Police log

February 17, 1997

Md. man charged with sex offense

A 56-year-old Funkstown man has been charged with a third-degree sex offense in connection with the fondling of a boy at the Mount Aetna Elementary School four years ago.

Anthony Roy Crouch, of 202 S. High St., turned himself in to Maryland State Police Friday and was later released on personal recognizance, according to Trooper 1st Class Mike Potter.

The former volunteer at the school is accused of putting his hand into the boy's pants and touching his genitals while the youth, then 12 or 13, was in a computer room at the school.


Potter said the incident allegedly occurred between January and June of 1992.

Husband charged with assaulting wife

A 33-year-old Hagerstown man was charged Monday morning with second-degree assault after his wife was struck in the head at their 16702 Broadfording Road home.

Jeffrey Lynn Wallech was arrested by Washington County sheriff's deputies at 2:28 a.m. A bond commissioner set bond at $5,000.

Deputy William Blair contacted the man's wife, Yvonne G. Wallech, 34, at the Washington County Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

Yvonne G. Wallech appeared last week in Washington County Circuit Court where she pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on her teenage daughter, court records said.

On Feb. 13, she was given probation before judgment for the offense.

Fire causes minor damage to house

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Fire caused minor damage Monday to a house in Boarman's Addition, located off Grade Road near Falling Waters, officials said.

Officials believe the 3:30 p.m. fire was caused by a problem in the chimney. The fire was contained to a wall behind the chimney, officials said.

Police seek missing man

Washington County sheriff's deputies are seeking help in locating a man who left his home Saturday at noon and hasn't returned.

Brian Keith Blevins, 38, of 427 Antietam Drive, reportedly was in a depressed state when he left home, deputies said. He is believed to be in or around the Hagerstown area.

Blevins is 6 feet 2 inches tall, 175 pounds, clean shaven with brown collar-length hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a maroon hooded jacket, a Navy blue sweatshirt, blue jeans and brown boots.

Anyone with information may call the Sheriff's Department at 791-3020.

Teen charged with filing false report

A 16-year-old Hagerstown girl, who reported to police she'd been raped while babysitting earlier this month, has now been charged with filing a false report.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Roy Harsh also charged the teenager with two counts of obstructing and hindering police. All charges were turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice and she was released to her mother.

Harsh said the girl reported on Feb. 4 that she had been raped by an 18-year-old acquaintance while she was baby-sitting for several children.

The man she accused was located a short time later and denied having been at the house, Harsh said. His parents told authorities they were at their home with their son at the time when the girl said the rape occurred.

When Harsh confronted the girl with that information, she told him she made up the story, police said.

Vehicles damaged by pellet gun

Two vehicles were damaged by a pellet gun while parked at the owner's residences Sunday and early Monday, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

A side window was broken on a 1987 Dodge Omni, parked at 21460 Greenbrier Road, Boonsboro.

The rear window of a 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier was shot out at 5123 Mount Briar Road, Keedysville.

Bank group offers robbery reward

The Maryland Association for Bank Security (MABS) is offering two separate rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of the robbers in two recent bank jobs in Washington County.

The robberies occurred Dec. 12 and Feb. 7 at the Hagerstown Trust Co. branch on Prospect Avenue.

MABS is an association of Maryland banks dedicated to enhancing bank security and preventing fraud through training seminars and by sharing information about security techniques and fraudulent schemes.

Information about those robberies can be directed to Hagerstown City Police at 790-3700, ext. 234, or the FBI at 293-0116.

Man charged in scuffle with officer

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was arrested Monday morning following a scuffle with a police officer, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Anthony Lee Mason, 36, of the 500 block of Hollyberry Way, was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, police said.

According to police, Officer Dennis K. Dudley saw a man at about 10:30 a.m. on a property from which he had previously been removed.

Believing the man might be trespassing, Dudley approached to investigate, and the man struck the officer with his right shoulder, police said.

Dudley placed the man under arrest, who initially resisted, police alleged. A search revealed the man also had a small quantity of marijuana, police said.

He was being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $500 bond.

Police charge teen with pot possession

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police charged a man with drug possession Monday.

Officer Edward Hanner responded to a shoplifting complaint at the Waxie Maxies Store at the Fredericktowne Mall at 8:45 p.m., police said.

The officer detected a strong marijuana odor on a customer, police said. A search of the man revealed a small bag of marijuana and rolling papers, police said.

Seth Joseph Zebovitz, 18, of 1413 W. 12th St., Frederick, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police charge teen with painting culvert

FREDERICK, Md. - A 16-year-old Frederick youth was arrested after paint was sprayed on the floor of a drainage culvert, Frederick City Police said.

The boy, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was charged with destruction of property, police said. He was released to his mother's custody.

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