Police log

December 03, 1997

Police log

Identity of wreck victim still unclear

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police say they still don't know which of two names to use for a man who died Monday night from injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle accident.

Trooper D. M. Olack said the man's wife identified him as 39-year-old Cecil Jerome Smith. He also spent 10 years in the Marines under that name.

The man's driver's license, however, identified him as Cecil Jerome Pate and a check comparing his fingerprints with FBI records also showed Pate to be his last name, according to Olack.


Olack said a records check showed he had been arrested under the name Pate in 1980, but his name was Smith in a 1993 arrest. The trooper speculated that Smith/Pate may have legally changed his name at some point.

Smith was driving on Arden-Nollville Road at about 2 p.m. Monday when he lost control on a curve and struck a tree, police said. He died of head injuries late Monday night at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., police said.

Authorities need a name to put on a death certificate, so Olack plans to contact family members in Alabama and the department of vital statistics in that state.

Smith and his wife of five months moved to the Gerrardstown, W.Va., area from Mississippi about three weeks ago, Olack said.

Pa. woman injured in single-car wreck

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Spring Run, Pa., woman was injured in a single-vehicle car accident early Monday morning after falling asleep while driving on Lemar Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Shauna Renee Breakall, 18, was traveling north on Lemar Road in Peters Township in a 1987 Toyota Corolla when she fell asleep and went off the east side of the road, striking a speed limit sign and then a utility pole, police said.

The car then spun around and flipped onto its left side as it slid off the road, police said.

The left rear of the car dug into the ground, causing it to flip over once before coming to rest on the northbound lane facing south, police said.

Breakall was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

The car sustained severe damage, police said.

Man charged with 2nd-degree assault

A 35-year-old Hagerstown man was charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened several people with a knife Monday evening.

Jimmy Grove Powell, no fixed address, was taken into custody at 55 S. Potomac St., according to Hagerstown City Police.

Officers responded to an apartment at that address for reports that a man was waving a knife and threatening residents, police said.

One of the victims told police that Powell began yelling for him to get out of the apartment, reached into a drawer and got a knife that he then pointed at people, police said.

Estranged husband taken into custody

A 40-year-old Hagerstown man was charged with destruction of property, carrying a dangerous weapon and telephone misuse after he allegedly terrorized his estranged wife Monday at her Clinton Avenue home.

Robert Michael Thomas, of 646 N. Mulberry St., was taken into custody at 7:08 p.m. Monday while he was allegedly harassing his wife from the telephone at a service station, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Earlier, Thomas allegedly sliced the tire of a vehicle parked at the wife's home and then went to the Dual Highway service station to make a series of calls, deputies said.

When approached, Thomas allegedly refused deputies' orders and was sprayed with pepper spray. A search turned up a locking blade buck knife in his vehicle, deputies said.

Daytime burglaries under investigation

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Investigators believe three daytime burglaries in the past two days in Jefferson County may have been committed by the same thieves.

A home on Oakland Terrace off W.Va. 9 east of Charles Town was entered sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, said Deputy Mark Roby. Jewelry, a video game system and compact discs were stolen while the homeowner was at a neighbor's house, he said.

The thieves broke in by throwing a cement block through a glass patio door, Roby said.

About an hour later, a home in Charles Town was broken into and items stolen by thieves who broke out a glass pane to reach inside and unlock the door, Roby said. That case is being investigated by Officer Mark Johnston of the Charles Town Police Department.

Sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, while the owners were at work, a home in Blue Ridge Acres was broken into after the front door was kicked open, Roby said.

City woman held without bond

A Hagerstown woman, accused of beating her elderly father Sunday, was being held without bond Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

Gladys Irene Dawson, 54, of 479 Mitchell Ave., was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Her father, Thomas Lee Turner, 79, lives at 471 Mitchell Ave., police said.

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