Governor’s office awards CCSO, MSP detectives
— 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.