Police log

November 04, 2003

Police: Homeless man died of natural causes

An autopsy performed on a homeless man who was found dead in an alley behind the first block of West Washington and North Jonathan streets indicated he died of natural causes.

The Hagerstown Police Department said an autopsy performed at the State Medical Examiners' Office Monday found there was no foul play in the death of Woodrow A. Taylor, 49.

Police said Taylor was found at 8:34 a.m. Sunday.

Lt. Rick Johnson said it appeared Taylor, and possibly others, had been sleeping in the alley near 24 N. Jonathan St. Johnson said investigators found a coat and a sleeping bag there.

Man charged after arrest at restaurant

A Hagerstown man was charged in connection with an incident at the Waffle House restaurant on Maryland 65 Monday.


Maryland State Police said officers charged Robert J. Summerville III, 22, of 801 Hamilton Blvd., with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and violation of probation. Police said an officer was sent to the Waffle House, where Summerville was to pick up his girlfriend Monday, to arrest him on outstanding warrants.

Summerville denied his identity when questioned by police and "flung" his car door open, striking an officer, police alleged. Summerville was taken into custody after trying to leave the area, police said.

Cash, license plates among stolen items

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

  • Reported Saturday, $250 in cash was discovered missing from the in-store safe at Heather B's Pub, 1 S. Main St., Boonsboro.

  • Police believe someone tried to enter a home in the 16300 block of Woburn Road Saturday through the front door. Residents discovered the damage, which was estimated at $150.

  • On Saturday, Maryland license plates with the numbers 66K596 were reported taken off a vehicle at 10804 Downsville Pike.

  • License plates were reported taken Sunday from a vehicle parked at 13806 Long Ridge Drive. The Maryland tag numbers were LYX 464.

  • Reported Sunday near the Hecht's store at Valley Mall, a Geo Tracker was broken into, and a compact disc player and three CDs were reported stolen.

  • Two fenders and a hood were reported stolen from a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle parked at Safelite Auto Glass, 17600 Virginia Ave. The loss was estimated at $650.

Taxi driver charged with reckless driving

FREDERICK, Md. - Fire crews helped remove a taxi cab from a building Monday morning, and the driver of the cab was charged in citations with reckless and negligent driving, according to a release from Frederick City Police.

Police were called at about 2:25 a.m. Monday to South Market Street at the intersection with Mount Olivet Boulevard.

They found a cab had struck a telephone pole, shrubs and then the building wall, and was embedded in the basement of the Connie Snook Insurance Co., police said.

The driver, Robert Charles Boylan, was standing next to the cab and not injured, police said.

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