Police log

August 03, 1999

Man charged with burglary attempt

Attempted burglary charges were filed against a Boonsboro man early Monday, Maryland State Police said.

Police alleged a man tried to break into a former girlfriend's home in the 11800 block of Pinesburg Road.

Mark Eric Johnston, 36, of 104 Young Ave., was charged with malicious destruction of property and attempted fourth-degree burglary, according to police.

At 12:15 a.m., Trooper Ist. Class T.J. McKenrick went to the home in answer to a call for help from the woman who lives there.

When he arrived, the trooper saw the garage door window had been broken and he saw blood in that area, police said.


A short time later, Johnston was taken into custody and charged, police said.

Johnston was released after posting $5,000 bond.


Woman says man exposed self to her

Maryland State Police were on the lookout for a man who exposed himself to a female customer at a used book and video store on Massey Boulevard at Valley Plaza Sunday afternoon.

The 1:25 p.m. encounter may have been captured on store security videotapes, police said. Police wouldn't release the name of the store.

A 36-year-old Frederick County woman told police she was shopping for books when the man made some comments to her and then exposed himself to her when she turned, police reports said.

He is described as white, in his 40s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and of average build. He was wearing blue jeans, a light blue shirt and a baseball-style cap.


Wallet, CD player stolen from car

Maryland State Police were looking into the theft of a wallet, an Aiwa CD player and some CDs Sunday from a Nissan parked on Pearre Road above Hancock.

The owners had gone fishing.

* Also Sunday, someone put $4,000 worth of scratches into a 1952 Pontiac parked at 17702 Spielman Road in Fairplay, police said.

* On Saturday, a purse was taken from a car parked in the Martin's Supermarket lot on Pennsylvania Avenue, police said.


Damaged sign leads to arrest

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was arrested after a street sign was damaged Saturday, according to Maryland State Police.

Caleb Brian Wright, 19, of Basford Road, Frederick County, was charged with fleeing the scene of an accident involving property damage, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and driving in violation of a license restriction.

He was released to his father, police said.

Police said the driver of a gray Chevrolet Blazer struck a street sign on Lander Road, destroying it.

The driver stopped to remove the sign from under his vehicle and then continued on his way, police said.

Witnesses gave police a tag number and vehicle description.


Truck overturns on Interstate 81

Traffic was slowed at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 81 Monday morning when a tractor-trailer carrying produce turned on its side on the collector lane of northbound I-81, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said Owen A. Montaque, 41, of Pleasantville, N.J., received minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital.

Montaque was entering I-81 from eastbound I-70 when he lost control of the tractor-trailer at 10 a.m., police said.

The road was not closed, but traffic was being directed around the accident to one open lane, according to the dispatcher.

There was no report of spillage, she said.


CD player stolen from Volkswagen

SMITHSBURG - A compact disc player was stolen from a car parked at a Smithsburg home, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The player was taken from an unlocked 1991 Volkswagen Golf, which was parked in a garage at 20825 Jefferson Blvd., between Saturday and Monday.

The stereo is owned by William Franklin Beard of that address.

The player is valued at $399, deputies said.


Pa. man hurt in fall from ladder

THURMONT, Md. - A New Oxford, Pa., man was in fair condition at a Baltimore hospital after he fell more than 15 feet from a ladder while working at Catoctin High School in Frederick County, Maryland State Police said.

Kenneth F. Sanders, 56, lost his balance while climbing a ladder Monday at 7:05 a.m., police said.

Sanders is employed by Master Roofers of York, Pa.

He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The Maryland Occupational, Safety and Health organization is investigating the incident, police said.


Woman charged after accident

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick woman was charged with failure to yield to traffic after the car she was driving collided with another at the intersection of U.S. 15 and Worman's Mill Road, Monday, Maryland State Police said.

Irene Morris, 49, of 8222 Lookout Lane, was driving a 1994 Acura Legend southbound on U.S. 15 when she tried to to turn east onto Worman's Mill Road at 6:55 a.m., police said.

Police said she turned into the path of a 1997 Chevrolet pickup driven by Donald Gogan, 45, of 109 Potomac Hills Road, Falling Waters, W.Va. The truck was northbound on U.S. 15.

Morris' Acura overturned and came to rest over an embankment.

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