Police log

January 16, 1998

Illegal mushrooms found at school

FREDERICK, Md. - Two students at Linganore High School were arrested Wednesday in connection with the possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms at school, according to Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

A 16-year-old boy, charged with distribution of the illegal substance on school property, was sent to the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, Md.

A 17-year-old boy, charged with possession of the drug, was released to his parents, deputies said.

Both boys are from the New Market, Md., area.

Man sentenced for crack distribution

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 21-year-old Martinsburg man was sentenced on drug charges Tuesday by Judge W. Broadwater in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg.


Thomas Grantham, of 616 N. Queen St., was sentenced to six years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release following his guilty plea on April 21, 1997 to possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine on July 17, 1996 in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Short circuit causes apartment blaze

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An electrical short circuit in an upstairs bathroom was the cause of a fire Thursday morning at the Capital Heights apartment complex.

Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Chuck Summers said the fire at 34 Capital Drive was called in at 6:18 a.m. He said the woman living there was awakened by neighbors pounding on her door and escaped unharmed.

Summers said the fire spread to the roof of the two-story apartment, causing about $15,000 in damage. He said damage to the adjoining three units was minimal.

Units from the Martinsburg Fire Department and the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services assisted Baker Heights firefighters, Summers said.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 9 a.m., he said.

Escaped convict spotted in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - An escaped convict wanted in connection with two bank robberies was seen here this week, the Frederick Police Department said Thursday.

Edward Thomas Brown, 31, escaped from the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill, Pa., on July 29, police said.

Police said Brown was seen in Frederick on Monday. They said the sighting was confirmed by photographs that were identified by representatives of the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution.

Since his escape, Brown has been linked to two bank robberies. He is wanted for an Aug. 15 bank robbery in Raleigh, N.C., and a Sept. 12 robbery in Hopewell, Pa., police said.

Following his escape from prison, Brown was featured on the "America's Most Wanted" TV show on Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Sept. 27, police said.

Brown is described as a white man, 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who has seen Brown may contact the Frederick Police Department at 1-301-694-2100.

City boy charged in assault of girl

A 12-year-old Hagerstown boy was charged with first-degree assault Thursday after a girl was shot in the leg with a BB gun, Hagerstown City Police said.

The boy was arrested at about 8 p.m., said Sgt. Ken Wasilius. He was released to the custody of his baby-sitter, police said.

The BB gun was fired through a window to the outside. The girl received a welt on her leg but did not require hospitalization, Wasilius said.

2 charged with theft of decorations

SMITHSBURG - A 16-year-old Herald-Mail paper carrier and a Hagerstown woman were charged Thursday with theft in connection with a series of thefts of Christmas decorations, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The thefts occurred while the carrier was delivering the morning newspaper, deputies said.

Nellie Irene Keck, 35, of Salem Avenue Extended in Hagerstown, was charged with three counts of theft under $300, three counts of theft by conspiracy and two counts of contributing to the condition of a child.

The paper carrier was charged with three counts of theft under $300 and malicious destruction of property.

Christmas decorations were taken from two homes on Water Street during the first week of December, deputies said. Goods Garden and Greenhouse on Beck Road in Hagerstown also lost wreaths, deputies said.

One of the victims set up a video recorder and caught a boy on tape taking the decorations and destroying a Noel candle in the front yard, deputies said.

Most of the stolen property was recovered by Smithsburg police officer Shawn Tyler, deputies said.

Man stuck between car and garage

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick County man was pinned between his car and his garage Thursday afternoon, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Sam Umberger, 70, was treated at Frederick County Memorial Hospital for leg injuries and then released.

Umberger was working on his 1984 Pontiac inside his garage in the 2800 block of Roderick Road, deputies said. The car, which was not running, slid back and pinned him against the garage door, deputies said.

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