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Prostitution sting nets 19 arrests

November 02, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Nineteen people got tricked, but received no treats Halloween night, as they were arrested in the third prostitution sting in five months in Hagerstown's downtown area.

Seventeen people were charged with engaging in prostitution and three were charged with drug possession, according to Hagerstown City Police.

"The (sting) last night was probably the most productive one of the year," said Hagerstown Sgt. Rick Johnson, who was in charge of the undercover operation.

At times, vehicles were lined up waiting to approach undercover female officers, police said.

At least 45 prostitution arrests have been made this year compared with 17 in 1996 and 11 in 1995, according to police.

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About 15 police officers, including members of the Frederick Police Department Tactical Unit, were involved in the sting overnight Friday that targeted prostitutes and their customers, Johnson said.

Those arrested and their charges were:

- Tina Louise Weddington, 37, of 193 Berkson Ave., Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- Lee Andrew Johnson, 46, of 115 W. Bethel St., Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- Vance Harold Warford, 41, of 13790 Molly Pitcher Highway, Lot No. 32, Greencastle, Pa., for engaging in prostitution;

- Javier Duran Duran, 27, of Chambersburg, Pa., for engaging in prostitution and driving without a license;

- Willie Neil McNeill III, 46, of 136 Broadway St., Apt. 14, Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- Ronnie Gene Ratliff, 30, of Hedgesville, W.Va., for engaging in prostitution;

- Thomas Christopher Fowler, 30, of 222 S. Prospect St., second-floor apartment, Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- Jason Richard Weddle, 22, of 101 Rickover Court, Salisbury, Md., for engaging in prostitution;

- Christopher Jesus-Christ Spriggs, 24, of McConnellsburg, Pa., for engaging in prostitution;

- Paul Edgar Funk Jr., 44, of 368 S. Locust St., Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- Lee Marvin Ingram, 29, of 11226 Cristins Circle, Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- John Christian Pasternak, 54, of 3116 Valley View Court, Gapland, Md., for engaging in prostitution;

- Russell Kennedy Sites Jr., 75, of 712 George St., Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- George Alec Carter Jr., 68, of 428 Mitchell Ave., Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- Adolph David Jones, 65, of 829 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution;

- Joel Douglas Shindledecker, 33, of 924 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, for possession of crack cocaine;

- Charles Douglas Nair, 44, of 160 W. Washington St., Apt. 2, Hagerstown, for possession of crack cocaine;

- Michael Eugene Snowden, 33, of 27 E. Washington St., Apt. 3, Hagerstown, for engaging in prostitution and possession of marijuana;

- Donald Eugene Turner, 43, of Stephens City, Va., for engaging in prostitution.

All 19 were being held at police headquarters Saturday awaiting a bond hearing before a District Court Commissioner, police said.

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