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Police log for Sunday, April 1

March 31, 2001

Police log for Sunday, April 1



Suspects in bank robbery described


CASCADE - Maryland State Police in Hagerstown released updated information Saturday about the armed robbery at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Cascade on Friday.

Four men wearing hats and scarves to hide their faces entered the bank at 25331 Military Road at 4:13 p.m. Friday, police said.

Two of the suspects are described as nearly 6 feet tall, while the remaining two robbers are believed to be a bit shorter, police said. All were described as black males.

No shots were fired during the robbery. One female bank employee complained of chest pains following the robbery and was taken by ambulance to Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital, police said.

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All four men fled the bank in a green, four-door, mid-sized car that had been parked in front of the two-story brick building.

Ark. truck driver dies in I-81 crash


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Arkansas truck driver was killed Saturday when his tractor-trailer struck a guardrail and overturned on Interstate 81 near Martinsburg, West Virginia State Police said.

Clifton Crafton, 57, was pronounced dead on the scene at about 10 a.m., police said.

Crafton was southbound on I-81 with a load of parts from nearby General Motors when his 1997 Kenwood truck crossed the median into the northbound lane, struck a guardrail, overturned and slid down a small embankment, police said.

Crafton may have suffered a heart attack, investigating Trooper J.C. Weaver said.

Traffic was delayed for several hours following the accident.

City men charged in reverse drug sting


Three Hagerstown men were charged Saturday with possession of a noncontrolled dangerous substance reasonably believed to be a controlled dangerous substance after a late-night reverse drug sting operation, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

City police undercover officers posed as dealers selling simulated crack cocaine in the downtown Hagerstown and North Jonathan Street areas Friday night through early Saturday, police said.

Charged were: John Kenneth Reed, 36, of 134 Randolph Ave.; Jeffrey Alan Cushwa, 33, of 425 Kinslow St.; and Scott Tasker Wright, 39, of 111 Broadway Apt. 4, police said.

Undercover officers also charged an Annapolis, Md., man with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and paraphernalia.

Officers recognized Chandler B. Jenkins, 32, from a past sting operation and knew he was wanted for failure to appear in court for possession of a noncontrolled dangerous substance, police said.

Jenkins, of 15 Gilmore St. in Annapolis, was being held on $12,500 bond Saturday at the Washington County Detention Center.

Domestic dispute leads to charges


A Hagerstown man was charged with reckless endangerment and resisting arrest after a domestic dispute Friday evening, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

James Lee Betts, 30, is accused of threatening his wife and three young children with a knife in the family's 11838 Patrick Road home, police said.

Betts also allegedly threatened to burn the house down, and had barricaded himself in the basement bathroom by the time deputies from the Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene at about 7:40 p.m., police said.

When Betts refused to leave the bathroom, a deputy pried the door open and sprayed him with pepper spray. Betts was then subdued by deputies, police said.

He was being held on $7,500 bond Saturday at the Washington County Detention Center.

Mail carrier robbed at gunpoint


FREDERICK, Md. - A mail carrier was robbed at gunpoint Friday on the Hood College campus in Frederick, the Frederick Police Department said.

The U.S. Postal Service employee was opening a mail box on the campus at 401 Rosemont Ave. about 6 p.m. when he was approached by two men wearing hooded sweatshirts. They were described as black, 5-feet, 9-inches to 5-feet, 11-inches tall, police said.

The suspects pulled at the mail bag, which was strapped over the carrier's shoulder. One suspect pointed a chrome revolver-type handgun at the carrier when he resisted relinquishing the bag, police said.

The carrier surrendered the bag, and the suspects fled on foot, police said.

Postal inspectors are assisting Frederick Police with the investigation.

Woman's purse stolen near market


FREDERICK, Md. - A man stole a woman's purse Friday as she left County Market in Frederick, the Frederick Police Department said.

The 67-year-old woman was walking out of the grocery store at 1275 W. Patrick St. about 7:40 p.m. when a white male described as 6 feet tall with blond hair and black clothing grabbed her purse and fled on foot, police said.

The woman was not injured.

Computer stolen from store at mall


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A computer worth about $1,500 was stolen Thursday from Sears & Roebuck in the Chambersburg Mall, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

An unknown person removed the Sony Notebook computer from a floor shelf between 5:30 and 9 p.m., police said.

W.Va. man charged after car chase


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