Police log

May 16, 1997

Man robbed while on way to work

A man heading to work at a Hagerstown restaurant early Thursday was accosted by two armed men who robbed him of his wallet and $7, Hagerstown City Police said.

After the 4:40 a.m. incident, the victim hailed a cab and went to Hagerstown Cityi Police headquarters to report the crime.

He told police he was in the first block of West Franklin Street when the men approached, displayed a 9mm handgun and demanded money.


Both men were described as black, in their 20s, and wearing dark clothing. One was 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighing 180 pounds, while the other was described as being shorter, around 6 feet and heavier, around 200 pounds.

They were last seen running south in the alley beside Pioneer Hook and Ladder Fire Company, police said.

Theft attempt damages ATM

An ATM at the Milestone branch of Washington County National Bank was found to be heavily damaged at 4:17 a.m. Thursday.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Schleigh said someone apparently was trying to gain access to the machine at 307 E. Potomac St. in Williamsport.

Antiques stolen from two homes

Antiques were the booty for thieves in two states this week, according to state police in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

In Chambersburg, Pa., someone broke into Rudolph Raymond Cooper's home and stole $12,000 worth of antique furniture from the residence.

The thieves forced their way into the home, police said.

Jeffrey Lee Flook, of 20005 Beaver Creek Road, reported to Maryland State Police Wednesday that someone broke into his home and took antiques valued at $1,600, police said.

Among the missing items are a Gone With The Wind lamp, another antique lamp and a coffee grinder, police said.

Student reports theft of computer

A student at Highland View Academy reported to Maryland State Police Wednesday that her Dell laptop computer had been stolen from her desk.

Sarah M. Porter of Louisa, Va., told police the laptop was worth $1,222, police said.

The school is located at 10100 Academy Drive in Mt. Aetna.

Deputies probe abduction report

HALFWAY - Sheriff's deputies investigated a report that a man tried to abduct a 7-year-old girl Thursday evening but have not found evidence to confirm the story, according the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Cpl. Daryl Sanders said deputies found the girl's statements inconsistent with other witnesses. He said it appears to be a misunderstanding.

Still, several residents expressed concern on Thursday. Residents circulated fliers warning parents to be careful, said Yvett West, who lives in the complex.

West, a mother of three girls, said she was concerned.

"I feel everybody should pay more attention around children," said West, who added that children often play outside the apartments.

Sanders said deputies have investigated several suspicious activities at the complex over the last couple weeks, including at least one break-in. He said residents' caution is healthy.

"It is good that the people of Halfway Manor are banding together and taking care of each other," he said.

Trash bin catches fire at First Data

A trash bin caught fire next to First Data Merchant Services on Insurance Way Thursday afternoon, but caused little damage, fire officials said.

The building was evacuated as a precaution, but nobody was hurt, according the Volunteer Fire Co. at Halfway. Light smoke entered the building and a window sustained minor heat damage, officials said.

The cause of the 2:40 p.m. blaze was under investigation.

Police find pot in book bag

CATOCTIN, Md. - Maryland State Police found 13 plastic bags of marijuana in a book bag at Catoctin High School Thursday and charged a student with possession with intent to distribute, authorities said.

Eric Lee Soliwoda, 18, of Thurmont, Md., was charged as an adult with possession and possession with intent to distribute. He was being held Thursday night on $15,000 bond.

Police responded to the school at about 3 p.m. for a report of a disorderly student. When they arrived, police found 13 clear plastic bags of marijuana in a bag, police said. In addition, authorities found another bag in the student's front right pants pocket, police said.

Collision sends man to hospital

THURMONT, Md. - A Thurmont resident was hospitalized Thursday after his 1989 GMC truck collided with a Chevrolet Blazer on Devilbiss Bridge Road, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

The accident occurred at about 4:10 p.m., deputies said.

Kevin Eugene Granlund, 36, was flown to Washington County Hospital where he was listed in fair condition Thursday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the Blazer, Charles Kenneth Lambert, 39, of Devilbiss Bridge Road, refused treatment, deputies said.

2 injured in city traffic accident

Two people were injured in a traffic accident at the corner of Maryland and First avenues Thursday, police said.

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