Police log

January 07, 1997

Police seeking clues in robbery

CLEAR SPRING - Police are hoping customers or passersby may hold the clues to the identity of two armed men who robbed the Conococheague Grocery store Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

Maryland State Police said the men entered the store displaying semi-automatic handguns and demanded money.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the robbers put the two employees in the walk-in cooler and fled, police said.

The descriptions of the two men were similar - both were white, 20-25 years old, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds.

Both wore black knit hats pulled down over their faces. They also wore dark clothes, police said.

After robbing the store, the men headed east on U.S. 40 toward Hagerstown in a Dodge minivan that was possibly tan in color, police said.


Anyone with information can call the Maryland State Police at 739-2101 or Crime Solvers at 733-4141.

Two men injured in in hit-and-run

Two men were hurt late Sunday when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver on McAfee Hill in Cascade, Washington County sheriff's deputies said.

The vehicle, a primer gray customized Pontiac LeMans, hit the two men at 11:45 p.m. There were three occupants, deputies said.

Troy Douglas King, 26, of Waynesboro, Pa., and Shawn Allen Pryor, 23, of Sabillasville, Md., were treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

Any witnesses to the accident are can call the sheriff's department at 791-3020.

Electronic gear reported stolen

Thieves and vandals were busy over the weekend, stealing electronic equipment from a number of vehicles and causing damage, area police said.

  • On Sunday, thieves took a $1,200 stereo system from a car parked at 138 Lakin Ave. in Boonsboro, Washington County sheriff's deputies said.

  • A vehicle at 130 E. Main St. in Sharpsburg was entered and a radio/stereo unit was taken, deputies said.

  • Three young boys were seen throwing rocks at a 1995 Honda parked on McPherson Street near the railroad tracks Saturday at 8:45 p.m., Hagerstown City Police said.

    When the owner checked, she found her windshield was broken. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

  • Also on Saturday, four wheels and tires valued at $1,250 were taken from a 1984 Honda parked in the 1700 block of Edgewood Hills Circle, city police said.

Church and car reported vandalized

CHEWSVILLE - A church and a car were vandalized over the weekend, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

According to police, a Hagerstown woman discovered damage to her car, which was parked in the lot of Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 21002 Twin Springs Drive. The 1991 Geo Chevrolet Storm had a slashed front tire, police said.

One screen and two window awning ropes on the west side of the church also were cut, police said.

Police said the incident occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Steel plate falls onto man's leg

A man was taken to Washington County Hospital Monday afternoon after a steel plate fell on his leg at Phoenix Color Corp., according the Halfway Volunteer Fire Co.

The man's name was not available. Officials at Phoenix Color, located at 101 Tandy Drive, would not comment.

Trespassing count filed in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederic Police Department on Sunday charged a Hagerstown man with trespassing at the John Hanson Apartment Complex, police said.

The man gave police a false name, police said. However, police said they identified him as Ronald Abdul Armstead, 20, of Antietam Street.

Armstead was charged with trespassing and giving a false name.

Mercersburg man charged with rape

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 27-year-old Mercersburg man has been charged with raping a 7-year-old girl, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Travis A. Corson, of Corner Road, was arrested Dec. 23 for the crime, which occurred some time between October 1995 and December 1996, said Trooper Daren Hockenberry.

The girl could not give police an exact date, said Hockenberry, who said Corson was charged with a single rape offense.

Because of the girl's age, police aren't releasing any details that could identify the victim, he said.

Corson has been released on $75,000 bail, he said.

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