Police log

May 19, 1999

Five charged in crack sting

Five people were arrested Tuesday in a crack cocaine sting conducted by Hagerstown City Police, the street crimes unit and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

The arrests took place between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the 100 block of West Bethel Street and the 100 block of East Franklin Street.

During the operation, undercover officers posing as drug dealers sold fake crack cocaine to buyers.

After the sales, officers arrested the purchasers, police said.

The fake drugs were provided by the Western Maryland Crime Lab, police said.

Police said the following people were charged with the purchase of a noncontrolled substance.

* Bernard Harlan Renner, 49, of 2131 Eagle School Road, Martinsburg, W. Va.

* Terry Arnold Toms, 48, of 30 E. Chestnut St., Williamsport.

* Jimmy Vincent Golstein, 33, 8 W. Maple St., Funkstown.


* Melinda Kay Hull, 35, 23 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown.

* Charlotte Sharmine Beard, 24, 8 W. Maple St., Funkstown.

All were awaiting appearances before a bond commissioner Tuesday evening.

Man hurt, cited in traffic accident

A Martinsburg, W. Va. man was cited after his motorcycle rear-ended a car stopped for a school bus on Tuesday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said Jerry Stone, 47 of Martinsburg, W. Va., had stopped his 1999 Ford Ranger south on U.S. 11 near Hickory School Lane around 3 p.m.

A 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Kevin Campbell, 43, crashed into Stone's pickup truck, police said.

Campbell was taken to Washington County Hospital where he was being treated in the emergency room Tuesday evening, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

He was cited for failure to control his speed to avoid a collision, police said.Goretti vandalized

High School vandalized

St. Maria Goretti High School was burglarized and vandalized between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Glue was placed in the outside locks and cat litter, laundry detergent and toilet paper were thrown along the school's hallways, police said.

Some desks were moved into the hallways and flower pots were broken at the 1535 Oak Hill Ave. school, police said.

Outside the school, the area was toilet papered and two lawn mowers were moved outside the shed, police said.


Generator taken from business

FUNKSTOWN - A $1,200 generator was stolen early Tuesday from the display window of Valley Supply & Equipment Co. Inc. in Funkstown, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies said estimated damage to the store was $1,000. The glass in the 108 E. Baltimore St. store's front was broken around 2:45 a.m.

The thief was described as a white male in his 20s, 5-foot-10 tall and weighing 170 pounds, deputies said. He was wearing a white ball cap, white T-shirt and jean shorts.

Deputies said the man was driving a light colored, mid-sized pickup truck that was either silver or gray. It might have been a newer model Ford with Maryland tags.

Anyone with information may call Deputy Kevin White at the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.


City police probe several incidents

The following was reported to Hagerstown City Police on Monday:

* Three rings worth $515 were stolen from a wallet a woman left in an unlocked car parked in the first block of Downsville Road off South Potomac Street. A size 6 wedding ring worth $65, a gold-colored mother's ring worth $150 and an anniversary ring worth $300 were stolen.

* A gray 1988 Pontiac 6000 with Maryland tags GDN370 was stolen from the 400 block of McDowell Avenue. The car's estimated value was $800.

* The passenger side of a 1998 Chevy Cavalier parked in front of 28 E. Magnolia Ave. was scraped with an unknown object.


Accident victim remains hospitalized

CLEAR SPRING - An Adelphi, Md., man remained hospitalized Tuesday following Monday morning crash on Interstate 70.

Dennis Ira Ruck, 55, was listed in serious condition at Washington County Hospital on Tuesday.

He was traveling east on I-70 about two miles west of Clear Spring when the accident occurred at 11:39 a.m. Monday, Maryland State Police said.

$250,000 Check leads to charges

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Two attempts to cash a large check resulted in forgery charges against a Waynesboro woman, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The report said a woman unsuccessfully tried to cash a forged $250,000 cashier's check at two Waynesboro banks on April 29. Police said they filed the charges May 4 against Rosetta Foster, 46, of 91-G Mount Airy Road.

Police said a woman took the check to the F&M Trust branch at 200 E. Main St. on April 29. After the bank refused to cash the check, she took it to the First National Bank of Greencastle branch at 232 E. Main St.

Foster was arrested by state police on May 6 and arraigned before District Justice Larry Pentz. The report said she was released on $15,000 unsecured bond.


Teen faces charge of open lewdness

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 13-year-old boy was charged with open lewdness after an incident on Thursday, May 13, according to Chambersburg police.

The police report said Margaret and William Flory were driving in the area of East Washington and South Second streets at 7:50 p.m. when the unidentified boy exposed himself.

The couple reported the incident to borough police, the report said.


Guns stolen from home

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Two guns were stolen from a Berkeley Springs home on Monday, according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

The long guns were taken between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. from a home on W.Va. 3, police said.

Police refused to comment on the types of guns taken in the theft and said they have a suspect.

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