Police log

April 23, 1999

A Sony Playstation and some games, valued at $400, were taken from 300 N. Colonial Drive Thursday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Also on Thursday, a resident at 916 Harwood Road, reported the theft of two walkie-talkies worth $80, deputies said.

This morning at 3, someone broke the rear window out of a vehicle parked at 20313 Youngstoun Court, deputies said.

HALFWAY - The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident of credit card fraud that occurred Thursday at The Bon Ton department store in Valley Mall.

Deputies said an unidentified female attempted to use a credit card that wasn't hers in the housewares department at around 2 p.m.

When the woman whose name was on the card was contacted, she said she had never opened an account at the store.


Deputies said the account was opened on Wednesday.

The suspect is a white woman with blonde hair. She was wearing white shorts and a blue shirt.

Additional information was unavailable.

A pizza delivery man was injured when he was poked in the eye by a woman on Kensington Drive Wednesday night, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The incident took place around 10:30 p.m., police said.

Additional information was unavailable.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The owner of a Martinsburg restaurant is wanted on an arrest warrant charging him with running up almost $30,000 on a falsified credit card, according to West Virginia State Police.

Police have been unable to find Taste of Italy owner Giuseppe Cincinnato and have asked federal authorities to revoke the work visas and passports for Cincinnato and his immediate family, said State Police Sgt. Jim Humphrey.

The arrest warrants for credit card forgery and fraudulent use of a counterfeit card were issued earlier this week after a police investigation of incidents dating back to October, when Cincinnato took over the restaurant on Edwin Miller Boulevard near Martinsburg.

Using credit card applications addressed to the restaurant's previous owner, someone obtained credit cards and used them to get almost $30,000 in cash advances from several banks, police said.

Former Taste of Italy owner Carlo Spinelli received the bills but told police he had never asked for the credit cards.

Police said one of the credit cards was used to obtain an airline ticket out of the country.

Humphrey said police believe Cincinnato is still in West Virginia or a nearby state.

Taste of Italy was closed Thursday and attempts by the Morning Herald to reach Cincinnato were unsuccessful.

Police are also investigating a customer's complaint that her credit card was double-billed when she ate at the restaurant.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A high-speed police chase that began in Frederick County, Va. ended in the parking lot of the Martinsburg Mall early Thursday, police said.

A Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy joined the pursuit of a suspected drunken driver on northbound Interstate 81 about 12:21 a.m. Thursday, said Sheriff's Department Capt. C.E. Keller.

Police used sharpened "stop sticks" to shred one of the tires on the 1983 Ford Thunderbird, but the driver exited the freeway at Apple Harvest Drive and headed toward the mall.

The driver ran into the back of a West Virginia State Police cruiser when police tried to box him in, finally stopping in the mall parking lot near The Sports Garden, Keller said.

Thomas Roy Abrell, 22, of Stephen City, Va., was charged with fleeing from police, failure to stop, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license.

A 17-year-old male passenger in the car was charged with being under the influence of alcohol, Keller said.

Abrell was held this morning on $3,948 bond in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg.

ADAMSTOWN, Md. - The condition of a 45-year-old Adamstown man shot Wednesday by a state trooper has been upgraded from critical to serious at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Michael W. More, of Mt. Ephraim Road, was shot once in the side with a buckshot load from a 12-gauge shotgun after allegedly pointing a gun at Maryland State Police Trooper Patrick L. Morris.

More was originally stopped for speeding by a Frederick County deputy about Wednesday 5:40 p.m. on Park Mills Road.

Deputy Thomas Henry said the driver got out of the truck and swung a "survival-type" hunting knife at him and then fled.

Henry pursued more to his home and called for backup. Officers said More came out of his house with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, initially put it down and then picked it up and pointed it at Morris.

Morris was placed on administrative duty pending completion of an investigation into the shooting.

EMMITSBURG, Md. - A fire that caused $300 damage Friday evening to a detached garage was started by a child playing with a lighter and a gas container, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Uninjured, the child was referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice for action.

There was some damage to the door of the garage at 321 N. Seton Ave.

FREDERICK, Md. - The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal investigated a complaint of fireworks being discharged at the 5600 block of Singletree Drive in Frederick County on Wednesday.

Deputies said a 15-year-old male had set off illegal fireworks in the neighborhood at 5 p.m.

A large amount of fireworks was confiscated, including aerial rockets.

No injuries were reported, deputies said.

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