Police log

May 13, 1999

Vandals deface railroad cars

Graffiti in the form of painted words and drawings has defaced six railroad cars sitting behind the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum on Wednesday.

The metal cars from the 1930s were in transit through Hagerstown en route to West Virginia to be used in a tourist railroad line, according to Bob Tracey, president of the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.

They had come into town from the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, Tracey said.

While no damage was done inside, the white painted letters and the purple, green and white painted drawings on the outsides have done serious damage to the original paint job, Tracey said.


"They will probably have to be repainted," Tracey said.

The damages were discovered and reported Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the incident or the vandals is urged to contact Hagerstown City Police at 301-790-3700.


Traffic stop leads to drug charges

A routine traffic stop Wednesday night led to drug charges against a 32-year-old Hagerstown man, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Floyd Warren Nicholson, of 1419 Kensington Drive, Apt. 203, was charged with possession of marijuana after Deputy First Class Tom Routzahn found two baggies of the suspected drug on him.

The 9:24 p.m. stop occurred on eastbound U.S. 40 at Nottingham Road, deputies said.

Nicholson's 1983 Nissan Maxima was stopped because of an equipment violation, deputies said.

Nicholson was released on personal recognizance.


Seatbelt/safety check conducted

HALFWAY - The Washington County Sheriff's Department conducted a seatbelt/child safety check at Halfway Boulevard near York Road on Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m.

Deputies issued 81 traffic citations for seatbelt-related offenses and six citations for other violations.


Break-in linked to drug activity

A break-in at 115 E. Franklin St. on Wednesday turned up $460 in damage and some evidence of drug activity, according to Hagerstown City Police.


Parked vehicles are broken into

Two vehicles parked in the 19100 block of Woodhill Drive were broken into Wednesday but apparently nothing was taken, Hagerstown City Police said.


Inmate died in cell of natural causes

FREDERICK, Md. - Natural causes was the ruling in the death Monday of an inmate at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, according to the State of Maryland Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore.

Edwin Randolph Stull was found unconscious in his single cell on Monday. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Stull had a respiratory disease and just prior to death was be treated for a urological problem, said deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Heart failure was ruled the official cause of death.


Fire guts empty W.Va. mobile home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fire destroyed an empty mobile home being used to store paint, propane gas and other materials at Harpers Ferry Campsite, a fire official said.

The trailer was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, said Lenny Lehman, ambulance chief of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co.

The trailer had a "mixture of everything" stored inside, and firefighters used masks and air tanks to protect themselves from any fumes, said Lehman.

It is not clear who owned the trailer or how the 11:30 a.m. fire started, Lehman said.

Harpers Ferry Campsites is a community located off Chestnut Hill Road on the Blue Ridge Mountain east of Charles Town.

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