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April 16, 2002

Double-parking leads to arrest of city man


A Hagerstown man was charged Sunday with drug possession after drawing the attention of police because he was double-parked on Jonathan Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

Anthony Robert Joyner, 22, of 431 Chartridge Drive, was charged with possession of cocaine, police said. He was being held late Monday on $25,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, an officer stopped to find out why a vehicle double-parked in the 300 block of Jonathan was blocking traffic, police said.

When the driver was asked for his license, he gave more than one name when asked to confirm the information on the driver's license.

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The driver was searched, and tried to throw a plastic baggie containing powder cocaine, police alleged. The baggie was recovered by police.

Pit bull puppy found on roof, lowered to ground


FREDERICK, Md. - A 6-month-old pit bull pup found on the roof of a 17 E. Patrick St. building Sunday evening was lowered to the ground by rescuers and turned over to Frederick County Animal Control.

While the owner of the dog was unknown, Frederick Police believe the pup may have belonged to someone who was evicted from the building Friday.

Animal Control Officer David Luckenbaugh was investigating.

Burglars target three Oriental restaurants


FREDERICK, Md. - Burglars targeted three Oriental restaurants late Saturday or early Sunday, smashing out windows and doors to gain entry and steal cash, Frederick City Police said.

The victims were China Garden on West Patrick Street, The Hot Wok carryout on Waverly Drive, and Dragon Buffet on Prospect Boulevard.

Rods and reels stolen from parked truck


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two fishing rods and reels were reported stolen Sunday from a truck parked outside a residence in the Rolling Acres Trailer Park in St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

A fishing vest containing assorted tackle and a fishing license also were taken, police said.

Bonds reduced for men accused in robbery


The bonds of two men accused in the April 12 robbery of First United Bank & Trust on 1751 Knightsbridge Drive were reduced from $150,000 to $100,000 Monday in Washington County District Court.

Luis Antonio Maldonado, 18, of 17729 Virginia Ave., and his cousin, Jose Luis Maldonado, 23, of 11019 Coventry Lane, were charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit robbery, four counts of robbery, four counts of second-degree assault and one count of felony theft, Hagerstown City Police said.

Both remained in the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said Monday.

Hagerstown City Police said two men wearing ski masks and carrying BB guns designed to look like Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handguns entered the bank at about 1 p.m. and ordered the four employees to the floor.

One man pointed his gun at employees while the other ordered an employee to fill a bag with money, Lt. Rick Johnson said.

Using the information from the tellers, police developed suspects and by mid-afternoon had both men in custody.

Most of the money stolen in the robbery as well as the clothing worn and the guns used, were found, Johnson said.

State police looking for missing Pa. teen


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were seeking information on the whereabouts of Cynthia Sowers, a 16-year-old girl who hasn't been seen since she left for school last Friday.

Cindy's father, Wellington Jack Sowers Jr., said his daughter was wearing Capri pants and a mid-calf length leather coat with a fur collar when she was last seen. She is about 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds, has blonde hair and blue eyes.

A James Buchanan High School student, Cindy didn't show up for class Monday, her father said.

Anyone with information may call Trooper Terry Pennington with the Pennsylvania State Police at 1-717-264-5161.

Warrant sweep by cops results in 18 arrests


FREDERICK, Md. - A countywide warrant sweep conducted Sunday night by state, county and municipal police officers resulted in 18 arrests for crimes ranging from violation of probation to failure to appear for court.

A dozen more arrests are expected to follow in the near future based on information gained Sunday night, police said.

The third such operation in Frederick County since last May, more than 65 arrests have been made in all, said Trooper 1st Class Marty Speak of the Maryland State Police.

Gold bracelets stolen from Valley Mall store


Washington County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a number of crimes from the weekend.

n A dozen 14-carat gold bracelets, valued at $5,880, were reported taken Friday from The Jewelry Connection at the Hagerstown Valley Mall.

Sgt. Mark Knight said store personnel reported having two customers just before the tray of bracelets was missing.

n Three wheels, tires and rims were taken Friday from a vehicle parked at 14898 Bottom Road, Williamsport, deputies said. The loss was estimated at $1,300.

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