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February 10, 2003

Would-be robber quits before attempt

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A gunman who tried to steal money from a drug store Saturday morning aborted the robbery and took off, Martinsburg Police said.

The man walked into the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Winchester Avenue about 9 a.m. holding a gun, police said. The store manager saw the gun and called out to employees in another part of the store. Hearing this, the man quickly left the store and rode off on a black bicycle.

Police described the gunman as a thin black man, about 40 years old. He was wearing blue sweat pants, a light green hooded jacket and sneakers.

Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to call 1-304-264-2100.

Stabbing victim listed in good condition

FREDERICK, Md. - A 26-year-old man who was stabbed in the chest was listed in good condition Saturday night at Frederick Memorial Hospital.


Anthony W. Talbot, of E. 4th St., Frederick, was stabbed inside a residence on the 7100 block of Cypress Court Friday night after four people forced their way in, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department reported.

The incident was a continuation of a dispute earlier in the evening, witnesses told police.

Sheriff's Department to pass out car seat info

The Washington County Sheriff's Department will be at Valley Mall on Saturday as part of National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week, which begins today.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., deputies at the mall will pass out information about new child safety laws in Maryland.

On Oct. 1, a state law will take effect mandating that all passengers under age 6 in Maryland-registered vehicles ride in federally approved child seats, including infant seats and booster seats, the Sheriff's Department said.

Parents seeking more information about child safety can call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats at 1-800-370-SEAT or visit

Shotgun, coins among items reported stolen

The following incidents were reported earlier this week to the Washington County Sheriff's Department:

  • A shotgun worth $150 was reported stolen at 4 p.m. Wednesday from a home in the 4100 block of Trego Mountain Road south of Boonsboro. A door had been pried open and the home ransacked.

  • Coins were reported stolen at 10 p.m. Wednesday from a home in the 14200 block of MacFee Road in Cascade. The home had been broken into and ransacked.

  • A bed liner worth $300 was reported stolen from a 1991 Chevy pickup in the 17500 block of Virginia Avenue at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

  • A window was reported shot out of a truck tractor at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The tractor was at Yellow Freight Systems, 11408 Stottler Road off Halfway Boulevard. Damage was estimated at $200.

  • Guns and jewelry were reported stolen at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from a home in the 16900 block of Sprecher Road.

  • An X Box game console with two controllers, six X Box games, a Philips compact disc player, 11 compact discs, and 20 DVDs worth a total of $1,000 were reported stolen at 6 p.m. Thursday from a room at the Motel 6, 11321 Massey Blvd.

W.Va. State Police plan two safety campaigns

West Virginia State Police said they are participating in two safety campaigns this month.

Next week is Child Passenger Safety Week, a national program to increase awareness for proper child restraint seats.

The "Click It or Ticket" campaign is running through Feb. 15.

State police hope to improve West Virginia's rate of seat belt use, which rose from about 58 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2002.

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