Police log

January 29, 1998

Police log

Suspect sought in 7-Eleven robbery

A man who "implied" he had a weapon held up the 7-Eleven convenience store on the Dual Highway at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

The man entered the store and demanded money from the lone male clerk, police said. The man then left the store, heading in a southeast direction on foot.

"The K-9 unit was called, but it was just too wet to get a trail," said Sgt. Craig Bakner.

The robber is described as white, 25 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark shirt with a design on it.


Anyone with information on the robbery or the robber can call 301-790-3700.

Pa. man charged in assault of 2 women

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with assault Tuesday after one woman was punched in the face several times and another woman was knocked over a couch, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Charles Ott, 22, of Chambersburg, was asked to leave the home of Tina Stumbaugh, 29, at 654 Heintzelman Ave., in Chambersburg at 3:40 p.m., police said.

Stumbaugh engaged in a verbal argument and was then punched in the face numerous times, police said.

Aletta Freeman, 49, of Fayetteville, Pa., tried to intervene but was knocked over the couch, police said.

Stumbaugh was then punched again and Ott left the house, damaging the front door, police said.

Man who wandered off found uninjured

A 73-year-old man who wandered away from his Young Avenue home in Halfway early Wednesday morning was found in a neighbor's front yard - cold and wet, but apparently not seriously injured.

The man, who has Parkinson's disease, was first found to be missing around 3 a.m. when his son returned home and couldn't find him in the home they share.

"The door was open, the lights were on, and the man's cane was hanging on the side of a pickup truck out front," said Officer Phil Hartle of the Hagerstown City Police.

Hartle said he got the call the man was missing at 6 a.m. and he and another officer had just begun to search the Halfway neighborhood.

The cold rain hastened the search, especially when police learned the man was only wearing shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers, Hartle said.

"We were just about to call in other police agencies to help in the search when a woman on Marion Street reported there was a man in her front yard calling for help," Hartle said.

That address was about 150 to 200 feet from the man's home, measuring in a straight line. But Hartle pointed out the man could have been wandering around for some time.

2 held after nearly hitting ATF agent

Hagerstown police officers apprehended two men Wednesday night after the car in which they were riding nearly ran over the director of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, officials said.

One of the men shoved an officer and bit another while he was trying to elude police, Sgt. Ken Wasilius said.

NTF agents were unavailable to comment on the man they apprehended. Wasilius said police had not filed charges against the other man. He said the suspect would be turned over to NTF officers, who would try to determine his identity.

Sgt. Charles Summers was working on Manor Drive at about 7:20 p.m. when a Pontiac Grand Am with New Jersey license plates sped toward him, police said. A check of the car's tags revealed it had been reported stolen, Wasilius said.

Officers lost sight of the vehicle but found it abandoned in a parking lot in the Townhouse Manor Apartments off Dual Highway about 20 minutes later, Wasilius said. NTF agents captured one of the suspects, he said.

The other man ran by Pangborn Elementary School and across Municipal Golf Course, where officers caught up with him, Wasilius said. The man shoved Officer Joseph Stauffer and bit Officer Brian Barnhart, he said.

N.J. youth faces drug charges here

A 17-year-old Jersey City, N.J., boy has been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine after he was found with 11 pieces of suspected crack cocaine in his mouth Tuesday evening, Hagerstown City Police said.

The teen was taken into custody in the 200 block of North Jonathan Street at 9:03 p.m. by police conducting an undercover surveillance of the open-air drug market in that neighborhood.

He was being held at the Juvenile Holdover Facility on Jonathan Street Wednesday.

Tools stolen from Ellsworth Electric

Thieves covered or disabled two security cameras in the fenced yard beside Ellsworth Electric Company at 88 W. Lee St. Tuesday and stole $1,600 in tools from a vehicle, Hagerstown City Police said.

Guitars stolen in store break-in

Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to investigate a break-in and theft of two guitars Tuesday from Carpenter's World of Music, 17559 York Road.

A Gibson and an Epiphone were taken, valued at $1,000.

Also Tuesday, deputies responded to the Sunset Tavern, where they were told of the theft of $2,000 in tools from a vehicle parked at that 16716 National Pike bar.

Vandals hit appliance store

Vandals hit Spicher's Appliances at 13427 Pennsylvania Ave. again Tuesday, cutting locks off several trucks, according to Maryland State Police.

Patrols have been stepped up in that area in the wake of several other incidents of property destruction, police said.

No charges filed in shooting incident

No charges were lodged in an incident early Tuesday where a Smithsburg area homeowner held three people at gunpoint in his yard after suspecting them of stealing from him, Maryland State Police said.

The man confronted two men and a woman, aged 18 to 24, in the yard of his Eagles Nest Road home between 1 and 3 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

After firing one shot in the air, the man searched the trio's car to see if they had any of his property and finding none, he let them go, police said.

They alerted police to the incident but after a discussion with the homeowner and the three people, it was agreed that no charges would be filed, police said.

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