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April 04, 2002

Woman hurt in crash on Washington Street

One Hagerstown woman was hurt and another was charged when a 2000 Chevrolet van ran a red light at Washington and Mulberry streets around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and forced a car onto the front stoop of a home, Hagerstown City Police said.

Jenine Ritz, 49, of 148 East Ave., was taken to Washington County Hospital where she was treated in the emergency room and released, hospital officials said Wednesday night.

Her 1989 Oldsmobile damaged the concrete step at 201 E. Washington St., police said.

The driver of the van, Michelle Papierniak, 28, of 22 Manor Drive, was charged with failing to stop for a red light, police said.

Man, 19, charged with fleeing from cop on ATV

FREDERICK, Md. - A Woodsboro, Md., teenager was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after a Frederick County Sheriff's deputy spotted him driving an all-terrain vehicle on Coppermine Road.


The deputy attempted to pull Joseph Hagen over at 2:40 p.m. but instead, the driver of the four-wheeler sped up, and the vehicle left the road and headed into a farm field, deputies said.

The ATV was located at the intersection of Copper Oaks Drive in Woodsboro. Hagen, 19, of Cash Smith Road, was taken into custody.

Charges include driving while suspended, unregistered and uninsured, as well as fleeing and eluding police.

Hagen was being held at the Frederick County Detention Center on unrelated charges from Carroll County.

Police offer reward in attempted cab robbing

Hagerstown City Police are offering a reward for information about an attempted armed robbery of an Antietam Cab driver Tuesday.

Police said the driver couldn't provide a description of the would-be robber and have no other leads.

The amount of the reward would be determined by the information provided, city police said.

Police said the 55-year-old male driver was dispatched to the 300 block of Buena Vista Avenue for a fare at 1:50 a.m.

When the driver arrived, a black man in his 20s got in and sat in the back seat of the cab.

The passenger put an unidentified object against the driver's neck and demanded money, police said.

The driver reached over and used his radio to call his dispatcher to say he was being robbed.

The passenger, who was 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds, got out of the taxi and fled east between several houses. The man was wearing a white sweater and baggy blue jeans, police said.

Police said the driver was uninjured.

Anyone with information about the incident may call city police at 301-790-3700.

Thieves ransack slew of vehicles, steal Honda

FREDERICK, Md. - Thieves entered, ransacked and took items from approximately 35 vehicles and stole one 2001 black Honda in the Spring Ridge community early Wednesday.

As a result of witnesses contacting Frederick County Sheriff's deputies, the search was on for three juveniles who were seen trying door handles in the area between 3 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.

The three are described as black, wearing dark clothing and stocking caps, deputies said.

Loose change was stolen along with cell phones, credit cards and CDs.

One of those stolen credit cards was used in Hagerstown later Wednesday morning, deputies said.

Frederick, Md., man faces drug charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A controlled buy of marijuana Wednesday led to an arrest and the seizure of marijuana, Frederick City Police said.

Harry Steven Barnes, 53, of the 100 block of West All Saints Street, was charged with one count each of distribution of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and three counts of possession of marijuana, police said.

The drug bust was made at 600 N. Bentz St.

Deputies investigating series of thefts

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating three incidents reported Tuesday.

- A construction trailer on Roxbury Road was broken into and assorted handtools were taken, police said.

- A Highpoint semi-automatic pistol was taken from a vehicle parked in the Kmart parking lot in Massey Boulevard.

- A woman entered a home on Shahan Road without permission and asked to use the bathroom, police said.

Police said the woman left before police arrived. The incident may have been related to another incident reported Monday in which a woman entered a home on nearby Herman Myers Road without permission and a laptop computer was later found missing.

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