Police Log

December 04, 1997

Police Log

Man faces robbery, weapons charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A 26-year-old Hagerstown man was charged late Tuesday with robbery, a handgun violation and numerous traffic offenses after he allegedly fled police after holding up two men.

Maurice Edward Boyd III, of 25 High St., was at the Frederick County Detention Center Wednesday morning awaiting an initial appearance before a bond commissioner.

In addition to robbery, Boyd is charged with first-degree assault, theft, reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, according to Frederick City Police.


At 8:45 p.m., two men came to police headquarters to report they had been approached by a man at West 5th and North Bentz streets who demanded their money at gunpoint.

When they told him they had no money, the robber took one man's leather coat and the contents of the pockets, police said.

The robber, who drove off in a blue Thunderbird with one headlight, was spotted a short time later and a chase ensued on West Patrick Street, police said.

The chase was halted when the car began running red lights and driving over curbs to get through traffic, police said.

Boyd was taken into custody at Kline Boulevard when he lost control of his car, hit several other vehicles and couldn't go on because of flat tires, police said.

Fleeing on foot, Boyd was apprehended off Research Drive, police said.

Two people who were hurt when Boyd's car hit their vehicles were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital and treated and released, police said.

Man gets 5 years for distribution

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg Nov. 20 to serve five years, 10 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distribution of crack.

David Price, 31, of 3221/2 North Maple Ave., received the sentence after pleading guilty Aug. 14 to one count of crack distribution on Oct. 30, 1996 in Martinsburg.

Judge W. Craig Broadwater order that 46 months of the sentence will run concurrently with a 20-year sentence Price is currently serving.

Graffiti vandals continue spree

Graffiti vandals are continuing their spree through Washington County and Hagerstown, police said.

A garage owned by Clear Spring Exxon was the target of graffiti Tuesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Damage to the garage, which is located on Cumberland Street, was estimated at $250.

In Hagerstown, victims continued to come forward Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Cramer's Store, the Washington Street Pawnbrokers, a city overpass in the 300 block of West Franklin Street, Lena Darner's, Rochester Place parking lot and several other buildings were reported damaged Tuesday.

Man hurt when trapped by forklift

A man was injured Wednesday afternoon after getting caught between a forklift and a railroad car at the Lowe's Distribution Center on South Burhans Boulevard, according to rescue officials.

The man was freed with another forklift, rescue officials said.

The man, who was not identified, was rescued by Community Rescue Service and taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Wednesday night.

Teen shot in hip along Md. path

FREDERICK, Md. - A 17-year-old boy was shot in the hip Wednesday while he was walking along a path between Quinn Road and the Springridge Shopping Center, police said.

Donald Ray Hunt was walking near his house at 6039 Quinn Road about 5:21 p.m. when he heard three gunshots and felt a burning sensation in his right groin area, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Hunt was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, deputies said Wednesday.

An investigation into the shooting is being conducted by the sheriff's department and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Man impersonates cop on I-70

FREDERICK, Md. - A man identifying himself as a police officer pulled a knife on a Middletown, Md., woman along Interstate 70 Wednesday evening, according to Maryland State Police.

The incident began about 5:45 p.m. while the woman was driving her car east on I-70 near Md. 144, said police.

After noticing a pickup truck with a flashing blue light on its dashboard behind her, the woman pulled her car over to the right shoulder, police said.

A black man with a goatee approached the woman and said he was with the sheriff's office, police said.

The man asked to see the woman's driver's license. When the woman asked the man if he had a badge or an identification card, he pulled a knife from his back pocket and reached for the woman's car door, police said.

The woman sped away in her car and the suspect apparently passed the woman on I-70 traveling at more than 100 mph, troopers said.

The man's truck was described as a new white Ford Ranger with a cap.

There were white letters with a red outline on the tailgate of the truck, police said. The letters may have read "HALS" or something similar, police said.

The man was described as being 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, police said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident can contact state police at 1-301-663-3101.

Fire damages wall of Taco Bell

A small fire caused a few hundred dollars damage to the wall of the Taco Bell on Dual Highway Wednesday night, fire officials said.

The fire was probably caused by a cigarette being dropped into the mulch outside the restaurant, said Hagerstown Fire Capt. Kyd Dieterich.

The fire, which occurred shortly after 8 p.m., was put out within minutes and the restaurant was serving food again shortly thereafter.

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