Police log for 9/18

September 18, 2002

Police investigating armed robbery

Hagerstown City Police were investigating an early Tuesday morning armed robbery downtown in which the victim received several wounds from a knife wielded by one of two attackers.

The victim, a 27-year-old man, said he was walking at the rear of the first block of East Washington Street shortly after 1 a.m. when he saw two men walking toward him, police said.

One man grabbed the victim and held a knife to his throat, police said. As he struggled, the victim was cut several times and beaten around the head and body. He was left unconscious, police said.

Personal items and some cash were taken from the victim.

Both suspects were described as young black men, police said. The man with the knife was wearing a white "Phat Farm" T-shirt, police said.


The victim was treated and released at Washington County Hospital.

Computer failure causes fire at home

BOONSBORO - Thomas Derr and his friend, Zak Kennedy, of Boonsboro, were on their way from Derr's home in Middletown at 2:11 p.m. Tuesday when they spotted smoke coming from a home at 6418 Old National Pike.

"We thought maybe someone was just burning leaves but then we saw a man with a hose trying to put water on the house," Kennedy, 22, said. The two stopped and went back.

Derr, 21, said he called 911 as Kennedy tried to see if anybody was inside the house. But the doors were locked.

"We couldn't get in ... there was too much smoke," Derr said.

Deputy Boonsboro Fire Chief Troy Lloyd said the basement of the 11/2-story brick and frame bungalow owned by Raymond and Jodi Leaman was heavily damaged.

Damage was estimated at $30,000.

The cause of the smoky fire has been determined to be electrical, caused by the failure of the central processing unit of a home computer in a basement office, said Maryland State Fire Marshals Jamie Rodeheaver and Ryan Chapman.

The occupants weren't home at the time of the fire.

Man injured when hit by car on Locust Street

A man was injured Tuesday afternoon when he hung on to a car containing his ex-girlfriend and their child as the vehicle pulled away from the curb in the 200 block of North Locust Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

Billy Jo Beatty, 27, of 37 E. Baltimore St., Apt. 3, Hagerstown, was listed in good condition Tuesday night at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md., a nursing supervisor said.

Police said Beatty was waiting for his ex-girlfriend to leave her aunt's house with the child. After the child was placed in the rear of the vehicle, police said, Beatty grabbed the door and refused to relinquish his grip.

The vehicle started to pull away and traveled 20 to 30 feet when Beatty let go and his own momentum caused him to roll onto the pavement in the 4:49 p.m. accident, police said.

He was taken by Community Rescue Service to the Hagerstown Fairgrounds where he was picked up by a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter and flown to Cumberland Memorial Hospital, which has a trauma center.

Ambulance hit by minivan on Md. 26

FREDERICK, Md. - An ambulance en route to a medical emergency call Tuesday morning in the Wormans Mill development was hit by a mini-van at the intersection of Md. 26 and Monocacy Boulevard, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

All occupants of both vehicles were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment. All were released, according to deputies who were investigating the 7 a.m. accident.

Deputies said the ambulance was running with lights and siren activated when it entered the intersection and was struck by the 1993 Plymouth Voyager driven by Jay Whiteside, 38, of 11927 Main St., Libertytown, Md. Deputies said she had one passenger in her van.

The ambulance was driven by Timothy Wayne Shelton and staffed by two people from Station 2 in Frederick.

Allegheny warns about impostor employees

Impostors pretending to be Allegheny Power employees or contractors have surfaced in portions of the company's service area in recent weeks, prompting an alert to customers.

Spokesman Allen Staggers said there had been several incidents in Frederick County, Md., and a couple in nearby Pennsylvania.

All Allegheny Power employees carry the same type of company photo identification card and will show it to any customer on request, said Jim Haney, vice president of customer relations.

Customers who are uncertain may call the company at 800-255-3443 at any time.

Haney said most cases don't require an Allegheny employee to enter a home but customers are cautioned not to let anyone into their homes without confirmation of identity.

Remington rifle stolen from parked car in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A rifle was stolen from a car parked outside of a Chambersburg bar Tuesday morning, Chambersburg Police said.

Police said Robert Rockwell, of 6340 Nugget Way, St. Thomas, Pa., noticed the rifle was missing from his car parked at the Cabbage Patch, 460 Grant St., at 1:30 a.m.

The rifle is a Remington model 700 ADL in a black case, police said.

Anyone with information may call Chambersburg Police at 717-264-4131.

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