Police log

July 14, 1998

Numerous complaints of drug and sexual activity from southern Washington County residents prompted a sting operation Monday and led to two arrests.

William Frederick Miller, 70, of 510 S. Loudoun St., Winchester, Va., was charged with assault and a fourth-degree sex offense by officers with the Maryland State Police Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement Division.

Charles William McDonald, 35, of Box 35, Witch Hazel Trailer Park, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., is facing an indecent exposure charge, police said.

Both men were taken before a bond commissioner Monday and released on personal recognizance, police said.

The special covert operation was centered on Keep Tryst Road and Weverton Road.

Two 18-year-olds were injured early Monday when their vehicle ran into a tree on Md. 67, according to fire and rescue dispatchers.


Steven Paul Wright, 19, of 107 David Drive, Boonsboro, was the driver of the 1991 Honda CSX, according to Maryland State Police.

He and his passenger, Gregory Michael Lanosz, 18, also of 107 David Drive, were taken to Washington County Hospital by Boonsboro Ambulance personnel.

Both were in fair condition this morning, a hospital spokesman said.

The 4:35 a.m. accident occurred about a mile from Boonsboro, according to police.

The investigation into the cause of the accident is being conducted by Trooper First Class Russ Plante.

An employee of Hoffman Chevrolet called Hagerstown City Police Monday morning to report that someone had broken into the office and stolen a license tag.

A short time later, the employees also noticed that a $28,689 Dodge Durango was also missing.

The maroon vehicle with tan leather interior may have the stolen tag displayed, police said. The Maryland tag is 08F031, police said.

LEITERSBURG - Several people were injured in a two-car accident Monday on Leitersburg Pike just south of the Hagerstown 10 cinema complex, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Carolyn Keeseman, 37, of Waynesboro, Pa., was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, a sheriff's deputy said.

Keeseman was driving a 1998 Jeep north on Leitersburg Pike at about 7 p.m. when it collided into the rear of a Ford Escort, driven by a juvenile, that was waiting to turn left into a driveway, a sheriff's deputy said.

Both drivers and several children who were passengers in the Ford were taken to Washington County Hospital, where they were all treated and released, the deputy said.

Both vehicles were severely damaged, the deputy said.

BOONSBORO - A Boonsboro man was taken into custody Sunday following a fight with his stepfather, according to a report by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Robby Wayne Huntzberry, 19, of 7726 Sharpsburg Pike, was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of malicious destruction of property under $300, the report said.

He was released Monday on personal recognizance.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call for a domestic dispute at about 6:04 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Pike address, the report said.

Deputies found out that a fight developed between two men about a visit with a friend and a party earlier that day, the report said.

Joseph Lloyd Waters, 36, of 7726 Sharpsburg Pike, was assaulted during the confrontation, the report said.

Some drywall and a lamp in the living room of the home also were damaged, the report said.

CLEAR SPRING - A 16-year-old male was charged Monday in connection with an incident July 7 in which a Clear Spring man was shot in the stomach with a blowgun dart, according to a report by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The teen was charged as a juvenile with one count of second-degree assault and one count of reckless endangerment, the report said.

He was released to the custody of his mother, the report said.

At about 9 p.m. July 7, Christopher Lynn Reed, 21, of 16 Cumberland St., was at the Clear Spring Amoco gas station when a vehicle pulled into the parking lot, the report said.

The juvenile, who was inside the vehicle, used the blowgun to shoot a dart in the direction of Reed, striking him in the stomach, the report said.

Reed refused medical treatment, the report said.

An investigation led to the identity of the shooter, who later admitted his involvement, the report said.

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police apprehended a man Monday morning after receiving a call from a security officer at Frederick Memorial Hospital reporting a man with a knife chasing another man, a police report said.

Jose L. Cruz, 40, of no fixed address, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and wearing a deadly weapon with intent to injure, police said.

He was being held today at Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $15,000 bond.

Police saw a man chasing another in the 600 block of Trail Avenue at about 12:51 a.m., the report said.

One man had a shirt covering one of his hands as he chased the other man, the report said.

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