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2 men arrested on weapons charges


Two men each were charged with five counts of deadly weapon-related offenses after their arrests yesterday in Taneytown by a sheriff's deputy who found a stolen 9 mm semiautomatic pistol and a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun in their vehicle.

Taneytown Police Chief Mel Diggs said his office received a call about 11 a.m. yesterday from a resident who said a Ford Ranger with a Pennsylvania license tag was parked on the lot of Sheetz convenience store on East Baltimore Street with weapons on the front seat.

When police arrived at the store, the vehicle was gone. Police obtained the license number, learned the car was registered in Hanover, Pa., and began searching for it. Deputy Brad Brown stopped the vehicle at York and Commerce streets in Taneytown about 1:30 p.m.

The deputy saw weapons in the vehicle and arrested two men, Chief Diggs said.

The men were identified as Michael E. Hammond, 21, of Hanover, Pa., and Nolan D. Hawkins, 19, of the 7200 block of Coach Light Court near Frederick.

The vehicle is owned by Mr. Hammond, police said.

A search of the Ford Ranger revealed a fully loaded clip for a handgun in the glove compartment and half a box of 9 mm ammunition in the console between the front seats.

Shotgun shells also were found in the console, the chief said.

After the men were taken to the Taneytown police station, officers learned that the 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol was stolen in a burglary in the Union Bridge area in March.

Police were still checking the origin of the sawed-off shotgun, which they said has a cut-down wooden handle.

Both men are charged with possession and concealment of weapons and with transporting weapons in Carroll County, police said.

Officers said Mr. Hawkins is free on bail on a burglary charge in Frederick County and is wanted there on a charge of failure to appear in court. Investigators said he was also wanted on a warrant for theft and forgery of checks from a vehicle in Taneytown.

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