Police log 8/19

August 19, 1999

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Police are continuing their investigation of an armed robbery at the Foxcroft Avenue Texaco station Wednesday night.

At 9:24 p.m., a man brandishing a black, semiautomatic pistol entered the station and left with about $70 in cash, police said.

He is described as black, 25-35 years old, 5 feet 5-8 inches tall, slender build. He was wearing a black bandana on his head, a white T-shirt, long black shorts and sneakers.

A city police dispatcher said no one was injured in the holdup at the station, located at the intersection of Foxcroft Avenue and W.Va. 45 just south of the Martinsburg Mall.


Anyone with information about the robbery or the robber is urged to contact police at 1-304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers 1-304-267-4999.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick County man has been charged with sex offenses stemming from a child pornography investigation by the computer crimes unit of the Maryland State Police.

Last week, police examined a computer owned by the parents of a minor who had discovered photos of their 15-year-old daughter engaged in sex acts.

Investigators found files of images of the child performing sex acts with an adult, police said.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., state police and the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office executed a search and seizure warrant at the home of Michael Stender and found him with a female juvenile, police said.

In a court hearing in June, Stender was ordered by a judge to stay away from the girl, police said.

Stender, 25, of the 1400 block of Key Parkway in Frederick was charged with soliciting a minor to engage in the production of obscene matter, creating a computer image of a minor engaging in sexual conduct, sodomy and distributing a visual representation that depicts a minor engaged in sexual practices.

He was being held this morning on $350,000 bond.

Responding to citizen complaints of lewd sexual activity on Keep Tryst Road, Maryland State Police put an undercover officer in that area off Md. 67 Wednesday evening.

The result was the apprehension of Joseph Garfield Ash, 45, of Rohrersville, for second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense, police said.

Police say Ash approached the officer around 6:30 p.m. and during a conversation touched the officer in the genital area.

Ash was released on personal recognizance later Wednesday, police said.

Stereo equipment valued at $1,030 was taken Wednesday from a 1987 Mazda that had earlier been towed to Affordable Towing's lot for a tag violation, Hagerstown City Police said.

The thieves had to climb over an eight-foot fence to get inside, police said.

Maryland State Police are investigating the attempted break-in of a car parked in the 18200 block of Woodside Drive in St. James Wednesday.

The 1990 Honda was damaged but not entered, police said.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three people were hurt Wednesday night in a two-vehicle accident on Warm Spring Road in Hamilton Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg.

John Z. Shearer, 71, of Chambersburg, was driving a Nissan King Cab pickup truck on Palm Spring Drive at 10:21 p.m. Wednesday when he pulled out onto Warm Spring Road into the path of a southbound 1991 Ford Escort, police said.

The driver of the Escort, Brody J. O'Farrell, 19, of Chambersburg, and two young girl passengers, both of Mercersburg, were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

O'Farrell was wearing a seatbelt, police said. No information was available on his condition or on the two girls as they weren't identified by police in their report.

Shearer was alone in his vehicle and unhurt, police said.

Someone sprayed paint and scratched a 1999 Ford Ranger belonging to Matthew Dunn while it was parked at his 329 Lanafield Circle home in Boonsboro, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Damage was estimated at $300, according to Deputy Jeffrey Cooper.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A trucker from Salem, Va., stopped at 1:05 this morning for speeding was found to have a loaded gun in her possession, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Karen Ives, 29, was northbound on Interstate 81 when the speeding stop was made near the 7-mile marker, police said.

The loaded .22 caliber handgun was discovered in the truck. Ives was charged with possession of an unlicensed handgun, police said.

A $250 bike was stolen Wednesday from the front porch of a home at 916 Linwood Road, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The men's Trek 18 speed mountain bike is black with green trim.

FREDERICK, Md. - A woman's purse was stolen by a man at the College Park Plaza in Frederick County Wednesday morning, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said the woman was entering the Studio One Hair Salon when a man grabbed her and took her purse at 9:24 a.m.

He fled to the rear of the shopping center, police said.

He was described as a black man in his 30s, 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing white shorts and a red baseball cap.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle that occurred early Wednesday.

A police report said a red 1991 Eagle Talon was stolen from behind the home of Nicholas Broadwater, 18, in the 600 block of Lincoln Way East between 1 and 3:15 a.m. The car had Pennsylvania license plate number BG-1421.

It was parked behind the house when it was stolen, police said.

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Machinist and mechanic tools worth $2,500 were reported stolen in a burglary that occurred between Sunday and Tuesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The report said a garage at the entrance of Rolling Acres Mobile Home Park on Lincoln Way West was burglarized. The tools stolen belonged to John W. Bell, 28, of Chambersburg, Pa., police said.

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