Police Log 5/2

May 03, 2002

Pa. police seeking help on 2001 robbery of convenience store

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Franklin County Crime Solvers is offering a reward for information on the robbery of a St. Thomas Township convenience store last year.

Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate the March 6, 2001, robbery at Unimart at 7391 Lincoln Way West.

The robbers handed the store clerk a note at 2:30 a.m. and demanded money. They fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

They are described as white males with brown hair, about 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. One man was wearing a dark ski jacket while the other had on a tan canvas jacket, police said.

Information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people involved may result in a reward of up to $2,000.

Franklin County Crime Solvers can be reached at 717-263-3000.

Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

Trooper charged in March 26 crash on Sharpsburg Pike

The investigation into a March 26 Sharpsburg Pike accident involving a Maryland State Police cruiser and a pickup truck has been completed, said Lt. Greg Johnston.

Trooper Christopher Roy was charged with failure to yield the right of way in the accident, Johnston said.

Roy was released from Washington County Hospital after treatment for his injuries, police said. The 1997 cruiser driven by Roy, an off-duty trooper from the Westminster barracks, was a total loss as a result of the 5 p.m. incident, police said.

Roy was trying to turn left onto the ramp to westbound Interstate 70 when his cruiser and a pickup truck driven by Stephen Goldbeck, 22, of Frederick, collided.

Goldbeck wasn't injured.

Johnston said Thursday the part of the investigation involving possible disciplinary action against Roy was still open.

TV, VCRs and guns stolen in Bakersville Road break-in

Maryland State Police were investigating a burglary in the 17000 block of Bakersville Road Wednesday night where a large amount of property was taken, including two guns.

The crime was discovered around 7:30 p.m. by the homeowner who told Trooper 1st Class Cody Miller that a side door had been pried open.

Taken were a .22-caliber Marlin rifle and a .38-caliber handgun, described as an old Navy weapon collector's item; a 27-inch Toshiba television, two VCRs and a Lawn Boy lawnmower.

Man hit by car on Virginia Avenue released from hospital

A man who walked between two parked vehicles into the path of a car in the 700 block of Virginia Avenue Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. was released from the hospital Thursday, officials at Washington County Hospital said.

Howard Carlton Pettit, 43, of 267 S. Prospect St., was taken to the hospital by Community Rescue Service personnel after he was initially checked out by a Williamsport ambulance crew that was traveling through the area.

No charges were placed in the accident, police said.

Martinsburg, W.Va., men enter guilty pleas on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg men entered guilty pleas in drug cases Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg before Judge Craig Broadwater, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

Wallace Clayton Kackley, 36, of 700 N. High St., pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine. Facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, Kackley will be sentenced on July 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Roman Brown, 23, of 320C Pendleton Drive, entered two guilty pleas, one for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, and the other for carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Brown could be facing up to 25 years in prison for the two crimes, Johnston said.

Both cases were investigated last August by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Mucklow.

Man jailed after stepchildren allege they were abused

A Leitersburg man was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on 10 counts of sex abuse charges after his stepchildren alleged they were abused.

Maryland State Police said Thursday the 21-year-old man was charged with child abuse, second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense, contributing to the condition of a child, sodomy and unnatural and perverted sex acts.

He was being held on $20,000 bond.

Police said that on April 26 the children's mother noticed her 7- and 8-year-old sons were behaving inappropriately.

When questioned about it, the boys said they learned the behavior from their stepfather who watched them while she was at work, police said.

The mother reported the behavior to police. The man had been married to the mother for more than a year and has lived with the family for nearly three years, police said.

Vehicles vandalized in Iris Court area, Hagerstown Police say

At least six vehicles in the Iris Court area were vandalized overnight, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said the vehicle windows were smashed and items inside the vehicles were stolen.

Girl hurt when she rides bike into path of Ford Explorer

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