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Police log

November 08, 2003

Inmate who fled work-release sought


Police are looking for a prison inmate who walked away from a work-release program in Hagerstown Friday afternoon.

Phillip Scott Barnette, 20, formerly of Hagerstown, was serving a six-year sentence, according to a press release from Maryland State Police.

Barnette is described as a black man who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 179 pounds.

Anyone with information may call Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101.




Three charged with buying fake crack


Two out-of-state residents and an Allegany County, Md., man were charged with purchasing fake crack cocaine after drug sting operations early Friday morning, Hagerstown city police said.

Anthony James Spencer, 33, of Cumberland, Md., and Tangy Dee Harbaugh, 24, of Waynesboro, Pa., were charged with purchasing fake drugs, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

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Michael Anthony Buca of Goodletsville, Tenn., was charged with purchasing fake drugs.

Spencer was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond Friday night, an employee said. Harbaugh was not at the Detention Center.

No further information was available.




Armed robbery at 7-Eleven probed


Police are investigating an armed robbery Thursday night at the 7-Eleven on Salem Avenue, Hagerstown City Police said.

An unidentified heavy-set man, described as white, between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall, entered the store about 3 a.m. Police said the man appeared to be shopping, but when he placed items on the counter, he pulled out a handgun and demanded cash.

Police said the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber left in a dark-colored sedan heading east on Salem Avenue.

Police also said the robber was described as wearing a dark-colored, hooded coat with the number 85 or 95 printed on the sleeves and back. He wore a light-colored ball cap with the coat hood on top of the hat, blue jeans and dark boots.

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




Three lawn mowers are reported stolen


The Washington County Sheriff's Department said three tractor-style lawn mowers were reported stolen Thursday from Antietam Ford Tractor at 20927 Leitersburg Pike.

Police said someone took the mowers between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday. Two 2003 Toro-brand riding mowers, one valued at $5,400, the other $6,100, were taken. A 2002 Kubota brand riding mower valued at $7,700 was also taken.

Police ask that anyone with information about the thefts call 301-791-3020.

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