Police log

November 18, 1997

Police log

W.Va. charged with filing false report

A West Virginia woman who told Maryland State Police she was assaulted and raped earlier this month has been charged with a false report of a crime by Trooper 1st Class M.D. Kretzer.

Barbara Ann Dowdy, 40, of 1146 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., told police she was under her disabled Ford Escort on Md. 65 north of Sharpsburg around 8 p.m. Nov. 1 when a white man with a beard pulled over and raped her along the roadside, police said.

She went home to West Virginia and then to a hospital, where staff alerted the West Virginia State Police, police said. They in turn contacted Maryland State Police.


Inconsistencies in the woman's story led to further investigation and the woman recanting her allegations, according to Kretzer.

3 charged with breaking, entering

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three men were jailed early Monday morning after city police caught them inside the Big Lots store at 1275 N. Queen St.

According to the report, several officers went to the store after a burglar alarm went off at 1:17 a.m. Officers found a garage door at the business had been forced open, the report said.

Inside, officers spotted two men and ordered them to stop. The report said Terry Lee Shifflett, 23, of 100 Fairlawn Gardens, complied, but John Fitzgerald Wilt, 33, of 908 Florida Ave., was caught after attempting to flee.

Wilt told police there was a third man in the store and Anthony Wayne Nicely, 19, of Baker Heights One, Apt. 15, Kearneysville, was quickly found. Nicely's car was found in the parking lot.

All three men were charged with breaking and entering. Wilt was also charged with resisting arrest and with several traffic charges stemming from a Sept. 26 accident.

Wilt's bail was set at $62,155. Shifflett and Nicely were both jailed in lieu of $60,000 bond each.

Man injured in wreck on U.S. 30

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A St. Thomas, Pa., man was injured in a head-on collision Monday on U.S. 30, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The 11 a.m. accident occurred when Benjamin F. Jecrest, 18, unknown address, driving east in a 1979 Ford F150 pickup truck, crossed the center turn lane and entered the westbound lane of travel, police said.

Jecrest's truck hit a 1994 Volkswagon Jetta, driven by Edward S. Sanders, 30, unknown address, head-on, police said.

Two passengers in the car, Nathanial Sanders, 3, and Tristan Sanders, 2, were both restrained in child safety seats, police said.

Sanders was not wearing a seat belt, police said, and both airbags in the car deployed.

It is not known whether Jecrest was wearing his seat belt, police said. He suffered face, neck and shoulder injuries, police said.

All four were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

Gas spilled at store

Although about 40 gallons of gasoline were spilled Monday morning at the American Convenience Store on Sharpsburg Pike, only a few gallons got to a storm drain, rescue officials said.

And those five to 10 gallons were contained before they got any farther, rescue officials said.

Funkstown firefighters were joined by Civil Defense and the HazMat support team on the 8:08 a.m. call.

Keedysville burglary under investigation

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a burglary Sunday night of a home in the 4800 block of Red Hill Road near Keedysville.

The homeowner told deputies someone used a piece of lumber from the yard to smash a kitchen window. Once inside, the thief took $150 in cash.

Damage to the window was estimated at $25, deputies said.

City man charged with assaulting wife

A Hagerstown man was arrested early Sunday for allegedly assaulting his wife, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police were called to investigate a domestic dispute at the home of Gary Allen and Yueletta Bisbee, of 418 S. Edgewood Drive, at about 2 a.m. Sunday, deputies said.

Gary Bisbee, 43, was charged with one count of second-degree assault, deputies said.

Rape at gunpoint reported Monday

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a report of a rape at gunpoint early Monday in the 15900 block of Spielman Road near Williamsport.

The woman told deputies she was with a man at a Hagerstown bar Sunday and then left with him in a small purple car, possibly with W.Va. tags.

She said he drove her into the country and raped her at gunpoint. He then dumped her out of the car and drove away, deputies said.

The woman went to a nearby residence about 1 a.m. and police were called. She later was taken to Washington County Hospital.

"Donnie'' was described as a white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds, brown shoulder-length hair, hazel eyes, with multiple tattoos. He was wearing blue jeans, work boots and a blue and red flannel shirt.

Teen in custody after alleged assault

A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody Sunday after he allegedly assaulted his mother and did a lot of damage at his Smithsburg home, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

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