Police log

February 20, 1999

Man faces drug,weapon charges

Acting on a tip early Saturday, Hagerstown City Police apprehended a man in the 400 block of Sumans Avenue.

Ronald M. Oliver, 18, of 517 Hammond St., was being held on $50,000 bond Saturday evening at the Washington County Detention Center. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of cocaine, police said.

At 3:18 a.m., officers went to Sumans Avenue and West North Street for a report of a man with a handgun in his coat.

Approaching a group of people, police said one man backed away and attempted to run. After a brief foot chase, the man was taken into custody.


Police said a .357 handgun fell from the man's pants during that apprehension.

A search of the man's clothing at police headquarters turned up a quantity of crack and $280 in cash, police said.


Mother faces neglect charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A 21-year-old mother faces charges she left an infant and 2-year-old boy at home alone, Martinsburg City Police said.

Charged with felony child neglect, Pamela Knaggs was released after posting $1,067 bond Friday. Her address was unavailable.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has taken over caring for her children, police said.

A neighbor told police he heard one of the children crying and went to see why no one was responding, said Patrolman Steve Urbanski.

After knocking, the neighbor noticed the door was unlocked and entered to find the children unattended and wearing soiled diapers, Urbanski said.

If convicted, Knaggs could face up to five years in prison.


Three teens charged in break-in

WILLIAMSPORT - Three teens were charged late Friday with third-degree breaking and entering, misdemeanor theft and destruction of property after three cases of beer were stolen from a garage at 16723 Caldwell Court, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputies also issued alcohol citations to all three teens and charged one with driving while intoxicated in the 10:45 p.m. incident.

Deputy First Class Bill Malott was investigating the break-in when he located the three teens on Doub Road.

All three were taken to the Juvenile Holdover Facility on Jonathan Street, deputies said.


Break-in damage to firm totals $600

Would-be thieves got only $10 when they broke into AA Beep in the Foxshire Plaza early Saturday but they did $600 damage, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Responding to an alarm, Deputy First Class Rob Whittington arrived at the 1423 Dual Highway business at 1:20 a.m. and found the front door had been smashed.

The thieves then reached in and opened the door and attempted to pry open the cash register, getting only $10.

Anyone who saw or heard anything at that time is asked to call 301-791-3020.


Two drug arrests made in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two drug arrests Friday sent two Martinsburg residents to Eastern Regional Jail, Martinsburg City Police said.

William Randall Debarge, 40, of 210 Prospect Court, was charged with delivery of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, police said.

Debarge was apprehended in the parking lot of the North Queen Street McDonald's Restaurant at 4 p.m., police said.

Michael Eugene Kirksey, 52, of 106 N. Queen St., Apt. B3, was taken into custody at 10 p.m. in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue, police said.

Kirksey was charged with delivery of crack cocaine, police said.

The men were being held Saturday on $30,000 bond each, a jail spokesman said.


Blue Dodge truck reported stolen

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are continuing to look for a blue Dodge Dakota club cab pickup truck that was reported stolen Friday from Shively Motors.

The thieves smashed a large picture window at the showroom in the 800 block of Lincoln Way West, found the keys and took the vehicle.

It bore Pa. dealer tags E99668E, police said.


C&O Canal cases heard in court

According to court records, the following people appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo on Feb. 19 on charges brought by National Park Service rangers on C&O Canal property:

* John E. Geist, 51, of 12352 Seavolt Road, Hancock, fined $1,010 for taking or attempting to take wildlife in the park, Remington muzzleloading rifle forfeited to National Park Service.

* Shawn K. Gift, 33, of 14857 Bottom Road, Williamsport, fined $320 for possession of a weapon and taking or attempting to take wildlife in the park, Winchester rifle forfeited to National Park Service.

* Richard F. Hale, 73, of 3665 Point of Rocks Road, Jefferson, Md., fined $160 for tampering with a motor vehicle.

* Peter W. Hull, 53, of 17054 Snyder's Landing Road, Sharpsburg, fined $60 for improper disposal of waste.

* David M. Lease, 19, of 12725 Bayer Hollow Road S.E., Cumberland, Md., fined $85 for underage possession of alcohol.

* Ernest C. Nelson, 28, of 477 Baltimore Ave., Cumberland, Md., fined $160 for possession of a weapon.

* Cody Reed, 18, of 9916 National Pike, Big Pool, fined $195 for destruction of natural features (plants) and underage possession of alcohol.


Accident knocks power out for 460

About 460 Allegheny Power customers were without power Saturday morning after an accident took out a pole about 1 1/2 miles west of Hagerstown Speedway.

Crews had to cut power while the pole was replaced and the wires were reinstalled, according to Guy Fletcher, Allegheny spokesman.

Power was restored about 1 p.m., he said.

The 7:15 a.m. accident involved no injuries.


Pa. gas station reports break-in

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - The Warfordsburg Exxon at U.S. 522 and Interstate 70 was broken into overnight Wednesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The gas station is owned by Sunco Enterprises Inc. of Everett, Pa., police said.

Anyone with information can call Pennsylvania State Police or Fulton County Crime Solvers at 1-717-485-5771.

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