Police log 2/24

February 25, 2000

A woman charged with attempting to rob a Home Federal Bank branch Wednesday from the back seat of a cab had been released from jail on personal recognizance on theft and bad check charges, according to court records.

Hollie Jean Scroggins appeared before Washington County District Judge Noel Spence Thursday for a review of her $20,000 bond. Spence left the bond the same.

"It was just stupid ... no excuse for what I did," Scroggins said from the Washington County Detention Center.

Scroggins told Spence her 2-year-old son is now with her aunt because she is in jail on the attempted robbery charge and awaiting trial March 1, 8 and 29 on the theft and bad check charges, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes.

"I'm sorry for your son, but not for you," Spence said. "Maybe your son will be better off with your aunt."


Around noon Wednesday, a woman riding in the back of a taxi with a friend and two small children allegedly passed a note through the back window of the cab at the drive-up window of the bank at 1700 Dual Highway, demanding money, Hagerstown City Police said.

When the teller showed the note to her supervisor and asked the woman for identification, the woman told the unwitting cab driver to leave as she hid her face from bank personnel, according to Lt. Gary Spielman.

The bank personnel called police who intercepted the cab on Mt. Aetna Road - after it had picked up another fare at Comfort Inn, police said.

Scroggins, 19, of 613 Adams Ave., was charged with attempted robbery and attempted theft.

A truck load of heavy machinery shifted Wednesday night, causing a westbound tractor-trailer to overturn on Interstate 68 at Sandy Mile Road, according to Maryland State Police.

The 9:13 p.m. accident closed part of the roadway until the truck could be righted and cleared from the scene around 6 this morning.

Traffic was routed onto the left shoulder through the night.

Driver Lee Yuchniuk, 28, of Barboursville, W.Va., was uninjured, police said.

Residents of a house in the 14000 block of Broadfording Road, Clear Spring, came home Wednesday evening to find their front door kicked in and every room ransacked, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Missing are one .22-caliber revolver, one .22-caliber pump action rifle and an AK-47 assault rifle, along with $700 in cash and coins, deputies said.

In other burglaries reported in the county:

* A CD, a buck knife, 12 PlayStation games, and $110 in cash and coins were stolen from a home in the 11000 block of Pinesburg Road, Williamsport.

* A burglar broke into a home in the 22000 block of Cavetown Church Road in Smithsburg Monday during the day and stole a CD player and several items of jewelry, according to deputies.

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