Police log

March 17, 1997

Police look for man who touched girl

Hagerstown City Police are on the lookout for a man who touched at least one girl and made several others feel "uncomfortable'' Sunday while they were playing basketball at Salem Avenue Elementary School.

The man, described as white, 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, was wearing blue jeans, a plaid shirt and a red jacket.

The incident began at 11:40 a.m. when the man rode up on a bicycle and began playing with the group, police said. One girl told police the man touched her on the buttocks but she dismissed it as an accident.


But later, the man began putting his arms around the girls, calling them "babe'' and "honey'' and encouraging them to take off their jackets so they could shoot better, police said.

The girls left the area and reported the incident to police, and the man left on his bike.

Two teens hurt when truck hits pole

Two teens were hurt just before midnight Sunday when their 1987 Nissan truck ran off Mapleville Road and hit a utility pole, Maryland State Police said Monday.

Martin Jason Kelly IV, 18, of Hagerstown, the suspected driver, was ejected from the vehicle through the passenger window during the 11:55 p.m. crash, said Trooper 1st Class Doug Bird.

He was listed in fair condition Monday morning at Washington County Hospital.

Jeffrey Alan Huer, 19, of Boonsboro, also reportedly was hurt, police said, but there was no record of him in the hospital Monday morning.

The investigation was continuing.

Man charged in blacktop scheme

A 19-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., man was arrested Friday in connection with a blacktop scheme involving an elderly victim in the Halfway area, Maryland State Police said.

Edwin Allen Harper has been charged with one count of theft by scheme, and three counts each of felony theft, conspiracy to commit felony theft and acting as a contractor without a license.

Harper and others allegedly contracted for some work with the homeowner last September and then returned March 12 to do more, police said.

Anyone with questions about a contractor is urged to call the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at 1-410-333-6309.

Clerk catches counterfeit bills

Handed seven $100 bills by a customer attempting to buy $573 in merchandise Friday, a clerk at Sam's Club on Wesel Boulevard told her boss the bills just "didn't feel right.''

Hagerstown City Police said the clerk's instincts were good - the bills were counterfeit. And the man attempting to pass them apparently had quite a few more, police said.

When confronted, the man said he had just gotten them from his bank. He asked for them back but when the clerk refused, he left the store.

The man was described as white, in his 30s, 5-feet 8-inches tall and about 180 pounds.

Man robs Frederick 7-Eleven store

FREDERICK A robber who implied he had a weapon took money from a clerk at the 7-Eleven Store at 5th and East streets Monday at 5:10 a.m.

The man, described by the clerk as a black man, 5-feet 10-inches to 6-feet tall, slender build, moustache, was last seen walking toward the 200 block of East 5th Street.

He was wearing a black ski mask, black hip-length jacket and black pants.

Pizza delivery man robbed in Frederick

FREDERICK A Domino's Pizza deliveryman was robbed at knifepoint Sunday at 9:25 p.m. following a delivery of pizza to an apartment building on Tandy Drive, Frederick City Police said.

The driver told police he was approached by two black men wearing ski masks and dark clothing. One displayed a knife and removed money and personal items from the deliveryman.

Car owner almost catches a thief

The owner of a 1980 Pontiac LeMans was quick enough Monday morning to see but not to catch the two men who were allegedly trying to steal the vehicle from the first block of East Washington Street.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies said the owner heard a noise around 1:15 a.m. and ran outside, just in time to see two men running away.

A check of the car revealed scratches and some tampering with the ignition, deputies said.

Items stolen from two vehicles

Two vehicles were broken into early Monday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

A 1988 Dodge van parked at 1138 Lawton Lane was hit and a Kirby G-4 vacuum cleaner was taken.

At 17007 Burwood Court, thieves got into a 1991 Hyundai and took a Pioneer CD player, 100 CDs, clothing and a purse.

Police investigate theft of equipment

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of four single disc fertilizer openers from a John Deere fertilizer spreader located at Smith Implement Co. Inc., 12258 Buchanan Trail West sometime between 4 p.m. last Tuesday and 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

Also missing are the fittings, clamps and hoses from the spreader, police said.

Total value of the stolen parts is estimated at $2,080, according to a police report.

Anyone with information should contact Trooper Aaron Martin at 717-264-5161.

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