Police log

April 15, 1999

FREDERICK, Md. - A Fallston, Md., man died after he lost control of his car and hit a guardrail on Interstate 70 in Frederick County Wednesday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police.

Ignatius Joseph Lovalvo, 75, of 2114 Fallston Road, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Police said Lovalvo was driving westbound near the New Market exit when he apparently drove across the shoulder and hit the guardrail at 2:15 p.m.

Lovalvo's car overturned and he was ejected, police said.

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Wreck on US 40Three people were injured in a three-vehicle accident at U.S. 40 and Western Maryland Parkway on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Charles David Gentile, 48, of Greencastle, Pa., was eastbound on U.S. 40 at 3:45 p.m. when he drove his 1994 Ford Taurus through a red light at the intersection with Western Maryland Parkway, deputies alleged.


Albert Mumma Sr., 47, of Hagerstown, was northbound on Western Maryland Parkway and going through the intersection beside a car driven by Tina Ritter, 40, of Hagerstown.

Police said Gentile's car struck Mumma's 1991 Ford Ranger which in turn struck a 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Ritter.

All three drivers were taken to Washington County Hospital. They were being treated in the emergency room Wednesday evening, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Gentile was charged with negligent driving and running a red light, deputies said.

Both cars and the pickup truck were towed from the scene, and possibly were totaled, according to deputies.

FREDERICK, Md. - A 16-year-old student at Thomas Johnson High School was charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute the drug on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m., according to the Frederick Police Department.

Police received a tip that the student had the drugs in his possession.

During a search, police found a quantity of the drug.

The teen was taken into custody and later released to his parents, police said.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department apprehended a man after marijuana was found during a search of a home on Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies said they were called to 631 Joshua Gardens for a report of a disturbance at 12:38 p.m.

While inside, the officers allegedly observed drug paraphernalia. The man inside the apartment consented to a police search. A bag of marijuana, a cigar with marijuana in the end of it and 65 grams of crack cocaine were found, police alleged.

The crack had a street value of $7,500, police said.

Randy Hutchens, 19, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with possession of marijuana.

Deputies said Hutchens was released but were not sure if posted bond or was out on his own recognizance.

FREDERICK, Md.- The Frederick Police Department charged a man with indecent exposure after an incident in Baker Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said a woman was walking in the park when she noticed a man staring at her as he stood by the tennis courts at 2:49 p.m.

The man had his pants unzipped and was exposing himself.

Police said the man followed the woman briefly.

Brian Michael Huffer, 33, no fixed address, was awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner Wednesday evening.

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Firefighters from three counties spent more than seven hours containing a mountain fire off Bloomery Road Wednesday, according to Friendship Fire Co. Chief Steve Hough.

The fire charred about 15 acres of privately-owned woodlands, according to Hough. He did not know who owned the property.

The fire was called in at 1:40 p.m. Hough said it started along railroad tracks running through the property, but the cause was undetermined.

Units from Charles Town and Shepherdstown, W.Va., assisted at the scene. Hough said firefighters from Clark and Loudoun counties in Virginia also assisted.

None of the more than 30 firefighters were injured, he said.

The fire was contained by about 5 p.m., but Hough said the last units returned from the scene at about 9 p.m.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Borough police charged a Franklin County woman with open lewdness after witnesses told police they saw a man and woman having sexual intercourse Tuesday afternoon.

Police charged Rebecca Monn, 18, of 1069 Lincoln Way West, Lot 15, Chambersburg, in the incident, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m. The report said it happened on Horseshoe Court to the rear of 518 Broad St.

The report said the man in the incident had not been identified.

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