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March 14, 2005

Juvenile says he was robbed, assaulted


FREDERICK, Md. - A juvenile was robbed and assaulted by several assailants during an incident Saturday, the Frederick Police Department said.

Police said the victim, who was not named, was approached by four men in David Lane Park, off South McCain Drive, at about 10:09 p.m. Police said the assailants put him in a headlock, forced him to the ground, kicked him in the stomach and chest, and stole money and a cellular phone from his pockets.

The victim was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital for bruised ribs, police said.

Police described the assailants, all apparently in their early 20s, as follows:

· A thin Hispanic man, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, with acne and hair on his face.

· A stocky Hispanic man, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a gold front tooth.

· A thin Hispanic man, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a goatee-style beard.

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· A thin Hispanic man, 5 feet 4 to 5 feet 5 inches tall.

Police ask that anyone with information on the robbery call the department at 301-694-2102.




Frederick woman charged in stabbing


FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick woman was arrested in connection with a stabbing Saturday night, the Frederick Police Department said.

Melissa Ann Fauble, 37, of 1215 Danielle Drive, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in an incident at her home, police said.

Police allege Fauble stabbed a man in the back in the incident, reported at 10:20 p.m. Fauble was taken into custody at the residence without incident, police said.

The victim, whose identity was not released, was treated at Washington County Hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.




Martinsburg police to hold sobriety check


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Police Department said it will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Thursday, St. Patrick's Day.

Officers will conduct the checkpoint in the 200 block of West King Street from 7 p.m. to midnight, police said. Police said motorists can choose alternate routes such as Maple Avenue and College Street.




Police investigate attempted abduction


An attempted abduction involving two children was reported in the city Sunday evening, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

Police said a man approached two children, 7 and 8 years old, at a vending machine in the 300 block of North Locust Street at about 5:45 p.m. Police said the man had opened his trunk and approached the children, grabbing one of them. The juveniles ran from the area. Police did not report injuries in the incident.

Police said the man was in an older-model, blue, four-door vehicle. Police said the man was light-skinned, likely between 40 and 50 years old and balding. A more detailed description of the man or the vehicle was not available Sunday.

Police ask that anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident or anyone with information on the incident call 301-739-3700.




Ranson police investigate car fires


RANSON, W.Va. - The Ranson Police Department and the state fire marshal's office are investigating three suspected arsons that occurred early Saturday and involved cars, a fire official said Sunday.

The first arson occurred about 2:30 a.m. on 10th Avenue, when an officer for the Independent Fire Co. awoke to a popping sound, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co.

When the company's fire lieutenant went outside, he found his Jeep on fire, Smith said.

The fire official controlled the fire in his Jeep by spraying it with a garden hose, Smith said.

As firefighters were finishing their work at the scene, they were dispatched to two car fires on Park Avenue, Smith said. Those cars were parked near each other, Smith said.

All three cars were destroyed, Smith said.

Smith said the arsons appear to be random. Other than the time at which they occurred, there is nothing tying them together, Smith said.




Pa. man injured after Saturday crash


QUINCY, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man was flown by helicopter to York (Pa.) Hospital Saturday for treatment of injuries he received in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Tomstown and Mentzer Gap roads in Quincy Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Ronald L. Welsh, age and address unavailable, was in satisfactory condition Sunday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said the accident happened on Tomstown Road at 4:26 p.m. when a Toyota Celica driven by Welsh collided with a Ford Explorer driven by Timothy Allen Welsh, age and address unavailable, of Waynesboro. The Explorer hit the driver's side of the Celica, police said.

Timothy Welsh and his two passengers were unhurt, police said.

Police did not indicate in the report if Ronald Welsh and Timothy Welsh are related.




Man steals cash from Pa. restaurant


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of approximately $250 Saturday from King Buffet, 1685 Lincoln Way East.

Police said an unidentified man grabbed the cash from a bowl containing customer tips while the cashier was distracted. The theft took place at about 7:30 p.m., police said.

The man ran from the restaurant and drove off in a white sedan, police said.

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