Police log

July 19, 1998

A young woman who was assaulted and robbed of her purse late Thursday was able to give Hagerstown City Police a description of her assailant and his name.

Johnnie Davy Holt, 42, of 838 Virginia Ave., was picked up in the first block of West Franklin Street shortly after the 10:53 p.m. incident.

The purse was found a short time later, minus some money, police said.

Held overnight at police headquarters for a bond hearing this morning, Holt was charged with robbery and second-degree assault, police said.

The victim told police she knew Holt and recognized him as her assailant.

Donald Michael Gary of 231 S. Locust St. awoke at 3:15 this morning to find someone breaking into his apartment, Hagerstown City Police said.


Escaping out the back, Gary called police, who arrived and found Tony Dewayne Broomer still inside the apartment, police said.

Broomer, 29, of 611 N. High St., Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with burglary. He was held overnight at police headquarters awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

Indecipherable blue squiggles have turned up on two businesses, the latest in another spate of graffiti incidents in Hagerstown.

This time, Larry and Sons, 301 W. Franklin St., and Boyer's Barber Shop, 219 W. Franklin St., were hit Thursday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Vehicles windows were broken by rocks and other unknown missiles in a spree in Southern Washington County Wednesday, Maryland State Police said.

Victims included residents of 7343 Mt. Laurel Road and 21172 Greenbrier Road near Boonsboro; 5624 Mt. Briar Road and 33 N. Main St., Keedysville, police said.

A $120 Pacific 18-gear black mountain bike was taken Thursday from 19409 Garrett's Mill Road in Knoxville, Maryland State Police said.

Two of the four people charged with drug offenses Wednesday by Hagerstown City Police's Street Crime Unit remained jailed this morning.

Police went to 233 S. Prospect St. shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on a loud music complaint and took Tavin Tarrell Andrews, 28, no fixed address, into custody for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Andrews was being held today in the Washington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

Chad Lee Golden, 24, no fixed address, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia - syringes.

Golden was being held today in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

Elizabeth Frances Claggett, 24, of 233 S. Prospect St., basement apartment, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia - syringes.

Claggett was released on personal recognizance.

Theodore Eustace Kotowski, 38, of 8819 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kotowski was also released on personal recognizance.

CLEAR SPRING - A Clear Spring woman was injured Thursday after her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on eastbound Interstate 70, which blocked the highway two miles east of Clear Spring, according to Maryland State Police.

Debra Hull, 41, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released, police said.

A 1994 Ford AeroMax truck hauling two semi-trailers, driven by Scott Schuler, 30, of Pasadena, Md., drove off the right side of I-70 at about 6:41 a.m. when he apparently fell asleep, police said.

As the truck began to go up an embankment, Schuler woke up and attempted to re-enter the eastbound lanes, but the out-of-control truck struck a 1995 Plymouth Voyager minivan driven by Hull, police said.

After colliding, the truck overturned, blocking the eastbound lanes of I-70, police said.

Hull's vehicle also overturned into the median, police said.

Traffic was detoured onto U.S. 40 after the accident.

The tractor-trailer contained several containers of nitrous oxide, but none leaked and there was no hazard, police said.

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A Falling Waters teenager was injured Thursday night when her car went under a tractor-trailer off Interstate 81, according to West Virginia State Police.

Erin J. Gealy, of 1106 Pheasant Lane, was driving south on I-81 when she lost control of her car just south of Exit 20 and went off the west side of the highway, according to Trooper D.D. Miller.

The car went over a grass barrier and ran under the trailer of a truck parked at the old weigh station, Miller said.

The blue Toyota Camry, the front of its roof crushed under the trailer, stopped just short of Gealy, she said.

The truck was hauling lead blocks and battery casings, said driver Clarence E. Ray, 65, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Gealy was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, according to a nursing supervisor.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police will likely have to resort to DNA testing to positively identify skeletal remains found July 7 in a Johnsontown, W.Va., home, Sgt. J.A. Humphrey said Thursday.

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