cop briefs

January 06, 1997

Fatal accident in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An 18-year-old Hagerstown woman died Sunday morning in a one-car accident on the 100 block of Raleigh Street, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Mary Harris, of 22145 Jugtown Road, was killed in the accident that occurred about 4:15 a.m., police said. She turned 18 on Christmas Day.

The driver, Janice Marie Sellers, 36, of 220 N. Potomac St., was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in a death, police said.


Sellers' bond was set at $100,000 by Magistrate Sandy Miller.

Sellers was being held Sunday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

The accident occurred when the car was being driven north on the 100 block of Raleigh Street. The car ran off the road and onto the sidewalk before hitting a telephone pole, police said.

Team searches for missing woman

Members of the Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S., Inc., a volunteer search dog team from Montgomery County, Md., conducted an intensive search with four dogs along the Potomac River off Limekiln Road in search of a missing Hagerstown woman Saturday, Maryland State Police said.

They did not find Alleine Grace Mills, 60, of 9704 Clover Heights Road, during the nine-hour search. Mills was reported missing Wednesday by family members, police said.

The silver and gray 1986 Chevrolet Caprice she was driving when she was last seen leaving her home was found Thursday afternoon abandoned off Limekiln Road, along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath adjacent to the Potomac River, police said.

A state police bloodhound searched the area after the car was located but found no leads, police said.

Family members said Mills told them she was going to a doctor's appointment but a check with the doctor's office revealed none was scheduled, police said.

Medic unit stolen and damaged

THURMONT - Someone broke into the Thurmont Community Ambulance building and took the medic unit vehicle known as Medic 4 on an apparent joy ride some time between Friday night and Saturday morning, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

The Chevrolet Caprice was found early Saturday morning behind a home in the 100 block of North 2nd Street in Woodsboro, Md., police said.

It had apparently been wrecked in the area of Md. 194, north of Woodsboro, before being abandoned, police said.

The sheriff's department is assisting the Thurmont Police Department with the investigation.

Man charged with drug offenses

Billy James McGee, 18, of 26 N. Colonial Dr., Hagerstown was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia shortly after midnight Saturday after police, responding to a call, found him asleep in the rear of an extended cab pickup truck behind Reliable Furniture Co. at 1308 Dual Highway, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Two charged with crack possession

FREDERICK, Md. -- Two Frederick men were charged with possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia early Saturday morning following a search at 100 Lincoln Apartments, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Charged were Leroy Marque Dorsey, 45, of 100 Lincoln Apartments and David Brian Jones, 21, of 501 Prospect Boulevard.

Man charged with possessing firearm

FREDERICK, Md. - A Mt. Airy man was charged Thursday with transporting a firearm and possession of a regulated firearm after being convicted of a violent crime, Frederick Police said.

Police said they found a .357 magnum handgun in a case and live ammunition in a vehicle driven by James Ronald Wahl, 39, of Liberty Road.

A records check revealed that Wahl had previously been convicted of a violent felony in Maryland, police said.

W.Va. man faces weapon charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged Saturday morning with carrying a concealed deadly weapon after two officers on bike patrol stopped him about 4 a.m. as he walked in the 100 block of South Church Street, Martinsburg City Police said.

James Lee Gentry, 19, of Maple Avenue, was allegedly carrying a loaded .22-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol with the serial number filed off in his coat pocket and a ski mask under his clothing, police said.

The officers on bike patrol stopped Gentry because they thought he was acting in a suspicious manner and because they thought he might be under 18 and in violation of the curfew law, police said.

Gentry was placed in the Eastern Regional Jail on $1,067 bond, police said.

No one injured in 3-car accident

WILLIAMSPORT - A Frederick, Md., man allegedly ran a red light at the corner of Conococheague and Potomac streets, causing a three-car accident, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

William S. Fout Jr., 33, was driving his 1991 Ford Explorer north on Conococheague Street when the accident occurred at about 11:40 a.m., police said. According to police, Fout drove through a red light and struck a 1988 VW Fox, driven by Remus Scumpieru, 24, of Hagerstown.

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