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Police log

June 18, 1997

Police have suspects in graffiti incidents

HANCOCK - Police Chief Donald R. Gossage said Tuesday he has two suspects in a series of graffiti incidents that occurred last Wednesday and Monday.

Vandals painted graffiti on two of the town's police cars between midnight and 2 a.m. on June 11, he said. The paint caused about $200 damage to each car, he said.

On Monday, several buildings along Canal Street and a sign were vandalized with spray paint, Gossage said. He estimated damage at about $2,000.

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Gossage said the town will not tolerate graffiti. He said the town arrested two youths for similar incidents about six months ago.

"We put a stop to it then," he said.

Gossage said he has traced the markings to two 15-year-old boys, one who lives in Hagerstown and one from the Funkstown area.

Gossage said it is common for youths to leave identifying marks in their graffiti, an activity known as tagging.

For instance, one of the tags was a picture of a crown with the word "citrus" written inside. Read as "King Citrus," Gossage said the tag also had "H/Town" scrawled underneath. This represents Hagerstown, he said.

Gossage said the graffiti on the cars was quickly removed by using a new product called Graffiti Removal. He said a can of the product was given to the town as a demonstration.

"It works pretty good," he said. "It saves a lot of time."

ATV stolen in city

An all-terrain vehicle was stolen from behind a house on Concord Street Tuesday evening, Hagerstown City Police said.

The vehicle, a Yamaha Blaster ATV with a 200 cc motor, is blue and white, police said. Police valued the vehicle at $2,200.

According to police, the vehicle was stolen from the rear of 845 Concord Street between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Woman hurt in wreck

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick woman was injured Tuesday afternoon after she was struck by a van at the intersection of West 6th Street and North Market Street, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Carol D. Hayat, 41, of the 700 block of Motter Avenue, was flown to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. She was listed in good condition Tuesday night.

Hayat was crossing West 6th Street at about 1:55 p.m. when she was struck by the van, which was making a left turn from North Market Street, police said.

The driver of the 1995 Chevrolet van, Gary W. Newcomer, 31, of the first block of East 9th Street in Frederick, was charged with failure to exercise due care to avoid a pedestrian collision.

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