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November 12, 1999

Teens charged with making false report

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg teenagers allegedly trying to avoid punishment for missing curfew were charged with making a false police report Thursday, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Five teenagers reported a carjacking at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.

The youths told police a man pulled a gun on them while they waited at the intersection of Burke and Queen streets and ordered them to drive him to Nadenbousch Lane. After they arrived, they told police, they were able to overpower the gunman and drive away.

After questioning the teens, police determined the youths had provided false information, authorities said.

Investigators determined one of the boys was late for his curfew.

A 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were charged with filing a false police report and possession of tobacco products.

They were released to their parents' custody.

Two charged with drug possession


FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County sheriff's deputies raided a house in Frederick Friday and arrested two people on drug charges, authorities said.

Members of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office's Special Assignment Unit and the Frederick County Narcotics Task Force seized 1 1/2 pounds of suspected marijuana, two assault rifles, a pistol, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a large amount of fireworks and $6,200, authorities said.

Deputies said they found two indoor marijuana grow rooms in the Prospect Park Plaza Apartment complex off of Prospect Road.

Ryan L. Brandenburg, 24, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, conspiracy to possess, distribute and manufacture marijuana and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Karen E. Smith, 22, was charged with conspiracy to possess, distribute and manufacture marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brandenburg was jailed at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $75,000 bond. Smith was freed on $30,000.

Two dirt bikes stolen

Two dirt bikes were stolen Thursday from different parts of the Town of Sharpsburg, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The first was an 80cc yellow Suzuki removed from the residence at 17518 Longstreet Circle early Thursday morning.

Then around 3 p.m., another yellow dirt bike, a Yamaha PW 80, was taken from 119 W. Chapline St.

Anyone with information on these thefts is urged to call 301-791-3020.

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