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Police briefs

July 25, 2004

Three charged in series of robberies


FREDERICK, Md. - Three more suspects in the Frederick Police Department's continuing investigation of a series of May street robberies have been charged and are being held at the Frederick County Detention Center, police said.

Shamika K. Thompson, 19, of the 500 block of Goldspire Circle; Douglas James Moran, 16, of the 6000 block of Bowers Road; and Billy Jo Gorman, 17, of Norva Avenue; all have been charged with two counts each of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and four counts of theft, police said.

Thompson's bond is $125,000 while Gorman and Moran, who were charged as adults because of the seriousness of the crime, each are being held on $95,000 bond, jail officials said Saturday.

Their charges stem from a May 24 incident on Hillcrest Avenue near Tillman Place when two victims told police they were accosted by a group of six or seven assailants, one of whom pressed a sharp object into a victim's side and demanded money, police said.

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Man struck by car in Frederick County


FREDERICK, Md. - A pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Bethel Road early Friday was injured, but there was no record Saturday that he had been treated at Washington County Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

David M. Johnson, 46, of Bethel Road, was struck by a northbound Mercury Tracer at 5:33 a.m. Friday, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Timothy Calimer said in a press release that Johnson was taken to the Hagerstown hospital, but a nursing supervisor was unable to confirm that Saturday.

The driver, Ryan S. Heffner, 20, of Yellow Springs Road, was not injured, deputies said.




Man wanted in county is arrested in W.Va.


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man taken into custody Wednesday for drinking in public was found to be wanted by Washington County Sheriff's deputies on a felony arson/threat warrant, Martinsburg City Police said Saturday.

Robert Roy Winans, 26, of 221 N. Second St. in Harrisburg, Pa., was taken to Eastern Regional Jail on charges of being a fugitive from justice, police said. He was being held there on $50,000 bond as well as the Maryland warrant Saturday.

Cpl. Matt Zollinger encountered Winans in the 300 block of West Race Street at 5:32 p.m. on the open container complaint and asked him for identification. A check revealed the felony warrant, police said.

In Hagerstown, Sgt. Travers Ruppert confirmed the felony warrant on file for Winans on the charge of arson/threat. No further details about the case were available Saturday.




Trooper: Robberies in Pa. may be linked


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The armed robberies early Saturday of two Franklin County businesses may be linked, said Trooper Mark Grove of Pennsylvania State Police.

The first incident occurred at 3 a.m. at the Sunoco Station at 3448 Black Gap Road in Fayetteville, Pa., and the second happened at 5:25 a.m. at Rutter's Farm Store at 5459 Molly Pitcher Highway in Marion, Pa.

In the Sunoco incident, two white men entered the store and demanded money from the clerk at gunpoint, Grove said. They took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene, he said.

At Rutter's, one man came into the store with a handgun and demanded money, fleeing with another undisclosed sum, Grove said.

The only description of the robbers was that they were in their 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and thin.

No one was injured at either location.




Woman is injured when vehicles collide


A Thursday morning accident involving a garbage truck and a Jeep on Md. 63 just north of French Lane resulted in minor injuries to the driver of the Jeep, Maryland State Police said.

In a written press release, Trooper 1st Class M.A. Ford said a BFI garbage truck driven by Shane Bowers, 23, of Hagerstown, pulled into the southbound lane of Md. 63 and into the path of a 2004 Jeep driven by Darce Hines, 50, of Greencastle, Pa.

Hines, who was southbound, was injured when her Jeep was hit in the right side and ended up against the guardrail, police said.

A spokeswoman at Washington County Hospital had no record Saturday of Hines being treated there.

Bowers, who wasn't injured, was cited for failure to yield the right of way, police said.




Pa. highway worker is struck by vehicle


McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A highway worker who was struck by a motorist at the Sideling Hill Mountain construction site on U.S. 30 Friday morning was treated at Fulton County Medical Center and later released, a hospital spokesman said.

Betty Jane Hoover, 50, of 1009 Gem Road in Needmore, Pa., was working as a flag person with a stop sign at 9 a.m. Friday when she was hit by a 1986 Toyota Camry driven by Hazel B. Brambley, 87, of Breezewood, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg.

Hoover was taken by ambulance to the hospital, police said. Brambly was not injured.




Man arrested after forcing way into home


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man accused of forcing his way into a woman's home Friday morning and threatening to kill her with a machete was being held Saturday in Franklin County Prison.

Wilbur Lewis Smith, 41, of St. Thomas, Pa., was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with criminal trespass and making terroristic threats. Bond information was unavailable Saturday.

In a press release, Cpl. Gary Carter said Smith allegedly entered the home on Lincoln Way West in St. Thomas Township at 8:45 a.m. In addition to the machete, he allegedly was also wielding an aluminum baseball bat, police said.

The victim was uninjured.

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