Police log 11/30

December 01, 1999

Woman faces two separate DWI charges

A woman was in custody this morning after twice being stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol early this morning, according to Maryland State Police.

Maria Mischelle Taylor, 35, of Boonsboro, was pulled over on Stottlemyer Road at 2:19 a.m. by Trooper Scott Bare, who issued her first set of charges, according to police reports.

Taken to the barracks, the woman refused to take a breath test. She was formally charged and allowed to go home with a friend who came to pick her up, police said.


But instead of listening to Bare, police said the woman and her friend went back to Stottlemyer Road, where the woman allegedly got behind the wheel again and attempted to drive her car home, police said.

At 4:03 a.m., Trooper 1st Class J.B. Robinson cited the woman again for driving while impaired/intoxicated - at the same location on Stottlemyer Road, police said.

Again, the woman refused to take a breathalyzer test, police said. She spent the rest of the night in a barracks cell awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner today.

Intruders remain at large

The intruders who shot a resident of a South End duplex early Monday remained at large this morning, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The 3:53 a.m. incident at 1202 Lawton Lane sent the man to Washington County Hospital with a wound to his arm, according to Investigator Kenny Barnhart.

"Two men kicked the door in. The resident heard them and went to the top of the stairs," Barnhart said.

It was then the man was shot in the arm. The type of gun was unknown.

"We believe the two men fled in a minivan," Barnhart said.

Lawton Lane is a one-block street off Kuhn Avenue just outside the city limits. There are five duplexes on the block, Barnhart said.

10 laser printers reported stolen

Ten laser printers valued at $900 each were stolen from a Hagerstown-area business between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police are looking for the person or persons who broke into a trailer at Lightning Transportation, 16820 Blake Rd., and stole the Brother MFC-9600 printers.

Anyone with information may call the department at 301-791-3020.

Area hunter shot in shoulder

ADAMSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A deer hunter was shot in the shoulder Monday, the second shooting of a hunter since the deer season opened in Maryland on Saturday.

Kevin Beachley, 37, of Jefferson, Md., was hit in the right shoulder by a rifled slug from a 12-gauge shotgun shortly before 9 a.m., while hunting on a farm in Adamstown. He was wearing a hunter-orange hat and jacket, according to Department of Natural Resources Police.

He was in fair condition this morning at Washington County Hospital.

Police were investigating the case Monday, and had not filed charges against the man who fired the shot, a 25-year-old Frederick man.

In a separate incident, a 16-year-old Baltimore boy shot himself in the foot while hunting Saturday in Cambridge, Md., police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - Morning rush hour turned caustic today when a tractor-trailer loaded with chlorine bleach overturned on the ramp from westbound Interstate 70 to Md. 355 at 5:39 a.m.

The driver, David Allen Callahan, 46, of Oregon, Ohio, has been charged with negligent driving, according to Maryland State Police.

Westbound traffic on I-70 is limited to one lane and is expected to be disrupted for several hours.

There is no access to the ramps to and from I-70 onto Md. 355.

Eastbound travel on I-70 is unaffected.

Police say Callahan was driving a 1994 Freightliner onto the ramp when he lost control, turning the rig over on its side.

FREDERICK, Md. - A scam artist who claimed his clothing was damaged by careless waiters was able to get money fraudulently from at least four restaurants before he was charged Monday.

An alert manager at Legends Restaurant didn't believe Victor Depriest's story and notified the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Depriest, 38, of Clinton, Md., would enter the restaurants and then claim to have been there days earlier when food was spilled on his clothing by a waiter, police said.

Then Depriest would present fake dry cleaning receipts and was reimbursed, court records said.

Charged with nine counts of theft, theft by scheme and attempted theft, Depriest was being held on $4,500 bond this morning at the Frederick County Detention Center.

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Two McConnellsburg, Pa., women are facing theft charges for allegedly stealing a plastic container containing money collected for the Special Olympics.

Gwendolyn Mae Thomas, 22, was arrested Saturday, charged with theft and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

There is a warrant on file for 23-year-old Tyshea S. Thomas, 23, police said.

The pair entered a Sheetz Store on Lincoln Way East at 4:10 a.m. on Saturday, police said. They distracted the clerk while Tyshea removed the container which held about $25, police said.

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