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Police log

October 05, 1998

Burglars set off an alarm at Byrd Tyre at 1720 Dual Highway in Hagerstown early Monday, but were gone by the time police arrived.

City police said they responded to the 12:57 a.m. alarm and discovered the glass door in the front of the building had been broken out. They said they found pry marks on the cash register.

Police said nothing was taken. Damage to the door was estimated at $300, they said.




Vandals broke out the rear passenger window of a Pontiac Grand Am parked in the first block of East North Avenue over the weekend, Hagerstown city police said.




Tools worth $1,717 were taken from a van parked at 236 West Side Ave. in Hagerstown late Saturday or early Sunday, city police report.

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Thieves broke out the passenger door window of the work van and took assorted tools, including sanders, a mitre box, saws and drills.

There was $300 damage to the van.




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was charged with petit larceny and simple possession of crack cocaine in the 200 block of East Burke Street Saturday following a controlled narcotics purchase, according to the Martinsburg City Police Department.

The purchase was performed by a confidential police informant, police said.

Richard Fitzgerald Haynes, 34, no fixed address, was taken to the Eastern Regional Jail, police said.




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters, W.Va., man pleaded guilty recently before Judge W. Craig Broadwater in U.S. District Court to robbing a bank in May in Hedgesville, W.Va., according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney.

Jerry Lee Jenkins, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of robbing the bank on May 8 of $1,800, according to the press release.

Jenkins, who is in custody, faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, according to the release.




Two people were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance after a pipe containing burnt marijuana reside was found in a car's glove box on Friday, the Smithsburg Police Department said.

The charges came after a 16-year-old male was stopped for driving through a stop sign at the intersection of Geiser Way and North Main Street at 9 a.m., police alleged.

When asked for identification and vehicle registration, the driver opened the glove box and the officer saw the pipe and seized it, police said.

After searching the vehicle further, police found additional drug paraphernalia, according to police.

The driver and his two passengers - a 17-year-old male and Christopher G. Price, 19, of 115 Rachel's Court, Smithsburg - also were searched, police said.

All three denied that the items were theirs, police said.

Price was charged with one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and paraphernalia and two counts of contributing to the condition of a child, police said. He was being held on $5,000 bond.

The 16-year-old was charged with failing to stop for a stop sign, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of CDS paraphernalia, police said. He was referred to Juvenile Services.




FREDERICK, Md. - A New Market, Md., woman was injured after her vehicle went down an embankment and hit a tree on Boyers Mill Road near Quiet Cove Road on Monday, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Amanda L. Holcomb, 19, of Steamboat Way, lost control of her 1998 Mazda sedan and drove across the road down the embankment at 11:25 a.m., deputies said.

She was trapped in the vehicle for about 50 minutes until being freed by rescue personnel. She was not wearing a seat belt, deputies said.

Holcomb was taken by ambulance to the University of Maryland Hospital's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon. She was in surgery Monday night.




Two teenagers escaped from the Juvenile Holdover Facility on Jonathan Street Friday, but one was caught minutes later with the handcuff key in his mouth, Maryland State Police said.

The two boys used the key to open their handcuffs and leg shackles while they were on their way to Hagerstown from Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, Md., police said.

When guards opened the van doors about 1:50 p.m., the boys ran, police said.

One of the boys, 15, was tackled in the parking lot and charged with escape and aiding an escape after the key was found in his mouth, police said.

The other, 17, got away even though one leg was still shackled, police said. He was still on the loose Monday.




FAIRPLAY - A Fairplay man's motor home and shed were destroyed by a fire Friday morning, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called at 9:42 a.m. to the home of Ronald Lee Wise Sr. at 16945 Sprecher Road, said Fairplay Fire Chief Leonard Heller Jr.

When they arrived, the recreational vehicle and shed were engulfed in flames, Heller said.

No one was hurt, he said.

The Maryland Fire Marshal's Office blamed the fire on an electrical system fault in the generator battery system.

The fire marshal estimated the loss at $6,000.

Responding to the call were firefighters from Fairplay, Williamsport and Halfway and an ambulance from Sharpsburg.

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