Police Briefs

December 15, 2006

Man with gun, limp robs liquor store

HANCOCK - A male with a limp left North End Liquors with an undisclosed amount of cash after pointing a long-barreled gun at a worker Wednesday, the Maryland State Police said.

The heavyset male wore a wide belt of ammunition and a burlap-type sack over his face during the robbery at about 3:20 p.m. of the liquor store at 143 Limestone Road. After the robbery, he left in a blue sedan with plates possibly from West Virginia or Pennsylvania, police said.

The male was 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, police said. He wore a red and black flannel shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call the Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101 or Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk at 301-678-5633.


Man robs bank on Marsh Pike

A man who robbed the Paramount branch of Susquehanna Bank might have been burned or gotten dye on his hands after a dye pack exploded as he fled the bank Thursday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The Sheriff's Department was searching for a man who showed a bank teller a handwritten note announcing a robbery at about 11:55 p.m. at the branch at 13418 Marsh Pike.

The man, who did not show a weapon, fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, the Sheriff's Department said.

He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall or 5 feet 9 inches tall with a slender build, dirty blond or brown hair and a mustache, the Sheriff's Department said. He is a white man or light-skinned black man, who is 30 to 40 years old. He was unshaven and wearing sunglasses, blue jeans, a blue denim jacket and a red baseball cap with the letter G on it.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call Sgt. Roy Harsh at 240-313-2183.

Fire at Lappans home caused by cigarette

LAPPANS - A fire at a Lappans Road home Thursday morning was caused by a cigarette, Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said.

Ernst said the fire at 18036 Lappans Road, reported at 7:29 a.m., started in the bedroom of the single family split-foyer house.

He said a woman had been smoking in the room, and the cigarette started the blaze that was contained to the bedroom.

He said damage was estimated at $10,000. The bedroom sustained the most damage and the rest of the house smelled like smoke.

About 25 firefighters from Fairplay, Williamsport, Halfway and Funkstown knocked down the fire in about 10 minutes, he said.

Man fires warning shots into the air

SHARPSBURG - A Sharpsburg man fired warning shots into the air Wednesday night after youths allegedly trespassed on his property carrying BB guns, Washington County Sheriff's Department Lt. Mark Knight said.

Knight said no charges were filed in the incident, which was reported at about 9:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Chapline Street.

Deputies stopped two juveniles riding in a vehicle and found BB guns, Knight said. It was undetermined what rounds were fired into the air for the warning, he said.

Search of W.Va. home yields cash, drugs

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A search of a Ramer Court residence early Wednesday yielded more than $5,000 in cash, a firearm and several bags of suspected crack cocaine, the Martinsburg Police Department said.

Niesha Renee Witherall, 25, James Willis Daye, 40, and Terrell Deshawn Gatling, 27, all of 102 Ramer Court, are charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Hagerstown Police respond to calls

The Hagerstown Police Department recently responded to the following incidents:


· 3:58 a.m. - Armed robbery, 1101 Dual Highway, Quality Inn.


· 2:24 a.m. - False report, 1000 block of Noland Drive.

· 5:26 p.m. - Second-degree assault, damage to property, 1000 block of Noland Drive.

· 3:54 p.m. - Second-degree assault, alcohol violation, 1000 block of Security Road.

· 1:58 a.m. - Controlled-drug substance violations, unit block of West Church Street.

· 2:24 p.m. - First-degree assault, East Antietam Street.

· 3:18 p.m. - Fourth-degree burglary, 100 block of West Church Street.


· 10:52 p.m. - Second-degree assault, 1300 block of Jay Drive.

· 1:56 p.m. - Possible child abuse, 300 block of Bethune Street.

· 6:32 p.m. - Theft of stereo equipment from vehicle, 900 block of Eldridge Drive.

· 7:34 p.m. - Breaking and entering, theft of medication, 400 block of Mitchell Avenue.

Police: Arson the cause of Pa. fire

FAIRFIELD, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., are seeking information from the public while investigating an arson that caused $255,000 damage to a home at 10 Scotch Trail in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County.

Two male suspects with short hair and a female were seen walking away from the home shortly before the fire was reported at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Police listed the victims as Jennifer Lewis and Dennie Miller of Frederick, Md., as well as Schaff's Home Center of Fayetteville, Pa.

Woman hurt, man jailed after crash

MARION, Pa. - A woman was injured and a man jailed as a result of a collision Thursday morning at the intersection of Swamp Fox Road and Colorado Street, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The accident happened at 8:45 a.m. when a 1976 Ford dump truck pulling a flatbed trailer driven by Carl McGowan, 48, no fixed address, pulled onto Swamp Fox Road into the path of an eastbound 1984 Pontiac 6000 driven by Janette Hodson, 22, of Chambersburg.

Police said Hodson's vehicle struck the trailer and she was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment.

McGowan was charged with failing to yield and driving a commercial motor vehicle with an expired medical card, police said. McGowan was also taken into custody on outstanding warrants from Washington County, Md., police said.

McGowan was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock and jailed on $50,000 bond, police said.

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