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After two Harford deputies were killed, a man allegedly stole funds that were raised. His trial begins today.

Proceeds from the sale of Support the Blue merchandise to benefit the families of fallen Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon and their union's benevolent are at the center of criminal charges against Dan McClure, of East Coast Sportswear.
Proceeds from the sale of Support the Blue merchandise to benefit the families of fallen Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon and their union's benevolent are at the center of criminal charges against Dan McClure, of East Coast Sportswear. (Submitted photo)

The case against a Havre de Grace native, who allegedly stole proceeds from T-shirts sold to support in part a benevolent fund for the families of two Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies killed in the line of duty, began Tuesday in Harford County.

Daniel Edward McClure, 49, of the 1200 block of Temfield Road in Towson, was indicted March 13 in Harford County Circuit Court on charges of theft $10,000 to $100,000, theft $1,000 to $10,000 and embezzling or misappropriating funds, according to online records.

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Jury selection in the case, which is being heard by Judge M. Elizabeth Bowen in the ceremonial courtroom, was still going on Tuesday afternoon. The case was scheduled to resume Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly, who is prosecuting the case, said he expects it to last four to five days.

Following the Feb. 10, 2016 murders of Harford County Sheriff’s Office Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon, McClure began selling “Support the Blue” merchandise with a pledge that a portion of each item sold would go to the Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union benevolent fund to benefit the families of the fallen deputies.

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A few months later, in May 2016, the union ended its relationship with McClure’s company, East Coast Sportswear, after a dispute over whether the amount of money being donated was correct, based on the volume of merchandise sold, according to then-President Fred Visnaw.

Six weeks ago Wednesday was the darkest day in the 242 years of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the sheriff said Tuesday. Two deputies, a 30-year veteran and a 16-year veteran, were shot to death in the line of duty by a man Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said was intent on hurting someone, most likely his wife and his family he had been tracking over the previous several months

“The allegation was made that statements to people who purchased his products [were told] that a portion of the purchase price would be given to the families,” Cassilly said Monday. “The donation monies and the purchase monies were never accounted for, meaning we don’t know where all the cash went.”

McClure was indicted on charges that between Feb. 17, 2016 and March 7, 2016, he “unlawfully did steal U.S. Currency property of the families of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon, having a value of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000,” a second theft count of theft $1,000 to $10,000 and “unlawfully did, being a fiduciary of the trust of the families of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon fraudulently and willfully appropriate to a use not in the due and lawful execution of his truest U.S. Currency received by him in their fiduciary capacity,” according the indictment filed in Harford County Circuit Court.

The Sheriff’s Office has no comment on the case before it goes to court, a spokesperson said.

Neither McClure’s lawyer, public defender Marcus Jenkins, nor Mike Montalvo, president of the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union, could not be reached for comment.

The outpouring of community support during the nearly three weeks since two Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies were killed in the line of duty reminds Dan McClure of the Bible verse in Genesis 50:20.

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