Police log 9/21

September 21, 1999

A man interviewing applicants for sales work Monday attracted some observant and alert jobseekers ... who called police when they saw illegal drugs in the man's motel room.

Maryland State Police Troopers First Class Scott Bare and P.A. Martin arrived at the Days Inn in Williamsport at 1:31 a.m. today and took Scott Ian Waggoner into custody.

Waggoner, 20, of no fixed address, was charged with possession of marijuana and two counts of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Waggoner had rented two rooms to use for conducting interviews with prospective salespeople for a cleaning product.

After receiving the call about possible drug use, the troopers went to the motel and smelled marijuana as they approached the rooms, police said.

Waggoner was held overnight at the barracks awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner today.

JEFFERSON, Md. - Two men were stabbed Monday night and another man was later apprehended at a convenience store on Md. 85 around 5:15 this morning, according to Maryland State Police in Frederick.


The 9:20 p.m. incident occurred at 3350 Point of Rocks Road, the home of Taki Alexis, 50, who was stabbed twice in the chest, police said.

Eugene Lakin, 54, of Lander Road, Jefferson, was stabbed in the arm, police said.

The investigation begun by Trooper First Class Gary Martin revealed the two men had confronted another man outside Alexis' residence and then they were both stabbed with a three-inch folding knife.

State and county police surrounded the suspect's home at 3390 Point of Rocks Road but he was found when the house was checked.

At 5:15 a.m., George Clayton Hitchcock was taken into custody. Hitchcock, 28, is awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner on two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, carrying/using a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment, Martin said.

The knife was recovered.

Alexis was in serious condition this morning at Washington County Hospital.

There was no record of Lakin at either Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was reported to have gone for treatment, or at WCH.

Someone broke into a Pontiac parked at 856 Mulberry Ave. early Monday and took a Pioneer stereo, amplifiers, speakers and some CDs, Hagerstown City Police said. The total loss was estimated at $1,714.

Other calls answered by police Monday or over the weekend:

- A water tank valued at $350 was taken from the Roto Rooter lot at 101 N. Cannon Ave. Saturday.

- A vehicle parked in the 500 block of Maryland Avenue was stripped of its tires, wheels and electronic equipment Friday night or early Saturday. The loss was $2,790.

- A resident of the 300 block of North Mulberry Street returned home over the weekend after being out of town for a month and discovered $3,335 worth of property had been taken.

Stolen were a hutch, appliances, electronics, other furnishings and a dagger.

- An 11-year-old boy was turned over to his mother after he was charged with throwing a rock and breaking a window on a Washington County Commuter bus Friday.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies recovered a stolen dirt bike Monday evening.

Deputies noticed a man pushing the bike on the sidewalk in the 800 block of West Washington Street at 4:16 p.m.

The man was stopped and gave police conflicting stories about how he obtained the dirt bike, deputies said.

A check of the serial number revealed it was reported stolen to Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg on Aug. 16 by Robert E. Martin of Chambersburg.

Jason Wayne Socks, 20, of 845 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, was charged with theft over $300 and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

A utility trailer was stolen Monday morning from 10226 Governor Lane Boulevard, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Also on Monday, a front tag - Md. GJA 434 - was stolen from a vehicle at Budget Rental at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

A 1989 Dodge Caravan was stolen from the 900 block of Hamilton Boulevard Monday.

Hagerstown City Police said the keys were left in the ignition and the vehicle was taken between 11:15 a.m. and noon.

It has Maryland tags, 843758M and is owned by Mildred Baker of the 900 block of Hamilton Boulevard.

Also Monday, someone attempted to pry two gargoyles from the front porch at 400 N. Potomac St. at Potomac Studio Day Spa. Damage was $200.

Cassettes and tape case, valued at $342, were taken from a vehicle in the 900 block of View Street.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Russell Antoyne Holt, 26, of 1406 Lindsey Terrace, Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of distribution of crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Wheeling, W.Va.

Holt is currently in custody and could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

FREDERICK, Md. - An Inwood, W.Va., man who was stopped Monday afternoon for not wearing his seatbelt found himself in custody on drug charges, Maryland State Police said.

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