Pollice Briefs

October 27, 2005

Police: Tractor-trailer hits bank, flees scene

CLEAR SPRING - A tractor-trailer struck M&T Bank at 121 S. Mill St. in Clear Spring shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.

After striking the bank, the driver of the tractor-trailer fled the scene and continued to drive on Interstate 70, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies. The driver was stopped in Big Pool about 10 p.m. by deputies when he was attempting to merge back onto I-70, police said.

The driver had not been charged late Wednesday. Deputies said the driver confessed to crashing into the bank.

Deputies said the bank was damaged, but the extent of the damage was not known. A building inspector and at least one M&T Bank employee were called to the bank, deputies said.

- Erin Cunningham

Man wanted on arrest warrants

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in finding a man wanted by police through two arrest warrants, Cpl. Jim Cooper said.


Keith Wills, 36, whose last known address was on Garden Lane in Hagerstown, is wanted for a violation of probation charge and a failure to appear in court charge, Cooper said.

Cooper asks anyone with information on Wills' whereabouts to call the Sheriff's Department Warrant Unit at 240-313-2190.

Woman, 18, stabbed during argument

An 18-year-old woman allegedly was stabbed by her boyfriend in the head, chest and back during an argument Wednesday morning in the 100 block of West North Avenue, the Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of her injuries, police said.

When police arrived at the house at about 4 a.m., they found the woman alert and conscious, but suffering from stab wounds, according to the release. She told officers that she had an argument with her boyfriend that turned violent, police said. Her boyfriend had left the house before officers arrived, the release said.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Tuesday:

  • At 6:07 p.m., a set of tires and rims were reported stolen off a trailer parked at Hancock Truck Stop, 434 E. Main St. in Hancock. There was no value listed for the tires and rims.

  • At 7:29 a.m., a window was reported broken out of a 2002 Toyota van in the 13500 block of Pulaski Drive. A purse was reported stolen. There was no listing for the damages.

Hagerstown Police respond to calls

Hagerstown Police responded to the following calls:


  • 400 block of Summit Avenue, burglary.

  • 20 block of High Street, located missing juvenile.


  • 100 block of South Potomac Street, theft of purse.


  • 100 block of West North Avenue, stabbing.

  • 200 block of North Mulberry Street, burglary.

Man gets stay in school absence case

A Hagerstown man charged with failing to send his son to school was granted a stet - a conditional, indefinite stay on proceedings - Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Gerald S. Fear, 52, of 457 Mitchell Ave. in Hagerstown, had been charged with 28 counts of failing to send his 12-year-old son to school, according to court documents. His son was absent more than 15 days during the 2003-04 school year, documents state.

His son had 11 unexcused absences from April 2003 to June 2003, according to documents. The school sent letters, made phone calls and visited Fear's home before taking action in court, records state.

Man fails to appear on forgery charge

A man charged with forgery failed to appear Wednesday in Washington County District Court, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Robert Thomas Walker, 38, of 131 Tasker Lane in Kearneysville, W.Va., was charged Sept. 2 with two counts of forging prescriptions, court documents state. Police arrested Walker after they say he tried to fill a prescription for OxyContin at Sharpsburg Pharmacy, 17316 Shepherdstown Pike in Sharpsburg.

The pharmacist told officers Walker had forged a prescription before for the painkiller.

PETA stickers placed on food at Pa. store

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police are searching for the people who placed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stickers on food at a Chambersburg, Pa., grocery store.

PETA stickers were placed on chicken nugget boxes in the frozen food section of Food Lion, 1320 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, on Sunday or Monday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

PETA literature also was placed throughout the store and outside of the store, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call police at 717-264-5161.

Man wanted in robbery surrenders

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man wanted for a May strong-arm robbery turned himself in at police headquarters Monday, according to Chambersburg police.

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