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Police log

October 07, 1997

2 charged with pulling false alarms

In two apparent unrelated incidents early Saturday, two men were charged with pulling false fire alarms in Hagerstown, according to Fire Marshal Tom Brown.

John Edgar Clark, 25, of Greencastle, Pa., was charged shortly after 12:53 a.m. when a witness identified him as the person who pulled a street fire alarm at 22 N. Mulberry St., Brown said.

While Clark was being interviewed by fire and police officials, another alarm came in for South Mulberry and East Baltimore streets at 1:50 a.m.

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Robert Charles Griggs, 26, of Linthicum, Md., was also charged with one count of false fire alarm, Brown said.

Both men were released on personal recognizance, according to court records.

The possible maximum penalty for false fire alarm is five years in prison, and/or a $5,000 fine, Brown said.

Trial dates in Washington County District Court of Dec. 12 have been set for each man.

Man sentenced for crack distribution

ELKINS, W.Va. - A 22-year-old Shepherdstown, W.Va., resident was sentenced Sept. 30 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Elkins by Judge Robert E. Maxwell.

Derrick Monroe, of Ray Street, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 for a plea of guilty made May 6 to one count of distribution of crack cocaine on Feb. 2, 1996 in Shepherdstown within 1,000 feet of Shepherdstown Day Care.

Hagerstown woman hurt in accident

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown woman was moderately injured in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 81 near Exit 5, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Tina M. Gossard, 37, of Hagerstown, was traveling north on I-81 in a 1988 GMC Jimmy and veered off the road into the median, police said.

The vehicle rolled onto its side and then flipped over twice on the southbound lanes, police said. It came to a rest facing south, police said.

Gossard was wearing her seat belt, police said.

The vehicle was severely damaged.

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