Police log 3/15

March 16, 2000

Man charged with burglary, assault

A Hagerstown man was charged Wednesday with breaking into a neighbor's home and threatening him with a knife because he wouldn't sell him a shotgun, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police alleged Thomas David Robinson, 45, 203 Elizabeth St., was visiting neighbor Steven Barthelow's home at 7 p.m. and became angry when Barthelow refused to sell him the gun.

Barthelow was threatened with a knife to his throat, but was able to push the man out the door, police said.


The man left and Barthelow went to a neighbor's house across the street.

A few minutes later, the man returned and Barthelow saw him banging on his door, police said.

The man then forced his way into the house. Barthelow went home and found him holding his shotgun, police said.

Police said the man was also holding what appeared to be a handgun.

Barthelow grabbed both guns from the man and carried them across the street to a neighbor's home, police said.

He returned to his house and pushed the man out the door.

Police later determined that what initially was believed to be a handgun was a pellet gun.

Robinson was charged with first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree assault, carrying a concealed weapon, reckless endangerment and attempted felony theft.

Robinson was being held pending a bond hearing Wednesday evening.


Small fire breaks out at Fort Detrick

FORT DETRICK, Md. (AP) - A small fire Wednesday damaged a building under renovation at Fort Detrick.

The fire broke out about 9 a.m. in a storage area for construction materials in the National Cancer Institute building, said spokesman Chuck Dasey. The building was closed for renovations and no scientists or lab materials were inside.

It took Fort Detrick and Frederick County firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, said Assistant Fire Chief David Eskildsen.

One firefighter received minor burns.


Juveniles charged after park incident

Three juveniles were arrested Wednesday after a dispute at Wheaton Park in Hagerstown, police said.

Police said no one was injured in the 4:30 p.m. incident.

The teenage boys were released to the custody of their parents, police said.


Brush fire handled

Firefighters from Halfway were called to a brush fire at the railroad crossing at Sterling Road in Halfway Wednesday morning, according to a spokesman.

About 10 fire and rescue personnel went to the scene at 10:33 a.m.


'Blair Witch' seeker facing drug charge

FREDERICK, Md. - The driver of a sport utility vehicle en route to Burkettsville, Md., to see a fictional character from the movie "The Blair Witch Project" was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia Tuesday, according to Maryland State Police in Frederick County.

Police said troopers were heading to Gathland State Park in Frederick County at 11 p.m. for a report of suspicious people in the parking lot when they saw a green 1996 Isuzu Trooper traveling east on Gapland Road west of Md. 17 in Burkettsville.

Two males were riding on the roof of the Trooper, police said.

Troopers said they stopped the car and the men on the roof said they were "attempting to see the ghost in Burkettsville."

Saying they smelled marijuana, police searched the SUV. Police alleged they found a 12-inch blue pipe containing suspected marijuana.

The driver was identified by police as Nelson L. Spielmann, 19, of Washington, D.C. Bond information was unavailable Wednesday evening.


Thefts reported

The following thefts were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department Tuesday:

* A red 1990 Honda four-wheeler was stolen from a home in the 17000 block of Reiff Church Road in Maugansville.

* The window of a Hyundai Tiburon was smashed and a stereo was taken at Massey Lincoln Mercury. Damage and loss totaled about $650.

* A $135 money order was taken out of a parked pickup truck in the 13700 block of Village Mill Drive in Maugansville at around 8 p.m.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents can contact the Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

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