Police log

August 04, 1998

Teen's head strikes utility pole

FREDERICK, Md. - A Walkersville, Md., teenager who was leaning out of the car he was riding in was seriously hurt Monday afternoon when his head struck a utility pole, Maryland State Police said.

Daniel Joseph Roberts, 17, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was in critical condition Monday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

According to police, the 1981 Ford Mustang he was riding in was headed east on Md. 77 west of Old Mill road at about 1:20 p.m. Roberts was leaning out the window trying to throw a rock at a parked car, police said.


The driver, a 17-year-old Thurmont, Md.-area youth whom police would not identify, lost control of the car and left the road, police said.

When Roberts' head hit the utility pole, he was thrown from the car, police said.

Sword-wielding man confronts police

A sword-wielding Hagerstown man was charged with aiming his weapon at a police officer Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Scott Dwayne Troup, 30, of 111 King St., was charged with first- and second-degree assault, assault with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment, police said.

According to police, Washington County Hospital called police complaining that a man on King Street had chased one of its employees.

Officer Brenton Sauer went to a home on 111 King St. at about 9:30 p.m. The man who answered the door held a sword over his head, police said.

Sauer backed away and called for backup. When additional officers arrived, the man dropped the weapon and was arrested, police said.


Heroin possession under investigation

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case of heroin possession Sunday night at a drug treatment center in Southampton Township, Pa.

The police report said a 20-year-old man from Loysville, Pa., was found in possession of suspected heroin residue and drug paraphernalia at the Roxbury Treatment Center, 601 Roxbury Road.

Thomas said staff at the center found the heroin and paraphernalia when they searched the man, who had returned to the center from a funeral. State police were notified at 9:05 p.m., according to the report.

Thomas said the man was being treated for drug addiction at the center.

Soda stolen from convenience store

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of cases of soda from a Guilford Township, Pa., convenience store early Monday.

According to the police report, the burglary at Rutter's store at 4030 Lincoln Way East was reported at 12:32 a.m. Police said a front window was broken and cases of Pepsi-Cola were stolen.

Purse holding gun stolen from car

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police said a handgun was among the items stolen when a vehicle was broken into Saturday at a borough bar.

According to the report, the car of Quinn A. Cool, of 24 N. Church St., Waynesboro, Pa., was broken into before 12:52 a.m. in the parking lot of Dilly's, 642 Lincoln Way West. Cool's purse was stolen, along with a purse belonging to Kristine E. Swartz, of 131 Garman Drive, Chambersburg, according to the report.

The report said Swartz's purse contained a .25-caliber chrome handgun. Both women also lost credit cards, identification, keys and other belongings, according to the report.

Md. man charged with auto theft

A Mt. Airy man, chased down Sunday by Maryland State Police in Frederick County, Md., was found to be driving a 1996 Ford F-250 pickup truck stolen Saturday in Washington County, police said.

Edgar Bachman Browne IV, 25, of 14402 Black Ankle Road, was charged with auto theft and traffic offenses, according to state police in Hagerstown.

The vehicle was stolen from Valley Road in Knoxville, police said.

2 teens face drug charges

Two juveniles were arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police were called to a disturbance near the Starland Skating Rink on Saturday night, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police were told the juveniles left before they arrived. Deputies later located them at Pangborn Park. A search revealed that two 17-year-olds from Hagerstown had marijuana paraphernalia, police said.

They were charged and released into their parents' custody, police said.

W.Va. man charged with sexual abuse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was charged with attempted first-degree sexual abuse after a woman who was doing laundry at his home was forced into sexual contact, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Angela N. Painter, 18, of Bunker Hill, told West Virginia State Police that sexual comments were made to her, she was grabbed, and her neck and face were kissed as she protested and tried to push the man away, according to court records.

James W. Jeffries, 64, of 138 Dogwood Road, was also charged with five counts of writing worthless checks stemming from transactions with area businesses in April, according to court records.

Motorcyclist faces obstruction charge

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