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Police log

August 14, 2003

Police release sketch resembling man who robbed Food Lion store


The Washington County Sheriff's Office has developed a sketch designed to resemble the man who robbed the Food Lion grocery store on College Road near Sharpsburg Pike Sunday.

The man is described as a black male in his mid 20s, with a medium complexion. He was clean-shaven, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing between 240 and 280 pounds. Deputies believe he was driving a gray Oldsmobile Cutlass or similar vehicle.

Deputies were called at 8:56 p.m. Sunday to the Food Lion at 18360 College Road for a robbery.

The robber was wearing a black cap and a dark blue pullover shirt when he walked up to a clerk and demanded money, police said. The man said he had a gun and would shoot the clerk if he didn't cooperate, but he did not display a weapon, deputies said.




Police seek public's help in search for wanted man


Hagerstown City Police are seeking the public's help to find a city man wanted on two separate warrants.

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Blair Stephen Carter, 26, is also known as "Twin." His last known address was 441 N. Potomac St., Apartment 10, Hagerstown. He is described as black, 6 feet tall, weighing 188 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

He is wanted on one count of being involved in a mutual affray, a criminal common law offense. He also is wanted on a bench warrant charging him with a probation violation on an original count of second-degree assault.

Police ask that anyone with information about Carter call officers at 301-790-3700, ext. 234, or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141, where anonymous tips can be left.




Route 15 closed for about three hours after crash


FREDERICK, Md. - A crash on Route 15 near Basford Road caused police to shut down the road for about three hours, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said a tractor-trailer driven by Terry Williams, 36, of Ashburn, Va., struck a guardrail at 1:47 a.m. and destroyed 100 feet of the rail.

Williams was uninjured. The truck's passenger, Jimena Williams, 35, of Ashburn, Va., suffered minor injuries, police said.




Woman, frightened when man approaches car, runs red light


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman became frightened and ran a red light on West Washington Street Wednesday morning after a man approached her car and demanded money, a Charles Town Police Department spokesman said.

The woman was stopped at a red light at the corner of Washington and West streets at about 8 a.m. when the man approached the passenger side of her car and demanded money, Detective John Jeffries said.

The woman became frightened and ran the red light to escape the man, Jeffries said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Charles Town police at 304-725-2714.

The man is described as a white male in his mid-20s. He was approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed about 200 pounds and had short, possibly shaved hair, Jeffries said.

He was clean-shaven, Jeffries said.




Fire burns floor, spreads to two rooms and an attic


RANSON, W.Va. - Fire started in a house at 102 S. Buchanon St. Wednesday afternoon while contractors were removing paint from a floor, a fire official said.

It was not clear how the contractors were removing the paint, said Lt. Tyree Kable of the Independent Fire Co.

The floor started burning and the blaze spread to two rooms and an attic area before firefighters from all five of the county's volunteer fire companies brought it under control, Kable said.

Kable declined to say who owned the unoccupied house, which sustained about $20,000 in damages.

Buchanon Street is off Sixth Avenue.




Hagerstown police seek man wanted on assault, drug charges


The Hagerstown Police Department asks anyone with information on the whereabouts of 18-year-old Tariq D. Small, also known as Richard D. Small and "R-Dot," formerly of 124 S. Prospect St., to contact them.

City police want Small on charges that include first-degree assault and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a handgun in a motor vehicle in connection with a June 19 shooting in Court 4 of the Noland Village development; possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in connection with a vehicle search on June 20 near 124 S. Prospect St.; and failing to appear for trial at a court date on May 14 on a failing to obey charge.

Police ask anyone with information on Small to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700 ext. 234 or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.




Seven charged in Frederick with solicitation of prostituiton


FREDERICK, Md. - Members of the Frederick Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit arrested seven men last week on charges of solicitation for prostitution.

Police said the following people were arrested on Aug. 7 during a street level prostitution operation in the area of North Market Street and 5th street:

  • Paul H. Biddinger Jr., of Frederick, Md.

  • Thomas R. Sharps Jr. of Hagerstown

  • James W. Morris of Brunswick, Md.

  • John A. Stowers of Brunswick, Md.

  • Dwain A. Leslie of Frederick, Md.

  • Henry M. Crampton of Frederick, Md.

  • Terry W. Grable of Keymar, Md.


Police did not provide street addresses for those charged.

Police said they charged each with solicitation for prostitution. Leslie also was charged with purchasing a non-controlled dangerous substance, fake crack cocaine, from the undercover officer posing as a prostitute, police said.

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