Police log

January 30, 1997

Police log

Man gets life without parole in immigrant's death

FREDERICK, Md. - David Charles Morgan got a life sentence without parole Wednesday in the killing of an El Salvadoran immigrant with a machete.

Morgan was convicted last November of the Aug. 30, 1995 killing, which police believe began as a robbery.

Frederick County Circuit Court Judge John H. Tisdale imposed the sentence that had been sought by prosecutors, citing Morgan's past criminal history, including a 1981 assault with intent to murder in Montgomery County in which he was convicted of shooting a man twice in the neck.

Morgan, 38, spoke for over an hour at Wednesday hearing.

Francisco Hernandez, 34, bled to death in minutes after he was chopped with a 30-inch machete near the parking lot of his apartment.


Morgan claimed a prostitute killed Hernandez.

Police said Mary Louise Vitale, 32, of Frederick, lured Hernandez into Morgan's apartment and removed his wallet from his pants. Hernandez confronted Morgan and another woman, police said. Hernandez then was slashed in the shoulder and chest.

Police said they found Morgan's apartment and found Hernandez's wallet under a bed at the apartment. Police said Vitale was charged with murder and solicitation.

Jewelry valued at $17,000 stolen on Outer Drive

Jewelry valued at more than $17,000 has been stolen from a home in the 1200 block of Outer Drive, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Reported over the weekend, the theft included a $2,000 one-carat diamond earring, and a $2,000 opal ring, police said.

The list of stolen items was four pages long, police said.

Ford Escort reported stolen

A 1990 Ford Escort was stolen Wednesday from Packaging Services Inc., at 16461 Elliott Parkway in the Williamsport Industrial Park.

The cream colored station wagon bore Md. tags ASH 060 and has damage on the rear passenger side quarter panel, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Police probe gunshot report

Hagerstown City Police investiated a report of gunshots in the area of Jonathan Street and North Avenue Thursday night.

The Hagerstown Housing Authority security firm that patrols public housing units in the city reported gunshots at about 7:30 p.m., Sgt. Ken Wasilius said.

Officers could not find anyone who saw the shooting and there were no apparent victims or damaged property, Wasilius said.

But he said officers recovered a 9-millimeter casing that police believe was fired on Thursday.

"We are assuming a shot was fired somewhere - into the air, into the ground - somewhere," he said.

Wasilius said police were searching for a green Ford station wagon with tinted windows that was seen in the area about the same time.

Van reported stolen from lot

The second vehicle in a week was stolen Thursday night from the parking lot of Martin's Grocery Store on Wesel Boulevard, Hagerstown City Police said.

According to police, the owner went into the store to shop around 8:30 p.m. and came out to discover her van missing. Police are searching for a maroon 1992 Chevrolet customized van with a utility rack on the roof and a ladder on the rear. It has Maryland tags 488837M, police said.

Last week, a jeep was reported stolen from the parking lot, police said.

Police search package for bomb

FREDERICK, Md. - U.S. 40 and Baughmans Lane was closed to traffic Thursday afternoon for about an hour while bomb technicians examined a suspicious package, officials said.

Technicians from the State Fire Marshal's office determined the package contained no explosive devises.

A member of the Free Catholic Church, located on West 9th Street, took a yellow, 10-by-14 inch bulky package to the Maryland State Police barracks at 1001 W. Patrick St. at 4:35 p.m., officials said. The church had received a number of threats recently.

The church member was further alarmed because the package contained no return address, officials said.

After x-raying the envelope, technicians determined it contained a video tape, the Frederick City Police said.

Firefighters and ambulance crews stood by in case of trouble, officials said. Frederick City Police are investigating the matter.

Window smashed

A basement window was smashed Thursday night at 155 S. Potomac St., according to Hagerstown City Police.

Nothing appeared to have been taken from the building, police said.

Teen charged with carjacking

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick police Wednesday arrested a Frederick youth accused of carjacking a car two weeks ago.

Frederick City Police said John Linwood Hall, 17, of Willowdale Drive, turned himself in at police headquarters. He has been charged as an adult, police said.

Linwood was charged with armed carjacking, armed robbery, using a handgun in the commission of a felony, 1st-degree assault, carrying a handgun, felony theft, 2nd-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

On Jan. 15, a woman was forced at gunpoint to leave her car in the 100 block of West All Saints Street.

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