Police log for 4/3

April 03, 2003

Arts and crafts store near mall robbed

A man armed with what police believed was a toy gun pulled off a robbery at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store at 17225 Cole Road across from Valley Mall Wednesday night, slightly injuring a store employee in a struggle, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

The store clerk was taken to Washington County Hospital by Halfway Ambulance Co. personnel shortly after the 9 p.m. robbery, Deputy 1st Class Brad Creek said.

"We're not sure if the robber had a sharp weapon or if the employee was just injured during the struggle," Creek said.

The robber hid behind an inside door at the store and accosted the clerk when he entered the back room, deputies said.


Deputies and K-9 officers scoured the neighborhood looking for the robber who was described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing a dark ski mask and carrying a maroon backpack.

The robber also could be carrying a white money bag, deputies said.

Maryland State Police sent a helicopter to aid in the search. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., deputies checked a vacant home on Cole Road but did not find anyone inside, deputies said.

Police looking for man for court violation

Hagerstown City Police were on the lookout for Nicholas J. Covell, who is wanted for failing to appear in court last May on a theft charge.

Covell, 22, is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was 428 Mitchell Ave.

Police are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Covell to call police at 301-739-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Three sentenced on drug, firearms charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three people were sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge David Faber - two on drug offenses and one for a firearms violation.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston announced:

  • Michael William Ambrose, 26, of 318B Bernice Ave., Hedgesville, W.Va., was sentenced to serve five years and 10 months in prison for distribution of crack cocaine. Ambrose pleaded guilty to the August 2002 crime.

  • Michael Hess, 23, of 212 E. Burke St., Martinsburg, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for knowingly possessing and concealing a stolen Norinco rifle in March 2001.

    Both Ambrose and Hess will be on probation for three years once released from prison.

  • Charlene Lovone Shade, 42, of Hedgesville, was sentenced to 91/2 years in prison for possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs last August. She will be on probation for five years once she is released from custody.

Two local residents facing drug charges

Agents with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force charged two people Tuesday in connection with the illegal distribution of marijuana.

Nazeh Radi "John" Amad, 39, of 106 Brinker Drive, Apt. 2, was charged with one count each of attempt to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, agents said.

Sydney Jane Boward, 18, of 11549 Selema Drive, was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, agents said.

Agents on Tuesday evening confronted Amad at a site on Wilson Boulevard, according to Task Force Director Pete Lazich. Boward allegedly drove Amad to that location to make the drug deal, he said.

Both were released on personal recognizance through the Washington County District Court commissioner's office early Wednesday.

Tractor-trailer crash on I-70 investigated

Maryland State Police investigated an accident involving a tractor-trailer on westbound Interstate 70 Tuesday afternoon.

"My investigation revealed the tractor-trailer driver had swerved to avoid some wood that had fallen from a pickup truck when he hit a Ryder truck," said Trooper 1st Class Doug Bittinger.

The pickup truck was gone when Bittinger arrived at the scene of the 4:06 p.m. accident. The trooper said he found some of the wood that had fallen from the pickup along the road, confirming the trucker's story.

Three people in the Ryder truck were out of their vehicle when Bittinger arrived. They were taken to Washington County Hospital to be checked out for minor injuries.

Potomac River at hazardous levels

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

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

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.

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