Police log 4/19

April 19, 2000

A parole retake warrant for a Hagerstown man surfaced Monday night after Frederick County Sheriff's deputies stopped two drivers police alleged were racing on U.S. 15.

The Hagerstown man was pulled over at 9:30 p.m. near Thurmont, deputies said. A check of his driver's license revealed the parole retake warrant and that he was also wanted for failure to appear in Frederick County Circuit Court.

Deputies alleged the driver took off on foot and ran into a wooded area near Gateway Plaza.

Jerry Allen Miller Jr. was apprehended by a Frederick County K-9 unit and charged with fleeing and eluding and other traffic offenses.

The driver of the other vehicle was given a citation for speeding and was released, deputies said.

Maryland State Police on Tuesday were trying to find out who was driving a 1987 Dodge Caravan that drove through a number of private yards east of Hagerstown early that day, causing more than $700 in damages.


The vehicle, which was disabled and left at 21467 Cooper's Lane, bore expired Maryland emporary tags.

Hagerstown City Police arrested two men Monday afternoon in the 600 block of Adams Avenue and charged them with one count each of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Robert Wayne Freeman, 18, of 205 Taylor Ave., and Floyd Eugene Ferguson, 26, of 257 S. Mulberry St., were taken into custody around 3 p.m., police said.

In other activity Monday, city police investigated red and blue painted graffiti at a home in the 500 block of Guilford Avenue.

n of file Also Monday, someone stole two amplifiers and a CD player, worth $740, from a vehicle in the 800 block of Woodland Way, city police said.

* Four hubcaps, valued at $60, were taken from a 1993 Geo Storm on Monday in the 1000 block of Mulberry

Washington County Sheriff's deputies got some good news Monday from nearly opposite ends of the county.

A four-wheeler reported stolen from the Clear Spring area earlier this week was recovered about a mile outside of town, deputies said.

Then another four-wheeler, a Yamaha as yet not reported as missing, was found in Boonsboro, deputies said.

n of file In other incidents, two tires were slashed on a vehicle parked at 13803 Village Mill Drive Monday, deputies said.

n of file A purple, yellow and white Suzuki motorcycle was stolen from 14015 Rockdale Road. It bears Md. tags 292 D81, deputies said.

* Tuesday morning, a resident of 5454 Sharpsburg Pike found that tools had been stolen from his pickup truck overnight, deputies said.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An unattended trailer loaded with flour was hoisted upright late Sunday night, more than five hours after it tipped over in a parking lot, a fire chief said.

The trailer, which belonged to Venezia Transport, a trucking company, had fallen on its side Sunday afternoon while sitting in the lot of the former Lowe's at Winchester Avenue and W.Va. 45.

The trailer was filled with flour, but none of it came out, authorities said. Police contacted Venezia, which was scheduled to bring a truck to "suck" the flour out of the trailer, so it would be lighter and easier to lift, according to a Berkeley County emergency dispatcher.

Venezia sent a truck, but it was not the right kind, said Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Company Chief Chuck Summers. Regardless, a towing company working for about 30 minutes pulled the trailer upright at about 11 p.m., he said.

The trailer was not damaged, and a Venezia employee hooked it up to a cab and drove away with it, Summers said.

The trailer apparently fell over because its stanchions sunk into the asphalt in the parking lot, one further down the other, leaving large divots. The load in the trailer probably shifted enough to topple it, said Roy Young, the deputy director of the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police responded to three wrecks within an hour Tuesday evening on Interstate 81.

At 5:53 p.m., a tractor-trailer and a car collided on the interstate in the southbound lane near the Winchester Avenue exit, said Sgt. David Forman.

Traffic was backed up from the wreck and was being funnelled into one lane, Forman said.

Randy Abbott, 42, of Berkeley Springs, was driving a Toyota Tundra south on the interstate when his truck collided with a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic for the first accident, Forman said.

The front end of Abbott's truck was lodged under the tractor-trailer, Forman said.

Abbott refused medical treatment, Forman said.

Shortly after that accident, three cars were involved in a third accident on the southbound entrance ramp at the King Street exit, Forman said.

There were no major injuries in any of the accidents, he said.

LEITERSBURG - A furnace malfunction at Brook Lane Health Services in Leitersburg filled a building with smoke Tuesday afternoon, according to firefighters with the Leitersburg Fire Co.

Firefighters, who went to the scene at around 4:30 p.m., used fans to clear the air in the building at 13218 Brook Lane Drive.

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