Police, fire briefs - Nov. 14

November 14, 2011

Man charged with strong-arm robbery

A man accused of ripping a necklace from another man’s neck Thursday night near a liquor store on Dual Highway has been charged with strong-arm robbery, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said Monday.

Jerome Christian, 19, of no fixed address, also was charged with burglary in connection with an unrelated break-in of a Beachwood Drive home on Nov. 6, Smith said.

In the Thursday incident, a man walked up to Alfredo Akhneov at about 10 p.m. and asked for a cigarette in the parking lot of a liquor store in the 1700 block of Dual Highway, Smith said. The man grabbed Akhneov’s necklace and fled, he said.

Police used a dog that tracked Christian to an apartment on Edgewood Hill Circle and arrested him about 30 minutes after the incident was reported, Smith said.

Edgewood Hill Circle is across Dual Highway from the Hagerstown Commons Shopping Center.

Eight people report vehicle damage near Pangborn Park

Eight people reported that their vehicles were damaged over the weekend in the area of Pangborn Park, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

The incidents were reported to have occurred between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The crimes occurred in the unit and 200 blocks of East Irvin Avenue, and in the 700 and 800 blocks of Monet Drive.

Fire causes $3,000 in damages to National Pike home

A fire over the weekend caused about $3,000 in damages to a home at 21420 National Pike near Hagerstown, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

The fire started on the front porch of the house shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the fire marshal’s office. It was discovered by a passer-by.

It took six firefighters from the Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department about five minutes to get the fire under control, the fire marshal’s office said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The house is owned by Richard Koontz Jr., according to the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation website.

— Dan Dearth

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