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coplog 2/3/97

February 05, 1997

Police subdue Maryland man

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police used pepper spray and leg restraints Monday to subdue a Boyds, Md., man who they alleged resisted arrest.

Shawn Layne Martindale, 30, of 2182 Clarksburg Road, was arrested on driving while intoxicated charges, police said.

Officer Joseph Simmons observed a white Ford Bronco traveling the wrong way on West 3rd Street, police said.

He radioed the description of the vehicle to other officers, who eventually stopped it at the 200 block of Market Street, police said.

On the way to the station, Cpl. Sean Stuart was kicked, as was the light bar console of his car, police said. Stuart used pepper spray to control Martindale and placed him in leg restraints, police said.

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In addition to DWI, Martindale was charged with two counts of driving the wrong way on a one-way street, destruction of property and 2nd-degree assault.

Youth charged with CD theft

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police Monday arrested a youth who they alleged tried to pawn stolen compact discs.

The juvenile, whose name is being withheld because of his age, tried to sell the stolen property at Cole's Pawn Shop, police said. Police also accused the youth of yelling and screaming on the street in front of witnesses.

The youth was charged with theft less than $300 and disorderly conduct.

Woman injured when hit by minivan

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., woman was injured early last night after she was struck by a minivan while crossing a street, police said.

Karen S. Kirby, 41, of 619 N. Queen St., Martinsburg, was walking across the intersection of Queen Street and Moler Avenue at 6:10 p.m. when she was knocked off her feet by a 1984 Plymouth mini-van driven by Ryan L. Ogle, 25, of 406 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, said Martinsburg Patrolman Bill Hutchinson.

After the traffic light turned green, Ogle began turning left onto Moler Avenue from the turn lane heading south on Queen Street when he struck Kirby, Hutchinson said. Police estimated Ogle was traveling between five and 10 mph when he hit Kirby, Hutchinson said.

Kirby was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg by Martinsburg EMS ambulance after complaining of neck, lower back and hip pain, Hutchinson said.

No charges were filed. Hutchinson said Kirby was wearing dark clothing and it was raining heavily at the time.

Officials seek man about Kobe fire

This man may have information critical to the investigation of the Jan. 25 fire that destroyed The House of Kobe Restaurant on the Dual Highway, according to the Hagerstown Fire Department.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh said the man may have been in the area at the time the fire was discovered and reported and may have information that could aid in the investigation.

He was described as about 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He was seen wearing a suit and tie and a tan-colored trench coat, Hersh said.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of this man is asked to call Hersh at 790-2476.

The Brethren Mutual Insurance Company is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person.

In addition, there is a reward offered by the Arson Control Association of Maryland.

St. James Village hit by car thieves

St. James Village was hit hard overnight by thieves who broke into as many as 25 vehicles throughout the development off the Sharpsburg Pike.

But the good news is the thieves were seen by witnesses, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Two men on bicycles were spotted and their descriptions were turned over to deputies.

Among the locations hit were Fernwood Lane, Deanewood Lane, Woodside Drive, Driftwood Lane, Sharpsburg Pike and College Road, deputies said.

Taken were car phones, sunglasses, drills and other tools, a bicycle and a large amount of electronic equipment.

Also hit were locations in Brightwood Acres including Applewood Drive and Edgewood Drive, deputies said.

A 1997 Jeep parked on Main Street in Boonsboro was entered and an Alpine AM-FM CD player was taken.

Hagerstown City Police reported three or four scattered incidents of thefts from vehicles overnight.

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