Police log

January 02, 1998

Police log

Three are charged with spotlighting

HANCOCK - A suspicious ray of light in a field off Locker Road Sunday night resulted in three citations for spotlighting deer, according to Patty Manown, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.

Officers Dave Robertson and Bob Taylor found three people in a vehicle around 9:55 p.m. when they traced the source of the light, Manown said. It turned out to be a flashlight.

The driver was Grace Marie Custer, 55, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. She and passengers Steven Wayne Reigh, 38, of Berkeley Springs, and Stephen Frederick Iden, 47, of Hancock, were each issued citations for casting light on a field/road at night while in possession of a weapon.


The trio must appear in Washington County District Court on the citations which carry possible penalties of $2,000 fines, up to six months in jail, loss of hunting privileges up to five years and mandatory seizure of weapon.

That weapon was a .22 caliber semiautomatic Remington rifle, Manown said.

Cash is recovered by state troopers

Maryland State Police said they recovered some lost cash on Wednesday.

The person who lost the cash can call 301-739-2101 and tell police how much money it was, what denominations the bills were in and when it was lost.

The caller also must tell police where it was lost and what the cash was contained in.

Pa. man held after premature release

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man released too soon from a Pennsylvania jail was arrested Wednesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on a fugitive warrant, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

According to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office, Daniel P. Orem, 53, of Falling Waters, W.Va., had been sentenced Nov. 26 to 30 days to a year in the county prison for driving under the influence.

That sentence was to be served concurrently with another sentence in Fulton County, Pa., but the warrant stated he was "erroneously released from Franklin County Prison to the custody of probation officials in Fulton County" on Dec. 4 after just nine days in jail.

Orem was picked up Wednesday and taken before Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra Miller. She ordered him sent to Eastern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.

City woman faces marijuana charges

A Hagerstown woman was charged Thursday with drug offenses related to marijuana found in a purse after a Dec. 22 car accident, Maryland State Police said.

Benita Lynn Moats, 9041/2 Salem Ave., was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Police found 77.2 grams of marijuana in the purse while Moats was being treated at Washington County Hospital, police said.

On Dec. 22, Moats' 1984 Ford LTD was hit head-on by a 1994 Ford pickup truck driven by Howard Leslie Dixon, 67, of Thurmont, Md., police said.

Dixon's truck had slid on the wet road, police said.

Pot charges filed against two motorists

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were charged with possession of marijuana Wednesday after they were turned in by a fellow motorist on Interstate 81, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

Waverly J. Jordan, 20, of Front Royal, Va., and Charles William Green, 22, of Fort Drum, N.Y., were pulled over at 3:20 p.m., police said.

They agreed to have their vehicle searched and police found a small amount of marijuana, police said.

Bunker Hill man charged after fight

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was arrested after a fight at the Alibi Club early Thursday, said the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Arthur Renner Jr., 32, was charged with brandishing a knife, battery and possession of marijuana, police said.

The attacker allegedly tried to stab Barry Lee Lung Jr., 20, of Martinsburg, W.Va., outside the club at 2:46 a.m., police said.

Woman doused with vodka in fire attempt

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man has been charged in an incident at his home on New Year's Eve in which a woman was doused with vodka in an attempt to set her on fire, Frederick City Police said.

Alan Jeffrey Thomas, 42, of 10 Sagner Court, was charged with first-degree assault, three counts of third-degree assault and one count of child abuse, police said.

Police said the attacker fled when the victims fought back by throwing bleach on him and beating him with golf clubs.

According to police, the attacker had repeatedly threatened to kill the woman Wednesday night. At one point, he poured vodka over her head and tried to set her on fire, police said. He also punched the woman's 14-year-old daughter in the face.

When a neighbor came to his home to find the cause of the commotion, he punched her in the face and pushed her against the wall.

Thomas was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital for head injuries and released.

Brass candlestick used in assault

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick woman has been charged with first- and second-degree assault for striking a man over the head with a brass candlestick and threatening to stab him with a screwdriver.

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