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Police Log 5/23

May 23, 2002

Police release drawing of F&MBank robber


A teller at the F&M Bank at Fountainhead Plaza worked with a local artist Wednesday to create a composite of the man who held up the bank Tuesday afternoon, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

"She also revised her description of the man, now saying he was probably more like 5 feet 8 or (5 feet) 10 inches tall," said Investigator Roy Harsh.

The robber went into the bank at 12:38 p.m. implying he had a weapon, although no weapon was displayed

After leaving the bank, the man was believed to have fled on foot toward the west side of the plaza. K-9 units from state and county police were unable to track the robber for any distance, leading investigators to believe the he had a vehicle waiting in the area, police said.

The robber was further described as black, weighing 180 pounds, with a stocky build and an unshaven face. He was wearing a baseball-style cap and glasses or sunglasses.

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He also was wearing a black or dark chocolate brown jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers or walking shoes.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the robber may contact Harsh at 301-791-3300, ext 117; FBI Agent Bob Sidow at 1-301-644-3455; or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

- Marlo Barnhart

City Police investigating assault of teen at park


Hagerstown City Police were investigating a reported assault of a teenage girl at the Hagerstown Pony League field in Funkhouser Park Wednesday evening at around 7:30 p.m.

The girl was taken to Washington County Hospital by Community Rescue Service, according to rescue officials.

Officer Brad Helman was investigating the incident but was unavailable Wednesday night with any details.

Teenagers charged in burglary of home


SMITHSBURG - Two teenagers were charged with the daytime burglary Tuesday of a Smithsburg home, Smithsburg Police said.

One of the juveniles allegedly stood as lookout while the other entered the Amanda Drive home and removed a Sony Playstation, police said.

Officer Michael Neuland interviewed neighborhood residents and Tuesday night charged the 15-year-old and 16-year-old with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, theft over $500 and conspiracy to commit burglary, police said.

The videogame was recovered, police said.

Tires and wheels taken from car at dealership


The Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating the following crimes, which were reported Tuesday:

- Four tires and wheels were reported stolen from a 2002 Mazda Millenia at Sharrett Inc., 1333 Dual Highway. The equipment was valued at $2,500 and damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,000.

- Scaffolding valued at $1,200 was reported missing from the Washington County Rubble Landfill at 11112 Kemps Mill Road.

- Five vehicles were vandalized at Tony's Auto Wholesale near Maugansville. Damage was estimated at $850.

- A cell phone and $20 in cash were reported missing from a car parked at TFX Marine Inc., at 101 Western Maryland Parkway.

No injuries reported in three-car crash


HALFWAY - A three-vehicle collision in the 17300 block of Virginia Avenue Wednesday afternoon caused minor to moderate damage and no injuries, said Halfway Fire Chief Jeff Ringer.

The 4:24 p.m. accident was being investigated by Maryland State Police.

Cashiers cited for selling beer to minors


MARTINSBURG, W.Va., - Cashiers at three Martinsburg businesses were cited Wednesday for selling beer to underage customers, Martinsburg City Police said.

Sunny's One-Stop at 1203 N. Queen St., The Olde Berkeley News Stand at 105 N. Queen St., and the H-Mart at 601 Winchester Ave. were cited as a result of an investigation by Inspector Dennis Payne of the West Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

River advisory issued for Potomac River


Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Thursday because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Wednesday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland and at Paw Paw, Springfield and Harpers Ferry, and the Shenandoah at Millville because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

Pa. man injured when car strike utility pole


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man suffered minor injuries Tuesday night when his car struck a utility pole, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Donald Lee Topper, 50, was entering a turn just west of 2148 Leafmore Road in Chambersburg at 8:20 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, police said.

The 1989 Dodge Daytona struck an Allegheny Power pole.

Topper was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Highway closed after tractor-trailer hits pole


SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - No one was hurt Wednesday evening when a tractor-trailer crashed into a utility pole on W.Va. 9 but traffic was tied up for hours.

The accident occurred at 6:42 p.m., according to a spokesman at the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Communications.

As of 10:30 p.m., the road was still closed as the wreckage was being removed.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department was handling the incident.

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