Police log

January 06, 1999

A car stolen from in front of the Washington County Hospital earlier this week was recovered late Tuesday and the driver was taken into custody, Hagerstown City Police said this morning.

Percy Williams Jr., 55, of the first block of South Mulberry Street, was stopped around 11:15 p.m. by Officer Brian Barnhart, who recognized the description of the 1992 Chevrolet Lumina.

First spotted in the 200 block of East Antietam Street, the car was stopped in the 800 block of Summit Avenue. A woman passenger was allowed to go free, police said.

Williams was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and felony theft. He was expected to go before a bond commissioner sometime today.


A light bulb inside a dog house used to keep the family pet warm this winter has been pinpointed as the cause of a fire Saturday in Clear Spring that caused $180,000 damage, according to Maryland State Fire Marshals.

The five people living in the two-story brick house at 14628 St. Paul Road escaped unharmed from the 4:30 a.m. blaze.

The theft of a red Go-Kart was reported Tuesday from a residence at 16317 Broadfording Road.

Maryland State Police said the loss was estimated at $600.

Also Tuesday, state police were called to investigate the theft of $1,200 in cash and a 30-30 Winchester lever action rifle with Tasco scope from a home at 13812 Polecat Hollow Road in Clear Spring.

A 26-year-old Clear Spring woman was robbed Tuesday by a man she attempted to help while shopping at a convenience store at 12828 Clear Spring Road, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said the victim was inside the store when the man entered around 7:30 p.m.

The man approached the clerk seeking information, police said.

The woman offered to help the man, but as she wrote down a telephone number, he grabbed her wallet from her open purse, police said.

The man escaped with the wallet after a struggle, police said.

The wallet contained $300 and numerous credit cards, said police.

The man got into a car and was seen heading south on Md. 68 near I-70.

The man was described as white and in his late 20s or early 30s. He is between 5 feet 2 to 5 inches tall and has a medium build. He has brown hair and a mustache.

He was wearing a dark coat, light-colored denim jacket and white sneakers.

The man was driving a red, late 1980s or early 1990s Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck without a cap.

Anyone with information may call 301-739-2101.

Damage was set at $2,000 to a new vehicle parked at Sharrett's at 10312 Auto Place on Tuesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

A rear window was broken and there were signs of damage to the trunk and roof, deputies said.

Vandals using blue paint made a mess of some doors at First Christian Church late Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Blue squiggles were evident when employees arrived at the 1345 Potomac Ave. building.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said four people were treated for minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident Monday on Mountain Road in Letterkenny Township.

The report said Donna Cover of Shippensburg, Pa., had stopped to deliver newspapers when her 1989 Dodge Caravan was hit from behind by a 1985 Nissan Pulsar driven by Randy E. Bookheimer of Chambersburg.

Bookheimer, Cover, and her passengers, Natasha Cover and Natalie Keefer, both of Shippensburg, were injured in the crash, according to state police.

Bookheimer was charged with driving under the influence, according to police.

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department is investigating the attempted robbery of a teenager in the parking lot of Staples at the Frederick Shopping Center on Tuesday.

Police said the victim, a 17-year-old Frederick boy, was walking to his car when he was approached by a black man.

The man tapped him on the shoulder and said "Give me your money," police said.

The victm told police he asked the man if he had a weapon. The man said he did not.

Police said the victim refused to give the man any money and the two scuffled.

The man then fled on foot, police said.

The man is described as 6 feet tall and has a thin build. He has facial hair and was wearing blue jeans and a black knit cap.

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