Police Log for 5/28

May 28, 2003

Murder suspect remains at large

More than five months after the fatal shooting of a New Jersey man in Hagerstown, police were continuing their search for the suspected gunman, Karim Ali Ward.

Ward, 27, whose last known address was 1725 Springhouse Court, Frederick, Md., is charged in warrants with one count each of first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, using a handgun in commission of a felony and wearing/carrying a handgun, according to Hagers-town City Police.

The victim, Carl Wallace of Asbury Park, N.J., was found dead at Jonathan and Charles streets on Dec. 14, police said.

Ward is described as 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on Ward's whereabouts to call 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Police investigating theft of ring in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police are investigating the theft of a diamond ring from a resident of the Penn Hall retirement community in which a piece of costume jewelry was substituted for the ring.


Police said the theft of the one-carat diamond solitaire ring took place between April 30 and May 12 at an apartment on Philadelphia Avenue. A similar looking piece of fake jewelry had been left in its place, police said.

Students charged with disorderly conduct

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four students have been charged with disorderly conduct in separate incidents Thursday, May 22, at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and Chambersburg Area Middle School.

Police said two students at the high school were charged in a 9:04 a.m. incident in which they were allegedly shoving each other against the wall and lockers in the school.

The two middle school students were charged after police received a call at 12:50 p.m. about a fight in the cafeteria, police said.

Police searching for armed robber

This week's Crime Solvers case for Washington County is an armed robbery attempt at a convenience store last year.

On Monday, Dec. 16, a short, white man wearing white gloves, a jean jacket and a baseball cap entered Sheetz at 716 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown.

At about 7:05 p.m., as a clerk opened the cash register to make change for another customer, the man in the cap pulled out a claw hammer, lunged over the counter and hit the clerk in the hand, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The clerk jumped aside. The man in the cap reached for the cash drawer, but a female clerk pushed the drawer shut on the man's hand. The man pulled his hand away and grabbed the female clerk's breast, police said.

The man left the store without getting any money.

Police responded and found some of the man's clothing and the claw hammer in an alley behind 25 Fairground Ave.

Police are looking for help solving the case. Anyone with information may call Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141. Crime Solvers is anonymous; callers do not have to leave a name.

A reward of up to $1,000 may be given for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the man who hit a clerk with a claw hammer.

Girl, 7, still critical after being hit by car

A 7-year-old girl remained in critical condition Tuesday night, three days after she was struck by a car on South Potomac Street.

Danielle Smith, of the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, was hit as she ran out between two parked cars at 5:55 p.m. Sunday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Danielle was taken to the pediatric intensive care unit at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, her mother, Emma Smith, said by telephone Tuesday morning.

Gas leak forces evacuation of homes

FREDERICK, Md. - A gas leak caused by a fencing contractor temporarily evacuated a neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, Frederick Police said.

Police said the contractor struck a two-inch gas line buried in the 100 block of Harpers Way, which is west of U.S. 15, in the north end of Frederick.

Just before 6 p.m., police officers and firefighters evacuated residents from Harpers Way, Harpers Court, Timber Grove Road, Fieldstone Way, Crossing Stone and Cross Timber Way, a total of about 100 homes. No cars or people were allowed in.

The American Red Cross arranged for school buses to serve as temporary shelters on Midsummer Drive.

The gas company shut off the gas to the neighborhood and repaired the line.

A little more than an hour after the neighborhood was evacuated, residents were allowed to return to their homes, police said.

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