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HERNANDEZ SENTENCED

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Henry Hernandez, the Miami man who was indicted last year under the state's drug kingpin statute, was given a 10-year suspended sentence last week.

Hernandez, his brother, Fernando Hernandez, and Fernando's wife, Bonnie, were indicted by a county grand jury in January 1990 on charges that they ran a Florida-to-Carroll cocaine ring.

Henry Hernandez was the last of the three to be sentenced in the case, in which drug kingpin charges ultimately were dropped.

He was sentenced on a misdemeanor conspiracy conviction, stemming from theplea agreement with the state's attorney in which the kingpin charges were dropped, and his sentence was far lighter than that of his brother. Fernando Hernandez was sentenced to 14 years in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on Dec. 3. Bonnie Hernandez was given a three-year suspended sentence and placed on probation,while Marilene Santos, Henry's live-in girlfriend, was given a 10-year suspended sentence.

Henry Hernandez was allowed to move back toMiami, where he will be placed on supervised probation for five years.

In an unusual request, his public defender, Judson K. Larrimore, asked that Henry Hernandez be charged $1,000 for the services of the public defender's office. Sentencing Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. granted that request.

The plea agreements in the case were sealed by Burns. No reason was given for making the records inaccessible.

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CAPTION: Henry Hernandez, indicted last year under the state's drug kingpin statute, received a 10-year suspended sentence last week.

POLICE RELEASE SKETCH

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER-- State police released a composite sketch of the man who robbed a High's dairy store in the 400 block of East Main Street Feb. 8.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot 10-inch Hispanic man weighing about 190 pounds, with cropped dark hair and a mustache. Police say he entered the convenience store and made a small purchased at about 4:30p.m.

As the purchase was rung up on the cash register, the man, dressed in blue sweat pants and a blue or gray ski jacket, showed the clerk a black bag and told the clerk to empty the cash register, policesaid.

After the clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, the man left the store on foot. No weapon was used, police said.

ESCAPEES ARE CAUGHT

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Two times they escaped from a boy's home near Hagerstown, using stolen cars to get here. And twice they were arrested by state police.

The 16-year-old boys, believed to be from Westminster, escaped from the Cedar Ridge Children's Home and School twice in a three-day period.

In themost recent incident, the youths escaped from the home last Sunday and stole a 1987 Chevrolet van after "walking down I-70," police said.They walked until they came to a Chevrolet dealership in Hagerstown,where they took the van, police said.

The two were arrested at the 140 Village Shopping Center early Monday by Tfc. John J. Wisniewskiwithout difficulty, police said.

In questioning by police, the teens disclosed that they had left the van in the parking lot of the Grace Lutheran Church on Kemper Avenue.

In the first incident, the duo was arrested Feb. 15 after a traffic stop, police said. A trooper stopped a 1983 Pontiac on Route 140 near Meadow Branch Road early that day after noticing that the car had registration tags that were inappropriate for a passenger car.

The boys, who will be charged as juveniles with auto theft, were sent to the Boys Village of Maryland in Cheltenham. The Boys Village has tighter security than Cedar Ridge.

CHILD STARTS FIRE

DATELINE: TANEYTOWN

TANEYTOWN -- A 5-year-old child playing with a cigarette lighter Thursday started a fire in a two-story wood-frame house here that caused $40,000 in damage and left her family homeless, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

The home, in the 500 block of Chestnut Court, sustained smoke and fire damage on the upper floor, fire officials said. The one-alarm blaze was fought by nearly 30 members of companies from Taneytown, Harney, Reese and Emmitsburg. They contained the blaze within 15 minutes, officials said.No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. Fire officials say Audrey Daley and her daughter were home when the daughter apparently took a cigarette lighter into a closet, where clothes caught fire.

FIRE INVESTIGATOR FETED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- A party to celebrate the retirement of long-time Fire Marshal investigator J. Elwood Kauffman is scheduled for this evening atthe Westminster Volunteer Fire Company.

Kauffman, who worked withthe state Fire Marshal's Office for 23 years before retiring Dec. 31, will be joined by friends, colleagues, public officials and firefighters beginning at 5 p.m.

County Commissioner President Donald I. Dell is expected to attend.

MOTIONS SET IN KILLING

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Pretrial motions for one of the two Baltimore men charged in connection with the death of a 74-year-old Baltimore woman are scheduled to be heard by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. tomorrow.

Abras Morrison, 20, of the 6000 block of Lanette Road near Rosedale in Baltimore County, is in Baltimore City Jail on $1 million full bond, as is the other 20-year-old arrested in the case, Troy Dominic Shellington, of the 3600 block of Cottage Avenue.

Motions forMorrison are scheduled for today, and a trial date is set for March 16. Shellington's court date is scheduled for March 30.

They were charged in August 1991 with first-degree murder in the kidnapping andkilling of Margaret Cullen, whose body was found near a cornfield near Hampstead.

Morrison was house-sitting for Cullen at her Homeland residence while her husband, a retired dentist, was hospitalized. Morrison also is accused of stealing one of Cullen's checks and forging a $2,000 payment to himself.

TWO HURT IN CRASH

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Two women were injured in a Friday afternoon accident at the intersection of routes 97 and 32.

Viola May Salsgiver,69, of Richmond, Va., was in critical condition at the University ofMaryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore late Friday after her car and a car driven by 25-year-old Colleen Sharon Wetherbee of South Center Street collided in the intersection, police said.

Wetherbee was treated and released from Carroll County General Hospital.

The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. Friday. Police said that Salsgiver's 1990 Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound on Route 97 when it turned left to westbound Route 32. The Corolla crossed the path of Wetherbee's 1991 Ford LTD, which was traveling southbound on Route 97, police said.

Police said no charges had been filed in the case as of late Friday.

Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Feb. 19

9:35 a.m., Sykesville investigated smoke in a building on Main Street.

1:57 p.m., Sykesville, West Friendship, Gamber and Winfield responded to a building fire on Main Street.

2:28 p.m., Sykesville responded to a pile of tires on fire on Main Street.

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