Police log

September 18, 1998

Construction tools valued at $1,300 were stolen from a pickup truck owned by RHP Construction while it was parked at 12432 Honeysuckle Lane in Hagerstown between 2 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. Friday.

Washington County sheriff's deputies ask anyone with information to call them at 301-791-3020.

The window of a 1997 Travel Supreme Trailer parked at 105 S. Antietam Street in Funkstown was shot out by a pellet sometime between mid-August and Thursday, Washington County sheriff's deputies report.

Damage was estimated at $100, they said.

Graffiti was painted on a garage door to the rear of 40 E. Antietam Street in Hagerstown on Thursday, Hagerstown City Police report.

Officers described the red and blue graffiti as "decorative writing."

FREDERICK, Md. - A stop by Frederick Police Department officers for a minor traffic violation early this morning led to additional charges against the driver.


The officer who pulled the driver over said he found the tags belonged to another car. After he smelled what he thought to be marijuana, a drug-sniffing dog was called in. A search revealed a bag of suspected marijuana and a pack of rolling papers on the driver, the officer said.

Eric William Diaz, 20, of Middletown, Md., was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, emitting a white light to the rear of the vehicle, failure to display license and registration, displaying tags to another vehicle, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a driver who fled the scene of a single-car accident on SR 995 in Hamilton Township early Thursday.

Troopers said a 1984 Pontiac Trans Am was southbound on SR 995 when it traveled southeast across the northbound lanes. The car traveled south on an earthen embankment for about 150 feet, spun clockwise, and rolled over once.

The car came to rest facing northeast in the northbound lane of the road.

The driver fled.

The car was severely damaged, troopers said.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man wanted in connection with a pistol-whipping in a Martinsburg restaurant parking lot on July 26 was arrested Thursday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The incident happened in the parking lot of the Coach House on South Queen Street, according to court records.

Ricardo Fernandez was struck three times in the head with a gun after he tried to stop a man from waving the gun in another man's face, according to court records.

Fernandez fell unconscious and had to be treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg, according to court records.

The assailant got into a blue Toyota Tercel and left, according to court records.

Sauel Castillo, 20, who listed an address of Braddock Street, Winchester, Va., was charged with malicious wounding, brandishing a weapon and failure to appear in magistrate court, according to court records.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Traffic was slowed on Greensburg Road on Wednesday morning after a truck pulling a homemade trailer was pushed off the road at the crest of a hill, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Michael Leroy Shade, 22, of Route 1, Box 202, Martinsburg, was driving the Arden Equipment Repair truck when the accident occurred at about 8:15 a.m., according to the accident report.

The truck, permitted to carry a wide load, was hauling a storage shed on the trailer, according to the report.

The load was extending over the center line when Yvette Diane Fisher, 28, of 3008 Glenn Drive, Martinsburg, crested the hill from the other side in a 1991 Ford Explorer, according to the report.

Fisher's vehicle skidded into the truck, then struck the trailer, sending it off the west side of the road, according to the report.

The Explorer suffered severe front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene, according to the report.

The shed was damaged beyond repair, according to the report.

RANSON, W.Va. - A man fired a shotgun into a car about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Apple Tree Gardens Apartments, along W.Va. 9 in Ranson, during a domestic dispute, said Ranson Police Chief William Roper.

Police believe the man shot once into the air and once into the car.

No one was injured, police said.

The suspect, a white male, was driving a light blue Nova, said Roper.

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