Police briefs

June 22, 2004

City Police respond to weekend calls

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls over the weekend, according to Sgt. Curt Wood:


  • A theft of tools was reported on Commonwealth Avenue.

  • A theft of two bicycles was reported on Westside Avenue.

  • Two bicycles were found in the 700 block of Mulberry Avenue.

  • A theft of a bicycle was reported on West Baltimore Street.

  • A Maryland registration plate, LDM523, was reported lost or stolen.

  • Police confiscated pellet guns on North Burhans Boulevard.

  • Domestic violence incidents were reported at Bryan Place and Norway Avenue.


  • Domestic violence incidents were reported on Frederick Street, Summit Avenue, Elizabeth Street, North Cannon Avenue, East Antietam Street, Ridge Avenue, Wayside Avenue and North Potomac Street.

  • A second-degree assault was reported at Henry Avenue and North Street.

  • A theft from a motor vehicle was reported on Noland Drive.

  • A theft of a minibike was reported on Noland Drive.

  • Destruction of property was reported on East Franklin Street.

  • A bicycle theft was reported at 350 Dual Highway.

  • Medication and cash were reported taken from the 400 block of North Mulberry Street.

  • A second-degree assault was reported in the 100 block of Berkson Avenue.


  • Domestic violence calls were reported on East Franklin Street and Haven Road.

  • A theft of medication was reported in the 100 block of Summit Avenue.

  • A Maryland temporary tag, 07278K, was reported stolen from the 500 block of Lynnhaven Drive.

  • Damage to a vehicle window was reported in the 300 block of North Locust Street.

  • A second-degree assault was reported in the 400 block of Park Place.

  • An attempted burglary and first-degree assault were reported on East Washington Street.

  • A burglary was reported in the 500 block of Hammond Street.

  • A second-degree assault was reported in the first block of East Franklin Street.

City woman charged with hitting daughter

A 31-year-old Hagerstown woman was charged Saturday with child abuse and assault in connection with allegations she hit her 12-year-old daughter repeatedly with a broom and her fist, according to court documents.

The woman, whose name is not being released to protect the identity of the child, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, child abuse and contributing to the condition of a child.

According to charging documents, police responded to the 100 block of Elm Street at about 5 p.m. Saturday and were told the woman had been beating her daughter with a broom following an argument between the two about a wading pool.

Witnesses said the woman argued with her daughter about getting into a wading pool and went into the house to get a long-handled broom, court documents say. Witnesses said the girl was struck on the face and head with the woman's hand and fist, causing the girl to bleed from her nose, court documents allege.

Witnesses said the woman led the girl into the house by her head and then saw the girl run from the house, court documents allege. The woman caught up to the girl and struck her between five to 10 times with her fist while neighbors tried to stop the attack, according to allegations in charging documents.

The girl was treated at Washington County Hospital and released into the custody of the Washington County Department of Social Services. The girl had a bloody nose, bruises to her right thigh, her right upper arm and the right side of her stomach, charging documents say.

When the woman was questioned at Hagerstown Police Department headquarters, she admitted "to striking her daughter, but said it was in self-defense," court documents allege.

The woman was being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $53,000 bond on charges stemming from the incident and a second set of charges, a jail spokesman said.

City taxicab driver robbed of cash

A Four States taxicab driver was robbed early Sunday in Noland Village, the Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release.

Police said a cab driver picked up a man on Lynn Haven Road and drove him to Noland Village Court 3 at about 1:15 a.m. The man gave the cab driver $10 in cash, but as the driver pulled money from his pocket to give the man change, the man grabbed the cash and ran, police said.

The man was described as a stocky black man wearing a yellow ball cap, yellow shirt and blue jeans.

Police ask anyone with information on the robbery to call Lt. Richard Johnson at 301-790-3700, ext. 236.

Acid spills on highway

FREDERICK, Md. - Five gallons of acid spilled from a truck on U.S. 15 near Frederick Monday morning, a Frederick County Emergency Communications supervisor said.

Sgt. John Woelfel said crews were dispatched to northbound U.S. 15, between West Seventh Street and Motter Avenue, at 7:34 a.m. for the spill.

"People said it was smoking when it fell on the roadway," he said.

3 rescued from river

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