Police log

August 27, 1998

Woman charged with burglary, theft

A Funkstown woman was charged Wednesday in an April burglary at the McDonald's Restaurant on Sharpsburg Pike where she formerly worked, Maryland State Police said.

Connie Rae Clever, 30, of 102 E. Cemetery St., Funkstown, was released on personal recognizance, court records said.

Charges include second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and felony theft.

The amount of money taken wasn't available, only that it was more than $300, court records said.

The money was taken from the safe, police said.

The burglary was discovered at 5 a.m. April 18, police said.

Pa. man charged with assault

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man was charged with aggravated assault against a police office after an incident Monday morning on the 200 block of Martin Avenue, according to Chambersburg police.


Robert E. Witherspoon, of 257 Martin Ave., was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said. According to the report, police were responding to a report of a fight between Witherspoon and his son that was called in just after midnight.

When police got there, the report said a man "drew back his fist and threatened to strike a police officer."

Man sentenced in assault of officer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man was sentenced Wednesday to two to 10 years in state prison for assaulting a police officer.

Darryl G. Parker, 19, was convicted of aggravated assault for an incident that occurred March 10 on West Liberty Street.

Court records said Chambersburg police approached a car that was obstructing traffic and a man standing next to the vehicle became belligerent.

During a struggle with the two officers, Parker struck Officer Todd Baker, causing facial fractures, court records said.

Smoke caused by electrical short

An electrical malfunction at 410 Mitchell Ave. took Hagerstown firefighters out at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday for reports of smoke coming from an outlet.

Battalion Chief Kingsley Poole said the smoke was caused by a short in the electrical system of the home.

Resident Cathy Barr got everybody out of the residence after calling 911, Poole said. There were no damages or injuries.

Firefighters from First Hose, Antietam and Western Enterprise responded.

2 face drug charges

Two men were charged with drug offenses Tuesday night, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Arthur Gortman, 19, of Manhattan, N.Y., was picked up in the first block of West Bethel Street at 9 p.m.

Ronnie Larry Turney, 20, of 1511 E. 41st St., Cleveland, Ohio, was taken into custody in the 100 block of Clarkson Avenue at 7:45 p.m.

Both men were charged with distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, police said.

Man steals ring, change from church

A man who expressed interest in joining the church apparently stole a gold ring and some change while waiting to talk with a priest Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The man was described as white, 40 to 50 years old, balding, wearing khaki pants and a red and green shirt.

The priest told Hagerstown City Police he asked the man to wait in the kitchen while he finished counseling a couple preparing for marriage.

When the priest returned, the man, the ring and the money were gone, police said.

City man charged in assault of woman

A Hagerstown man was charged with second-degree assault and felony destruction of property after he was found crouched behind a vehicle in a Funkstown trailer park late Tuesday.

Glenn Franklin Householder, 30, of 215 E. Franklin St., was being held Wednesday night on $5,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Jodi Faith, 22, also of 215 E. Franklin St., was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of cuts and scrapes on her face and neck. She was later released, hospital officials said.

Faith was found huddled behind the vehicle at 20 W. Poplar St. after Householder was removed from the scene at 10:30 p.m., police said.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies got the call after neighbors heard an assault in progress. A telephone was damaged and several Mason jars were broken during the incident, deputies said.

Man pleads guilty to false statement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to making a false statement, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney.

Robert Henry Herscher, 56, pleaded guilty to making the false statement on a passport application on Sept. 3, 1997, in Martinsburg, according to the release.

A conviction on the charge carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, according to the release.

Man pleads guilty to clean air violation

A former Hagerstown man has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

William Michael Harper, 39, entered the plea on Monday, the office said.

Harper, who owned and operated Ike's Heating & Air Condition Co., admitted to servicing, maintaining, repairing and disposing heating and air conditioning systems appliances without proper certification between April 1996 and September 1997, the office said.

In exchange for the plea, two counts of providing false information to the EPA about his work on appliances containing refrigerants were dropped, according U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia's office.

Harper will be sentenced in U.S. District Court on Oct. 20. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

CDs, case stolen

A theft of CDs, a CD case, and other stereo equipment from a vehicle parked at 1048 Beechwood Drive was being investigated Wednesday by Hagerstown City Police.

Loss was estimated at $375.

Window broken

A window at 200 E. Chestnut St. in Funkstown was reported broken Tuesday, according to Maryland State Police.

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