Police log for 7-29

July 29, 2003

Electrical problem blamed for fire

FAIRPLAY, Md. - No one was injured in a Monday house trailer fire in the 7200 block of Fairplay Road, according to a Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. spokesman.

The spokesman said the fire was caused by an electrical problem inside the trailer.

Emergency services dispatchers received a call at 8:35 a.m. from the area of the fire. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 9:30 a.m.

Firefighters from Fairplay, Sharpsburg and Boonsboro worked to extinguish the fire.

Cindy Kline, spokeswoman for the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross, said the Red Cross was providing shelter and assistance for the family.

Two charged in strong-arm robbery

A city man and a city woman each were charged in connection with a strong-arm robbery Friday at Fountainhead Plaza.


Police charged Michael Howard Baltimore, 30, of 431 N. Locust St., and Tammie Sue Fitzgerald, 36, of 131 McComas St., with robbery, second-degree assault and theft in connection with a Friday morning incident in the parking lot of Fountainhead Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to court records.

Records say a man approached a woman just before noon asking for directions and grabbed her purse, got into a gold vehicle being driven by a woman and yelled, "Go, go, go."

A few minutes later, Washington County Sheriff' deputies found a gold Plymouth with red around the rear license plate frame in a parking lot at the intersection of Route 11 and Burhans Boulevard, records say.

Authorities found the purse at the Rest Haven Cemetery at 12:10 p.m., according to records.

Baltimore was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, according to a detention center spokesman.

Fitzgerald was being held at the detention center, on $45,000 bond, the spokesman said.

City bartender faces drug charges

Hagerstown City Police charged a Meda's Tavern bartender with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of marijuana after drugs were sold to a police informant Friday.

Police took Dwight D. Morris, of 101 S. Potomac St., in Hagerstown, into custody at about 9:10 p.m. after marijuana was sold to an informant in front of his apartment building, according to allegations in court records.

Court records allege that Morris, also known as "Ike," arranged the deal while he was tending bar earlier Friday at Meda's Tavern in the first block of East Franklin Street.

On Saturday, police with a warrant searched the South Potomac Street residence, according to records. Police allege they found four plastic baggies containing suspected marijuana, four baggies with suspected marijuana residue, multiple smoking pikes, two scales and a beer can with suspected crack cocaine residue on it, among other items, records say.

Records say Morris has prior convictions for distribution of methamphetamine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Morris was being held Monday at the Washington County Detention Center on $70,000 bond, according to a detention center spokesman.

Police seek teen who stole woman's purse

Hagerstown City Police are looking for a teenager who robbed a 49-year-old woman of her purse early Monday in Cramer's Alley.

The woman was heading to work and was walking in the alley east of the 100 block of South Potomac Street at about 5 a.m. when the teenager approached on a nonmotorized scooter.

The teen pushed the woman to the ground and took her purse, then left on foot, leaving the scooter behind.

The woman was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

The robber was described as black, in his mid-teens, wearing a white T-shirt. Police ask anyone with information to call them at 301-790-3700.

Truck, fishing poles are reported stolen

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports over the weekend:

  • A black 1997 Dodge Ram was reported stolen early Sunday from the 12100 block of Hopewell Road. The truck had Maryland license tags, 44E125, and a silver tool box in the bed. Police said keys were left in the car.

  • Four fishing poles and a fishing bag were reported stolen early Sunday from inside a 1993 Chevrolet station wagon parked on the first block of Oak Tree Lane. The damage and lost goods were valued at $350.

  • Hand tools valued at $1,500 were reported stolen from a truck parked early Sunday at the Red Men's lodge at 16129 Lappans Road in Williamsport.

  • The theft of 140 pieces of lumber valued at $600 from the 11500 block of Orange Blossom Court was reported Sunday.

  • A home on the 17700 block of Timber Lane was broken into, according to a Saturday report, but nothing was reported missing. Damage to a door was estimated at $100.

Girl, 12, faces charges of taking mom's van

Hagerstown City Police charged a 12-year-old girl with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving without a license Saturday afternoon after she took her mother's car to go to a convenience store, police said.

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