Police log

January 20, 1998

Police log

Sheetz robber sought by police

A man who implied he had a weapon robbed a clerk at the Maugans Avenue Sheetz Store at 2:20 a.m. Monday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Entering the convenience store with his hand in his pocket "suggestively," the man demanded money from the clerk and said he didn't want to hurt anybody, deputies said.

He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man is described as white, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 11 inches tall, brown hair, blue eyes, and wearing blue jean pants and jacket and a ball cap.


A K-9 search of the area turned up nothing.

Just hours before the robbery at the Maugans Avenue Sheetz store, a motorist pulled in to get something to eat and returned to his vehicle to find it on fire.

Deputy Maryland State Fire Marshal Jim Woods said the engine compartment of the 1985 Chevette was damaged by the fire, which he ruled was accidental.

No one was hurt in the 9:19 p.m. incident Sunday.

W.Va. man charged with grand larceny

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was charged with grand larceny and fleeing a police officer after the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department went to Pikeside Bowl to investigate a vehicle break-in in progress.

Robert David Parkinson, 32, was arrested shortly after the call came in at 11 p.m. about a man with long, curly brown hair trying to get into a pickup truck in the parking lot, the report said.

When deputies arrived at 11:07 p.m., a man fitting that description was seen standing next to a 1987 Nissan pickup. When the man saw the cruiser, he ran west out of the parking lot, the report said.

Deputy Robert Bussard pursued the man on foot and caught him after a short chase, according to the report. Police recovered a stereo, speakers, a guitar, amplifier and other items in the parking lot.

Deputies also found that the rear sliding window of the truck, belonging to Aaron L. Hess of Gerrardstown, W.Va., had been broken.

The report said the recovered items were worth more than $2,000 and damage to the truck was estimated at $300.

City man charged in hit-and-run

A Hagerstown-area man was charged with hit-and-run and DWI Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

A 1997 Toyota struck the rear of a 1987 Subaru at the intersection of West Washington Street and Summit Avenue shortly before 6 p.m., police said. The driver of the Toyota ran from the accident, they said.

Gary Wayne Dick, 36, of Mason Dixon Road, was charged with DWI, hit-and-run, failure to control speed, violating a license restriction and violating a rental agreement, police said.

David Creamer, a bail bondsman who happened to be in the area, pursued Dick, handcuffed him in the first block of North Jonathan Street and delivered him to Officer Ellen Gilbert, police said.

The driver of the Subaru, Patricia Rose Moore, 39, of Fairground Avenue in Hagerstown, was taken to Washington County Hospital for back pain. She was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Man hits house with out-of-control car

SMITHSBURG - A Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., man lost control of his car as he was passing another vehicle and ran into a house off Jefferson Boulevard Monday, Maryland State Police said.

Christopher Lynn Pfaff, 18, and four passengers were treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said. Pfaff was charged with driving left of center in passing when unsafe and driving without a license.

The 1997 Mitsubishi Mirage was traveling west on Jefferson Boulevard when it started to pass another vehicle near Bayer Drive, police said. As he passed the vehicle, the driver saw another car coming in the opposite direction and sped up to complete the pass, police said.

The driver then jerked the steering wheel to get back into his lane, lost control and skidded on the shoulder into a utility pole, police said. The car then struck a house and came to a stop in the yard in front of 21612 Jefferson Boulevard.

The accident occurred at 2:20 p.m., police said.

Woman charged in husband's assault

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick woman was charged with assault Sunday night after her husband was stabbed with a butcher's knife, the Frederick Police Department said Monday.

Cynthia Denise Richmond, 29, of 1418 C Taney Ave., was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, police said. She was jailed at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Police were sent to the apartment building shortly after 9:30 p.m. for a report of an assault. When Cpl. Allen Yingling reached the second floor of the building, he heard screams coming from an apartment on the third floor, police said.

A man who was bleeding from the face and hands ran down the stairs, followed by a woman with a kitchen knife, police said.

The woman was arrested. Her husband was treated for his injuries but declined to go to the hospital, police said.

Md. man charged with possession

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