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Police log

November 13, 2003

Police release sketch of possible cab robber


Hagerstown City Police released an artist's sketch of a man they believe robbed an Antietam Cab Service driver and stole her car early Monday before ditching the cab a few blocks away.

The man is described as white, in his early 30s, between 180 and 200 pounds. The man also had "a large belly," ear-length brown hair, facial hair on his chin, and was wearing a red T-shirt under a black and white checkered flannel shirt or coat.

Police said the man hailed the cab at South Potomac and Antietam streets. The driver had one rider with her already, and after she dropped him off, the robber asked the driver to take him to Wayside Avenue, but then asked her to take him back to Antietam Street.

At about 2:45 a.m., the man robbed the driver of her cash and her car while parked behind 62 E. Antietam St. Police later found the car behind 140 S. Potomac St.

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Police ask that anyone with information about the robbery call Hagerstown Police Detective Patricia Moulton at 301-739-8577, ext. 281, or 301-739-6000.




Firefighters respond to Hancock house fire


HANCOCK - Firefighters were called at 4:32 a.m. Wednesday to a house fire at 14314 White Oak Ridge in Hancock, according to Washington County emergency dispatch information.

Units from Hancock, Berkeley Springs and Little Orleans fire departments were called, and the fire was reported knocked down at 6:13 a.m. No one was reported injured.




Teen charged as adult in steakhouse holdup


A 16-year-old boy was charged as an adult Tuesday in connection with an attempted robbery Friday evening in front of the Black Steer Family Steakhouse Restaurant north of Hagerstown, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police said Brently Glen Kegarise, 16, of 18017 Mason Dixon Road, Hagerstown, was charged with attempted armed robbery. Kegarise was being held Wednesday on $35,000 bond after a hearing before a Washington County District Court commissioner.

Police said Friday that a man wearing a bandanna tried to rob a couple in front of the restaurant near the Pennsylvania state line at about 7:30 p.m. The man then fired several shots from what appeared to be a pellet gun, police said.




City police investigating series of tire slashings


Hagerstown City Police began investigating a series of tire-slashings Tuesday after several residents in Hagerstown's West End neighborhood discovered their cars had been vandalized.

Police received 14 complaints Tuesday from the 200 and 300 blocks of West Side Avenue, the 800 through 1300 blocks of West Church Street and the 300 block of Key Avenue. One to four tires had been slashed on each victim's vehicle.

Police ask that anyone with information about those responsible call investigators at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.




Trailer filled with apples ties up traffic


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A tractor-trailer loaded with apples overturned in the median of Interstate 81 near Chambersburg early Wednesday, causing the southbound lanes to be closed for about 30 minutes, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Larry Bishop, 56, of Greenville, S.C., was driving a 1997 Peterbilt south at 3:55 a.m. when he lost control of the rig and went into the median near the McKinley Street overpass. The cargo of apples spilled out when the trailer rolled over, according to police.

Police said Bishop was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment.




Burned woman's condition critical


WILLIAMSPORT - A 51-year-old Williamsport woman remained in critical condition at a burn center in Baltimore Thursday.

A spokeswoman at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center said the woman was in critical condition Wednesday night.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said the woman doused herself in gasoline and set herself on fire in Byron Memorial Park parking lot at 5:22 p.m.

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