Police log 6/20

June 20, 2003

300 city electric customers lose power

About 300 electric customers in downtown Hagerstown lost power for up to 20 minutes Thursday morning when electricity workers were relocating wires at Lee Street and Summit Avenue, said Hagerstown Light Department manager Michael Spiker.

When one wire was stretched, a small insulator on a utility pole to which it was attached snapped. The wire touched another wire, tripping the circuit at about 10:32 a.m., Spiker said.

While some customers had power back almost immediately, others may have been out for up to 20 minutes as workers replaced the damaged part, Spiker said.

Police seeking men involved in robbery

Hagerstown City Police were looking for three men involved in a robbery Saturday in front of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.


The 38-year-old victim told police he was walking home when he was approached by three men, one of whom asked to bum some money, police said.

When the victim opened his wallet, one of the men grabbed it and ran, police said.

When the victim gave chase, one of the men punched him in the face and he responded by pushing the man backwards into the nonprofit's plate glass window, police said.

When the window broke, the victim cut his left tricep and the other man had cuts to the left side of his neck and arm, police said.

The victim ran after the man who had his wallet and recovered it, minus $100, police said.

The victim was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

The man who was shoved into the plate glass window is described as a skinny white man with a shaved head, wearing a T-shirt, blue jeans and a ball cap. He's been seen sitting on the porches of various houses in the first block of East Franklin Street, police said.

City man faces drug, forgery charges

A Hagerstown man faces drug charges after police went to his apartment with the Department of Social Services to investigate a domestic violence complaint.

Ricky Rinaldo Stallings, 21, of 105 E. Washington St., Apt. 3E, was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine, police said.

After checking the home, police discovered that Stallings was wanted on charges of forgery, theft and uttering.

Police said they found him on his way to Duke's Tavern with a pool stick in his hand. Rawlings handed the pool stick to a police detective and started running down a nearby alley, police said.

Police allege that when he was out of sight he dropped a baggie that contained 28 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine.

Stallings told police he ran because he had a knife, which he dropped before stopping.

Police said they checked the area and found no knife.

Clothes dryer catches fire in home

HANCOCK - A propane-powered laundry dryer inside a home on Tollgate Ridge caught fire Thursday morning while a mechanic was working on it, according to fire and rescue officials.

No one was injured, and the one-story ranch house at 14547 Tollgate Ridge was not damaged, Hancock Fire Department Lt. Derek McBee said.

When firefighters arrived, the dryer still was on fire. They took it outside the home and doused the flames, McBee said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 8:27 a.m., and the fire was reported controlled at 8:40 a.m., according to Washington County dispatch records.

Men sought in robbery still at large

Police were looking for two men who are charged in warrants with a June 9 armed robbery at 604 Hayes Ave., according to Hagerstown City Police.

Police obtained arrest warrants last week for Michael Dean Ash, 22, whose address was not known, and Robert John Bitler, 33, whose last known address was 12934 Spruce Run Road, Myersville, Md.

Police said they believe the two men broke into the man's home while he was sleeping and stole his wallet containing an undetermined amount of cash. One man had a gun and the other had a knife, police said.

Ash, who is black with black hair and brown eyes, and Bitler, who is white with black hair and hazel eyes, face the following charges: armed robbery, robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, two weapons charges and several related conspiracy charges.

Police ask that anyone with information call investigators at 301-790-3700.

Dirt bike stolen, windows smashed

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following calls Wednesday:

  • A lime green 1998 Kawasaki KX125 dirt bike valued at $2,500 was reported stolen from the 19600 block of Yarrowsburg Road near Sandy Hook.

  • Windows on two vehicles parked near each other were broken.

    A window to a 1991 Dodge Caravan parked in the 11800 block of Patrick Road was reported shot out with an unknown weapon, causing $150 damage.

    A rear window to a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder was reported broken in the 1300 block of Jefferson Boulevard, causing $200 damage.

  • A Maryland license tag for a trailer was reported stolen from the 400 block of Reckord Avenue near Fort Ritchie. The tag number is 744520G.

Man charged in two W.Va. robberies

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man has been charged in two armed robberies, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

William Albert Nelson III, 39, of Charles Town, W.Va., was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said.

He was charged in the Saturday robbery of the Dollar General store in the Somerset Village Shopping Center and the May 29 robbery at Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Washington Street, police said.

On Monday, Jefferson County authorities learned that Nelson was taken into custody for failing to appear in court in Prince William County, Va., police said.

He was being held without bond Tuesday at the Frederick County Detention Center in Winchester, Va., police said.

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