Police log 4/12

April 13, 2000

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A body believed to be that of a man who has been missing from Winchester, Va., since March 19 was found in the Magnolia area Wednesday afternoon, according to police and the county coroner.

Identification belonging Thomas J. Gavura II, 27, was found on the body after it was discovered off Detour Road about 5 p.m., according to police and Morgan County Coroner Chuck Lopp.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, Lopp said.

Gavura was last seen March 18 near Winchester. His 1986 Cadillac was found off Detour Road on March 19.

A man who was checking on his seasonal home in the Magnolia area found the body, said West Virginia State Police Trooper C.E. Platt.

Magnolia is located about 22 miles west of Berkeley Springs.

The body was taken to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs to be examined by Lopp, Platt said.


Lopp said he will contact the state Medical Examiner's office this morning to determine how to proceed in the case.

Police arrested a 21-year-old New York man on Jonathan Street Monday and charged him with drug crimes.

Alfred Washington Graves Jr., 1407 Amsterdam Ave., New York, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

He was arrested by the Hagerstown City Police Street Crimes Unit at 7:35 p.m.

Graves was being held on $50,000 bond Wednesday night.

FREDERICK, Md. - A standoff between police and a suspected thief who briefly had a 3-year-old child with him ended peacefully about an hour after it began Tuesday night.

Robert Goshorn, 51, of Frederick, was taken into custody at 9:21 p.m. in the 6000 block of Mallery Court by Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

Goshorn was charged with two counts of felony theft stemming from allegations he took power tools earlier in the day from the Lowe's in Gaithersburg, Md., police said.

The child was unhurt and no additional charges were filed.

FREDERICK, Md. - A loader was stolen from a mediean next to Interstate 70 early Wednesday, Maryland State Police said.

A yellow 1999 GEHL skid-steer loader was taken between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. from the grass median between westbound I-70 and Hollow Road, police said.

The loader is bright yellow and has "KOMATSU RENTS" written on the cab. It is valued at $26,000, police said.

Anyone who may have seen the loader being removed during morning rush hour may contact the Frederick barracks of the Maryland State Police at 1-301-663-3101.

A fire that severely damaged a town house on Abbey Lane just outside Hagerstown Tuesday was caused by children playing with a cigarette lighter, the state fire marshal's office said.

A 5-year-old, who was home with a 9-year-old sibling, was playing with a lighter on a basement couch at 1844 Abbey Lane, officials said Wednesday.

The couch caught fire and spread to other areas, officials said.

The fire was contained in the basement, but smoke and heat damage to the rest of the house made the home unlivable, officials said. The family is staying with relatives, they said.

FREDERICK, Md. - Police here are warning that a man has been convincing store clerks to give him money.

Christian Gastin is wanted on warrants charging him with theft by Maryland police departments in Cumberland, Westminster and Frederick.

A quick-change ploy was used April 5 to steal $1,250 from the Woodsboro Bank on West Patrick Street in Frederick, police alleged.

The ploy has been attempted in Hagerstown, also, police said.

According to police, the man asks for change of numerous bills in a way that confuses the clerk, causing the clerk to give back considerably more money.

Gastin, 41, is described as black, about 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds, according to police.

Anyone with information may contact the Frederick Police Department at 1-301-694-2100.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four Chambersburg men were facing drug charges after an undercover sting operation that ended with a police cruiser being rammed by another car Tuesday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said an undercover state trooper bought suspected cocaine from an occupant of a car in the parking lot of the Adult Bookstore on Molly Pitcher Highway in Guilford Township at 9:30 p.m. When the car left the lot, a state police cruiser tried to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle rammed the cruiser, police said.

Police said the car hit the cruiser a second time before being surrounded by other police cars and stopped. Troopers Jim Goodyear and Michael Mays were not injured, nor were the men in the other car, police said.

The man police alleged was driving the car, Ryan Michael Jones, 18, of 2742 White Church Road, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a police officer and attempting to flee or elude police. Jones was also charged with criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

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