Police log

March 19, 1997

Handgun seized from motorist

FREDERICK, Md. - A loaded 9 mm handgun was seized from a Pittsburgh man early Tuesday after his car became stuck in the mud in the median of Interstate 70 near Bartholows Road.

Lawrence B. Thompson, 31, told Maryland State Police he had the gun in his waistband when troopers decided to search his vehicle around 4 a.m.

A check revealed Thompson has a permit to carry the weapon in Pennsylvania but not in Maryland, police said.

Stereo stolen

Thieves took a $200 Clarion stereo from a Ryder Rental Truck Tuesday and did $700 damage to the vehicle in the process, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.


The truck was parked at Ryder's at 15 E. Oak Ridge Drive.

Vehicle damages stone bridge

SANDY HOOK - A vehicle hit a stone bridge over a set of railroad tracks Tuesday with such force that the bridge was actually separated from the road, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

The 1986 Toyota was driven by Teresa C. Fawcett, 36, of Windsor, Va. She and her passenger, Bobby James Sexton, 56, of Mountain Lock Road, were both taken to Washington County Hospital where they were both released after treatment, deputies said.

Man charged with hitting officer

A Boonsboro man was charged Wednesday afternoon with hitting a police officer and damaging a squad car, Hagerstown City Police said.

Michael Scott Maus, 26, of Greenbrier Road, was charged with 2nd-degree assault, malicious destruction of property, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

Police said the incident began when officers responded to an illegally parked car in the 400 block of Sumans Avenue at about 12:15 p.m.

The man allegedly spit on and struck Sgt. Craig Bakner. Officers used Cap-stun pepper spray to subdue him, police said.

In the backseat of the police cruiser, the man kicked the front seat, knocking it up its track, police said. Damage to the vehicle is more than $300, police said.

Chimney fire damage is minor

SANDY HOOK - A chimney fire caused minor damage to the attic of a home on Keep Tryst Road Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said.

Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Ron Gray said the fire started just after 3 p.m. and extended into the attic of the two-story farmhouse on 19323 Keep Tryst Road.

Teen charged with selling LSD

LINGANORE, Md. - Frederick County sheriff's deputies Wednesday charged a Linganore High School sophomore with selling LSD.

The 15-year-old New Market, Md.,-area boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was charged with possession of LSD with intent to distribute on school property, possession of LSD, possession of a portable pager on school property, and minor in possession of tobacco products.

According to police, school officials discovered a student had allegedly taken LSD at an after-school event on Tuesday. He told school officials that he had gotten the drug from the suspect, police said.

School officials reported that the student had six hits of LSD, a pager and a pack of cigarettes, police said.

The boy was released to his parents' custody.

Store worker charged with theft

FREDERICK, Md. - Police charged a man who allegedly stole $52,000 from a local store he was working for, the Frederick Police Department said.

Mark Anthony Capozio, 22, of no fixed address, was charged with theft over $300.

Capozio allegedly obtained a job at the store under a false name. While working alone on March 1, the man issued $52,000 in money orders, police said.

Afterward, he locked the store, took the surveillance tape and left with the money orders, police said.

Shots fired at Sharpsburg house

A Sharpsburg man was apprehended Tuesday after he became violent and fired off several rounds from a rifle when Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies approached, officials said.

The incident began at 8:40 p.m. when ambulance personnel from Sharpsburg arrived at the home of the 43-year-old man on a call and found a man yelling inside his house, police said.

When deputies approached, the man came outside the home and fired several rounds and then went back into the home, police said.

Officers surrounded the house and the man's family was called outside to seek cover behind police cruisers, deputies said.

The man came outside a short time later and surrendered without incident.

Deputies said they found a rifle, a sword and an ax in the cellar where the man had been earlier. A drug smoking pipe was also found, police said.

W.Va. man faces drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -A Berkeley County man was charged Wednesday following an incident last weekend in which police saw a man discard about 26 pieces of crack cocaine on North Raleigh Street, police said.

Aaron Edwards, 19, of Dodson's Trailer Park, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Capital Heights, located just east of Martinsburg, said Martinsburg Police Patrolman C.W. Franklin.

Edwards was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, Franklin said.

Edwards was arrested after police saw a man throw down a glass container holding 26 pieces of crack cocaine. The incident occurred Sunday in the 100 block of North Raleigh Street, Franklin said.

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