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Police log 5/24

May 23, 2000

A scheme involving a man claiming to represent an organization he calls American Fraud Watch is apparently being carried out in Washington County.

Maryland State Police say they have received inquiries from residents who are getting telephone calls from a man for a credit card number and expiration date.

The man claims his organization will protect their credit cards from fraud, state police said.

Police are reminding residents never to give credit card numbers or expiration dates over the telephone to anyone unless they are sure of that person's identity, company or organization.




Hagerstown City Police charged a man with shoplifting 12 packs of cigarettes valued at more than $40 from the Martin's supermarket on Dual Highway Tuesday afternoon.

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Police said the man, whose name was unavailable, was charged with theft under $300 and released on his own recognizance.




FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland State Police in Frederick said Tuesday that a person who vandalized a television antenna tower on Dixon Road may have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.

Police said someone climbed the Maryland Public Television tower at Urbana Lake and broke off a side obstruction light between May 12 and Tuesday.

A T-shirt reading "1995 Central Maryland Travel Tournament at Finksburg" was found tied to the top section of the tower.

Police said radiation is emitted from the top of the tower.

"The reaction in each individual varies and may not manifest immediately. Medical attention should be sought," police said.

Anyone with information may call Maryland State Police at 301-663-3101.




A number of temporary tags stolen from Hoffman Dodge at 1715 Edgewood Drive in early March have started turning up, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Word has come back that drivers in Washington, D.C., and North Carolina have been stopped in vehicles bearing the stolen tags, police said.

The 45-day green and white Maryland tags run in sequence from 96214M to 96221M.




Hagerstown City Police were alerted Monday to the theft of a NexTel cellular telephone from a 1989 pickup truck parked on Broadway.

Also Monday, 60 sheets of half-inch plywood valued at $1,200 were taken from a construction site in the 100 block of Eastern Boulevard. They were owned by Eagle Construction Co. of Greencastle, Pa., police said.




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said no one was injured in a two-vehicle accident involving a school bus Monday morning.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. on Edwards Avenue near the Falling Spring Road intersection, police said. A 1995 Dodge Neon driven by Kiely Fisher of Chambersburg was southbound when the car and the bus, driven by Dauphine Knight of Chambersburg, collided.

Police said there were two students on the bus at the time of the accident.




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police charged a borough man with simple assault after his girlfriend was beaten Monday night at her home.

Police said Frazier A. Matthews, 23, of Chambersburg, was also charged with disorderly conduct after the 11:11 p.m. incident. The report said Vendetta Ramgobbin, 19, of Chambersburg, received head and facial injuries when she was attacked by a man at her home.

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