Police log

April 19, 1999

A dispute between neighbors culminated with a racial threat crayoned on the door of a black family's apartment, Hagerstown City Police said.

The incident at 42 E. Washington St. was reported to police Sunday.

An investigation revealed there has been ongoing unrest in the building which has spawned some cross warrants for alleged illegal acts, police said.

A Hagerstown man has been charged with home improvement fraud, according to Washington County District Court records.

Marshal Eugene Smith Jr., 41, of 17614 Homewood Road, was being held on $20,000 bond Monday at the Washington County Detention Center.

Charges include two counts of home improvement fraud and one count of failure to obtain a home improvement license, court records said.


On July 19, 1998, Smith contracted with a homeowner on Henrietta Street in Smithsburg to perform a $1,300 job involving the installation of a window, trim molding and subfloor work, court records said.

The homeowner paid $400, but the work was not done, court records said.

Work also was not done for a $1,475 job contracted for on July 20 on the same street, court records said. In that case, Charles Hardy of the Maryland Home Improvement Commission determined that the contractor had no home improvement license.

Smith was charged with home improvement fraud in a third case, which was investigated by Hagerstown City Police. Details about that incident were unavailable.

Someone broke into a Ford Fiesta parked at 8 High St. in Boonsboro late Saturday or early Sunday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

After forcing the door lock, the thieves took a Pioneer CD player, a Jensen amplifier and a radar detector, deputies said. Losses were $928.

Other weekend incidents:

* Deputies also handled a call Sunday for a stolen floor safe taken from a closet at 14702 St. Paul Road.

* A tag was taken from a vehicle parked at 8 McKeldin Drive in Boonsboro Sunday. The Md. tag is AVV 496, deputies said.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Hagerstown, Md., men were held briefly in Franklin County Prison on Sunday after an incident in the parking lot of the Sheetz Store on Lincoln Way West, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Sterling Frisby Jr., 26, and Stephen Woods, 24, were released later that day - Frisby on $5,000 bond on a driving under the influence charge and Woods after paying a fine for littering, jail officials said.

At 3:45 a.m., employees of the convenience store reported that someone had thrown rubbish onto the parking lot. A description of the vehicle led police to stop Frisby's car a short time later.

FREDERICK, Md. - Two Middletown, Md., residents were injured in a single-car accident Sunday morning, Frederick County Sheriff's Sgt. Al Caho said.

Driver Julie Graham, 40, and her passenger, Bruce Graham, 37, were both treated and released from Washington County Hospital.

Deputy Gary Cline went to the accident on Alt. U.S. 40 between Dahlgren Road and Fox Gap Road about 12:45 a.m., Caho said.

Investigation by Cline and others found that Julie Graham's 1991 Chevy Caprice had spun around and left the roadway after she lost control of the car on a sharp curve, Caho said.

The car hit a telephone pole, breaking the pole, and came to rest off the roadway after rolling over, he said.

Julie Graham was trapped in the car until she was rescued by rescue personnel from the Middletown Fire Company, he said.

An investigation into the accident is continuing.

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