Police log

May 19, 1997

Two ransack house, rob man

CLEAR SPRING - Two men ransacked a house on Funkhouser Road and stole a loaded gun Sunday afternoon, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

James Turner, 68, was at home west of Clear Spring at about 3:45 p.m. when two men knocked on his door and asked if he had a truck for sale, deputies said. When he walked outside, the men put a pillow case over his head, deputies said.

Turner was dragged back inside and the house was ransacked. A Remington .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol was stolen and used in the crime, deputies said. The gun was not fired, they said.


When they decided they were not going to be able to find any money, the men taped Turner to a chair and then left in a black or dark-colored compact car with no front license plate, deputies said.

An ambulance was called to the house, but Turner escaped with a small bump on his head, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

Three face drug charges

Washington County sheriff's deputies stopped a car for speeding Saturday night and charged its three occupants with drug violations, authorities said.

Charged after the 9:50 p.m. stop were:

  • Rodger Lamont Prophet, 23, of Silver Spring, Md. He was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, giving a false name and driving on a revoked license.
  • Tony Day, 22, of Suitland, Md. He was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • A 17-year-old male from Oxon Hill, Md. He was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Day and Prophet posted $15,000 bond Sunday night, authorities said. Officials did not release the youth's name because of his age.

Deputy Jeff Cooper stopped a 1983 Mercury Marquis at the 1300 block of Sherman Avenue outside Hagerstown, deputies said.

A specially-trained Maryland State Police bloodhound searched the car and detected the presence of drugs on the 17-year-old and in the car, deputies said.

Agents of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force assisted, deputies said.

Items stolen from Sharpsburg house

A Sharpsburg woman told deputies around $1,300 worth of items, including a television and VCR, were taken in a break-in at her Limekiln Road home, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The crime was reported Saturday night, deputies said.

The break-in caused an estimated $300 damage to the house, deputies said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 301-791-3020.

Fire destroys historic house

BEDINGTON, W.Va. - Fire officials are investigating what they say is a suspicious fire that destroyed a vacant, historic farm house on U.S. 11 north early Sunday morning.

The roof and rear wall had collapsed by the time the first units arrived, said Robert Robinson, chief of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighters brought in heavy equipment and knocked down the remaining three walls to avoid a hazardous situation, Robinson said.

He said the house, originally of log construction, was built sometime in the early 19th century.

The house was just south of the I-81 Flea market, Robinson said.

Units from Hedgesville and Baker Heights fire departments also answered the 2:54 a.m. alarm, Robinson said.

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