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Police log

June 25, 1998

Suspect sought in W.Va. beating

MILLVILLE, W.Va. - Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were searching for a male suspect late Wednesday after a man was struck in the head with a baseball bat off Blair Road along the Shenandoah River.

Timothy Jackson, age and address unavailable, was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, then flown by helicopter to Fairfax Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., police said. His injuries were still being assessed late Wednesday.

About 15 to 20 people were at the parking area Wednesday night drinking beer when a fight broke out pitting one woman against three others, said Cpl. Billy Parker of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

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The women were separated when a man came out of his vehicle with a baseball bat, said witness Shawn Hufnagel, 24, of Martinsburg, W.Va. Jackson was telling the man to put the bat away when the man swung at him and struck him on the side of the head, Hufnagel said.

Parker said the case was being investigated as a malicious wounding.

Carnival accident still being studied

Hagerstown City Police on Wednesday continued to investigate the case of a teenage girl who was thrown from the Scat ride on June 8 at the Longmeadow-Maugansville Fire Co. carnival, according to Chief Dale J. Jones.

The case also has been referred to Washington County Department of Social Services, Jones said.

No charges have been filed, he said.

Corey Lynn Domer, 16, was injured when she fell from the Scat ride and flew 26 feet in the air before landing on an aluminum awning, which collapsed on impact, police reports have said.

Police reports alleged Domer told police in an interview that she had been drinking alcohol with friends at the Hagerstown home she shares with her father before attending the carnival.

An inspector with the Maryland Department of Labor and Industry said that there were no deficiencies in the Scat ride.

Three injured in 2-car accident

Three people were injured Wednesday when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Md. 66 and Mount Aetna Road, according to Maryland State Police.

An unidentified 17-year-old passenger was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to John Costopoulos, hospital spokesman.

The teen was a passenger in a 1986 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Thomas Hummel, 19, of Braddock Heights, Md., traveling south on Md. 66 at about 1:50 p.m., police said.

The Camaro was struck by a 1996 Ford van driven by Donald Frush, 76, of Hagerstown, which stopped at a stop sign on Mount Aetna Road but failed to yield to the Camaro, police said.

Frush was not injured, police said. His wife, Virginia, who was a passenger in the van, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released, police said.

Hummel also was treated and released at the hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

Moped stolen

A silver moped was stolen late Tuesday or early Wednesday from 139 Wakefield Road, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The moped is a 1977 Puch with silver rims, police said.

Lawn mower taken

A high-wheel, 6-horsepower lawn mower was stolen from Sears Roebuck and Co. on Potomac Avenue on Wednesday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The lawn mower was seen in the back of a two-door gold Toyota Corrolla with West Virginia tags, police said.

Pa. man facing drug charges

A large group of people at the corner of Jonathan and Bethel streets at 4 a.m. Wednesday - including one man sitting on a city trash container - attracted the attention of Hagerstown City Police.

When they approached, two men were seen putting something in their mouths, leading police to believe drugs were being sold, police said. Police said one of the men apparently swallowed whatever he had in his mouth.

Maurice Green, 20, of Lancaster, Pa., was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to police.

Green was being held Wednesday night at Washington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

Also apprehended was a 17-year-old New York youth, police said. One piece of suspected crack was discovered in his mouth and 19 pieces at his feet on the ground, police said.

The teen was detained at the Juvenile Holdover Facility on Jonathan Street, police said.

Hagerstown man faces drug charges

A Hagerstown man was charged with drug offenses early Wednesday after Washington County Sheriff's deputies went to his home on a disturbance call.

Anthony Alfred Britti III, 21, of 18632 Donald St., was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to Deputy 1st Class Robert Whittington.

At 1 a.m. Wednesday, deputies went to the Donald Street address for a report of a domestic dispute. While there, they saw the drugs and paraphernalia in plain view, deputies said.

Britti was being held Wednesday night at Washington County Detention Center on $1,000 bond.

Police seek owner of attacking pit bull

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