• Crossing guard undergoes drug, alcohol evaluation in hopes of reducing charges


    SHARPSBURG, Pa. - A hearing was held Wednesday morning for the crossing guard accused of being drunk while on the job in Sharpsburg.

    Patricia Gross was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation in order to have her charges reduced. On Wednesday she told the judge she is currently going through the requirements.

    “It breaks my heart because I love the kids. To the parents, I’m sorry. A lot of them knew me and they knew that’s not how it was. I was going through a rough time, but that’s still not an excuse,” Gross said.

    Police said they found Gross passed out on the front steps of a Sharpsburg home in September after a neighbor reported she was visibly impaired while helping children cross the street.

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