Police log

March 15, 1998

Police log

Halfway Liquors robbed by man with handgun

HALFWAY - A white man wearing a black sweatshirt robbed Halfway Liquors on U.S. 11 with a handgun shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The man escaped after the robbery on foot, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

No other information was available at presstime.

Women, dogs survive when canoe capsizes

Three Falls Church, Va., women and two dogs survived a dip in the frigid Conococheague Creek near U.S. 40 Saturday when their canoe capsized shortly before 3 p.m., according to the Natural Resources Police.

One of the women, Christine Ju, 24, swam to shore and flagged down a passing motorist who called 911 on a cell phone, said John Surrick, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Police.


Susan Ju, 24, and Shanita Jones, 24, were rescued from the water, Surrick said. The three women were taken to Washington County Hospital, one by Maryland State Police helicopter and the others by ambulance. All were treated and released, according to the hospital.

The women were wearing life jackets and were suffering from hypothermia, Surrick said.

The Natural Resources Police, a division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is responsible for investigating all boating accidents, Surrick said.

Woman assaulted, car taken on Dual Highway

A woman was assaulted near Dual Highway Friday evening by an assailant who drove away in her car, according to the Maryland State Police.

The woman had just parked her car at Turner's Bowling Center about 7 p.m. when she was approached by a male and female, police said. The male grabbed the woman's left arm and placed an unknown object into her right side, and demanded the keys to the car, police said.

The woman said no but the male grabbed the keys from her left hand and entered the driver's side of the car, police said. He then unlocked the passenger side for the female to enter, police said.

The two then left with the car, a 1995 purple Pontiac Grand Am, police said. The car has Maryland license plates with a registration number of EMB-787. The suspects, described as being Hispanic, have not been located.

The woman was not injured during the incident, police said.

New York woman charged in incident at Bon-Ton

A New York woman was charged with possession of cocaine and theft at the Bon-Ton in the Valley Mall Friday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Dezeree Johnson, 18, of Queens, N.Y., was also charged with one count of theft of less than $300, one count of obstructing and hindering a police officer and possession of fake crack cocaine.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call at the Bon-Ton at 1:15 p.m. for a report of a shoplifter. Bon Ton security officers had observed a woman concealing a backpack under her jacket and walking out of the store without paying for it, police said.

A search found a piece of suspected crack cocaine and two pieces of fake crack cocaine in the woman's sock, police said.

Johnson was being held on $2,500 bond.

Boonsboro man charged after morning standoff

BOONSBORO - A rifle-wielding man was taken into custody Saturday morning after a brief standoff with Washington County sheriff's deputies, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Jason Patrick Rexroad, 22, of 227 N. Main St. in Boonsboro, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property of more than $300.

Deputies responded to Rexroad's address at about 5:20 a.m. after receiving a call from Rexroad's mother, who said her son had threatened suicide and would kill any police officer who came near him, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Before entering the residence, deputies heard a shot fired from inside. When they opened the door, they saw a man pointing a rifle at them and yelling at them to leave, the release said.

The deputies took cover and began to talk with the man. After about 10 minutes the man unloaded the rifle and handed it out the door, the release said. Police then went into the residence and took the man into custody without resistance.

Three injured in rear-end collision in Pennsylvania

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three local people were injured in a Saturday morning traffic accident on Interstate 81 caused when an unknown vehicle rear-ended another car, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

The incident took place at about 5:30 a.m. on northbound I-81 in Greene Township, when a 1989 Chevrolet Beretta driven by Laurie Rudisill, 35, of Chambersburg, was struck in the rear by the unknown vehicle, police said.

The contact caused the Beretta to spin across the highway's median strip and onto the southbound lane, into the path of a Chevrolet Sprint driven by Wendy Pogue, 26, of Chambersburg, police said. The Sprint then struck the rear of the Beretta, police said.

Both Laurie Rudisill and her passenger, Michael Rudisill, 15, also of Chambersburg, were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, where they were treated and released. Neither was wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Pogue was taken to the hospital, where she was admitted and listed in satisfactory condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. She had a seatbelt on at the time of the accident, police said.

Anyone with information about the car that initially struck the Beretta should contact Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161.

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