Police log

April 01, 1999

A gun displayed during a disturbance in the parking lot of the Sheetz Store at U.S. 40/Md. 66 around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday led to charges against a 44-year-old Smithsburg man and two teens.

Gary William Migneault, of 13753 Frazier Road, and the two 15-year-old boys were each charged with carrying a handgun in a vehicle, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

A complaint came in that there was some kind of an argument in the parking lot between Migneault, the two 15 year olds, and another group of juveniles.

One of the three people charged had a gun during that argument, witnesses told deputies.

A short time later, deputies and Maryland State Police troopers stopped a Ford truck on Interstate 70 at the Sharpsburg Pike exit.


Inside, a loaded .22 calibre handgun and a 9 mm semi-automatic were found, according to Deputy 1st Class James Grimm.

A check this morning revealed Migneault wasn't in custody. The two teens were referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice Wednesday night.

A 37-year-old Hagerstown man was picked up at Church and Jonathan streets at 8:52 p.m. Wednesday and charged with drug offenses by the city police and street crimes unit.

Richard Eugene Smith, of 33 N. Prospect St., Room 32, was charged with distribution of crack, possession with intent to distribute crack, possession of crack and drug paraphernalia, police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Hanover, Pa., man was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a tree on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Juan Cruz, 49, was driving on Gas House Pike near Linganore Creek when lost control on a sharp left turn.

His motorcycle went onto the right shoulder and hit a tree.

Cruz was thrown about 15 feet in the 12:30 p.m. accident, deputies said.

He was flown by helicopter to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where he was listed in fair condition.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hagerstown man was shot through the finger during an argument at a used car sales lot in Martinsburg Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Bleeding from a gunshot wound through his right index finger, William Claybourne arrived at the West Virginia State Police detachment in Martinsburg around 1:30 p.m. and told police he had been shot at D M Auto Sales on North Queen Street in Martinsburg, said Trooper E.D. Anderson.

A bullet from a .25 semi-automatic pistol fired by another man entered the bottom of Claybourne's finger and exited through the top of the finger, said Anderson.

Claybourne was taken at his request by ambulance to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown for treatment, Anderson said.

He was treated and released, according to the hospital.

Anderson said he believes the altercation started with a disagreement about money and said no arrests have been made.

The case is still under investigation, he said this morning.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating vandalism to a Hagerstown home on Tuesday.

Deputies said a glass patio table was smashed at17521 Lincolnshire Road between 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 p.m.

Damage was estimated at $300.

Also on Wednesday, deputies investigated the theft of a Sears Roebuck 12-gauge pump shotgun which turned up missing from 10718 Timothy Drive.

Deputies were called to 7 Young Ave. in Boonsboro Wednesday evening for a report that the brake line on a motorcycle there had been cut.

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