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November 20, 1997

Police Log

W.Va. man charged with endangerment

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A man was charged by West Virginia State Police with felony wanton endangerment with a firearm after he allegedly fired two shots in the direction of his wife Tuesday evening.

Kenneth Frederick Shatzer, 49, of Bowie Drive, was also charged with two misdemeanors for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and domestic assault, according to police. He was arraigned before Magistrate Ruth Donaldson and jailed in lieu of $10,834 bond.

State police said they were called to Shatzer's home at 7:55 p.m. Judie Marie Shatzer told them she was sitting in the kitchen talking on the telephone with her daughter when two rounds struck the wall within two feet of her.

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The report said Judie Shatzer told police she was planning to leave her husband in February and believed he was trying to scare her. According to police, Kenneth Shatzer admitted to firing the shots and two spent .22-caliber cartridges were found in the living room.

Police said the bullets went through the wall of the house and shattered the window of a pickup truck parked about 50 feet away. There were also several nearby homes police said could have easily have been hit by a ricochet.

Police seek driver who fled in orchard

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police were looking for the driver of a car that fled into an orchard early Wednesday morning.

According to the report, Trooper C.A. Mahood was driving on McCoys Ferry Road at 12:01 a.m. when he passed a car parked on the roadside. Mahood turned the cruiser around to investigate and as he neared the vehicle the driver motioned for him to pass.

Mahood activated his lights and tried to pull the car over, but it sped off. A short time later the car pulled into the entrance of an orchard.

The car struck a steel cable barring the entrance, but rode underneath. Mahood and Trooper K.E. Plumer searched the area, but were unable to find the driver or any other occupants.

Police said the car was not stolen and the owner's name is known. No charges had been filed by Wednesday afternoon and the case was still under investigation.

City accident sends four to hospital

Four people were sent to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after two cars collided in Hagerstown, Hagerstown City Police said.

According to Officer Dave Long, a 1980 Buick driven by Ernest Smith, 82, turned left on Virginia Avenue and collided with a 1996 Toyota that was headed east on Burhans Boulevard.

Long said he is looking for people who may have witnessed the accident, which occurred at about 1:10 p.m.

The Toyota was driven by Susan Munson, 21.

Munson and her mother, Sun Koyng Munson, 42, were taken to Washington County Hospital, along with Smith and his wife, Evelyn, 76, Long said.

All were treated and released except for Sun Koyng Munson, who was in good condition Wednesday night.

Cedar Ridge aideassaulted by youth

A Cedar Ridge Children's Home crisis aide was assaulted Tuesday morning by one of the residents, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

A 14-year-old boy, who has been charged with one count of second-degree assault, was returned to Cedar Ridge.

The aide was allegedly struck in the jaw by the teen Tuesday morning, deputies said.

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