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Police log

March 06, 1997

Three New Yorkers face drug charges

Three New Yorkers were arrested Wednesday afternoon after drugs were found in a Motel 6 room, according to a local drug task force agent.

Ralph Benjamin Cotto, 18, of 112 E. 28th St., New York City, was in Hagerstown for a March 4 first appearance in court on other drug offenses, according to court records.

Cotto has now been charged additionally with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, according to Jeff Hewett with the Maryland State Police/Drug Enforcement Administration Tri-State Task Force.

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He was being held without bond Thursday morning at the Washington County Detention Center.

Two 17-year-old New York residents were charged with the same offenses, Hewett said. They were arrested after they returned to the motel room Wednesday afternoon.

Police were sent to the scene for reports of a disorderly subject in one of the rooms, Hewett said.

Police charge man driving wrong way

FREDERICK, Md. - Citizens alerting Maryland State Police to a motorist driving the wrong way on U.S. 15 in Frederick County early Thursday resulted in the man being pulled over safely.

Rodger Doody, 70, of Walkersville, Md., was charged with driving while intoxicated, negligent driving, violating an alcohol restriction and driving the wrong way, police said.

He was southbound in the northbound lanes at 12:49 a.m. when police pulled him over near Jefferson Street.

Doody was released on personal recognizance, police said.

Man pleads guilty to assault with gun

A Hagerstown man, charged in an unprovoked gun attack on a man walking along Memorial Boulevard the day after Christmas, pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun.

Frederick Clarence Feigley Jr., 18, also admitted to assault and battery in an unrelated incident last July 22 in which a man walking along South Street was splashed and harassed.

Judge John H. McDowell postponed sentencing Thursday and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Feigley was returned to jail.

The 7:30 p.m. incident on Dec. 26, 1996, occurred near the intersection with Frederick Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

The victim told police he was walking behind three young men when one turned and asked him if he was following them, police said.

Feigley, one of the three men, was accused of striking the victim, knocking out two of his teeth, and then threatening him with a .32-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, police said.

Two attendants from a nearby service station came to the victim's aid and held Feigley down until police arrived.

Power lines cause small outage

SMITHSBURG - Arcing power lines on Itnyre Road disrupted power to about six homes Thursday night, officials from the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. said.

Deputy Chief Charles Baker said wind caused the lines to arc and knocked out a transformer.

Debbie Beck, a spokeswoman for Allegheny Power, said one customer reported flickering lights inside his house at about 10:45 p.m. and saw sparks along power lines outside. She said a maintenance crew was sent to the area.

Student charged with knife violation

SMITHSBURG - A 14-year-old Smithsburg Middle School student was arrested Thursday for taking a knife to school, the Smithsburg Police Department said.

Chief Tommy Bowers said the school's principal discovered the folding hunting knife after the eighth grader showed it to several other students.

Officer Shawn Tyler was sent to the school at about 11:30 a.m. and charged the youth with possession of a deadly weapon on school property, Bowers said.

The boy was released to his parent's custody.

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