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January 06, 2003

Man charged with driving and drug violations



FREDERICK, Md. - A 20-year-old Frederick, Md., man is facing charges after the vehicle he was driving was involved in an accident Saturday night while he was stopped at a stop sign, the Frederick Police Department reported.

Police said Anthony Michael Casertano was charged with possession of a suspended license, driving while suspended and possession of marijuana.

Police said the accident happened at the intersection of South McCain Drive and Danberry Drive and involved Casertano's vehicle and two others.

Hisham Hassan Elbasha of Frederick was driving a Toyota south on McCain when Allison Ottey, also of Frederick, was heading north on McCain and turned left into the path of Elbasha. Casertano's car was struck as a result of that accident, police said.

Elbasha was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with an head injury, police said.




Stolen vehicle may be linked to armed robbery at bank



Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said a stolen vehicle recovered Saturday may be linked to an armed robbery Friday at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Fountain Head Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Investigators returned to the scene of the robbery Saturday and contacted owners of surrounding businesses for information.

A check on a car that was parked in an employee lot with expired tags revealed the car had been reported stolen, police said. The vehicle, a tan, four-door 1985 Mercury Marquis, was reported stolen Friday afternoon from a storage lot at 550 Burhans Blvd.

The vehicle was taken to the state police barrack for processing.

Anyone with information should contact Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101, Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141 or FBI Investigator Bob Sidow at 301-663-3469.




Maryland State Police cancel Snow Emergency Plan



Maryland State Police in Hagerstown have canceled the Snow Emergency Plan that was put in effect Friday.

The plan was lifted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

While the emergency plan has been canceled, police said it does not mean all roads are clear of snow and ice. County and municipal roads, which are not part of the state Snow Emergency Route System, may still be snow- or ice-covered.

State roads also may be slippery in some areas, police said.

Police are asking citizens to drive cautiously and to call 1-800-327-3125, not the police, for road conditions.




Police warn against recreational use of Potomac



The Maryland Natural Resources Police said Saturday that boating and other recreational uses of the Potomac River from Cumberland, Md., to Little Falls, including creeks and streams, should be avoided through Monday because it is hazardous.

The decision was based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

Hazardous stages are those levels which, because of the threat of hypothermia, wave action or treacherous currents, may cause life-threatening situations.

The warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.

For more information on river conditions, call the National Weather Service at 703-260-0305.

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