Police log

June 11, 1999

Man on community service re-arrested

SMITHSBURG - A Hagerstown man fulfilling a community service requirement at Smithsburg High School for a drug conviction was charged this week with felony theft, according to Smithsburg Police.

Douglas James Bailey, 42, of 710 Antietam Drive, was charged with felony theft of more than $300, said Officer Michael Neuland.

Bailey was arrested Monday after a 16-year-old Smithsburg High School student said she found her stolen $1,400 violin at the Famous Pawnbrokers Pawn Shop on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, Neuland said.


The high school did not report the theft to Smithsburg Police, Neuland said. The girl said she reported the stolen violin to school officials on May 21 after finding her violin missing from the stage area, he said.

Bailey was performing 200 hours of community service for a drug conviction in Berkeley County, W.Va., police said. Bailey performed the service at the school after school hours, but while after-school activities were going on, Neuland said.

Neuland said Maryland law states pawn shops must copy information from a picture identification of the seller onto the transaction sheet.

Despite it stating on the transaction sheet that a copy of the information will be sent to police, the seller still sold the violin to the pawnbroker for $20, claiming it belonged to his daughter, Neuland said.

Bailey was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday night in lieu of $50,000 bond, police said.


D.C. man charged after I-70 wreck

HANCOCK - Two Washington, D.C., residents were treated at War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., after the driver fell asleep and struck another car, according to Maryland State Police.

Seymour Fiekowsky, 77, was westbound on Interstate 70 just east of Hancock at 1:20 p.m. on Thursday when he fell asleep, causing the 1992 Ford Taurus to enter the center median, police said.

Then the car backed across both lanes, hitting a 1994 Nissan Sentra driven by Daniel Servian, 21, of Exton, Pa., police said.

The Taurus then spun out of control and hit an embankment, police said.

Fiekowsky was charged with negligent driving, police said. His passenger, Hortense Fiekowsky, 78, was not wearing a seat belt, police said.


Police ram vehicle to stop pursuit

An Orrtanna, Pa., man who led police on a two-state chase late Wednesday was stopped after police rammed his vehicle on an Interstate 81 ramp and disabled it.

Alfred Ray Ward, 28, of 1510 Mountain Road, was being held Thursday morning at the Maryland State Police barracks in Hagerstown awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner. No further information on his bond was available Thursday night.

Charges included driving while intoxicated, possession of crack and drug paraphernalia and traffic citations, police said.

At 10:30 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police began chasing a vehicle on southbound I-81 and headed into Maryland. Maryland State Police, assisted by Washington County Sheriff's deputies, began using stop sticks at Showalter Road but the vehicle eluded them.

Stop sticks again failed at Halfway Boulevard and again at the I-70 interchange, police said.

Then the vehicle crossed the median and began traveling southbound in the northbound lanes, making a U-turn on I-81 and heading onto a ramp to U.S. 11, police said.

It was then the decision was made to ram the vehicle.

Ward was taken into custody without incident.


15-year-old injured in bicycle accident

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - A 15-year-old bicyclist was injured Wednesday evening when he crossed in front of a vehicle on Arnoldstown Road.

Matthew Campbell, 15, of Jefferson, Md., struck the side of a car driven by Janet Franklin, of Middletown, in the 5:45 p.m. accident, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Campbell was flown to Washington County Hospital by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter.

Campbell was released from Washington County Hospital on Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The accident cause has been ruled bicyclist error, deputies said.


Reward offered for break-in information

A reward of $10,000 was being offered for information in the break-in at the Cascade Post Office reported Wednesday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Someone got into the lobby and attempted to break into several stamp machines. Some computer parts were stolen and damage was done, deputies said.

Anyone with information may call 301-791-3300.

Three-wheeler stolen from home

A three-wheeler was stolen earlier this week from a home in the 600 block of Antietam Drive, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The 1985 Honda 200X is red, white and blue with a gold front wheel and dented fenders. It is valued at $800.

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