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Police log for 4/17

April 17, 2003

Man sought for failing to appear in court


Hagerstown City Police were seeking help looking for Robert Lee Mitchell III, 29, of Hagerstown, who is being sought on a warrant for failing to appear in court last year.

Mitchell's last known address was 41 Charles St., police said. Mitchell was scheduled to appear in June 2002 for driving on a suspended license and violation of probation. He was on probation for a second-degree assault charge, police said.

Mitchell is described as 5 feet 7 inches, weighing 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information about Mitchell's whereabouts call detectives at 301-790-3700, ext. 234, or the Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141, where anonymous tips can be left.




Morning fire damages business near airport


FREDERICK, Md. - A Wednesday morning fire at 295 Bailes Lane near the airport caused $20,000 damage at Bramati Marble and Granite, which does business in a 30,000-square-foot metal-fabricated warehouse, Maryland State fire marshals said.

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The cause was determined to be an electrical failure or short circuit in the high voltage electrical system, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Arthur McGhee.

More than 20 pieces of fire and rescue equipment were dispatched at 7:54 a.m. from Independent, Junior, United, Citizens, Fort Detrick and Walkersville fire departments, Frederick County emergency operators said.

McGhee found that the sprinkler system didn't activate but employees used an internal hose system and a garden hose to control the fire until firefighters arrived.

Sgt. William Wiegel of Frederick County emergency services said the fire had been reported knocked down shortly after 8 a.m.




Armed robber remains at large


FREDERICK, Md. - A man who used a gun to threaten employees of the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Crestwood Boulevard Wednesday morning was still at large Wednesday night, according to Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

Beginning with a man entering the store to ask about an Easter card at 8:20 a.m., the incident suddenly escalated when the man displayed a a silver revolver and ordered the employees into the office, threatening to kill them if they didn't do what he said, deputies said.

According to Deputy Eric Byers, the man told the employees he had done this kind of thing before.

The man told one employee to tie up the other with telephone cords and then he tied up the other worker. The man left the store with cash.

He was described by the employees as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing baggy pants, a white T-shirt and a hat. He may have fled on foot in the area of New Design Road and Crestwood Boulevard.

Police ask that anyone with information call either 301-694-1046 or tip line at 301-644-4131.




Police seek men after reported altercation


Police are looking for a 1980s SUV and three men who might have threatened two teenagers and an adult with a knife and a gun Sunday night, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Police said that at about 9:20 p.m. a 17-year-old and his 15-year-old girlfriend were walking to the boy's father's vehicle at the Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard when two men began making comments about the girl.

The couple walked out to the parking lot, but came back inside to find the boy's father after the men threw liquid on the vehicle.

The men harassed the couple and the 47-year-old father exchanged words with the men, one of whom pulled out a utility knife and said, "If you want some of this, come outside," police said.

The men were joined by a third who had been pushing a shopping cart, and the three left in an SUV, police said. As they were leaving, one of them pulled out a silver or chrome pistol and told the father, "I will cap you," police said.

Police said all men were between 18 and 20 years old.

One man was described as white, about 6 feet tall, weighing 170 pounds, and had dark hair, police said. He wore a black hat with white writing on it, a black leather jacket and blue jeans, police said.

The second man was described as black, about 6 feet tall, and weighing 170 pounds. He was light-skinned, police said, and wore a black and brown leather jacket and baggy blue jeans.

The third man was described as white, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighing 200 pounds, police said. He may have had blond hair, and was wearing an unbuttoned shirt and blue jeans.

Police are looking for a 1980s Ford Bronco or Chevy Blazer with a cream-colored top and a dark brown bottom.

Police provided a partial Maryland license tag number they believe matched the SUV's. Of the six possible digits, police said the first two may have been the letters "AE," and the last three were the numbers "189."

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call Detective Blankenship at 301-790-3700, ext. 246.




Woman charged with buying fake crack


FREDERICK, Md. - A 49-year-old West Viginia woman was charged Wednesday morning with buying fake crack cocaine from undercover Frederick City Police officers.

Ann Layodess Chenoweth of Great Cacapon was charged with purchasing a noncontrolled dangerous substance, a Frederick County District Court commissioner said

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