Police log for 8/3

August 02, 2000

Police log for 8/3

Break-ins reported in county

A series of break-ins and thefts kept Washington County Sheriff's deputies busy Tuesday.

A break-in on Cool Hollow Road netted thieves some jewelry and electronics, deputies said.

The investigation into what was taken and how the thieves gained access was continuing.

- A Chevrolet S-10 Blazer was broken into on Tuesday morning while it was parked at 409 N. Main St. in Boonsboro, deputies said. Twenty-five CDs were taken.

- Cash totaling $50 was taken from North Main Street in Keedysville, deputies said.

- A duffel bag and backpack filled with clothes, a pair of shoes and 68 CDs were taken from a home in the 100 block of West Mechanic Street in Sharpsburg, deputies said.

The loss was estimated $1,300.

- At 10 p.m., deputies were informed that a 1995 Mercury van parked at 16107 Oak Tree Lane had been keyed.

Man injured in scaffolding collapse

FUNKSTOWN- A man was taken to Washington County Hospital with suspected head injuries after scaffolding collapsed on top of him Wednesday afternoon, according to Community Rescue Service.

Rescuers said a call came in at 1:45 p.m. that a man was injured in an industrial accident at Valley Supply and Equipment at 108 E. Baltimore St. in Funkstown.

Employees had freed the man from the scaffolding before rescue crews arrived.

Additional information on the man's condition and his name was unavailable Wednesday evening from officials.

City men charged with drugs violation

FREDERICK, Md. - Two Hagerstown men were charged with possession of marijuana after an incident on Interstate 70 at the Washington County line Wednesday afternoon, Maryland State Police in Frederick, Md. said.

Police said a motorist called the Frederick barracks on his cellular phone at 2 p.m., to report that someone in a black BMW had run him off the road and had thrown something at his vehicle.

The motorist, who was traveling with this two children, said he thought the vehicle's occupants had shot at him and he feared for his life.

Police had the BMW driver pull over onto the shoulder of I-70 in Frederick County.

The driver, Gary Christopher Yates, 28, and passenger Marshall Hayne Barkman, 32, both of Hagerstown, denied road-rage allegations, police said.

They consented to a search of the vehicle. Police alleged the search turned up a plastic baggie containing marijuana.

The men were taken into custody and released following a bond hearing, police said.

Deputy searches for missing juvenile

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a male juvenile who was last seen in the Jonathan Street area Friday.

Deputies said the family of Antoine LeRoy Moss, 14, of 13121 Orchid Drive, Hagerstown, reported him missing on Monday.

The juvenile's father, Daren Hamilton, told deputies his son left their home on July 23 at 12:30 p.m. and they haven't seen him since.

He said his son has been known to hang out in the Jonathan Street area.

After a two-day investigation, deputies found the juvenile had been seen around Northern Avenue and Jonathan Street on Friday wearing blue jeans shorts and a blue shirt.

Antoine Moss is described as being black with brown hair, is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Deputies ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts call them at 301-791-3020.

Lightning sparks Frederick fire

FREDERICK, Md. - Lightning sparked a fire in a vacant two-story home on Canton Avenue in Frederick Tuesday, according to investigators with the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Neighbors reported the fire at 4407 Cannon Ave. at 2:57 p.m. in the midst of a storm, investigators said.

Investigators said lightning struck the exterior wood framing on the chimney and traveled up the outside wall. It burned the roof and penetrated into the attic, they said.

Damage was estimated at $25,000.

Man arrested for drug possession

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A state trooper on Tuesday charged the driver of a car on U.S. 11 with possessing marijuana.

Edgar W. Castillo, 28, has addresses in Hawaii and the Bronx, according to court records. He was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $15,000 bail Wednesday.

West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper E.D. Burnett alleged in a criminal complaint that he felt a bag in Castillo's pants when he did a pat-down search. He said the bag contained seven grams of marijuana.

Burnett stopped Castillo's car after it left Berkeley Gardens, north of Martinsburg. The car was weaving out of its lane, he alleged.

Burnett said in the complaint that he had seen the car at the apartment complex and thought the driver might have been involved in a drug transaction.

City man burned in grease fire

A Hagerstown man was burned while trying to put out a grease fire that started in the kitchen of his home Wednesday evening, Ron Horn of the Hagerstown Fire Department said.

Mark Stephen Nicholas, 23, of 936 St. Clair Terrace, was cooking with oil around 9:48 p.m. when the oil caught fire.

Horn said flames rose up from the pan as Nicholas carried it out his front apartment door and through the main door to the front porch of the apartment building.

He dropped the pan near the front door, Horn said.

Horn said Nicholas received first- and second- degree burns on his face, hands, arms and legs.

He was taken to Washington County Hospital and was being treated in the emergency room Wednesday evening, he said.

Residents used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire before firefighters arrived, he said.

The fire caused minor smoke damage to the apartment and residents who had evacuated were allowed back inside around 10:30 p.m.

Police investigate possible sex crime

Hagerstown City Police were investigating a sexual assault or possible rape in the North End Wednesday evening.

Police said a woman may have been raped just before 11 p.m., but they were unsure where the incident took place.

The victim was taken to the Washington County Hospital.

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