Police Log

December 11, 1997

Police Log

Va. man arrested on fugitive warrant

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Middletown, Va., man was arrested on a fugitive warrant after Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of an assault early Wednesday morning.

James Randolph Rogers, 28, was wanted in Richmond, Va., for violating parole on a charge of attempted malicious wounding of a police officer. He was also charged with domestic battery and destruction of property, according to the report.

Deputies went to the Pikeside 7-Eleven store, where a woman told them Rogers had chased her car. She said he caught up with her on Cathaven Road, walked up to the car and smashed out the driver's side window.


When Rogers was arrested, the report said he had bruises and cuts on his left hand. He was jailed on the fugitive warrant.

Youth faces charges in graffiti spraying

A 17-year-old Maugansville boy has been charged with destruction of property in connection with graffiti sprayed on several North End dumpsters over the weekend, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The teen was first spotted in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Northern Avenue fast food restaurant at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Due to the recent rash of graffiti and the hour, police set up a watch on the vehicle and its lone occupant.

During that time, someone got out of the car, ran across Northern Avenue and then came back a short time later, police said.

When the car pulled out, the police followed it to The Terrace, where the vehicle pulled into a driveway in the 1000 block and turned off its lights, police said.

The police cruiser pulled in behind and the teen was taken into custody. Two cans of black paint were found in the car and the teen allegedly had black paint on his hand.

Police said the teen admitted to painting several dumpsters that night and in recent days and to driving without a license.

After he was charged, the boy was released to his parents.

W.Va. woman faces breaking charges

INWOOD, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department charged a Martinsburg woman Tuesday with entering without breaking for an incident at her parents' house on Sept. 29.

Krista Mills, age unavailable, was charged after her parents' home was entered that day and a VCR, two cellular phones and three rifles were taken.

She was also charged with transferring stolen property. Police said the VCR had been pawned. She also was charged with writing three worthless checks, according to the report.

Man charged in hit-and-run wreck

SMITHSBURG - A car collided with two other vehicles on Md. 64 and then sped away Wednesday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Police later tracked down the driver based on an anonymous tip and charged him with hit-and-run, police said. The man's name was not immediately available.

The vehicle, described only as an older model green Pontiac or Chevrolet, failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of Md. 64 and Crystal Falls Road at about 5:15 p.m., police said.

The car, which had extensive body damage, left after the accident, police said.

Marcella Cardwell, 41, of Smithsburg, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released. Cardwell was driving a 1997 Plymouth van, police said.

A 1996 Chevrolet truck, driven by William Tobias, 55, of Waynesboro, Pa., also was involved in the accident, police said.

Two men face weapons charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A missing front license plate resulted Tuesday in two men being charged with carrying concealed weapons, according to Frederick City Police.

Sheldon Gregory Hawkins Jr., 18, of the 100 block of East 6th Street, and Cory W. Richey, 19, of the 1800 block of Shookstown Road, were both released on personal recognizance shortly after their 6:52 p.m. arrest.

Officer Steve Myer was on routine patrol in the north end of Frederick when he spotted a gold Nissan with no front plate, police said.

After stopping the vehicle, Myer noticed the two occupants seemed nervous. Further investigation revealed two knives hidden under their respective seats.

Wallet stolen at HJC

A woman using the study room at the Careers Building at Hagerstown Junior College Tuesday afternoon reported her wallet was stolen, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The black tri-fold wallet contained $60 in cash and assorted personal items, deputies said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A dump truck overturned on Interstate 270 Wednesday, injuring the driver and partially blocking traffic in the northbound lanes for about two hours, Maryland State Police said.

Deborah Finneyfrock, 35, of Poolesville, Md., was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released.

The dump truck was traveling north on I-270 at about 10:05 a.m. when the driver lost control, police said. The vehicle traveled into the median strip and overturned, police said.

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