Police log for 1/8

January 08, 2003

City man faces armed robbery charges

Hagerstown City Police on Tuesday took a Hagerstown man into custody in connection with a Dec. 30 armed robbery in the first block of East Franklin Street.

Charles Wayne Mason Jr., 27, of 654 N. Prospect St., Apt. 5, was charged with one count each of armed robbery, robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, second-degree assault and misdemeanor theft, said City Police Detective Tammy Miller.

Mason was being held on $75,000 bond Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said.

The 17-year-old victim told police he was walking with a friend between 8:30 and 9 p.m. when a man stepped out from between two buildings, pressed a sharp object into his back and demanded money, Miller said.

The teenager told police he took $220 from his pocket and gave it to the man who then told the victim and his friend to walk away, Miller said. The pair walked to Hagerstown's Public Square, called a cab and reported the crime to police.


Man jailed on child abuse, assault charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Based on a complaint by the parents of a 12-year-old girl, a man who has been handing out religious material at local shopping centers faces child abuse allegations.

Edward Michael Yarmac, 59, of no fixed address, was charged with one count each of child abuse, second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense, Frederick City Police said Tuesday.

Yarmac was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. at the Wal-Mart on Md. 85 by Sgt. Bruce Degrange and Det. John Lammers.

Taken to the Frederick County Central Booking Unit, Yarmac was still awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner late Tuesday.

Staff of the Frederick County Department of Social Services joined with police in the investigation, which began Jan. 2.

Water levels are hazardous on Potomac

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Thursday because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Tuesday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Paw Paw, W.Va., downstream to Little Falls because of recent precipitation, a natural resources police news release said.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white-water paddlers.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life threatening situation because of hypothermia wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

Cars vandalized at Ranson used car lots

RANSON, W.Va. - A vandalism spree continued in Ranson Monday night when rocks were used to smash car windows and bodies at two car lots in town, a Ranson police official said Tuesday.

The vandalism incidents occurred at Don's Used Cars and Jefferson Auto Sales, both along Mildred Street, Capt. Mickey Ballenger said.

Door windows and at least one windshield was broken in the incidents, Ballenger said.

There have been about six similar incidents since Jan. 1, Ballenger said.

In December, police said there had been 21 cases of vandalism since October, resulting in about $9,100 in damage.

Most of those vandalism cases involved smashing windows on cars and businesses, Ballenger said.

Man, cow escape injury after crash on Pa. 316

QUINCY, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man and the cow his vehicle hit on a Quincy Township roadway early Tuesday were not injured, Pennsylvania State Police said.

J. Thomassen, 750 Cumberland Ave., was southbound on Pa. 316 in a 1987 Pontiac at 12:15 a.m. when the car struck a cow on the roadway, police said.

The car sustained severe damage but the cow was not hurt and was returned to pasture by its owner, police said.

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