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February 12, 1997

Passenger pulls handgun on driver

A man riding in a car pulled a handgun on a motorist after the two argued in Cramer Alley in Hagerstown Tuesday afternoon, according to the Hagerstown City Police.

According to police, the dispute started when one car cut the other one off at 100 N. Cramer Alley at about 4:30 p.m. Police have conflicting stories about who was responsible.

After the man pulled a handgun, the victim fled and reported the incident, police said.

Officers stopped a car matching the description and questioned the driver, who told them he gave the man a ride but did not know him, police said. Police searched the car but did not find the gun, Sgt. Steve Bussard said.


Police are searching for a black man in his 30s, about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds.

"It's a pretty general description," he said. "It fits a lot of people."

Radar detector stolen from car

WILLIAMSPORT - A radar detector was stolen from a car parked in a lot behind the Milestone Garden Apartments Tuesday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The theft occurred late Monday night or Tuesday morning, police said. The radar detector was valued at $200, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 791-3020.

City firefighters investigate odor

The Hagerstown Fire Department investigated a strong odor near the South End Shopping Center Tuesday night and determined the smell was caused by metal shavings in a railroad car, not natural gas.

The odor was very strong in the general area of the shopping center, said Battalion 2 Capt. Randy Myers. Officials traced the odor behind the shopping center to a rail yard, he said.

A railroad car with metal shavings was the culprit, Myers said.

"It's a very distinct smell," he said.

Myers said it is a common problem and often mistaken for natural gas. He said it occurs at Maryland Metals Inc. on West Church Street quite a bit.

Hagerstown man beaten in alley attack

A 25-year-old Hagerstown man was hospitalized Tuesday morning after two men beat him during a robbery attempt at the rear of the Washington County Free Library.

Hagerstown City Police said the man told them he was walking through the alley around 2 a.m. when the men approached him and asked him for money.

When he said he didn't have any, they beat him and left him in the alley.

The man, who couldn't give police any description of the two men, was treated and released.

Man remains in hospital after crash

One of the two Allegany County, Md., men hurt Monday in a wreck on the ramp from westbound Interstate 70 to westbound Interstate 68 remained hospitalized Tuesday.

Jason Elkins, 18, of Nikep, Md., was taken to Washington County Hospital after the 2:30 a.m. accident.

Elkins, who was ejected, was listed in serious condition, hospital officials said.

The other man was treated and released.

Thieves hit cars

Thieves were busy Monday and early Tuesday, breaking into and stealing from vehicles, Washington County sheriff's deputies said.

n At 3:45 a.m., someone broke a window in a 1996 Mazda at 1926 Abbey Lane and took an AIWA CD player and case with 50 CDs.

n Also Tuesday, the owner of a 1991 Jeep parked in the 700 block of Queen Anne's Court discovered a CD changer, a pair of speakers, an amplifer and 10 CDs had been taken. Total loss and damage was $440.

Man charged with gun violations

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police charged a Martinsburg man with gun violations Sunday after a handgun fell out of his pocket, according to court records.

Martinsburg Police said they responded to the 300 block of South Maple Avenue after receiving a call about a man with a gun, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Police were also told that the man was shooting the gun, according to court records.

As police were checking the man, a hangun fell out of his pocket, court records said.

Jerry William Cave, 40, no fixed address, was charged with brandishing a deadly weapon and other violations, according to court records.

West Virginia man shot in head

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville man was shot in the head with a 9 mm gun while he was chopping wood in his yard Saturday, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies are trying to determine whether the shooting was intentional or accidental, said Capt. Curtis Keller.

Keller said Gary Zimmerman, age unavailable, was treated and released from City Hospital near Martinsburg after he was shot in the head behind the left ear.

Zimmerman did not hear the shot, Keller said.

Zimmerman's home is located in the Northwood Ranch Estates subdivision off Camp Frame Road, Keller said.

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