Police log

June 17, 1998

Veterans warned of possible scheme

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a new scheme that attempts to secure personal information and possibly access banking accounts electronically.

Information received in the mail, which is addressed to "All Veterans," asking for military record information to be sent to the Veterans Center, P.O. Box 8097, Philadelphia, Pa., 19101, is fraudulent, according to a sheriff's report.

The information promises veterans a dividend based upon years of military service, which has been confirmed as a fraudulent endeavor by the office of U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., the report said.


Residents should not release personal information, including social security number, date of birth, banking information or account or credit card numbers to strangers, the report said.

For more information, call the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, Community Services Section, at 1-301-694-2167.

Two plead guiltyto drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Eastern Panhandle residents recently entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court before Judge W. Craig Broadwater, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney.

Christopher Scott Brown, 21, of Paw Paw, W.Va., pleaded guilty on June 12 to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana on Aug. 19, 1997, in Berkeley County, according to the release. Brown, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, according to the release.

Alfred J. Johnson, also known as "Blue," 46, of 404 Williams St., Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty on June 12 to one count of distribution of crack cocaine on April 3, 1997, in Berkeley County, according to the release. Johnson, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1 million, according to the release.

Juveniles hurt in moped accident

Two juveniles were injured Tuesday when a moped collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Nottingham Road and West Franklin Street, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The unidentified juveniles, who were riding on the moped, were treated at Washington County Hospital and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The moped failed to stop for a red light on Nottingham Road at about 1:15 p.m., police said.

Police are looking for a witness to the accident - a male operating a black Honda - who left before talking to the investigating officers.

The witness can call Officer Chad Woodring at 301-790-3700.

Man facing rape charge

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick-area man was charged Monday with raping a 15-year-old girl who ran away from home and was staying at a motel, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Francis Alan Ford, 51, who has no fixed address, was charged with second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree burglary and second-degree attempted rape.

He was being held Tuesday night at the Frederick County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

According to police, Ford entered the girl's room at Masser's Motel and removed her clothes while she was sleeping. She awoke to find him on top of her, police said.

Ford, who was extremely drunk, was taken out of the room by the girl's male companions.

A short time later, Ford returned to the room and again tried to have sex with the sleeping girl, police said. The male companions fought him off, police said.

Shed damaged during blaze

A group of juveniles was seen running from a small shed at 17108 Cole Road late Monday, just minutes before it erupted in flames, according to a report by Maryland State Fire Marshal Mac McGhee.

The 6-by-10-foot shed owned by Connie Springer sustained $500 damage in the 11:34 p.m. blaze that was discovered by a neighbor returning home from work, McGhee said.

Halfway and Funkstown firefighters responded and had the fire out within minutes, he said.

Cars burglarized

Hagerstown City Police on Monday responded to Roy's Quality Car Care at 1513 Potomac Ave., where someone had stolen four wire wheels and four tires from a 1990 Plymouth Laser. Loss was $950, police said.

Four canvas/plastic windows, valued at $806.40, were taken Monday from a Jeep Wrangler at Hoffman Chrysler-Jeep, 171 S. Edgewood Drive, police said.

Girl, once missing, found in bush

A 9-year-old Hagerstown girl who was reported missing at about 9:30 p.m. Monday was found shortly after midnight hiding in a bush nearby, Hagerstown City Police said.

Sgt. Roger Powers said the girl left her home at 370 Yorkshire Drive after an argument with her mother.

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