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Police log for 9/26

September 26, 2002

Man charged with child abuse sought by police



Hagerstown City Police have an arrest warrant for Berry Lee Chaney Jr., who is wanted on one count each of child abuse, contributing to the condition of a child, third-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, second-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense.

Chaney, 35, is 5 feet, 11inches tall, 170 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. His last known address was 945 Chestnut St., police said.

The warrant was issued Sept. 19, police said.




Man faces charges in tanning salon robbery



FREDERICK, Md. - A man suspected in the Sept. 19 robbery at a beach tanning salon was arrested in Braddock Heights, Md., Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., Frederick City Police said.

Craig Patrick Marsh, 20, no fixed address, was being held Wednesday night at police headquarters awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

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Charges included armed robbery, robbery, theft, first- and second-degree assault, police said.

The apprehension came as a result of cooperation between city police and Maryland State Police and their K-9 unit.

The incident last Thursday occurred at 11:30 a.m. when a man claiming to have a weapon in his jacket robbed a female clerk at a tanning salon in the Westridge Square Shopping Center in Frederick. The man got the money from the cash register, police said.




Fire official blames hot tractor as cause of fire



MAUGANSVILLE - A lawn tractor that was pulled into a shed Tuesday night after being used has been blamed for a fire that caused $5,000 damage at 18012 Showalter Road.

Allen Gosnell of the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said hot exhaust from the tractor ignited combustibles, including a gasoline storage container.

The owner of the shed that was destroyed is Gene Raby.

Fifteen Maugansville firefighters responded to the 6:38 p.m. fire.




Man charged with making harassing calls



FREDERICK, Md. - A man has been charged with making harassing telephone calls to employees in Winchester Hall in the past 11 months, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Steven Paul Flemming, age unknown, was arrested at his 9301 Bethel Road home. He was charged with four counts each of harassment and misuse of telephone. He was being held on $100,000 bond Wednesday night at the Frederick County Detention Center.

Employees told Detective Anthony Smothers and Deputy 1st Class Timothy Moore that repeated harassing, annoying and abusive calls had been made to several sections in the building.

The investigation revealed the calls were made between October 2001 and September 2002 and that one of the calls threatened bodily harm to an employee, deputies said.




Area residents warned about 'gram scam'



FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick police are warning residents about a telephone scam they're calling the "gram scam."

The scheme begins when the con artist calls an older woman on the telephone posing as her grandchild who needs money to get out of jail, police said. The person posing as the grandchild asks the victim not to tell his parents.

When the victim is contacted again and tells the caller that she has the money, the caller says a friend will pick up the money, which will be posted as bail, police said.

Frederick Police got wind of the scheme in August when police in Wayne, N.J., inquired about a victim in the Frederick area who had fallen prey to the New Jersey scam.

Anyone getting such a call may contact Detective John Lammers at 301-694-2126 or police in the area where the calls occurred.




Man faces charges in 1998 robbery of store



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was charged Wednesday in connection with a robbery at the Handi Shopper in Marlowe, W.Va., that happened nearly four years ago.

Darren Seibert, 23, of Broadfording Road in Hagerstown, was arraigned on a felony robbery charge Wednesday. He reportedly confessed to the Oct. 16, 1998, robbery about two weeks afterward, court records show. He has been incarcerated in Maryland on an unrelated charge since then, records show.

At the time of the robbery, Seibert was 19-years old. He allegedly walked into the store wearing a ski mask and had a gun, court records show. After the hold-up, he fled on foot on U.S. 11, and then may have gotten into a dark-colored Honda, according to a statement a witness gave police.

Seibert was being held without bail.

A conviction on a charge of aggravated robbery carries a sentence of a minimum 10 years in prison.




Man charged with setting porch on fire



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged Wednesday with setting a fire on the front porch of a city home last month, court records show.

Jack Lee George, 44, of East Martin Street, was charged with one felony count of first-degree arson. George told police and an arson investigator that he had set the Aug. 31 fire, after they found a pair of jeans in his apartment that smelled of gasoline, court records allege.

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