Police log

May 27, 1997

Deputies arrest woman in fight at restaurant

Washington County sheriff's deputies Monday arrested a woman who was allegedly fighting with another woman behind the Burger King on Pennsylvania Avenue north of Hagerstown, authorities said.

Faith A. Thomas, 37, of 9106 Downsville Pike was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and malicious destruction of property.

Thomas was released on personal recognizance.

Deputies arrived at about 12:40 p.m. after receiving a complaint about two women fighting, authorities said. Thomas and Robing Lee Atkinson, of 19926 Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown, started to argue, deputies said.


Thomas allegedly ripped off a coil wire and tags on Atkinson's vehicle and threw her to the ground.

Thomas was found to have a small piece of crack cocaine, deputies said. A pipe found near a tree belonged to her, deputies said.

Atkinson told deputies that they were arguing over Thomas smoking crack, authorities said.

Man charged after accident at Md. 60 and Leiter's Mill Road

A two-car accident Sunday morning at Md. 60 and Leiter's Mill Road has been blamed on one driver's failure to obey a stop sign, Maryland State Police said.

Richard Dean Burker, 19, of 17 Garlinger Ave., was also charged with failure to yield the right of way, police said.

His 1997 Honda was eastbound on Leiter's Mill Road at 5:25 a.m. when it ran through the intersection at Md. 60 without stopping, police said.

A 1990 Honda Accord traveling south on Md. 60 hit Burker's vehicle which then careened into a bank, police said.

The Accord was driven by Dwayne Curtis Freeman, 26, of 569 Liberty St.

Freeman was uninjured but his passenger, Kevin Gilmore, age and address unknown, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

Burker and one of his passengers, Anthony Brown, age and address unknown, were in fair condition Monday at Washington County Hospital.

Two other passengers in Burker's car - Matthew Cline and Jeremy Storer - were both treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Damage from trailer fire estimated at $60,000

BOONSBORO - Damage has been estimated at $60,000 from a Saturday night fire that destroyed an unoccupied double-wide mobile home on Park Hall Road, according to the state fire marshal's office.

The 10:56 p.m. blaze occurred at the dwelling owned by Charles and Patricia Hines, of Boonsboro.

Firefighters from Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Mt. Aetna, Potomac Valley and Middletown responded after a neighbor saw the blaze and called 911.

The fire began in the area of the master bedroom. The cause is under investigation.

Stereo stolen from car

SHARPSBURG - Someone broke into a 1993 Honda parked to the rear of 103 N. Church St. in Sharpsburg early Monday and stole an Alpine stereo system valued at $400.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 791-3020.

Items stolen from car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The passenger-side window of a car was smashed Sunday night or Monday morning and $600 of items were stolen, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The car was in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn off the east berm of Pa. 11, police said.

A pocketbook containing numerous credit cards and a New York state driver's license were stolen along with a Canon 33 mm camera, police said.

Frederick man charged with assault

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man allegedly grabbed his wife by the throat and put a gun against her face during an argument Sunday morning, Frederick City Police said.

Lawrence Ray Brightful III, 50, of the 1st block of Livingstone Terrace was charged with first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

Brightful allegedly shoved his wife, Linda A. Brightful, against a wall. The handgun that was allegedly used was unloaded when police seized it but it was in a case that included ammunition, police said.

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