Police log

August 11, 1998

Pa. man charged with assault, theft

A Pennsylvania man was charged with assault and theft in an attack on a Hagerstown man at 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Michael Francis Steinberg, 51, of Kingston, Pa., was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday night on $10,000 bond, deputies said.

The victim, Randy Lee Nigh, 343, of 404 W. Washington St., told police he allowed a man to spend Sunday night at his residence but asked him to leave on Monday.


The man became angry and began choking Nigh, threatening to kill him, police said. When he left, the man took a carton of cigarettes worth $11 that belonged to Nigh, police said.

Police found Steinberg walking in the first block of Burhans Boulevard.

2 men charged in attack with bat

FREDERICK, Md. - A baseball bat attack early Tuesday sent a man to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in fair and stable condition Tuesday night.

Astrit Mefa, 62, of 1009 3A Greystone Drive, was found when Frederick City Police went to that address at 2 a.m. for a noise complaint.

Police were directed to a balcony, where witnesses said the attacker had fled, and jumped to the ground.

The man tried to get into a second-floor apartment but was met by officers who came in the door and attempted to subdue him, police said.

The man turned violent and was pepper-sprayed and taken into custody, police said. A second man also was charged, police said.

Julio Pousada Fernandez, 33, no fixed address, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a deadly weapon and attempted burglary, police said.

The second man, David Beepat, 35, of 1009 3A Greystone Drive, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and giving a false statement to police, police said.

Woman charged in husband's assault

A woman was charged with second-degree assault Tuesday morning after a domestic dispute with her husband at their 7719 Fairplay Road home, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Dora Culler, 39, was taken into custody shortly after the 1:13 a.m. incident, deputies said. She was later released from jail pending trial following a bond hearing.

Deputies responded to the home and found Gregory Culler had been scratched a number of times and bitten once.

2 injured when car hits truck

FLINTSTONE, Md. - Two Hagerstown residents were hospitalized at Memorial Hospital of Cumberland, Md., with injuries suffered in a Monday morning accident on Interstate 68 west of Pleasant Valley Road, according to Maryland State Police.

Maxwell R. Redman, 36, of 457 W. Washington St., was the driver of a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass that ran into the rear of a parked truck, police said.

He was in guarded condition Tuesday night, hospital officials said.

Melisa Marie Redman, 31, of the same address, had been listed in critical condition at the same hospital, but hospital officials said late Tuesday that she was being transferred to Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Police charged Maxwell Redman with negligent driving and driving while suspended.

The 50-year-old Florida man who was the operator of the truck was unhurt, police said.

Teen charged with resisting arrest

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a 17-year-old boy found lying in a road Saturday has been charged with resisting arrest and underage drinking.

The report said the unidentified boy was spotted lying on West Main Street near the Robinson Drive intersection at 2:10 a.m. The Fayetteville boy gave police his name and address, but when they tried to take him into custody he ran and police were unable to catch him.

The report said he was later contacted and charged.

Pa. man charged with DUI, eluding

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A Fayetteville man was charged with driving under the influence and fleeing and eluding police after troopers pursued the driver and passenger of an all-terrain vehicle Saturday morning in Greene Township, Pa.

The police report said Gary Brown Jr., 27, also was charged with recklessly endangering another person and several traffic violations after the 3:30 a.m. incident, which began when the 1991 Yamaha Warrior ATV was spotted in the center of Mount Cydonia Road.

Police said Troopers Chester Dabrowski and William Confer chased the ATV onto Stump Run Road. The driver tried to turn onto a private dirt road, but skidded into an embankment, according to the report.

The trooper blocked the road, but the report said the driver of the ATV tried to get around it by driving onto the embankment. The ATV rolled over onto the hood of the police cruiser, the report said.

The report said Brown and his passenger, a 14-year-old Fayetteville boy, were unhurt.

Pa. robbery under investigation

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a reported robbery early Monday at a residence in Hamilton Township, Pa.

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