Police log for 12/24

December 24, 2002

Missing Hagerstown girl turns up during search

Law enforcement agencies used a helicopter and two bloodhounds Monday night to search for a missing 8-year-old Hagerstown girl, but the search was called off when she returned to her home, City Police Sgt. Jim Robinson said.

The girl was last seen at her house in the 100 block of West Antietam Street at about 7:30 p.m., Robinson said.

She returned to her house about 11 p.m., he said.

Robinson said he did not immediately know where she had been for the three hours she was missing.

The search was more urgent than some in the past since the missing girl was young and was not dressed for cold weather, he said.

The police asked for and received assistance with the search from the Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department, he said.


Bloodhounds from the Sheriff's Department and state police and a state police helicopter were used in the area of the girl's house and around City Park, Robinson said.

About 12 police officers also searched for her, he said.

City police seek man charged in fatal shooting

Hagerstown City Police were still seeking information Monday on the whereabouts of a man charged with a fatal shooting.

Karim Ali Ward was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and carrying a handgun in the Dec. 14 shooting death of Carl Anthony Wallace, police said.

Wallace, 28, of Asbury Park, N.J., died of multiple gunshot wounds in the Jonathan Street shooting.

Ward, 27, of 1725 Springhouse Court, is described as a black male standing between 6 feet and 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with medium complexion and shoulder-length hair in braids. He was wearing dark clothing, including a puffy jacket and possibly a vest.

A photograph of Ward, his description and information about the crime was included on the Dec. 21 episode of "America's Most Wanted" on Fox Network Channel 5.

"We've received some tips but nothing that's leading to an apprehension," Lt. Rick Johnson of the Hagerstown Police Department said Monday.

Anyone with information may call police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

CD player, lawn decorations stolen

The Washington County Sheriff's Department Monday was investigating the following crimes that occurred over the weekend, Sgt. Mark Knight said:

  • A compact disc player worth about $150 was reported stolen from a 1993 Volkswagen parked at 10900 Allen Ave. in Halfway at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

  • About $1,400 worth of lawn decorations at 12923 St. Paul Road in Clear Spring were reported destroyed at 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

  • The breaking and entering of a home at 14113 Zinnia Lane in Hagerstown was reported at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Nothing appeared to have been taken from the home.

  • The window of a 2001 Ford Mustang parked at Valley Mall in Hagerstown was reported broken at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Damages were estimated at $300.

  • The rear window of a Ford Tempo parked at 20735 Beaver Creek Road in Hagerstown was reported smashed at 8 a.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $250.

  • The window of a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu parked at 25 E. Baltimore St. in Funkstown was reported damaged at 9 a.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $230.

  • Jewelry and cash were reported stolen from a purse at the Washington County Health Department on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. A white gold ring worth $250, a white gold necklace worth $160 and $190 in cash were missing from the purse.

  • A Nissan 300ZX parked at 20865 Emerald Drive in Hagerstown was reported broken into and about $2,500 worth of items stolen at 5 p.m. Sunday. Two boost gauges with a controller, a cell flashlight, computer chip and gift certificate for an oil change were missing from the car.

Clothes stolen from washing machine

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman's laundry was stolen from a Chambersburg laundromat Saturday while she ran errands, Chambersburg Police said.

Joanna Misenko, of 793 Meadowbrook Drive, Chambersburg, told police she left her laundry in a washing machine at Laundry Quarters, 959 Wayne Ave., while she ran errands nearby.

When she returned at 3:15 p.m., she discovered her clothes had been taken, police said.

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