Police Log

November 18, 1997

Police Log

Man charged with aggravated robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City police arrested a 39-year-old man Tuesday for a robbery that took place Nov. 8.

Ronald Hegan Marcum, no fixed address, was charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly hitting and then stealing the wallet of Harry Wayne Rogers, 47, of 120 Swartz St., according to the police report.

Rogers was walking up to his front door when he was approached from behind by a man who struck him once or twice in the face and stole his wallet, which contained $40. Rogers gave police a description and said he recognized the man from having seen him downtown, the report said.

Rogers also said he believed the man's name was "Ron" and later selected Marcum's photograph from eight pictures police showed him, according to the report.


Marcum was arraigned before Magistrate Joan Bragg and jailed in lieu of $20,000 bond.

W.Va. man charged with battery

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police had to kick down the door of a mobile home Monday to arrest a man wanted for domestic battery and obstructing an officer.

The report said James R. Sine, 35, was wanted for an incident that occurred Nov. 9 at the home he shared with Darlene Smith and their 22-month-old son. When a trooper arrived at the home that day, he saw a man fitting Sine's description running from the mobile home into the woods.

Smith told police Sine had assaulted her and took the child away when she ran to call police. The report said police could not find Sine or the child on Nov. 9, but both were back at the home with Smith when two troopers showed up Monday.

Trooper E.D. Burnett's report said Sine refused repeated orders to surrender. Burnett and Trooper Z. Vaughan kicked in the door when they saw Sine moving toward a gun cabinet, according to the report.

Monday's incident resulted in an additional charge of obstructing an officer filed against Sine, the report said.

Tools taken from construction site

About $750 worth of tools were stolen Tuesday from a house under construction, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The theft, which occurred at 18030 Honeyfield Drive, was discovered at about 8 a.m., deputies said.

Anyone with information can contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

2 hospitalized after U.S. 15 accident

POINT OF ROCKS, Md. - A Pontiac Firebird collided with an Oldsmobile on U.S. 15 at Md. 464 Tuesday, sending two people to the hospital and closing the road for about 30 minutes, Maryland State Police said.

The driver of the Firebird, Michelle L. Pearson, 17, of Dickerson, Md., was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was in serious condition Monday night.

The driver of the Oldsmobile, Anthony J. Hospedale, 38, of Sterling, Va., was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

According to police, Pearson turned left on Md. 464 shortly after 4 p.m. and collided in the intersection with the Oldsmobile, which was headed south on U.S. 15.

Detention hearing today for teen

A 15-year-old boy who allegedly assaulted his mother and did a lot of damage at his Smithsburg home Sunday will have a detention hearing today in Washington County Circuit Court.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to the home in the 100 block of Rachel's Court around 9:15 p.m. Sunday and found that the boy had left home after the alleged damage was done and the assault was over.

He returned home shortly after a search was instituted with Maryland State Police K-9 units, deputies said. He was taken into custody then.

Sprinklers douse laundry room blaze

FREDERICK - A potentially serious fire Tuesday morning in a laundry room at the Frederick Heights Apartment complex was averted when the sprinkler system came on automatically, fire officials said.

Firefighters from Independent Hose Co. responded at 12:41 a.m. to the building at 1092 Greenwald Place and found fire damage to the room.

The fire was determined to be arson, according to Deputy Maryland State Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg. Damage was $1,000.

The building also houses 12 occupied apartments, but the fire was extinguished by the automatic sprinklers before getting out of the laundry room, fire marshals said.

Stolen Cadillac found abandoned

A 1992 Cadillac - stolen in a carjacking in Prince George's County Saturday - turned up abandoned in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue Monday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The car was stolen from its owner in Fort Washington, Md., when he was on his way home from visiting relatives, police said.

The suspect was a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds, wearing a tan hat and black jacket. He had a gun, police said.

Pair of rifles stolen

Two rifles - one an antique - were stolen Monday from a home in the 200 block of South Mulberry Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

The .22-caliber Mossberg semi-automatic rifle is worth $1,000, police said. A .22-caliber Marlin with a scope is valued at $150.

Also taken were 15 woofers from a stereo system, worth $800, police said.

The thief got in through a back door, police said.

Counterfeit bill found in city

Hagerstown City Police are warning merchants that a counterfeit $10 bill has turned up in Hagerstown.

The bill, which was described as "very good,'' was passed at Apparatus Repair and Engineering Inc. at 90 W. Lee St. Monday.

McDonald's sign taken from eatery

Someone stole a McDonald's sign from the McDonald's Restaurant at 18411 Maugans Ave. Monday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The sign was valued at $65.

Fire destroys truck

A $20,000 Ford F-150 pickup truck was destroyed by fire late Monday on Keep Tryst Road in Knoxville, according to Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

The 1997 truck was discovered on fire in a cul-de-sac near Md. 340 and the railroad tracks at 9:34 p.m. Firefighters from Potomac Valley and Brunswick responded.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 301-791-4758.

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