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September 06, 1994

MYERSVILLE — Baby taken in robbery is found 5 hours later

MYERSVILLE -- Two men assaulted and robbed a woman and then fled into a wooded area with her 2-week-old daughter, Frederick County sheriff's officials said.

The baby was found unharmed several hours later alongside a road not far from where she was taken.

The woman, Karen Bruchey, 23, of Myersville told police she was driving on Highland School Road about 9 p.m. Thursday when an object struck her windshield. When she stopped the car, a man wearing black clothing opened the door, cut the woman on her face and neck and stole her jewelry, sheriff's officials said. A second man grabbed the woman's baby, Rebecca, and both men fled, officials said.

Deputies searching along Fisher's Hollow Road about five hours later heard crying and found the baby wrapped in a blanket, officials said.

Man found stabbed to death in apartment

HAGERSTOWN

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man was found dead in his apartment with a stab wound in the chest, police said.

Mark Todd Lowery, 24, was found Thursday by friends concerned that he hadn't been to work. Police said they're investigating the death as a possible homicide.

An upstairs neighbor said he heard two people arguing last Tues

day outside Mr. Lowery's apartment, police said.

Neighbors said they noticed Mr. Lowery's mailbox was full last Tuesday and that he hadn't picked up his mail Wednesday.

An autopsy is being conducted by the state medical examiner's office to determine the time and cause of death, police said.

If the death is ruled a homicide, it would be the seventh slaying of the year in Hagerstown and the eighth in Washington County.

Man accused of arson has 13 counts dropped

HAGERSTOWN -- A Washington County judge has dismissed 13 counts of attempted murder against a Hagerstown man accused of trying to burn down an apartment building.

Robert Dumont, 24, still faces first-degree arson, malicious burning and reckless endangerment charges in the Aug. 7 incident.

A flammable liquid, believed to be gasoline, was spread throughout the building, said Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh.

A small fire was set in the hallway, but Mr. Dumont put the fire out before it spread, Mr. Hersh said.

Mr. Dumont worked as a maintenance man at the building.

Mr. Dumont had been charged with 13 counts of attempted murder because 13 people were in the building, Mr. Hersh said.

Mr. Dumont was being held on $250,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

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