Police log

April 23, 1997

Man sentenced for graffiti incidents

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for convictions in Washington County Circuit Court on racial harassment charges stemming from graffiti incidents at two laundromats.

Joshua Erick Leggett, 22, formerly of the 100 block of East Franklin Street, also received two concurrent sentences of six months each for malicious destruction of property.

Leggett was charged last summer after graffiti was drawn on laundromats at 334 N. Potomac St., and 734 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown City Police said.


Swastikas, the letters "SS," a drawing of a hangman, references to Aryan Nation and other ethnic remarks were apparent inside and outside the building, police said.

"Mr. Leggett has a problem with alcohol and anger," said his defense attorney Steve Kessell.

Earlier, Washington County State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long Jr. had described Leggett's criminal record as extensive.

Leggett's arrest came two days after Hagerstown officials served notice June 4 they are going to get tough with vandals.

He pleaded guilty to the offenses on Dec. 12.

Hagerstown City Police stepped up their efforts last summer to identify graffiti artists by offering a $2,000 reward for an apprehension and conviction.

Court rejects killer's appeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday uanimously refused to hear the appeal of a man convicted of a 1988 murder in Jefferson County.

Alexander Farmer said he should get a new trial because discredited former state police serologist Fred Zain examined evidence in his case.

Prosecutors say Zain only did preliminary work and did not testify. A circuit judge ruled that Zain's work did not affect the outcome of the case.

Farmer was convicted of murder, sexual assault and burglary and sentenced to life in prison for the killing of Marjorie Bouldin.

Golf clubs stolen

A set of golf clubs valued at $1,000 was reported stolen Tuesday morning from a vehicle parked at 18027 Edith Drive, Maugansville, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Also taken was a briefcase containing various business items, deputies said.

The victim told deputies he discovered the theft at 7 a.m.

Gas grill stolen

A CharBroil gas grill was stolen Monday from a home at 953 W. Washington St., according to Hagerstown City Police.

The grill, which has a side burner, is valued at $203.

Man injured in pickup accident

WILLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport man was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when his pickup truck collided with another pickup truck at the intersection of Dam #4 Road and River Bend Court, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Terry Lee Stine, 45, of Dam #4 Road, was listed in serious condition in the Washington County Hospital's intensive care unit.

Stine's 1977 Chevrolet pickup truck was headed south on Dam #4 Road at about 3:55 p.m. when it collided with a 1982 Ford pickup driven by James Calvin Houser, 69, of 7207 Dam #4 Road in Sharpsburg. Houser declined treatment, deputies said.

The accident is under investigation, deputies said.

Man slightly injured in accident

A Hagerstown man suffered minor injuries Tuesday night when his car collided with another vehicle at about 6 p.m. on Walnut Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

Jayantilal Norar Solanki, 64, of 235 N. Cleveland Ave., was treated and released from Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Solanki was driving east on Antietam Street when a Lincoln Town car went threw a red light and collided with his Nissan Sentra, Officer Casey Yonkers said.

The driver of the Lincoln, Harold Lloyd Davis, 67, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was not hurt, Yonkers said. He was charged with failure to stop at a red light, Yonkers said.

Woman charged with disorderly conduct

A Hagerstown woman was charged Tuesday afternoon with disorderly conduct in a yelling incident, Hagerstown City Police said.

Ebonee Chekara Parson, 20, of 908 Lanvale St., was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey an officer of the law.

Parson allegedly got into an altercation with a neighbor in the 100 block of Ross Street. When officers arrived shortly after 8 p.m., a woman was cursing loudly and would not calm down, police said.

Md. teen faces bomb charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick teenager was charged with putting explosive materials in a microwave and threatening his family Monday night, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

Larry D. Onderdonk, 16, of the 6600 block of Mountainview Drive, has been charged as an adult with assembling a destructive explosive device with intent to terrorize, assembling a pipe bomb, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and attempted arson.

He was being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $200,000 bond.

Deputies responded to a missing juvenile report at about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, authorities said. When they arrived at the residence, deputies learned that the boy had threatened family members, authorities said. They left the residence in fear, deputies said.

The family members told investigators that the boy had placed combustible materials in a microwave oven, deputies said. Later that night, he returned to the house and deputies were notified.

When they arrived, deputies found several youths inside the residence. Once of the teens was the missing juvenile, deputies said.

Earlier in the week, family members found a sawed-off shotgun hidden in the home. Authorities concluded that the boy hid the weapon.

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