Police log

January 25, 1998

Police log

Man pulls pin that connects train cars

A Conrail train came to an emergency stop in Hagerstown Sunday after someone ran alongside the train and pulled a pin that separates the cars from one another, Hagerstown City Police said.

Mark Christian Harsh, 24, of 1463 Sherwood Drive, was charged with railroad intent to obstruct, a felony.

As soon as the cars separated, the train came to an automatic emergency stop at about 7:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Burhans Boulevard, Officer Joseph Stauffer said.

"It could possibly lead to a derailment," he said.

Stauffer said the man also was seen placing stones and iron ties in front of the train. Conrail personnel spotted the man and gave a description to police.


Stauffer said Harsh was in a car in the area when he arrived. A juvenile who was also in the car was not charged, he said.

Harsh will appear today for a bond hearing.

Man charged with 2nd-degree assault

KEEDYSVILLE - A Keedysville man was arrested early Sunday morning after his live-in girlfriend was assaulted, according the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police were called to the home around 5:30 a.m. for a domestic disturbance and found the woman had a bruise on her right eye, deputies said.

Thomas Woodroe Collins, 52, of 20059 Dogstreet Road, was charged with second-degree assault, deputies said.

Williamsport man charged with theft

WILLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport man was arrested in connection with a break-in at a Williamsport tanning salon Saturday night, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police were called to investigate a breaking and entering at No Tan Lines, 10 E. Salisbury St., at about 11:30 p.m., deputies said.

A witness reported seeing someone coming out of the rear door of the business, deputies said.

Jeffery Riggs, 20, street address unavailable, was charged with second-degree burglary, felony theft and malicious destruction of his property, deputies said.

Frederick man faces assault charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was arrested early Saturday after two women were assaulted, threatened with a handgun and had a shot fired at them, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Shawn Lafond Miller, 18, of 20 W. Sixth St., was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, carrying a handgun, possession of a regulated firearm while under 21 years of age, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and destruction of property, police said.

Police responded to Hickory Hill Apartments shortly after 1 a.m. for reports of shots fired. A man threatened two women with a gun and fired one shot, police said.

One woman was taken into a building, police said. More officers arrived and entered the apartment, police said. They removed her unharmed and then searched the apartment.

Officers found a man in the apartment along with a handgun and a quantity of marijuana, police said. A brass casing matching the caliber and type of ammunition from the gun found in the apartment was discovered on the ground outside the building, police said.

Miller was ordered held without bond, police said.

House, garage destroyed in fires

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Firefighters in Jefferson County were kept busy this weekend with two fires, one that destroyed a house and all the belongings of a family of six, and a fire that destroyed a garage on Saturday, officials said.

The most serious fire caused about $50,000 damage to a one-story home in the West Ridge Hills area east of Charles Town. It left a family homeless, said Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Chief Scott Knill.

The cause of the fire, which began around 5:20 p.m. Friday, is still under investigation, Knill said.

The owner of the home was Dean West, who lived there with his wife, three children and one foster child, Knill said.

The Red Cross was taking care of the family, Knill said.

Units from Citizens and Friendship fire companies in Charles Town and companies from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Shepherdstown, W.Va., fire assisted. The scene was secured around 10 p.m., Knill said.

The second blaze occurred around 12:50 p.m. Saturday, according to Jay Sepelka, chief of Citizens Fire Company in Charles Town.

Sepelka said the fire started in a garage owned by James Grove of Dark Lane west of U.S. 340 South of Charles Town.

Grove was working on a car in his garage when gasoline leaked and was ignited by a nearby kerosene heater, Sepelka said.

The fire caused about $50,000 damage to the garage and two cars, including a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer and a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which Grove said was his favorite, Sepelka said.

Units from Berryville, Va., Charles Town, Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown assisted.

Prisoner pleads guilty to assault

A day-long fight between two former cellmates at the Roxbury Correctional Institution resulted in a 30-day consecutive prison sentence for the attacker Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

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