Police log 8/23

August 23, 1999

KEEDYSVILLE - A Sharpsburg man whom police said lost control of his pickup truck and hit a utility pole Saturday remained in serious condition this morning at Washington County Hospital.

Clarence Matter Gossard, 54, of 17550 Miller's Sawmill Road, was driving south at the 5000 block of Mount Briar Road when he lost control of his 1982 Ford F-350 truck, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

His truck crossed the center line and crossed the northbound lane, police said. He ran down an embankment before hitting a telephone pole at 4:30 p.m.

HALFWAY - A man received minor injuries after losing control of his car on the ramp to Interstate 70 at the I-81 intersection Sunday morning, according to Maryland State Police.


Ramon Hernandez, 20, of North Carolina was driving north on I-81 when he took the exit to westbound I-70 near Halfway at about 11:21 a.m.

The car struck the guardrail, drove into a field and flipped over, police said. The driver was wearing his seatbelt.

Police said Hernandez was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment, however hospital officials said they had no record of him being a patient there.

FREDERICK, Md. - Two Luray, Va., residents were charged with burglary and theft late Saturday after police allegedly found them in a vehicle containing nearly $1,500 in building supplies taken from two construction sites.

Roger Lee Mook, 39, and Sandra Renee Blackwell, 36, both of Valley Drive, are each facing two counts of burglary and theft, according to Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputies were in the 4900 block of Caverness Court in the Wellington Trace community at 11:50 p.m. Saturday because of information that a burglary was in progress.

Area residents told deputies that two people had entered two homes under construction and removed materials.

Deputies Cathy Willets and Rich Rochford approached a suspect vehicle seen leaving the development with its lights off and found the pair and the stolen items.

FREDERICK, Md. - Early Sunday, three Marines stationed at Camp David were involved in a serious one-vehicle accident on northbound U.S. 15 between Jefferson Street and U.S. 40, according to Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

Martin E. Ramirez, 20, was the driver of the 1995 Ford that left the roadway at 4:40 a.m. and drove into the median before reentering the traveled lanes and crashing into a guardrail, deputies said.

He was flown to Fairfax (Va.) Hospital with what police described as a fractured neck and punctured lung. His condition this morning was serious.

Also injured were passengers Jexel Juvencio Garcia, 27, and Hiram C. Rodriguez, 20, both of whom were treated for their injuries and released from area hospitals, deputies said.

It took an hour to get the victims out from the wreckage, thus closing down the northbound lanes of U.S. 15 for about one hour.

SHARPSBURG - A Sabillasville, Md., woman was charged with failure to yield after a three-car accident in Sharpsburg on Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Edith May Myerly, 26, of 14784 Herman Hauver Road, was cited for failure to yield the right of way while making a left turn, according to deputies.

Deputies said James Bryan Gifft, 55, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was traveling east on West Main Street in a 1992 Isuzu. As he approached the intersection of Main and Mechanic streets, Myerly, who was driving west on East Main Street, turned into the path of Gifft's vehicle, deputies said.

Gifft' vehicle struck Myerly's 1993 Mazda, which then hit a 1999 Mitsubishi stopped at a stop sign on Mechanic Street. It was driven by Carl Jay Weber, 46, of Plano, Texas.

No one was injured in the accident, police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - Five minors traveling in a stolen car were charged after Maryland State Police were led on a high-speed chase on Interstate 270 Sunday morning.

Tpr. Kevin Zuzak was operating a radar detector at 1:30 a.m. on the interstate when a 1994 Honda Accord was detected going 80 miles per hour, he alleged. The Accord had been reported stolen in Montgomery County on Aug. 16.

Zuzak said he began chasing the car and it did not stop. The trooper chased the driver on Interstate 270 with speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, he said.

The driver exited off the highway onto Md. 118 in Montgomery County, where the car was finally stopped by state police and Frederick County sheriff's deputies.

The 17-year-old driver was charged with auto theft over $300, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of burglary tools and numerous motor vehicle violations. He was released to his mother.

The remaining four occupants, ages 14 to 17, were charged with auto theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

At the request of the Department of Juvenile Services, all but one of the juveniles were released to the custody of their parents.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Virginia man pulled over on U.S. 15 Sunday morning was arrested on drug charges, Maryland State Police said.

Police said a gray 1988 Oldsmobile, driven by Joe Alan Nay, of Reston, was traveling south on U.S. 15 at Mountville Road when he was pulled over about 9:50 a.m. for a suspected traffic violation.

After stopping Nay, police alleged they found suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the car.

He was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Nay was released from the Frederick County Detention Center after posting $3,000 bond, jail officials said this morning.

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