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October 21, 1998

Md. girl injured when hit by car

FREDERICK, Md. - A 14-year-old girl received minor leg injuries when she was hit by a car while crossing the street to board a school bus Tuesday morning, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Francisco R. Gomez, 26, of Waverly Drive, was charged with failing to stop for a school bus with its warning lights flashing and failure to avoid speed to avoid a collision.

Police said Samantha Sheehan of the 3400 block of Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown, Md., was crossing Buckeystown Lane when the 7:10 a.m. accident occurred.

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Police said the driver, who was headed north on Md. 85, apparently failed to stop for the bus, which had its lights flashing.

Man sentenced on gun, drug charges

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - A Maryland man was sentenced recently by Judge Irene M. Keeley in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg on drug and firearms charges, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney.

James Derrick Jones, 27, also known as "Dog," address unavailable, was sentenced on Oct. 16 to 25 years imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, according to the release. He was convicted on June 23, 1995, on two counts of use of and carrying a firearm in connection with drug trafficking crimes from the spring of 1991 to Aug. 31, 1994, in Berkeley County, W.Va., and on Oct. 1, 1993, in Martinsburg, W.Va., according to the release.

Man sentenced on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man was sentenced Monday by Judge W. Craig Broadwater in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on drug charges, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney.

James W. Cephas, 61, of 28 Meagan St., Baker Heights II, was sentenced to eight years and one month imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, according to the release. He was convicted on May 21, of one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine from the spring of 1996 to March of this year in the northern district of West Virginia, and 10 counts of distribution of crack cocaine from April 1996 to the summer of 1997 in Berkeley County, W.Va., according to the release.

W.Va. man pleads guilty to charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man pleaded guilty recently before Judge W. Craig Broadwater in U.S. District Court to possession of stolen mail matter, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney.

Shannon Wayne Cotton, 21, entered the plea on Oct. 16, according to the release. He was charged with one count of possession of stolen mail matter on June 10, in Charles Town, W.Va., according to the release.

Those found guilty on such a charge face a maximum of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, according to the release.

Information sought on assailant

Maryland State Police are seeking the public's help in finding the person who assaulted a Hagerstown woman found wandering on the Cearfoss Pike Saturday night.

Police said a passing motorist saw Sheila Kay Kelley, 33, walking along the highway at 8:15 p.m.

She sustained head injuries and appeared to have been hit with a blunt weapon, police said.

Police said the woman left a Hagerstown bar with one or more men, was assaulted and then was left along the roadway in the Cearfoss area.

Kelley was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was in serious condition on Tuesday night, hospital officials said.

Anyone with information can call police at 301-739-2101.

City man charged in assault of wife

A Hagerstown man was jailed early Tuesday after his 78-year-old wife was beaten and kicked so severely she had to be hospitalized, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Joseph R. Chapla, 69, of 13409 Windsor Drive, was charged with one count of second-degree assault, according to Deputy Richard Schleigh.

Keitha E. Chapla was taken to Washington County Hospital shortly after the 12:41 a.m. incident at the couple's home, deputies said.

Deputies went to the home after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance.

Later they went to the hospital, where Keitha Chapla had been treated for cuts, bruises and scrapes on her body. She was later released.

She had been knocked down and kicked, deputies alleged.

Joseph Chapla was freed on $5,000 bond.

Pa. man unhurt in accident

SHARPSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man escaped serious injury Tuesday morning on Sharpsburg Pike when his 1978 GMC Suburban plowed into a parked car, destroying both vehicles, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Marion Biesecker, 80, told Deputy Tracey Peyton that he didn't remember what caused him to veer off the road at Chapline Street and hit a guardrail and then Brian Goetz's 1991 Toyota parked at 103 N. Church St.

Biesecker, who was believed to have been wearing a seat belt, was in fair condition Tuesday evening at Washington County Hospital.

The 6:13 a.m. accident was still under investigation.

Equipment stolen from parked van

On Monday, Hagerstown City Police investigated the theft of more than $1,600 in drills and other equipment from a Tri-State Plumbing and Heating van parked at 115 Matthews Ave.

Also on Monday, a Kraco car stereo and a leather jacket, total value $450, were taken from a vehicle parked at 61 East Ave., police said.

Fake bills passed

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies looked into the passing of four counterfeit $20 bills Monday at The Bon-Ton in Valley Mall.

Tires slashed

Four tires were slashed on vehicles parked at the Boonsboro Flea Market, deputies said Monday. Loss was $300.

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