Police log

January 06, 1998

Police log

Graffiti reported in city

As the sun came up this morning, calls started coming in about graffiti in parts of Hagerstown.

Hagerstown City Police went to Martin's Storage in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue this morning to photograph the graffiti damage there.

A short time later, a downtown laundromat called to report graffiti damage, police said.

Fla. man held on drug charges following traffic stop

A traffic stop at 2:25 this morning led Maryland State Police to charge a passenger in a Florida vehicle with drug violations.

John Edward Vail, 29, of St. Cloud, Fla., was to be taken before a bond commissioner sometime today on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


Trooper First Class D.A. Harper was investigating a disabled vehicle on northbound Interstate 81 at Halfway Boulevard when he ran the New York tag and found it was stolen in Florida, police said.

While waiting for another officer to assist him, Harper watched as the car pulled away and turned onto Halfway Boulevard.

The vehicle was stopped at Massey Boulevard.

Vail, who was the passenger, was searched and 11.6 grams of marijuana were found on him, police said.

The driver wasn't charged for the tag infraction, police said.

Firefighters battle blaze in rail car trash can

A fire in a trash container on a Norfolk Southern rail car on Maryland Avenue kept about 20 firefighters from Hagerstown and Funkstown busy for two hours Monday afternoon, a fire official said.

A heavy lid on the container caused some problems for firefighters trying to extinguish the fire, which was reported shortly after 4 p.m., said Battalion Chief Richard Hopkins of the Hagerstown Fire Department.

The lid was improperly secured by two straps, one of which was broken, Hopkins said. Firefighters couldn't get to the other strap because it was next to a second container on the flat car.

Hopkins said a backhoe was used to lift the lid and make sure the fire was out. Until the backhoe arrived, firefighters got two smaller hose lines into the container to flood the fire, he said.

About 1,000 feet of 4-inch hose was stretched from a hydrant roughly 200 yards from the fire through the woods to the rail car south of the old Lowe's building, Hopkins said.

Hopkins said the fire probably was caused by spontaneous combustion. Nobody was hurt, he said.

The rail car was hauling household trash from Harlem, N.Y., to a landfill in Virginia, Hopkins said. The container was about 30 feet long, 10 feet tall and the width of the rail car, he said.

Himalayan cat stolen

A Himalayan cat, valued at $265, was taken from Pugh's Petcetera Monday evening, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The long-haired cat is described a sealpoint (tan) with dark brown ears, nose, tail and paws.

The cat was taken between 5 and 7 p.m. from the showroom at the 13338 Pennsylvania Ave. shop, deputies said.

Suspect charged in assault following reported fight

FREDERICK, Md. - Unable to find a reported large fight on Devilbiss Bridge Road late Monday night, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies later encountered the aftermath of that altercation.

Craig Joseph Brown, 19, of Walkersville, Md., showed up at Frederick Memorial Hospital a short time after the initial 11 p.m. fight call, deputies said.

He was treated for a head injury allegedly caused by a baseball bat or large club, deputies said.

An investigation led shortly to the arrest of James Fitzpatrick, 18, of Thurmont, Md., on charges of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Fitzpatrick was awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner sometime today.

Man held in alleged threats against Pa. wildlife officer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man was arrested early Sunday morning after a state wildlife conservation officer was threatened, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Kevin Lee Ulrich, age unknown, was charged with threats and other improper influence in official and political matters, which is a felony of the third degree, police said.

The suspect called Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer George Pogue at 2 a.m. at his Ridge Road home and threatened to assault him and his family because Pogue had been at the suspect's father's house conducting an investigation for the state Game Commission, police said.

Police did not know why the Game Commission investigation was being conducted.

W.Va. man charged in escape

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who escaped from a West Virginia state trooper's cruiser Saturday morning was later arrested at his apartment.

Lloyd M. Dews, 47, of Martinsburg, was charged with escaping from a police officer, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to the state police report.

Dews was stopped by Trooper M.M. Kingery on U.S. 11 South at 3:21 a.m. Saturday. The police report said Kingery stopped Dews to ask about a fugitive with whom he lived.

While questioning Dews, the report said Kingery determined he was intoxicated.

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