

The occupants of a vehicle were charged early Sunday after Washington County Sheriff's deputies stopped it on Interstate 81, according to a sheriff's report.

Debra Lynn Sheffler, 44, of 45 Charles St., Hagerstown, was charged with driving while intoxicated, the report said.

Richard Eugene Banzhoff, 41, of 130 N. Conococheague St., Williamsport, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, the report said.

Sheriff's Deputy James Holsinger stopped a 1987 Hyundai at 1:35 a.m. heading north on I-81 near U.S. 40 west, the report said.

Sheffler, who was driving the vehicle, failed several field sobriety tests, the report said.

A small plastic bag of suspected marijuana was found on Banzhoff, the passenger, the report said.

Speedway robbed of VCR, CD player

Maryland State Police are investigating a break-in and theft at Hagerstown Speedway on National Pike between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The speedway grounds were entered through the gates after the locks were cut, police said.

The window to the office was removed and a video cassette recorder, compact disc player and discs, a jacket, a motorcycle helmet and $100 in cash were taken, police said.

Pa. man missing

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who has been missing since last Wednesday.

Gary Lee Moore, 35, of 77 N. Franklin St., was last seen at about 11:45 a.m. that day and failed to show up for work on Saturday. Moore is 6 feet 3 inches tall and 180 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes and is missing four upper front teeth.

The report said he was driving a 1983 brown Ford Mustang hatchback with gold pinstripes and gold ponies painted on the front fenders. The car had temporary tags, according to police.

Police investigate possible robbery

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police are investigating a possible strong-armed robbery Saturday morning near the intersection of Black and Ludwig avenues.

The report said a local woman reported the incident at about 2 a.m.

"The victim believes she was assaulted, her money stolen and possibly sexually assaulted," the report said. The report said the unnamed woman had minor facial and head injuries.

Pa. man charged with retail theft

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police charged a Greencastle man with retail theft after an incident early Monday morning at Wal-Mart, 1720 Lincoln Way East.

The report said approximately $250 in merchandise was found concealed in a package. Danilo C. Banados was arrested at 3:40 a.m., police said.

City police respond to theft reports

Hagerstown City Police handled the following calls over the weekend:

* Three jars of candy, valued at $30, were taken from Winter Street School Friday. Several juveniles were heard running from the school, police said.

* A silver and black Selmer clarinet, valued at $603.75, was taken from the band room at E. Russell Hicks Middle School.

* Two schools were hit over the weekend, police said. A window in a rear door was broken at Salem Avenue School and rocks were thrown through a window at Truth For Youth School at 41 Bryan Place.

* Two jackets and a hat, valued at $116, were taken from a vehicle at 412 Vermont St. Sunday.

* A $1,500 IBM Pentium 266 computer was taken from a vehicle in the first block of West Hillcrest Road.

Rings stolen

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Three rings, valued at $615, were taken over the weekend from Ronda Kay Swope's home at Route 1, Box 333, McConnellsburg, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

State police report assorted thefts

Maryland State Police handled the following calls:

* A .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun was taken Saturday from the home of Betty Jane Smith, at 4830A Toyer Road.

* A bag of masonry tools valued at $600 was taken Sunday from the home of Ronald Shumaker, 204 N. Church St., Sharpsburg.

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