Police log

August 06, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Cops: Stabbing may have been suicide try

Washington County Sheriff's deputies and emergency workers rushed Tuesday evening to the Greenberry Hills neighborhood near Hagerstown for the report of a stabbing at a Crest Road residence.

What started as an attempt to find a knife-weiding attacker later turned into an attempted-suicide investigation, authorities said.

The incident occurred in the 17000 block of Crest Road just after 7 p.m. By about 7:20 p.m., emergency workers were preparing to transport a woman to Washington County Hospital for treatment of a stab wound.

Sheriff Charles F. Mades confirmed by phone the woman was treated and released.

Meanwhile, Washington County Sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police troopers were in the woman's home trying to piece together what had happened.

State Police Cpl. Douglas H. Lowry and a police bloodhound, tried unsuccessfully in the areas of Halfway Boulevard , York Road and Marbern Road to track the assailant. Lowry said the dog never picked up a scent.


Nearby neighbors said they had not seen any indication of foul play at the residence Tuesday.

At 11:30 p.m., Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Knight confirmed the nature of the investigation had shifted from a breaking-and-entering, assault case to an attempted suicide case.

Police say man robbed of his wallet

Hagerstown City Police said a man walking on North Burhans Boulevard was robbed of his wallet at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The initial description provided to police of the assailants was two black men: one in his 20s and wearing a green sweatshirt and blue jeans, the other also in his 20s.

The 24-year-old man told police that after he left Harman's Tavern on Salem Avenue, he gave a man a cigarette and that man and another man began following him. He then turned into alleys, but was approached by the men again at North Burhans Boulevard near Cook Street, he told police.

The two men knocked him to the ground, took his wallet and cash and ran west on Cook Street, police said. The man was not injured, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about the robbery call investigators at 301-790-3700, extension 234.

Police investigating home break-in in Pa.

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a residential burglary Monday on Spruce Road.

Police said a garage door window was broken at a home between 2:30 and 11:30 p.m. The garage was entered, but not the house, according to police.

A back door of the house was forcibly entered and three banks were stolen from bedrooms, police said.

Plywood sheets stolen from work site

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Twenty sheets of plywood were stolen over the weekend from a construction site on Castle Green Drive, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The plywood, belonging to Conrad Homes Inc. of Hagerstown, was taken between 4:30 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 a.m. Monday, police said. A green extended cab Chevy pickup truck with a Pennsylvania license plate was seen driving away from the site, according to police.

The first three letters of the license were YTN, police said.

Generator, pair of heaters stolen

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls on Monday:

  • A Honda generator at a construction site on Cavalry Court was reported stolen. It was valued at $1,200.

  • Two heaters were reported stolen from the 12200 block of West Lawn Lane west of Hagerstown. The heaters were valued at $750.

  • A message board at National Pike and Boonsboro Mountain Road was damaged when a barricade was thrown at it. The damage to the sign, which is owned by Washington County, was estimated at $1,500.

  • A gray and black 20-inch Huffy bicycle was reported stolen from a residence in the 17800 block of Sherman Avenue, near Virginia Avenue, outside Hagerstown. The bicycle was valued at $100.

  • The door and windows of a house in the 19700 block of Longmeadow Road were damaged. The estimate of the damage was $100.

Kitchen fire causes smoke in dwelling

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man who fell asleep while his dinner was cooking refused medical treatment after smoke filled his apartment, according to a fire official.

Fire Chief Donnie Dawson, with Citizens Volunteer Fire Co., said a pan Willie Digges was using to cook his dinner caught fire at his apartment, at 610 Patrick Henry Way, Tuesday evening.

The fire did not spread beyond the stove, Dawson said, and the apartment was not damaged.

Firefighters got Digges out of his apartment and ventilated it, Dawson said.

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