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Police log 4/23

April 23, 2002

Man sought in bank robbery in Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. - A man claiming to be armed with explosives robbed the Provident Bank at 1003 W. Patrick St. Monday afternoon, escaping on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Bank employees told Frederick City Police that the man came in at 12:03 p.m., asked for access to his safety deposit box and was accompanied into the vault by an employee.

Once inside the vault, the man presented a note that said he was armed with explosives. He took money and fled.

The man was described as white, in his 40s, taller than 6 feet, with a medium build with some facial hair. He was wearing a straw hat, a waist-length jacket, a maroon plaid shirt and trousers.

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A video camera in the bank captured the man on film, police said.

Anyone with information may call Detective David Armstrong at 1-301-694-2100 or FBI Agent Lane Betts at 1-410-265-8080.

Baltimore man charged in counterfeit scheme


A Baltimore man has been charged in a counterfeit check scheme in which authorities believe five bogus checks totaling nearly $5,000 were cashed at Washington County banks during a two-hour period on Feb. 13.

Malachi Williams Jr., 52, was served with a criminal summons Saturday, said Cpl. Roy Harsh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Williams was not in custody at the Washington County Detention Center Monday night.

Williams was charged with five counts each of forgery, uttering (cashing), felony theft and obtaining goods, money through forgery; and one count each of theft/scheme and conspiracy theft/scheme, Harsh said.

Lawrence Mark Fearon, 35, of Bowie, Md., was charged with the same offenses. He was being held without bond at the detention center. He had previously been charged with violation of probation and was in jail when the new charges were lodged.

The scheme came to light on March 11 when several similar counterfeit checks were cashed in Allegany County, Md.

Fearon was initially charged with forgery on March 28 after he attempted to cash a counterfeit check at the Manufacturers and Traders Bank in Boonsboro, Harsh said.

The investigation was a cooperative effort by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Hagerstown City Police and the Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory.

Man charged after rig hits deputy's cruiser


The driver of a tractor-trailer whose rig pulled into the path of a Washington County Sheriff's deputy's cruiser early Monday was charged with failure to yield the right of way.

Dennis Ray Bailey, 49, of Grantsville, W.Va., was treated at Washington County Hospital and released later Monday as was his wife, Kathy, 44, who was asleep in the sleeper compartment at the time of the 1:35 a.m. accident on Md. 63 at Interstate 70.

Deputy Jay Mills was injured when his northbound cruiser hit the rear wheels of the tractor-trailer as it pulled onto Md. 63 from the interstate ramp, according to Lt. Randy Wilkinson of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Mills was also treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

The tractor-trailer overturned and came to rest in the northbound lane. Mills was wearing his seat belt, Wilkinson said.

Mills was in the area investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle near Greencastle Pike when the accident occurred.

The road was briefly closed while the rig was hauled away, police said.

Fuel spilled on I-70 is diverted from creek


HANCOCK - Quick action by emergency personnel diverted a 100- to 150-gallon diesel fuel spill from getting into Licking Creek off Interstate 70 Monday morning.

John Bentley, chief of the Washington County Special Operations team, said a truck traveling on I-70 at around 8 a.m. hit a piece of metal that ruptured the rig's saddle tanks.

Because the spill was near drainage pipes along I-70, barriers were erected to keep the fuel from contaminating the creek, Bentley said. The effort was successful and the fuel was absorbed and hauled away.

Man robbed at gunpoint at his Frederick home


FREDERICK, Md. - The robbery of a man at gunpoint in his South Street home Monday afternoon was being investigated by Frederick City Police.

The 43-year-old victim said two men came in through an unlocked back door at 1:20 p.m., displayed handguns and ordered him to give them his money, police said.

After getting the money, the two men left, getting into a white car, possibly a Honda, which had been parked on McMurry Street.

One robber was described as black, with a stocky build, dark complexion, 20-25 years old, and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The second man was described as black, with a thinner build, light complexion, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, 20-25 years old, and wearing a gray top with the hood up and blue jeans.

Anyone with information may call Detective Robert Marker at 1-301-694-2100.

Police make 20 arrests at campground in Pa.


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police arrested 20 people Sunday night while investigating a noise complaint at a campground in Peters Township, Pa.

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