Police log

March 29, 1998

Man charged with 2nd-degree assault

A Hagerstown police officer was injured and three others were assaulted by a man attempting to run away from them early Sunday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Ruben Crawford Brooks, 28, was charged with four counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest and giving a false statement. Police said they have not been able to determine Brooks' address.

According to police, officers were sent to a bar downtown to investigate a fight shortly after midnight.

While they were in the area, they saw three men in a nearby alley walking toward them. One of them turned and ran, police said.


The man came back toward the officers again and shoved Officer Casey Yonkers, police said.

As the other officers ran after him, the man assaulted them, police said. He lowered his shoulder into Officer Brian Barnhart, spraining his arm, police said.

Sgt. Craig Bakner said Barnhart was treated at Washington County Hospital and will return today to have it re-examined.

The man was subdued in the area of Mulberry and Franklin streets.

Bakner said police believe the man ran because he thought officers suspected him of a drug transaction.

Brooks gave a false name and address to police, Bakner said.

He said police confirmed his identity by fingerprints sent to the FBI.

Brooks was being held Sunday night on $35,000 bond.

Va. woman faces DWI charges

An Ashburn, Va., woman was injured and later charged after a vehicle struck another Sunday afternoon on Mapleville Road, according to Maryland State Police.

Nanette J. Geier, 39, was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to drive right of center, police said.

Geier was driving south on Mapleville Road about a half mile south of U.S. 40 at 5 p.m. in a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro when the vehicle crossed the center line, forcing a 1975 Chevrolet truck that was towing a salvaged car off the northbound lane and into a fence, police said.

Geier's car struck the rear axle of the truck, driven by Roy Green Jr., 27, of Guilford Avenue, Hagerstown, causing it to slide into the southbound lane and into a pole, police said.

The impact caused Geier's car to slide across the northbound lane and into a telephone pole, police said.

Geier was trapped in her car for about a half hour, police said.

She was taken to Washington County Hospital with a broken leg, police said.

Teens charged with stealing CD player

Two teenagers were charged with stealing a compact disc player on Saturday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, were charged with theft under $300, malicious destruction under $300 and tampering with a motor vehicle, deputies said.

Their names were withheld because they are juveniles.

According to deputies, the victim found the youths in his vehicle at about 3:15 a.m. outside Turner's Dual Lanes on Dual Highway.

The teenagers ran to another vehicle and drove away, deputies said.

The victim wrote down a description of the vehicle and a license plate number and deputies tracked it down at a house in Washington County. The stolen property was found there, deputies said.

After the victim identified the youths, they were charged and released to their parents, deputies said.

Two face charges after car stopped

The occupants of a vehicle were charged early Sunday morning after Washington County Sheriff's deputies stopped it on Interstate 81, according to a sheriff's report.

Debra Lynn Sheffler, 44, of 45 Charles St., Hagerstown, was charged with driving while intoxicated, the report said.

Richard Eugene Banzhoff, 41, of 130 North Conococheague St., Williamsport, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, the report said.

Sheriff's Deputy James Holsinger stopped a 1987 Hyundai at 1:35 a.m. heading north on I-81 near U.S. 40 west, the report said.

Sheffler, who was driving the vehicle, failed several field sobriety tests, the report said.

A small plastic bag of suspected marijuana was found on Banzhoff, the passenger, the report said.

Man pleads guilty to drug charges

A Hagerstown man appeared in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, W.Va., recently and entered a guilty plea to one count of cocaine distribution, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office in West Virginia.

Timothy L. Simmons, 24, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to the press release.

The crime occurred on April 21, 1997, in Berkeley County, according to the release.

Train eyed as cause of railroad blaze

HALFWAY - Fire officials believe a passing train sparked a brush fire along the Winchester Western Railroad Lines near the Sterling Road crossing Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called in shortly after 11 a.m., according to the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway.

It took about an hour to control the brush and debris fire, which covered between two and three acres, fire company officials said.

Firefighters stayed until about 1:20 p.m. to deal with hot spots.

The Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company assisted.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service is investigating the cause.

It was the second fire along railroad lines handled by Halfway firefighters that day.

Tools stolen

WILLIAMSPORT - Tools were stolen from a van owned by Washington County sometime Friday or Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

A thief pried open the lock on the rear door of the 1995 Chevrolet van, which was parked at the Washington County Housing Office, at 219 Otho Holland Drive, deputies said.

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