Police log

May 22, 1997

Armed man tries to rob Ramada Inn

A man dressed in camouflage waved a gun at the Ramada Inn night clerk early Thursday and demanded money but fled when told there wasn't any, Hagerstown City Police said.

The man came in around 12:30 a.m., police said. He was described as white, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, dark hair and moustache.

He was wearing a camouflage jacket and a camouflage mask, along with blue jeans and sneakers, police said.

After he fled, police K-9 officers scanned the area but found no trail, police said.

Suspected heroin found at MCI

A routine search of cells at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown has turned up some suspected heroin, according to Maryland State Police.


Reported early Thursday morning, the incident hasn't resulted in any charges yet, police said. Apparently several inmates had access to the cell in question, police said.

The material is being tested to determine if it is illegal drugs, police said.

Boonsboro teen hit by vehicle

BOONSBORO - A 17-year-old boy who was hit by a vehicle after school Tuesday on the Mapleville Road was treated at Washington County Hospital.

Timothy Michael Barger, of 17 S. Main St., Boonsboro, was released from the hospital the next day, hospital officials said.

No charges were brought against the driver, police said.

Escapee spotted in Hagerstown

A man who walked away from a prison work detail in Chambersburg, Pa., earlier this week has been seen in Hagerstown, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Nevin Eugene Daley is described as white, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 190 pounds, police said. He was last seen Tuesday at T.B. Woods in Chambersburg where he was on a work release detail.

At that time, he was carrying a blue bag containing clothes, police said. He was wearing a white shirt, dark pants, has short hair and is clean shaven, police said.

His tattoos include a wizard on right shoulder, skull on left shoulder, grim reaper on left leg and circle on upper left chest, police said.

He reportedly has contacts in Hagerstown and was last seen at a Franklin Street tavern Tuesday.

Thefts reported

A number of thefts have been reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

  • A 1992 Chrysler Le Baron was stolen from 118 W. Salisbury St. in Williamsport Wednesday. The champagne colored car has a yellow light bar on top.
  • Several tool boxes, valued at $300, were taken from 18014 Hollyhock Road in Williamsport Wednesday.
  • A briefcase was taken from a vehicle at 313 Overbrook Road Wednesday.

Shooting getaway car found in Md.

The getaway car used by three people involved in Tuesday's shooting at the Motel 6 near Valley Mall was recovered Wednesday afternoon in Maugansville.

An off-duty police officer spotted the car around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Maugansville Community Park, said Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades.

The victim in that shooting remained in serious condition Thursday as law enforcement authorities continue to search for two black men and a blonde white woman who reportedly rented the blue Ford Taurus in Frederick, Mades said.

Steven McCormick, 31, of Crisfield, Md., was shot in the upper chest.

Investigators got a scare Thursday morning when noises were heard coming from the trunk of the confiscated car, Mades said.

"When they opened it up, they found an English bulldog pup in a cage," Mades said.

Unhurt, the dog was cleaned up and cared for by deputies, Mades said.

Construction trailer catches fire

LONGMEADOW - An abandoned construction trailer went up in flames Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

Seven fire officials from the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Department brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes, Chief Richard Roche said.

There were no injuries.

The trailer, which was on Cambridge Drive next to the North Village Shopping Center, had collapsed and by the time firefighters arrived.

"Basically, it looked like a pile of rubble to the passerby," Roche said.

Items stolen from Pa. vehicle

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County, Pa., man awoke to find his car broken into Thursday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A compact disc player, a cellular phone and various compact discs were stolen, police said.

The theft occurred between 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Trio steal $3,000 from elderly woman

THURMONT, Md. - A man distracted an elderly woman Thursday while two others stole $3,000, Maryland State Police said.

Martha Favorite, 86, was sitting on her front porch on Catoctin Mountain Highway when a white van pulled into her driveway, police said. One man got out of the van and directed Favorite to the rear of her house and told her that her siding was loose.

As they walked back to the front of the house, Favorite saw two more men get into the van, police said. The three men then drove off.

Favorite discovered $3,000 was missing from her home, police said.

"It's basically the typical scam: Find an elderly person to take advantage of," Sgt. Steve Ganley said. "If you didn't call for the repairs, tell them you're not interested. Legitimate companies are too busy to go around trying to drum up business out of their van."

Stolen ATV found stripped in Md.

FREDERICK, Md. - A 1986 ATV Suzuki Quad that had been stolen from Pennsylvania was found, albeit stripped, in Maryland on Thursday, Maryland State Police said.

The Westminster barrack received information that the vehicle could be found in Union Bridge, Md. A trooper from the Frederick barrack verified the vehicle was there and then ran a computer check, police said.

The vehicle had been reported stolen to the New Oxford (Pa.) Police Department.

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