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Police log

March 31, 1999

HALFWAY - Washington County Sheriff's deputies charged one man with traffic violations and another with a drug violation after pulling over their car at York Road and Halfway Boulevard on Monday evening.

James A. Harnish, 30, of 14144 Fairview Road, Clear Spring, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, negligent driving and driving with an out-of state-suspended license.

William E. Harnish, 23, also of 14144 Fairview Road, Clear Spring, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies said they were notified by two off-duty officers that the driver of the car was speeding.

Deputies said they found drug paraphernalia on the floorboard of the car.




According to court records, the following people appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo on March 26 on charges brought by National Park Service rangers on C&O Canal property:

- Christian F. Berger, 20, of 7909 Horseshoe Lane, Potomac, Md., displaying expired tags, $110 fine.

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- Matthew T. Richardson, 28, of 5411 McArthur Boulevard NW, Washington, D.C., driving on a suspended license, $310 fine.

- Yaroslav Russo, 21, of 689 Hayes Ave., driving on a suspended license, $310 fine.

- Tung T. Tran, 27, of 3023 Graham Court, Falls Church, Va., driving on a suspended license, $310 fine.

- James Drury, 18, of Route 3, Box 248W, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., possession of a loaded weapon in a motor vehicle, $360 fine.




A glass patio table was damaged and two 12-inch clay planters were stolen Tuesday from 2514 Campbell Court, Maryland State Police said.

Loss was estimated at $260.

Also on Tuesday, troopers were sent to Smithsburg High School to investigate damage to a 1992 Honda Civic parked in the school lot.

A sharp object was used along the entire length of the car.




FREDERICK, Md. - A 19-year-old man who escaped from the Victor Cullen Academy in Sabillasville, Md., Monday evening remained at large this morning, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said Andre Mashon Ison, of Prince Georges County, is a black male with black hair. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Ison had been ordered to the facility on Jan. 19.

A Frederick County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and Maryland State Police conducted a search after the at 9:10 p.m. escape, but did not find Ison, police said.

An arrest warrant charging Ison with escape has been issued, police said. The felony charge carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Anyone with information may call state police at 301-663-3101.




McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Harrisonville, Pa., man died Sunday of injuries he sustained Saturday in an accident with an all-terrain vehicle in Buchanan State Forest, authorities said.

Wayne E. Snyder, 59, was pronounced dead Sunday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pa., a State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officer said Tuesday.

DCNR forester Edward Bortzfield said Snyder and three companions were riding ATVs on Oregon Road in Buchanan State Forest on Saturday afternoon when a pickup truck approached from the opposite direction.

The four ATVs moved to single file to pass by the truck when, for some unknown reason, Snyder's went off the road and hit a berm, Bortzfield said. The ATV flipped several times, throwing Snyder off and then landing on him, Bortzfield said.

Snyder was wearing a helmet, he said.

According to his obituary, Snyder was employed in the parts department of Thomas Chevrolet in McConnellsburg.

He had retired in 1997 as owner of Snyder's Exxon.

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