Police log for 9/10

September 10, 2002

Man found in stairwell in critical condition

A Hagerstown man found at the bottom of a stairwell in the North Potomac Street parking deck Monday around 9 a.m. was in critical condition Monday night at Washington County Hospital.

"The man has head injuries but it looks like it was from a fall ... there was no indication of foul play," said Lt. Rick Johnson of the Hagerstown City Police.

Johnson said William Dean Chambers, 67, no fixed address, was last seen about a half hour earlier by Officer Tim Rossiter.

"The officer noted that Chambers had a plastic hospital wristband on when he saw him at 8:30 a.m.," Johnson said.

Area woman remains hospitalized after crash

HALFWAY - A woman remained hospitalized in fair condition Monday following a head-on collision of two vehicles at Halfway and Massey boulevards Sunday afternoon, a nursing supervisor said.


A van driven by Stephanie Anderson, no age available, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., was turning east on to Halfway Boulevard and cut off a pickup truck driven by William Harnish, said Deputy 1st Class Tom Routzahn of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Harnish, 42, of Broadfording Road, was unable to stop and the vehicles collided at 1:38 p.m., he said.

Harnish's passenger, Debra Sue Harnish, 41, also of Broadfording Road, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Anderson was cited for failure to yield the right of way, police said.

Man faces number of forgery, theft charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Days after a Westminster, Md., man was charged with stealing money from his employer to finance a gambling addiction, the Maryland Lottery number played regularly by the suspect reportedly hit big - in excess of $85,000.

David Allen Martin Sr., no age available, of 3405 N. Pine Circle, was the subject of an investigation by the Frederick County Sheriff's Department into a theft/scheme at the used car dealership where he worked.

In a press release dated Monday, Detective Chuck Jenkins said he charged Martin with 67 criminal counts including forgery, uttering a false document, theft and theft/scheme.

Jenkins said he learned that several days after Martin had allegedly cashed the last stolen check for lottery tickets at a local deli, the manager noted that the numbers he played almost daily had hit and would have paid off in excess of $85,000.

Beginning in mid-May, checks were taken from the company safe, the dealership owner's name was forged and the checks were cashed, police alleged.

The 22 checks passed during the next two months totaled more than $15,000, police said. They ranged in amount from $200 to $2,200, police said.

Theft at Best Buy may be related to others

FREDERICK, Md. - An $18,336 burglary/theft at the Best Buy Store on Guilford Drive last week may be related to a series of similar crimes at nine stores in the electronic/computer chain along the East Coast since mid-January, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

The Sept. 3 incident in Frederick triggered the store alarm but when deputies arrived within minutes, the suspects had already gone.

Taken were digital cameras and other related digital electronics, police said. Entry had been made by more than one thief through a rear bay door, according to police.

Cops investigating vandalism complaints

Hagerstown City Police are investigating vandalism to vehicles parked along Salem Avenue late Sunday.

Although no police reports were available Monday, Sgt. Mark Renner said officers working the midnight to 8 a.m. shift spoke with a number of victims early Monday. He said the vehicles' windows had been targeted.

Deputies investigating thefts, vandalism

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating several incidents reported over the past three days.

n The door frame of a home in the 100 block of Potomac Street in Boonsboro was damaged during an attempted breaking and entering, police said.

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