Police log

July 26, 1998

THURMONT, Md. - A 5-year-old Sabillasville, Md., boy died Thursday of injuries sustained in a car accident Wednesday in Frederick County, according to Maryland State Police.

Luke Gregory Martin was sitting in the front passenger seat of a red Ford station wagon, driven by his mother, Cindy Jeanna Martin, 38, when it ran off Md. 77 at Tippin Drive and struck a tree, police said.

Luke Martin had been wearing a seat belt, police said.

His 7-year-old brother, Jedidiah Ross Martin, who was wearing a seat belt in the back of the car, was treated at and later released from Frederick Memorial Hospital on Wednesday along with his mother, police said.

The accident happened at about 6:30 p.m., when Martin took her eyes off the road for a moment, police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Hagerstown girl was the among seven people taken into custody on drug charges late Thursday when police raided a South Street apartment.


Julie Ann Park, 18, was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana, according to Frederick City Police.

The resident of 54A E. South St. - 19-year-old Michael Dwayne Williams - was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said.

Burt Anthony Tanner, 21, no fixed address; James Edward Murphy, 25, of Baltimore; Kevin Stern, 18, of Baltimore; Brian Paul Smith, 18, of Baltimore, and a 16-year-old Baltimore girl were all charged with one count each of possession of cocaine and marijuana, police said.

The adults were held overnight awaiting bond hearings.

The juvenile was detained by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The 10:20 p.m. raid netted a quantity of cocaine and marijuana, police said.

While a beer truck was stocking up the Chocolate Park Tavern in Cascade with liquid supplies Thursday, a thief was doing the same.

Two cases of Corona beer, valued at $40, were taken from a Larkin Wholesalers truck Thursday while it was parked at the tavern, according to Maryland State Police.

An apparent electrical malfunction caused an evacuation of passengers from a County Commuter bus Thursday around 1:38 p.m. in Hagerstown, said Kevin Cerrone, county transit supervisor.

Smoke coming from the dashboard alerted the driver the problem and she stopped the bus at Northern and Pennsylvania avenues and evacuated several passengers, said Cerrone.

No passengers were injured.

Hagerstown and Longmeadow Volunteer fire departments responded to the call.

The passengers were transferred to another bus to continue their trip, he said.

Cerrone said he did not know how many passengers were on the bus. The bus should be back in service today. A wiring problem in the bus headlights caused the smoke, said Cerrone.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A pair of lost or stolen keys may have led to the theft of a car early Thursday morning, according to Chambersburg police.

The report said a red 1997 Mercury Tracer was stolen from in front of the home of Jay and Dolvie Jiles, 222 High St., between midnight and 5 a.m. Police said the keys to the Jiles' car disappeared about two weeks ago and may have been used to steal the car.

The license plate number of the car was XGK-265, police said.

Anyone with information about the theft can contact police at 1-717-264-4131.

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