Gov­er­nor’s of­fice awards CCSO, MSP de­tec­tives

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON


— In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Mary­land State Po­lice were rec­og­nized by the Of­fice of the Gov­er­nor on Tues­day for a joint ef­fort that shut down sus­pects linked to a rash of armed rob­beries and bur­glar­ies.

Mem­bers of CCSO’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Divi­sion and MSP’s North­ern Re­gion Crim­i­nal En­force­ment Divi­sion were com­mended dur­ing the 37th An­nual Gov­er­nor’s Crime Pre­ven­tion Awards cer­e­mony for form­ing a spe­cial joint task force that ended a series of convenience store rob­beries and house bur­glar­ies that were oc­cur­ring in Ce­cil County ear­lier this year.

Af­ter com­bin­ing their in­ves­tiga­tive ef­forts, CCSO and MSP de­tec­tives were able to ar­rest nine sus­pects in con­nec­tion with the crime sprees that af­fected Lan­caster County, Pa., as well as Ce­cil County, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.


The joint ef­fort also led to sev­eral court-ap­proved house raids, which led to the con­fis­ca­tion of ev­i­dence, Holmes noted.

One of the sus­pects ar­rested is 27-year-old Ris­ing Sun-area res­i­dent Christo­pher James Lewis, who is sched­uled to re­ceive a 40-year sen­tence on May 5 af­ter ac­cept­ing a bind­ing plea deal in which he ad­mit­ted to com­mit­ting three armed rob­beries and 39 bur­glar­ies and thefts mainly in and around Conowingo, Colora and Ris­ing Sun, he re­ported.

The first in his series of armed rob­beries oc­curred about 8:15 p.m. May 6, when Lewis bran­dished a hand­gun and robbed the High’s Dairy Store in the 5600 block of Tele­graph Road, near the Blue Ball Road in­ter­sec­tion, north of Elkton.

The sec­ond one oc­curred at about 9:45 a.m. May 13 at the Dol­lar Gen­eral in Conowingo, where, once again, Lewis dis­played a hand­gun, de­manded money and then fled af­ter the cashier re­lin­quished an undis-

Moore’s Chapel to host 65th Christ­mas Can­tata

— On Sunday at 7 p.m., Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church will present its 65th Christ­mas Candlelight Can­tata.

This year’s pro­gram is “Go Sing It On The Moun­tain.”

The free per­for­mance is be­ing di­rected by Ruth Ann John­son and Dana Huller and fea­tures mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion at 392 Blake Road in song and drama. The per­for­mance ends with can­dles be­ing lit, fill­ing the en­tire sanc­tu­ary with light.

At the con­clu­sion of the per­for­mance, the church hosts a time of fel­low­ship in the Un­der­wood Ed­u­ca­tional Build­ing gym with cook­ies and other Christ­mas good­ies.

The church and the gym are hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble.


closed sum of money.

Then about 9 p.m. May 14, Lewis robbed the Pantry One in the 1800 block of Conowingo Road near Ris­ing Sun.

Work­ing to­gether in the task force, CCSO and MSP de­tec­tives also were able to cap­ture 28-year-old North East-area res­i­dent Sarah Beth Clen­daniel, who had bran­dished a ma­chete while rob­bing three Ce­cil County convenience stores, and her al­leged ac­com­plice, Allen Lynn White, 60, of Charlestown.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors caught the duo in March as they were pre­par­ing to rob the Highs Dairy Store in Bay View.

Clen­daniel re­ceived a nineyear prison term in June af­ter plead­ing guilty to rob­bery in one of the cases, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court records, which also in­di­cate that she re­ceived sus­pended 10year sen­tences af­ter ac­cept­ing plea deals in her other cases.

White, who is charged with armed rob­bery and nu­mer­ous other of­fenses in his four crim­i­nal cases, is await­ing trial.


Mem­bers of the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice pose with their Of­fice of the Gov­er­nor Crime Pre­ven­tion award, which Mary­land State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors also re­ceived.


Light­ing can­dles through­out the sanc­tu­ary is part of the Christ­mas Can­tata to be held Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 392 Blake Road, north of Elkton.

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