Police log

April 13, 1999

Prison officer stabbed in head

An officer at the Roxbury Correctional Institution was treated at Washington County Hospital Sunday after he was stabbed three times in the head by an inmate wielding a pen, Maryland State Police said.

Ronald Lee Breeden Jr., 32, was released after treatment for three puncture wounds to his head, according to information from police and hospital officials.

The incident at RCI occurred when Breeden entered the inmate's cell to inquire why there were three chairs in the cell, police said.


The inmate came at Breeden with the pen, striking him three times in the head, police alleged.

The inmate was placed on segregation pending completion of an investigation into the incident, police said.

$700 dog missing from its pen

A Pekinese named Grace, valued at $700, disappeared from a fenced pen behind the owner's home Friday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Earlier in the day, there was a disagreement between Grace's owner and a former roommate over the dog, police said.

Other cases investigated by city police over the weekend include:

* A $200 car stereo was taken from a 1989 Ford parked in the 900 block of Chestnut Street Sunday.

* On Sunday, someone took a $189 Pioneer CD player from a 1992 Volkswagen parked in the 800 block of Guilford Avenue.

* A $1,300 Carter 5 horsepower Go-Kart was taken from the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Police said the vehicle was chained behind a house at 940 Pennsylvania Ave.

* Two wire traps, placed for capturing cats to be taken to the SPCA, were stolen from near 101 Jay Drive Sunday. They were valued at $100.

* Someone punched a hole in the front door at 142 E. North Ave. Saturday and took $350 from the residence, police said.

Two charged with theft at outlets

A Baltimore man and woman were charged Sunday with shoplifting $283 in merchandise from the Prime Outlets stores, The Children's Place and Nine West, Maryland State Police said.

Other incidents reported by the department include:

* On Saturday, an Echo chain saw was taken from the AC&T Center in Smithsburg, police said. It was valued at $500.

* Damage and loss were set at $1,400 when two vending machines near Clear Spring were broken into Saturday, state police said.

Search for man's assailants continues

Hagerstown City Police continued searching Monday for two assailants who pistol-whipped and shot a man in the alley behind the 200 block of Mill Street on Sunday.

Detective Steve Hoover said Michael Angelo Norris, of Hagerstown, was walking on the street when he was beaten and shot in the left arm at 12:25 a.m.

Hoover said Norris walked to Washington County Hospital after being wounded. He was treated and released.

The assailants were black and drove either a gray or blue Ford Pinto or Escort. No other description was available, he said.

The men searched Norris but did not take the money he had on him, he said.

They then told him to run before firing several shots at him.

Hoover would not comment on a possible motive.

Wreck leaves 100 without electricity

HALFWAY - About 100 Allegheny Energy customers were without power after two vehicles collided and damaged a utility pole at Virginia Avenue and Hickory School Road on Monday afternoon.

Nearby traffic signals also were out as a result of the accident, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Mary Alice Mellot of Hagerstown was driving a GMC Jimmy north when she swerved to avoid a stopped Ford Taurus driven by Margie Louise Johnson of Greencastle, Pa., deputies said.

Mellot drove up an embankment and hit a construction sign and utility pole in the 3:30 p.m. accident. Her car came to rest on its roof against the Taurus, according to Alan L. Matheny, public information officer for the Volunteer Fire Department of Halfway.

He said when firefighters arrived they found the occupants standing outside the Jimmy and no one was injured.

Matheny said the accident damaged the cross arm of the pole, leaving power lines swaying.

Virginia Avenue was closed from Bower Avenue to Hampton Road while crews worked to repair the lines. The road was reopened at 6:30 p.m., deputies said.

It took about 90 minutes for power to be restored to most customers, said Guy Fletcher, spokesman for Allegheny Power.

The rest regained power shortly afterward, he said.

Rescue crews from Halfway and Funkstown were on the scene.

Man charged with filing false report

A man who reported an armed carjacking to the Maryland State Police late Sunday has been charged with making a false report of a crime.

James Edgar Kalp III, 29, of Hancock, was released on $1,000 bond Monday.

Police were contacted at 10:34 p.m. Sunday by a man who said he had stopped on Md. 63 at 6:30 a.m. Sunday to pick up a hitchhiker when another man jumped out and forced him to drive.

He told police he was driven around in his 1987 Ford until they got on U.S. 40 and there they took his car. He said they used his shirt to tie him to a tree and he was unable to free himself until just before he called police Sunday night.

When Trooper 1st Class Mike Potter began interviewing the man, inconsistencies began to emerge, police said.

First the man said he was intoxicated and lost his car, police said. Then he said he was in a field hunting for arrowheads when his car was taken.

Later, the man's car was found abandoned at the intersection of North Street and Park Place in Hagerstown, police said.

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