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January 28, 1999

Jail guard pleads guilty to charge

A Roxbury Correctional Institution officer pleaded guilty recently in Washington County Circuit Court to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, court records said.

Darnell Louis Powell, 30, of Cumberland, Md., also was charged last August with smuggling contraband into a state prison and possession of marijuana. Both charges which were dropped in exchange for the Jan. 20 guilty plea, court records said.

Sentencing was delayed so a pre-sentence investigation could be prepared.

Powell, who began working at the prison south of Hagerstown on Oct. 16, 1996, was suspended with pay after the charges were filed, Department of Correction spokeswoman Maxine Eldridge said.


After the guilty plea, Powell resigned, DOC spokesman Dave Towers said Wednesday.

The investigation was conducted by the Division of Correction's internal investigative unit and its K-9 units, Eldridge said.


Boy burned when spray can explodes

An 8-year-old Hagerstown boy was burned Tuesday afternoon when an aerosol paint can exploded in an outdoor trash burn pit at 16115 Spade Road, Maryland fire marshals said.

Joel Lambert was standing next to the burn pit at 4:29 p.m. when the can exploded, knocking him backwards and covering his face with paint, fire marshals said.

When his hair ignited, the child performed a "stop, drop and roll" to put out the fire, fire marshals said.

The child's father, John Stotelmyer, had been burning trash in the pit but then started working on a truck in the garage, 15 feet away from the fire which was still burning, fire marshals said.

Medevaced to Children's Hospital in Washington, D. C., Joel was admitted with second-degree burns over his right ear, fire marshals said. He also suffered small corneal abrasions to his eyes.

Maugansville firefighters and Community Rescue Service responded to the scene.

Woman reports downtown mugging

The owner of BJ Market in the 400 block of West Washington Street told Hagerstown City Police she was knocked to the ground and her purse was stolen as she walked home from work Tuesday at 6:48 p.m.

The woman, who wasn't hurt, said she was at the Antietam Street intersection when two black males ran up behind her and knocked her down.

The loss was $450.


Also on Tuesday

* A $10,000 air handler belonging to DLM Construction in Gaithersburg, Md., was stolen from a job site in the 700 block of South Potomac Street.

* A patron of the Hagerstown YMCA reported that her shoes and some money, with total value of $92, were taken while she was working out at the gym, police said.


Street Crimes Unit arrests three

The street crimes unit made three apprehensions late Tuesday in the area of the first block of West Church Street.

* Jerry Anderson, 31, of 1281/2 N. Locust St., was charged with distribution of fake drugs and possession of a concealed weapon (knife). He was taken into custody at 9:51 p.m.

* Kevin Joseph Lee, 34, of 3702 Diana Drive, Suitland, Md., was charged with possession of fake drugs and distribution of fake drugs. He was apprehended at 11:10 p.m.

* George Frederique McBride, 22, of 102 15th St. SE, Washington, D.C, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, obstructing a police officer and giving a false statement. He was picked up at 11:10 p.m.


Woman arrested on crack charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An undercover police informant was used to purchase four pieces of suspected crack cocaine in the 200 block of East Liberty Street at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Martinsburg police said Roberta Darlene Lowe, 36, of Martinsburg was charged a felony count of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of delivery of an imitation substance.

She was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and was held on $30,000 bond in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg, jail officials said Wednesday.


Pa. woman says she didn't shoot husband

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman charged with shooting her ex-husband at the Chambersburg Mall last April pleaded innocent to attempted homicide Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

Valerie Jean Moraites, 43, of 940 Stouffer Ave., is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the April 25 shooting of Stephen C. Moraites of Chambersburg. Her case was scheduled for the March trial term, according to court records.

The state police affidavit of probable cause said a woman shot Moraites twice outside Musselman Jewelers at 1:30 p.m. The woman then surrendered the handgun to a mall security officer.


Pa. teen pleads innocent to shooting

CHAMBERSBURG - A Chambersburg teenager was scheduled for the March trial term after entering an innocent plea to a shooting in the borough in November.

Dewayne Cobbs, 17, of 26 W. Queen St., was charged by borough police with attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and a handgun violation after the Nov. 17 shooting of Anthony Nimley.

Nimley, 23, of Shippensburg, Pa., was shot three times outside a house at 210 Birch St., according to borough police records.

Nimley was arrested Wednesday by Chambersburg police in a roundup of suspected street-level drug dealers. He was charged with one count of delivery of crack cocaine.


Maugansville home burglarized

A burglary at the Custer residence at 17944 Garden View Road in Maugansville Tuesday resulted in the loss of $1,300 in currency, electronics and a cell phone, Maryland State Police said.

The incident occurred between 6 p.m. and midnight, police said.

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