Police log

December 02, 2003

Pair of robberies reported in city

The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating a pair of robberies within minutes of each other Monday evening.

Sgt. David Long said there was a strong-arm robbery at Goodwill Industry's thrift store at 151 N. Burhans Blvd. at 9:54 p.m. Long said two masked men in dark clothing grabbed a bag of money from the clerk.

The men ran west on George Street, Long said.

Long said police also were investigating reports of a robbery on Hayes Avenue just after 10 p.m. He said preliminary reports indicated a Pizza Hut delivery driver was robbed of an undetermined amount of money.

More details were not available Monday night.

City men face vandalism charges

Two city men have been charged in connection with a vandalism spree on Nov. 11, Hagerstown police said.


Police charged Jeremiah D. Sines, 21, and Stephen R. Mayes, 18, both of 413 Ridge Ave., with 21 counts each of malicious destruction of property.

The charges relate to a spree in which tires were slashed on 21 vehicles in 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, police said.

Pa. man faces charge after deer dispute

METAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Fort Loudon, Pa., man was charged in connection with a Monday morning argument on Sweetwater Road, Pennsylvania State Police at Chambersburg said.

Police charged Martin D. Wells Sr., with simple assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

Police allege he pointed a handgun at Perry Hockenberry, of Fort Loudon, at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Police said the incident resulted from an argument between the two over a deer that allegedly was shot in a field near Wells' residence.

Wells was released from custody after posting bail, which was set at $7,500, police said.

Boy, 6, injured when struck by car

FREDERICK, Md. - A 6-year-old boy was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital after being struck by a car on Hillcrest Drive on Monday, the Frederick Police Department said.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, who was not identified, would not be charged because the investigator determined the incident was caused by pedestrian error.

Police said the boy, who was not identified, attempted to cross Hillcrest Drive, between Beebee Court and Lancaster Place, at 3:34 p.m. when he was struck by the westbound vehicle.

Mulberry Street fire was set, official says

A fire that burned a Mulberry Street apartment Friday night was intentionally set, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown said this morning.

The blaze started about 9 p.m. in the front room of the first-floor apartment at 251/2 N. Mulberry St., which was being used as a bedroom and for storage, he said.

Brown declined to say how the fire was set because of the ongoing investigation. He said he had no suspects.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Bobby Baker, who lives in an upstairs apartment, got his three young children out safely, he said Friday night.

A woman who lives in the apartment where the fire started was in jail at the time, Brown said.

Neighbors said police have been called to the apartment numerous times in the past week to chase away people who didn't belong there.

At the time of the fire, neighbor Benjamin Fisher Jr. said he saw a man run out the back door of the apartment wearing red boxers and a tan coat that was pulled up around his face as if he was protecting himself from smoke.

The building is owned by Community Action Council, Brown said.

Cab driver assaulted in robbery attempt

A cab driver was assaulted during an attempted robbery early Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of Fairview Road at 4:43 a.m. The Antietam Cab driver told police he was taking a passenger to Sunnyside Drive when the man grabbed him and held a fist to his head while demanding money.

When the driver refused, the man punched him several times in the head before running away, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 301-790-3700, ext. 236.

Teen charged with assault at youth center

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A 15-year-old at the South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit was charged with aggravated and simple assault stemming from an incident Saturday at the youth detention center, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police alleged that the unidentified youth punched Mitchell Gardner, 40, of Shippensburg, Pa., several times and spit on Jean Delozier, 40 of South Mountain. The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m., police said.

Police said charges against the boy were filed with the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department.

Fireplace fire damages new home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire official said a fireplace fire in a new home in the Breckenridge development caused about $10,000 damage Sunday night.

The owners of the home moved into the house Saturday and decided to use their gas fireplace for the first time at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co.

The owners decided they were only going to turn on the gas logs for about a half hour, then turn them off, Smith said.

After about a half hour of burning, the owners began experiencing irritation in their eyes and smoke began to appear around the mantle of the fireplace, Smith said.

Fire spread into a wall and burned some vinyl siding on the outside of the home, Smith said.

Firefighters had to cut a hole about 8 feet by 10 feet to extinguish the blaze, Smith said.

Smith said it appears there may have been a leak in the gas line to the fireplace or a piece of wood too close to the fireplace unit.

The home, on Shire Court, is owned by Frank Carter. The Breckenridge subdivision is off Country Club Road east of Charles Town.

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