Robbery charges dropped
Prosecutors have dropped robbery charges against a Frederick man arrested Sunday in connection with an assault and robbery involving several people June 24.
Alexander Ray Wedge, 18, was released on personal recognizance at a bail review hearing Monday afternoon, according to court records.
Wedge, who is still charged with second-degree assault and theft, was arrested after the man who was robbed identified him in a photo array and placed him at the scene among a group of people, according to charging documents in the case.
But the man said he didn't know who assaulted him by hitting him with a gun before someone else in the group took money from his pocket when he fell to the ground.
Detective Sgt. Joe Hayer said investigators believe Wedge had some involvement in the crime, but as more information emerged, they believed it wasn't appropriate to hold him on the most serious charge.
Hayer said detectives continue to follow additional leads in the case based on new information they have been receiving.
-- Brian Englar
Law enforcement open house set
Local first responders will team up next month for an open house at the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center.
The event, sponsored in part by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 2, at 110 Airport Drive East, Frederick, according to a news release.
Participants include Maryland State Police, Frederick County Emergency Communications and Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.
Each agency will offer activities. Weather permitting, a state police helicopter will be on display, along with a United Steam Engine Co. fire engine and ambulance. K-9 demonstrations will be offered throughout the evening, as well as a short class on less lethal weapons, displays and building tours.
For details, call the sheriff's office at 301-600-1046.
-- Cara R. Anthony