Police log

September 07, 1999

HANCOCK - A Hancock teenager was charged with trying to set fire to a home on Grason Lane on Friday, according to the state fire marshal's office.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, was charged with attempted arson.

The boy was "virtually caught in the act" of trying to light a match to ignite gasoline that had been poured in the garage beneath the home at 6655 Grason Lane, authorities said.

The incident was witnessed by a friend of the house's occupant, authorities said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged with assaulting his roommate on Saturday, according to the Frederick Police Department.

John O. Livingston, 36, of 122 Willowdale Drive, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, police said. He was jailed on $100,000 bond.

Police responded Saturday to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where Harold D. James reported that he had been struck in the head with a hammer, choked and thrown out of his apartment.


FREDERICK, Md. - Five teenagers were charged Monday with damaging homes and cars in Frederick County, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies responded to numerous reports on Sunday night that homes and vehicles in the southeastern part of the county were struck with vegetables. Several residents also said their mailboxes had been damaged, deputies said.

Deputy Kevin Grunwell tracked down a lead early Monday and found a vehicle in Montgomery County that contained several baseball bats and crates of vegetables that are believed to have been stolen from an Urbana-area stand, authorities said.

Nicholas Hamlin, 18, James Stammer, 18, and Vernon Hopuch, 18, of Gaithersburg, Md.; Stefan Dodd, 18, of Clarksburg, Md.,; and a 17-year-old Hyattstown, Md., resident, were charged with malicious destruction of property, deputies said.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man has been charged with drunken driving after fleeing from police in the wake of a traffic accident, according to West Virginia State Police Sgt. S.E. Paugh.

Carlos Moreno-Deseano, 23, of no fixed address, was later charged with driving while under the influence, driving left of center and fleeing while under the influence, Paugh said. He had a .169 blood alcohol content, Paugh said.

Moreno-Deseano was driving a 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo east-bound on W.Va. 9 near Ranson when he struck a westbound car, police said. He kept driving after the accident and another driver flagged down Trooper Artis Shockley, who followed the suspect's car, police said.

The driver went onto a dirt road and jumped out and starting running but he was caught and arrested by the trooper, police said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public to help them find the person who sprayed yellow and red paint on a car Sunday night.

The damaged car is a 1975 Corvette owned by Gary Dean Meihls of Hagerstown.

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