Police log

June 20, 1997

Man charged after attack on woman

A woman was attacked, choked and held against her will in an apartment by her ex-boyfriend Thursday morning, Hagerstown City Police said.

Robert Eugene Clevenger Jr., 26, of 416 Salem Ave., was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and false imprisonment. He was being held Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

According to police, Tanya Smith, 23, of Williamsport, went to Clevenger's basement apartment to pick up clothing for her two children. They began to argue and he allegedly assaulted her at about 8:45 a.m. The children were at her brother's apartment at the time, police said.


While in Clevenger's apartment, he allegedly "flung" her to the ground, choked her and then held her there for about 45 minutes.

Smith was able to escape by agreeing to talk about getting back together, police said. She convinced him to leave the apartment with her to pick up her children. When they stepped outside, she ran to a clothing store at the corner of North Burhans Boulevard and Salem Avenue and called for help.

4 hurt in wreck in Frederick County

FREDERICK, Md. - Four people were injured Thursday afternoon when pickup truck struck a van broadside, Maryland State Police said.

The driver of the 1997 Plymouth Voyager van, Margaret Patschak, 32, of Frederick, suffered minor injuries, police said.

Michael Patschak, 6, was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. He was in good condition Thursday night.

William Patschak, 8, Brittany Patschak, 10, and Chris Patschak, 4, were treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, Don Baer, 45, of Thurmont, Md., was treated at the scene and was not hurt seriously, police said.

According to police, the van turned left from Md. 15 onto Willow Road and pulled in front of the pickup at about 5:20 p.m.

Identity sought on 2 arrested men

The fingerprints of two Jamaican men were sent to the FBI Thursday morning in an attempt by Maryland State Police to confirm their identities and to determine why they had more than $30,000 in cash, some marijuana and a loaded gun hidden in their car, authorities said.

The men, who carried no identification, gave the names Henry Anthony Powell, 32, of Huntington, W.Va., and Karl Anthony Robb, 26, of New York, according to Trooper 1st Class M.W. Shank who pulled them over on traffic violations Thursday at 2:20 a.m. on Interstate 81 north of Showalter Road.

The 1989 Ford Tempo, which bore temporary West Virginia tags, had a strong odor of "air freshener'' when Shank approached. In speaking with Robb, the driver of the car, the officer said he noticed a smell of marijuana on his breath.

Trooper 1st Class C.R. Stanford arrived with his K-9, Dillon, and the dog alerted on the car. The marijuana was found under the back seat, Shank said.

The loaded .38-caliber gun was under the front driver's seat, troopers said.

The money, wrapped in plastic and tape, was in the trunk, Shank said.

Both men were charged with possession of marijuana and transporting a handgun, Shank said.

Woman run over, escapes injury

A 19-year-old Hagerstown woman escaped serious injury early Thursday when she was run over by her own car as it drifted down a driveway at 11609 Robinwood Drive.

Maria Nicole Hult, of 1336 Cedarwood Drive, was treated at Washington County Hospital after the 1:30 a.m. accident, according to Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies.

She was treated for scrapes and released, hospital officials said.

Hult apparently parked her 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo but as she got out, the car began to drift down the driveway, deputies said.

Cpl. Travers Ruppert said Hult was run over when she got behind the car and attempted to stop it by pushing on it. She was dragged several feet, Ruppert said.


City man charged in milk crate theft

A Hagerstown man was charged with misdemeanor theft late Tuesday after a Maryland State Police trooper spotted a man taking milk crates from behind Old Forge Elementary School.

Mark Edward Kantner, 30, of 203 S. Prospect St., Apt. 7, was released on personal recognizance, according to police.

Cpl. Kevin Lewis was on routine patrol when he saw a car behind the school and found a man loading the crates into his vehicle, police said.

Equipment thefts reported in city

A number of thefts were reported in the area Wednesday, police said.

Stereo equipment and a radar detector, valued at $2,75, were taken from a 1995 Jeep Cherokee parked in the Ames Shopping Center lot on Dual Highway Wednesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

A 3-foot white wrought iron bench was stolen from a porch at 817 Hamilton Blvd., Hagerstown City Police said.

A stereo, pager and CDs, valued at $300, were taken from a vehicle parked at 17805 Greentree Terrace, Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies said.

A stereo and $6 in money were taken from a vehicle at 17827 Oak Ridge Drive, Washington deputies said.

And in the same neighborhood, thieves took amateur ham radio equipment worth $500 from a vehicle parked at 17839 Oak Ridge Drive, deputies said.

Police have suspects in theft of Mercury

Washington County Sheriff's deputies have suspects in the theft Wednesay of a 1997 Mercury Tracer from Massey Lincoln Mercury in Halfway.

The car turned up later that day abandoned at the corner of West Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue, police said.

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