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Police briefs - afternoon

April 05, 2005

Man fails to register as sex offender


A man convicted in 2002 of a sex offense in Prince George's County, Md., failed to notify the Sex Offender Registry Unit of his recent change of address in Hagers-town and was arrested Monday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

David Howard Shapiro, 39, whose last known address is 140 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, was convicted in October 2002 of third-degree sex offense related to a victim less than 15 years old in Prince George's County and was ordered to register as a child sexual offender, according to the release.

On Feb. 28, 2005, he registered with the Sheriff's Department and gave an address of 140 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, but was at that address until March 13, 2005, police said.

He was arrested Monday at the Department of Parole and Probation, where he had shown up for an appointment with his parole officer, said Sgt. Art Overcash. Shapiro is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 bond, police said.

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Shapiro was charged under the sex offender registry law for failing to register his address change and faces up to three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine if convicted, Overcash said.

Overcash said sex offenders must notify the Sex Offender Registry Unit in writing within seven days of changing their address.

There are 108 registered child sex offenders living in Washington County, Overcash said.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls


The following crimes were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department on Monday, said Sgt. Mark Knight:

· At 6 p.m., a rear tag was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1500 block of Sherman Avenue. The tag is Maryland registration, LNH415.

· At 3:30 p.m., two cameras and photography accessories were reported stolen from a car parked in the 17900 block of Hickory Lane. A Canon 35 mm camera with a flash unit, a Minolta camera, two lenses, a flash unit, a black camera bag and 10 rolls of film were reported stolen from a 2002 Hyundai Accent. The items had an estimated value of $3,600.

· At 2:30 p.m., tags were reported stolen from a car parked in the 18700 block of Mesa Terrace. The tags were Maryland registration, KBG934.

· At 9 a.m., several electronics items were reported stolen from a car parked in the 17900 block of Hickory Lane. A cell phone charger, an MP3 charger, adapter and headset were reported stolen from a 2000 Grand Prix.

Hagerstown police looking for runaway


The Hagerstown Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in finding a Hagerstown runaway.

Police said in a news release that Desirea N. Lanich, 16, has been missing from her residence since March 29. Police said it is believed she left the home voluntarily and may be staying with friends in the area.

Lanich is described as white, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, with brown hair and eyes and a fair complexion, police said. Police said she has a 6-inch scar on her right leg, near her ankle.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call Detective Patricia Moulton at 301-790-3700, ext. 281.

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