Police log 5/29

May 29, 2003

Man may have tried to lure girl into truck

Police were on the lookout for a man who may have tried to lure a high school student into his vehicle Friday afternoon.

A North Hagerstown High School teacher reported this week to Hagerstown City Police that a "younger white male possibly with a mustache" in a pickup truck tried to lure a girl into his truck by asking her for directions to the mall.

The truck was parked near the entrance to the old Central Chemical building on Mitchell Avenue, police said. The man said he could not hear the girl and kept asking her to come closer, police said.

As the teacher was driving by, she saw the girl and stopped. The truck sped off, police said.

Police confiscate sword at city home

Hagerstown City Police responded to the following calls:

n On the midnight to 8 a.m. shift Tuesday, officers confiscated a sword when they went to a home in the 600 block of Oak Hill Avenue.


Police had been called for a disorderly conduct incident at an apartment there, police said. When they arrived, a man holding a sword greeted them. The man was not charged.

n On the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift Tuesday, a Maryland dealer tag was reported stolen from Hamilton Nissan, 1929 Dual Highway. The tag number was 1A25650.

n On the midnight to 8 a.m. shift Monday, three windows were reported to have been removed from a porch in the 500 block of Guilford Avenue.

n Between midnight and 8 a.m. Monday, a break-in was reported at the Dancing Goat at 4 E. Franklin St. Police believe the intruder entered through the rear window and removed $400 from a tip jar.

Tools, cash stolen from Pa. garage

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Tools and cash were stolen in a burglary Monday night or Tuesday morning at Rosenberger's Garage at 12627 Gearhart Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the garage was entered between 9:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. Police did not specify the types of tools stolen or the amount of missing cash.

Deadly holiday on Pa. roadways

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Memorial Day weekend left a dozen people dead and 272 injured in accidents investigated by Pennsylvania State Police across the state, compared to 20 fatalities and 327 injured last year.

Troopers responded to 706 crashes over the four-day holiday period that began Friday and ended Monday, according to State Police Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller. That was also down slightly from the 724 crashes last year.

Eighty-five of the crashes were alcohol-related, including four of the 11 crashes in which people died, according to Miller. Nine of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

W.Va. man caught with help of K-9

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who police allege fled from an officer and hid in the basement of a home was caught Tuesday, with help from Bruno, a K-9 with the West Virginia State Police.

Sean Nisewarner, 19, of Inwood, W.Va., was charged with fleeing from police, improper registration, no inspection, no insurance and improper display of registration, which are all misdemeanors.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred as Trooper J.C. Weaver patrolled W.Va. 51, east of Inwood. He said he saw a car without an inspection sticker and with the registration on the inside window turn onto Phoebe Way from Sulphur Springs Road.

Weaver pulled the car over, and the driver stopped.

After getting information about the driver over his police radio, Weaver walked toward the car. The driver took off on foot, jumped over a few fences and ran out of sight, court records allege.

Bruno, a Belgian shepherd, was taken to the scene and tracked a scent to a home on Vivian Drive. Inside the home, police found Nisewarner in the basement, record show.

Nisewarner was free after posting $10,000 bail.

Man charged in robbery attempt

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an attempted armed robbery Saturday night at the Turf Motel on East Washington Street, Charles Town Police said.

Christopher Vann McAnally, 26, of 54 Pembroke Grove, was charged with attempted first-degree armed robbery, Detective John Jeffries said.

McAnally was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night on $100,000 bond, jail officials said.

Charles Town Police received a call about the attempted armed robbery about 9 p.m. Saturday, Jeffries said.

A night office clerk said the robber was having a problem with his right arm, and the clerk said he knew the man because he had worked as a desk clerk at the motel for about two weeks before he was fired, said Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

The man talked about getting a room and later told the clerk he had a gun and was going to rob him, court records said. The clerk eased close to the man, grabbed him and "slammed him into the wall next to the front door," court records said.

The clerk then shoved the man out the front door and threw him off a small porch area, court records said.

The man fled the area, court records said.

McAnally was found at his Pembroke Grove home Tuesday, Jeffries said.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Police were trying to determine what to do about a car that sank in the Potomac River off River Road Wednesday night.

The car was submerged in about 8 feet of water off River Road, said Sgt. Earl Ballenger of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

It was not clear how the car went into the river, said Ballenger, adding that he did not believe anyone was in the car.

Police were contacting Maryland authorities about what to do with the car since Maryland has jurisdiction over the Potomac River, Ballenger said.

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