Police log 5/25

May 24, 2000

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police on Wednesday charged a Martinsburg man with selling 10 stolen rings to a local pawn shop.

Michael Shawn Slevin, 19, of Route 5, Box 416-26, was charged with two counts of transferring stolen property and one count of giving false information.

He was being held Wednesday at the Eastern Regional Jail on $20,567 bond.

Police alleged Slevin sold the rings to Frazier's Pawn Shop on Queen Street for a total of $250. Police alleged he had bought them from a woman at Woody's Market in Martinsburg for a total of $120, according to criminal complaints.

Five of the rings were stolen from Monte McFadden's residence on May 13 and had a combined value of $500, police said. The other five rings were taken from Holly Branch's home on May 15 and were worth a combined $450, police said.


According to the complaint on the charge of giving false information, Slevin was alleged to have told police he had purchased all 10 rings from the unidentified woman on May 13, before one of the burglaries occurred.

A Washington County woman was injured when her home collapsed while she was doing renovation work Thursday afternoon, according to the Mount Aetna Fire Department.

Firefighters said the woman was working in the basement of her home at 9440 Crystal Falls Drive when the foundation caved in around noon.

She was taken to the Washington County Hospital by Community Rescue Service, firefighters said.

She was considered a priority one patient, which indicates the most severe injuries, a dispatcher with Washington County Emergency Services said.

The woman's name and additional information were unavailable Wednesday evening.

Three people were injured when a car and a pickup truck collided at the intersection of Md. 66 and Mount Aetna Road Wednesday evening, Maryland State Police said.

Julia Stymiest, 17, of the 6600 block of Cherry Hill Drive in Frederick, Md., was attempting to cross Md. 66 in a 1991 Honda Accord when her vehicle collided with a northbound pickup truck driven by Rose Shaw, 36, of the 100 block of Kevin's Court in Smithsburg, police said.

Stymiest and her passenger, Felicia Ford, 17, of the 8900 block of Hawbottom Road in Middletown, Md., were taken to Washington County Hospital after the 5:10 p.m. accident. Both were listed in good condition Wednesday evening.

Shaw was still being treated in the hospital's emergency room Wednesday evening, a supervisor said.

Police said Stymiest was cited for failure to stop and yield at an intersection stop sign.

Hagerstown City Police handled a number of theft calls Tuesday.

- Someone removed $3,963 in computer equipment from locked glass cases at the Staples store at 1658 Wesel Blvd.

There was no forced entry, meaning a key may have been used, police said.

- A stereo was taken from a 1990 Mazda parked at the South Hagerstown High School auto shop parking lot. The loss was $600.

- A stereo and accessories valued at $925 were taken from a 1984 Toyota parked in the 1000 block of Pope Avenue.

HALFWAY - A man wanted in New York on felony and misdemeanor charges was apprehended in Halfway Wednesday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Benjamin Franklin Smalls Jr., 52, was taken into custody by state police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at a home in the 11200 block of Scarlet Oak Drive at 3 p.m., police said.

Smalls escaped from New York police in October of 1999 as a jury deliberated during a trial in which he was charged with kidnapping, burglary and assault, police said.

Smalls was traced to Hagerstown through a personal possession of an alleged victim, police said.

He was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday evening.

a female clerk at the Comfort Suites on Dual Highway early Wednesday, escaping eastbound in a waiting vehicle, Maryland State Police said.

The men were still being sought Wednesday evening.

The 1:46 a.m. incident began when the two men came in and asked for a room, according to Trooper First Class Mike Kretzer.

Told there were no vacancies, the men were getting directions to another nearby motel when one of them asked the clerk for change, police said.

As the money drawer was opened, one man said he wanted all the money while the second man displayed a handgun and went over the counter, police said.

The two men left in a blue car, possibly a Chrysler New Yorker or other similar model, last seen heading eastbound away from the 1801 Dual Highway motel.

Both men were black, in their mid to late 20s and were wearing all black, Kretzer said.

One man was described as medium build, 5 feet 10 inches tall, while the other was 6 feet tall and very slender.

Anyone with information can contact state police at 301-739-2101.

Neighbors' complaints about a Mulberry Street apartment triggered a weeklong investigation that ended Tuesday when agents of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force seized drugs and took three people into custody, police said.

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