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Police Log 5/17

May 17, 2002

Robber hits shoe store in city shopping center


A man robbed the Super Shoe Store in the Ames Shopping Center of an undetermined amount of money around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, then fled west, Hagerstown City Police said.

Sgt. Steve Bussard said the incident is being considered an armed robbery since a weapon was implied even though no weapon was displayed.

The man was described as white, 25-30 years old, wearing a short, light-colored shirt and a hat, Bussard said.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the robber is urged to call police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Man who assaulted women still at large


Investigations into two downtown Hagerstown sex offenses have merged into one after both victims identified the same computer-generated drawing as resembling their attacker, Hagerstown City Police said Thursday.

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The first incident occurred at 4:05 p.m. on Friday, March 1, as the victim walked from the rear of the Grand Piano building to the North Potomac Street parking deck. As she got to the southwest staircase, a man offered to open the door for her as she was carrying several bags.

"As he approached her, he grabbed her left breast and then he reached behind her, grabbing her crotch and buttocks while she stood there in shock," said Detective Shane Blankenship.

The man then walked away and fled north on Potomac Street.

The second incident was on Sunday, April 14, at 4:25 p.m. That victim was walking in the alley beside The Plum Restaurant when the assailant pinned her against a wall in the alley and began fondling her breasts while mumbling something she couldn't understand, Blankenship said.

"She was able to push the suspect away from her and ran toward the Hagerstown Public Square to get help," Blankenship said.

In an effort to further the investigation into the April 14 case which he was investigating, Blankenship arranged for the victim to help create a computer-generated drawing of the suspect.

She did and when Blankenship showed the drawing to the victim in the March incident, she said "that's him."

Both women had described the man as black, in his 30s, 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-9 inches tall, 160-180 pounds, short hair, no facial hair. He was wearing a blue uniform jacket with some type of white emblem on it, Blankenship said.

Anyone with any information on the man is urged to call police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Live grenade removed from West End home


A live World War I grenade was safely removed from a West End home Thursday morning and exploded at the Hagerstown City Police firing range east of town.

"There was a considerable explosion," said Allen Gosnell, spokesman for the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. "The device was destroyed."

A kitchen remodeling project unearthed the device which had somehow been embedded under a sink in a home in the 100 block of Summer Street, Gosnell said.

Hagerstown fire and police personnel responded to the 11 a.m. call as did Bruce Shafer, a deputy state fire marshal, Gosnell said.

"Fire Marshal Shafer secured the device in a special container in his vehicle and drove it out to the firing range," Gosnell said. There, the Smithsburg Fire Department stood by while the device was exploded.

For safety reasons, Gosnell said he personally didn't get a close look at the device but it was described to him as small enough to fit into the hand.

World War I ended in 1918 - 84 years ago.

Man charged with unlawful restraint


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Greencastle man was charged with unlawful restraint and terroristic threats following an argument Wednesday night, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The man allegedly forced a woman into a vehicle during a domestic argument and threatened her in an effort to get money from her, police said.

Police located Glenn Gorman, 14398 Greenview Drive, a short time later at another Greencastle residence.

He was arraigned by District Justice Gary Carter and put in Franklin County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail. He was still in the prison Thursday, according to a corrections officer.

Pa. boy, 10, allegedly assaults his teacher


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police filed a juvenile petition against a 10-year-old after he allegedly assaulted his teacher.

Police said the male student physically assaulted teacher Maribeth Andrews at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at Andrew Buchanan Elementary School, 730 E. Washington St.

The boy was turned over to his parents and charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct were filed, police said.

Police did not provide further details.

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