Police log

February 21, 1997

Motorcyclist injured in accident

A motorcyclist was taken to Washington County Hospital Thursday afternoon after his motorcycle collided with a van that was pulling out of the Tristate Electrical Supply Co. parking lot on Dual Highway, Hagerstown City Police said.

Officer Ellen Gilbert said the motorcycle operator was badly hurt in the accident. She would not name the man because his family had not been notified.

The accident occurred at about 2:10 p.m., police said.

The driver of the van, Robert Lee Craig, 76, of 412 Rhode Island Ave., in Hagerstown, was cited for failure to yield right of way, police said.


Man charged with selling faking crack

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department on Thursday arrested a Knoxville, Md., they alleged sold fake crack cocaine to an undercover police officer.

Charles Thomas Smallwood, 33, of 1714 Jefferson Pike, was charged with distribution of a non-controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute a non-CDS.

Grease fire damages kitchen

Firefighters were called out to a grease fire in the kitchen of an apartment at 17336 Virginia Ave. early Thursday.

Damage was minor, although a 17-year-old woman who had been cooking the french fries suffered a second-degree burn on her hand, according to Halfway Fire Chief Joe Kroboth.

Firefighters responded at 1:31 a.m. and found the fire was out, but there was heavy smoke in the first-floor apartment. No other apartments in the building were affected, Kroboth said.

The woman said she put the grease on the stove and then left the room, Kroboth said. When she came back into the kitchen, the pan was burning, Kroboth said.

The fire to spread to the cupboards above the sink, Kroboth said.

The woman was treated at the scene, opting not to go to the hospital, Kroboth said.

A check of the apartment's smoke detector revealed it had no battery.

"We put a new battery in the detector before we left,'' Kroboth said.

None of the other tenants was evacuated, Kroboth said.

Police search for man in assault

Hagerstown City Police are looking for a black male who allegedly punched the assistant manager of Weis Market on Maryland Avenue.

Police said the man was put out of the store earlier, but returned and assaulted the employee.

The man is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.

Tavern damaged and cash stolen

Someone threw a tire through the window at the K&M Dead End Tavern at 881 Virginia Ave. early Thursday and got away with about $500 in cash, Hagerstown City Police said.

Damage to the window was set at $250.

Teen brings knives to school

A 14-year-old student at Northern Middle School was sent home from school this week after he was found to have two penknives in his possession, Hagerstown City Police said.

The principal was alerted to the presence of the knives by other students, police said.

The youth has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Man charged with burglary

A Hagerstown man was charged with burglary and destruction of property Thursday morning after he broke into his former girlfriend's home, forcing her to flee out the back door, Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies said.

Dennis Lee Benedict, 39, of 27 Manor Drive, Apt. 103, was taken into custody at 1:42 a.m. Deputies used pepper spray to get him out of the home, the sheriff's department said.

The former girlfriend called deputies at 1 a.m. after a man forced his way into her mobile home on Deer Lodge Circle.

When deputies arrived, attempts were made to get the man out of the home.

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