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February 11, 1997

Boy brings knife to Hagerstown school

A 13-year-old boy was in possession of a 10-inch knife Monday morning when he arrived at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, authorities said.

Hagerstown City Police Officer Brian Barnhart went to the school at 9:30 a.m.

The knife, hidden in the boy's jacket, was a kitchen-type knife with a 5 1/2 inch blade, police said. It was hidden in his jacket.

The boy has been suspended from school for three days, according to Bonnie Martin, spokesman for the Washington County Board of Education.

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Two injured in highway accident

Two Allegany County, Md., men were hurt Monday morning when their pickup truck wrecked on the ramp from westbound Interstate 70 to westbound Interstate 68 at 2:30 a.m., Maryland State Police said.

Jeffrey Hall, 26, of Frostburg, Md., and Jason Elkins, 18, of Nikep, Md., were taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulances from Hancock and nearby Morgan County, W.Va.

Trooper 1st Class Matt Jones said the Chevrolet S-10 pickup went off the right side of the roadway and struck a barrier.

Elkins was ejected, Jones said.

Golf course owner nabs intruder

Mt. AIRY, Md. - The owner of the Rattlewood Golf Course took matters into his own hands early Monday when someone broke into the pro shop at 13501 Penn Shop Road in Mt. Airy, according to Frederick County sheriff's deputies.

When deputies arrived at 2:28 a.m., they took custody of Curtis Matthew Meyer, 37, of Skyview Drive, Mt. Airy.

Deputies said entry to the building was gained by breaking out a glass door leading to the pro shop and office area. The intruder allegedly had begun removing items from the shop when he was apprehended by the owner, deputies said.

When caught, the man had about $2,200 worth of merchandise in his possession, deputies said.

Meyer was charged with breaking and entering, destruction of property and felony theft, deputies said.

Man charged with theft at store

FREDERICK, Md. - A Sharpsburg man was arrested Saturday evening after he was observed taking money from a cash register at Montgomery Ward in the Fredericktowne Mall, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Using surveillance cameras, a store employee watched Ronald L. Grim Jr., 18, take $124 from the cash register, police said.

He was detained by store security until police arrived.

After K-9 officer "Andy" indicated there were drugs in the vehicle, police searched it and found a small quantity of marijuana in the driver-side door and on the passenger-side floor, police said.

Grim, of the 4900 block of General Anderson Court, Sharpsburg, was charged with theft and possession of marijuana, police said.

Grim was released from Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $500 bond.

Tires stolen from business

More than $1,800 worth of tires were taken from a Hagerstown business between Saturday night and Monday morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

A storage trailer at the rear of Expedited Services Inc., 14728 Crown Lane, was forced open, and a steel door bar and lock mechanism pried open, police said.

Eight Continental 14-ply truck tires valued at $1,840 were taken, police said.

Jeep recovered in Baltimore

A vehicle reported stolen from Washington County Monday morning was recovered later in the day by Baltimore City Police, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Cpl. Daryl Sanders said Baltimore police had recovered the vehicle and arrested two people. No one from the Baltimore City Auto Theft Unit was available for comment Monday night.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Department, a 1989 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen Monday morning from 13704 Paradise Church Road.

Chimney fire damages house

DARGAN - A chimney fire that seeped into the walls of a home on Harpers Ferry Road caused minor damage Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Capt. Clarence Webber of the Potomac Valley Fire Co. said the fire started near a wood-burning stove at 2371 Harpers Ferry Road around noon. He said firefighters, who cut away the ceiling and part of the wall to get at the flames, quickly knocked down the fire.

Webber estimated damage at $1,500.

Child care worker charged

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick child care worker was charged Monday with forging her employer's check at a city bank, according the Frederick Police Department.

Mary Frances Browning, 34, of 316 W. South St., was charged with forgery, uttering, attempted theft under $300 and two driving offenses.

She was accused of endorsing a check made out to another woman and uttered a deposit slip at Fredericktown Bank and Trust, police said.

A bank teller called police after suspecting a crime, police said.

Police rule fall an accident

FREDERICK, Md. - Police on Monday said the death of a man who fell from a ladder while working on a sign at Masser's Motel last Friday was an accident.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner examined the body on Saturday, according to the Frederick City Police. The examination found there were signs that Speak received an electrical shock, but not sufficient to cause his death, officials said.

It also found that Speak suffered a fractured skull and the collapse of his spinal cord in the fall.

A final autopsy report was not complete Monday, police said.

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