Police log for 11/27

November 27, 2002

Infant found alone inside parked car

The Washington County Department of Social Services was investigating an incident Tuesday morning in which a 31/2-month-old baby was found alone, sitting in a child safety seat, in a residential Hagerstown driveway, Hagerstown City Police said.

The baby boy was dressed warmly in good clothes when he was found by a concerned passerby at around 8:20 a.m., Officer Brian Barnhart said.

Barnhart said the boy had been left alone for a couple of minutes. He was found after the concerned citizen contacted police.

"The baby was fine," Barnhart said.

David Engle, executive director of the Washington County Department of Social Services, said his agency would investigate such an incident.

Citing confidentiality issues with the specific case, Engle said DSS staff would talk to parents and the child-care provider to determine if the incident was evidence of a pattern or a one-time mistake.


"We are treating this incident as a mistake by the day-care provider," Barnhart said. He said no criminal charges would be filed.

Nonetheless, Engle said his agency's investigation would continue. "You can't leave a child alone in a situation where the possibility of danger exists," he said. "We take this very seriously."

Deli clerk charged with making false report

The Classic Deli clerk who told Hagerstown City Police she was robbed at knifepoint Nov. 19 was charged Tuesday with making a false report of a crime.

Barbara Ellen Shaw, 45, of 271 S. Prospect St., was served with a criminal summons to appear in court to answer the charge.

The maximum penalty for conviction on a charge of false report is six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Police also served Scott Andrew Pellerin, 44, of the same address, with criminal summonses on one count each of second- and fourth-degree burglary, and theft.

Maximum penalties for conviction on those offenses are 15 years, three years and 18 months in jail, respectively.

Police alleged that the clerk who made the report allowed the store receipts to be stolen by another party and made up the story of the armed robbery.

The armed robbery was reported as having occurred mid-morning Nov. 19 at the business at 812 Frederick St.

The clerk originally told police she was inside the restaurant at approximately 9:45 a.m. when a man approached the front window of the business and knocked. She said she opened the window to tell the man the business was not open but when she did, he grabbed her clothing, displayed a knife and demanded money.

After she gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, the clerk told police the man fled the area in a light brown older model Ford Bronco II with dark brown trim.

The woman gave police a description of the man from which an artist's drawing was generated. She also described a 3-inch silver-bladed knife.

W.Va. woman pleads guilty to drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Helen Louise Robinson could face up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to one count of maintaining her residence for distribution of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said.

Robinson, 49, of 109 Centre St., Martinsburg, was allowed to remain free on bond pending sentencing Feb. 10, 2003, at 3 p.m. before Judge Craig Broadwater.

The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. Robinson was accused of being involved in drug trafficking from 2000-2002.

Child safety seat inspection offered today

In support of operations during the current Click It or Ticket campaign, a child passenger safety seat inspection/installation will be held at the Maryland State Police barrack today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sponsored by the Maryland State Police and Washington County Sheriff's Department, the six-hour session will operate on appointments but anyone in need of assistance will be accepted.

For appointments call 301-739-2101.

Two men charged in Pa. store robbery

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two men have been charged with robbing a Green Township, Pa., convenience store Monday night, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the men entered Zack's Mini Mart on U.S. 11 at 10:30 p.m. and ordered the cashier to open the register or said they would stab him.

The men fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Shortly afterward, police stopped Anthony Prerrera, 18, of Scotland, Pa., and Daryl Johnson Jr., 18, of Chambersburg. Each was charged with robbery, police said.

Truck crashes, spills boxed pasta on I-81

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Interstate 81 was closed early Tuesday while crews cleaned the area where a tractor-trailer spilled a load of boxed pasta, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The Mack truck filled will pasta was northbound on I-81 at 2:30 a.m. in the right lane when it struck the left rear side of a Peterbilt tractor-trailer that was merging onto the interstate from the Welcome Center, police said.

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