Police log

December 08, 2003

Robbery attempts investigated in city

The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating two robbery attempts, one successful, in a span of three days.

At about 7:15 a.m. Friday, a woman approached a 39-year-old Surrey Avenue resident near her residence with a handgun and demanded money, police said. The assailant ran eastbound on Surrey Avenue after the victim said she did not have any money, police said.

The assailant was described as a 5-foot-5-inch white woman, police said. Police said she last was seen wearing a black jacket, dark pants, a hat and a large amount of mascara.

At about 4:08 a.m. Sunday, a man grabbed an employee at the Sheetz convenience store on Potomac Avenue by the throat, forced the woman to open a cash register and took an undetermined amount of money, police said. The man was last seen running eastbound toward Fairground Avenue, police said.


Anyone with information concerning either incident can call 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

Man: Driver swerved at him in parking lot

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a possible case of road rage, in which an unknown driver took aim at a Waynesboro, Pa., man in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Saturday.

Police said Douglas B. Kay, 39, was walking in the parking lot of the store shortly before 2:30 p.m. when the driver of a green Chrysler minivan with Pennsylvania plates swerved in his direction. Kay was not hit, police said.

Police said the incident in the parking lot may have been a continuation of an incident earlier on U.S. 30. Kay told police he saw the minivan being driven aggressively and the driver followed him into the parking lot of the store.

Anyone with information about the driver can call police at 717-264-5161.

Fire causes damage at residence hall

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A small fire broke out in a kitchen area in a residence hall at Shepherd College Sunday afternoon, a fire official said.

Grease in a pan caught fire and the flames spread up a wall, said Ross Morgan, assistant chief of the Shepherdstown Fire Department. A student put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, Morgan said.

The fire, which was reported at 2 p.m., caused about $750 damage to Turner Hall, Morgan said.

Man suffers burns

BOONSBORO - A Mapleville Road resident suffered facial burns and was flown to a Baltimore hospital following an incident Sunday evening, a Washington County 911 dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said the fire ignited in the area of an oxygen tank the man was using for breathing assistance. The man, whom he declined to identify, was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, he said.

More information was not available Sunday night.

Pa. teen missing

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information about a teenager who may have runaway from a foster-care home Thursday.

Casie Shae Biddinger, 17, was in foster care with Family Care Services, 4498 Edenville Road, when she left on a school bus. Police said when the bus arrived at school, Biddinger walked away.

Biddinger has shoulder-length red hair, blue eyes, and was wearing a purple sweater and blue jeans. She may also have been carrying two leopard-skin handbags, police said.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts can call police at 717-264-5161.

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