Police log for Aug. 4

August 03, 2000

Police log for Aug. 4

City burn victim transferred

A Hagerstown man who was burned while trying to put out a grease fire that started in his kitchen Wednesday evening was transferred to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital in Baltimore.

Mark Stephen Nicholas, 23, of 936 St. Clair Terrace, was in fair condition Thursday evening, a Bayview hospital spokesman said.

Hagerstown Battalion Chief Ron Horn said Nicholas was cooking with oil around 9:48 p.m. when the oil caught fire.

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

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

Three charged with drug violations

Three New York residents were charged with drug offenses Wednesday night at Motel 6 near Valley Mall after Maryland State Police arrived to check out a missing persons report around 8:19 p.m.

Charged with possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana were Philip B. Stewart, 20, Robert Hart, 18, and Tynia Shawana Blacknell, also 18, according to court records.


Found in the room were a cigar loaded with marijuana, 13 individual baggies containing 9 grams of marijuana, and $1,660 in cash, police said.

Woman changes story about incident

Hagerstown City Police called in the Washington County Sheriff's Department Wednesday night when the location of an alleged sexual assault was found to be just over the city line.

But then the alleged victim changed her story about the incident, according to Investigator Kenny Barnhart.

The victim checked herself out of Washington County Hospital and refused to cooperate further with police, Barnhart said.

Truck tailgate taken in Clear Spring

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of a $425 tailgate from a 1995 Dodge pickup while it was parked Wednesday morning at 8 Cumberland St. in Clear Spring. Also:

- Tires were slashed on a Jeep parked at 21613 Old Trolley Lane Wednesday morning.

- After getting a complaint about a man in a West Virginia car pointing a gun at motorists along southbound Interstate 81 Wednesday afternoon, deputies found and charged Christopher Laboy with possession of a deadly weapon and drug paraphernalia.

Laboy, 24, address unknown, wasn't in custody this morning, police said.

- Thieves took CDs from vehicles parked near 205 and 213 W. Chapline St. in Sharpsburg Wednesday, deputies said.

Police investigate possible sex crime

A female employee at TGIFriday's at the Centre at Hagerstown told Hagerstown City Police she was sexually assaulted by a male employee Thursday morning at the business.

Police said the woman alleged the man grabbed her by the shoulders and rubbed his groin against her stomach at 3 a.m.

Police have not released the names of the man or the victim.

He was charged with fourth-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault.

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