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January 19, 1999

A suspect in a Jan. 5, 1998, shooting on Jonathan Street was picked up by Hagerstown City Police late Saturday on Berkson Avenue.

Philip Wayne Bloomer, also known as Nikki James, 20, a New York native, was being sought on charges of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and three weapons violations, police said.

Bloomer also was wanted for failure to appear for court hearings, police said. His bond was set at $751,500, officials said Monday.

Kurrian Tyshon Grasty, then 18, was hospitalized at Washington County Hospital after the shooting.

Eight shots were fired, including four that struck Grasty, according to Capt. Robert Voytko.

The street crimes unit arrested several people on drug charges Saturday, Hagerstown City Police said.

- Bruce Sylvester Gray, 43, of 687 Hayes Ave., was charged at 10 p.m. with possession of crack, distribution of crack, possession with intent to distribute crack and possession of drug paraphernalia.


He was picked up in the first block of East Franklin Street, police said.

At 12:35 a.m., James Maverick Oliver, 39, of 111 E. Baltimore St., Apt. 2, was charged with possession of crack and possession with intent to distribute crack, police said.

Police took Oliver into custody in the 300 block of Henry Avenue, police said.

An 8-year-old toy poodle was fatally shot on the porch of its home at 14538 Edgemont Road Saturday, Maryland State Police said.

The dog was valued at $300, police said.

Maryland State Police responded to a number of calls involving destruction of property over the weekend.

- Someone broke into Apt. 104 at 410 St. Paul St., Boonsboro, and damaged the door, destroyed a NASCAR car display, and broke the glass out of the microwave, television and computer monitor.

A bathroom sink was clogged on purpose and water was allowed to run over, police said.

Damage was in excess of $2,000.

- Four tires, valued at $100, were cut on a Chevrolet truck parked at 11187 Big Pool Road.

- A window was broken out of a vehicle parked at 17015 Oakleigh Way.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man faces of having drugs in his car on Saturday at 1:45 p.m., the Frederick Police Department said.

James R. Baker Jr. 39, of 221 East St., was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance.

Police said a driver was stopped for an improperly lighted tag light. Police conducted a K-9 scan and search of the car, driver and passengers.

The driver was found to have a pipe containing drug residue, police alleged.

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department charged three people with drug offenses after allegedly finding marijuana and drug pipes in a car pulled over for a traffic stop Saturday at 10:45 p.m.

Police identified those charged as:

- Douglas St. John Soffe, 23, of Emmitsburg, Md. He was charged with driving a vehicle without required minimum equipment, driving with expired registration, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Soffe was released after posting $2,000 bond, jail officials said Monday.

- Christopher Franklin Etzler, 19, of Walkersville, Md. He was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

- Jessica M. Miller, 18, of Keymar, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Etzler and Miller were freed on their own recognizance.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick woman faces drug charges after a drug pipe with marijuana residue was found in her car Saturday, according to the Frederick Police Department.

The driver was stopped for speeding at the 1100 block of North Market St. at 4:45 p.m., police alleged.

Kimberly A. West, 30, of 8008 Broken Reed Court, was charged with speeding, driving with a suspended license, displaying tags to another vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, falsifying a registration plate, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

She was released after posting $2,500 bond, jail officials said Monday.

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