cops - robbery, warrant, river mailboxes

April 30, 2002

Men who robbed taxi driver still at large

Two men, including one with a gun, robbed a taxi driver in downtown Hagerstown Monday morning, police said.

Hagerstown Police said the driver works for Miller Transportation, a taxi service.

While sitting in his taxi at the back of 44 S. Potomac St. just before 3 a.m., the driver was approached by a white man and a black man, police said.

The white man displayed a handgun and told the driver that they were robbing the driver.

The robbers made the driver get out of the cab, stole money from the cab and ran away, police said.

The driver was not injured.

The white man was described as in his late teens or early 20s, 5 feet, 9 inches, weighing 160 pounds, and wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, blue jeans and a red shirt with white letters.

There was no description of the black man.


Hagerstown Police have asked anyone with information about the robbery to call them at 301-790-3700.

City man charged in exposure fails to appear

A bench warrant was issued Monday for a Hagerstown man accused of exposing himself in traffic on Interstate 70 last September.

Michael Shayne Brown of 1845B Abbey Lane did not appear for a court date in Washington County Circuit Court, so a warrant was issued, said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell.

In September, a Warfordsburg, Pa., woman driving on Interstate 70 near Clear Spring told police that a man in a car pulled up beside her and pointed at his exposed genitals.

Police tracked the car to the Londontowne subdivision. Brown tried to drive away, then jumped out of his moving car and ran, police said. The car hit an Allegheny Power electric transformer.

Police arrested Brown about 30 minutes later.

Brown was charged with indecent exposure, malicious destruction of property and traffic violations.

Mailboxes destroyed in area neighborhoods

Numerous mailboxes were destroyed last week in the Fountain Head and Spring Valley areas north of Hagerstown, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Investigator Chris Weaver said "a bunch" of vandalized mailboxes were reported on Friday.

Someone reported seeing a suspicious dark minivan in the area, Weaver said.

Change container stolen from health club

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Someone broke into an Antrim Township, Pa., health club and stole a change container Sunday night, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The glass door of Sports Inn Racquet and Health Club at 50 Pine Drive was smashed with a blunt instrument between 8 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday, police said.

Once inside, the intruder kicked open the office door and removed from a desk a small plastic container that held about $20 in change, police said.

Damage to the health club was estimated at $450, police said.

Cops looking for man who threw punches

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were looking for the person who beat up a Columbus, Ohio, man Sunday afternoon for making a hand gesture.

Kenneth A. Blanchard, 19, of Columbus, Ohio, told police a man with red hair and a red goatee driving a purple Ford Probe punched him in the face four or five times after he gave him a hand gesture near Pa. 997 and Pa. 696 in Greene Township, Pa.

Boy accused of taking money from other teens

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police charged a 16-year-old male with robbery after money was forcibly taken from two other teenagers Saturday.

The 16-year-old took about $10 from a 14-year-old and 17-year-old on South Second Street at around 6 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Vandals smash glass, burglarize businesses

FREDERICK - The owners of three businesses in the 5300 block of New Design Road reported burglaries overnight Sunday or early Monday, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

In each case, a large rock was thrown through the front glass door of the business and the cash register and cash were taken.

The victims were Toppings Pizza Co., Eastern Chinese Restaurant and Gorgeous Nails, all in the Kingsbrook Shopping Center, deputies said.

Police say teens threw rocks at cars

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Hagerstown boys were caught throwing rocks at vehicles on Interstate 81 in Antrim Township on Saturday morning, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Police said the boys, ages 16 and 17, stood on the U.S. 11 bridge and threw rocks at vehicles passing by on the interstate.

A North Carolina man called police after his tractor-trailer was hit by rocks at about 6 a.m., police said.

Pedestrian hit trying to cross Interstate 70

FREDERICK - A man who attempted to walk across all lanes of Interstate 70 east of Md. 355 Monday afternoon was hit by a 1989 Chevrolet Blazer but suffered only minor injuries.

John Larkin Carter, 43, no fixed address, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital shortly after the 2:06 p.m. incident. He was treated and released, hospital officials said.

Maryland State Police said evidence at the scene made it clear that Tina Marie Baker, 23, of 6 Fruitwood Trail, Fairfield, Pa., made every effort to avoid hitting Carter.

Trooper 1st Class William Long attributed the accident to pedestrian error.

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