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Police log for Aug. 30

August 29, 2000

Police log for Aug. 30



Woman charged with assaulting two city officers


A woman attempting to avoid being taken into custody on warrants Tuesday morning knocked down two Hagerstown City Police officers with her car as she fled, police alleged Tuesday.

Kesha Jean Russ, 23, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault on Officers Heather Aleshire and David Russell, police said. Russ also was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of reckless driving, three counts of fleeing and eluding and one count of driving while suspended, police said.

She was being held without bond Tuesday.

Neither Russell nor Aleshire required medical treatment, police added.

The two officers spotted a woman in a vehicle in the first block of South Prospect Street early Tuesday. The officers were aware the woman was wanted on charges of driving while suspended, fleeing and eluding and failure to appear in court, police said.

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When they approached her, the woman drove into the two officers and then backed down South Prospect Street and headed toward the Public Square, police contended.

Stopped briefly in the square by another officer, the woman fled again and headed toward Smithsburg, where the chase was joined by Maryland State Police.

In Smithsburg, the woman drove her car into a tree and fled on foot, police said. She was found along the bank of a stream and taken into custody, police said.

Deputies report homes targeted in Boonsboro


BOONSBORO - Two homes in a Boonsboro neighborhood were targeted by burglars this week, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said someone entered a kitchen window of a home in the 200 block of North Main Street and took property from the residence between 9 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Someone attempted to enter another home in the 400 block of North Main Street by burning a hole in a screen door and then unlocking it. The person was unable to open a locked door behind the screen door and fled. The incident occurred between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Deputies ask anyone with information about the incidents to call 301-791-3020.

Three piggy banks stolen in St. Thomas Township


ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said three piggy banks were stolen in a burglary reported Monday in St. Thomas Township.

The report said the Maranatha Drive home of Crystal Brown was entered by unknown means between Aug. 1 and Monday. The piggy banks were stolen from a bedroom dresser, police said.

Deputies investigate several thefts in county


Washington County Sheriff's deputies handled a number of calls Monday for thefts from vehicles and damage to vehicles.

- A window in a van parked in the 200 block of Potomac Street in Boonsboro was broken out. Damage was $200.

- A woman's purse was stolen from a vehicle parked at the Valley Mall parking lot shortly after noon.

- At 5 p.m., deputies got a report of speakers worth $440 taken from a vehicle at 16701 Caldwell Court.

- Thieves took a $1,500 stereo from a vehicle parked at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Five charged with fake drugs in undercover sweep


A reverse sting netted five arrests Monday night in the first block of West North Avenue. All those arrested were charged with one count of possession of fake drugs, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Those arrested were:

- Wanda Nicole Vase, 48, of the 200 block of Summit Avenue.

- Charles Edward Wolfe, 35, of the 900 block of Concord Street.

- Michael Douglas Richards, 31, of the 400 block of West Antietam Street.

- Lisa Marie Bullock, 29, of 15 S. Burhans Blvd.

- Larry O'Neal Hoffman, 37, of 15 S. Burhans Blvd.

In a reverse sting, police officers pose as dealers instead of customers.

Vehicles damaged in city


A vandal or vandals with a sharp object damaged vehicles early Monday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Damage was reported in the 100 block of Mont Valla, the 1000 block of The Terrace, the 200 block of Belview and three incidents in the 100 block of Belview, police said.

Vehicles damaged included a 2000 Mazda and other late model cars.

Four-vehicle collision reported along Md. 85


FREDERICK, Md. - Several people were injured in a four-vehicle collision that occurred when a tractor-trailer went out of control and hit a pickup truck on Md. 85 at Marcies Choice Lane Tuesday morning, Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

Police said the northbound tractor-trailer jackknifed into the southbound lanes just before 6 a.m. and struck a pickup truck head-on.

Two additional southbound vehicles ran into the tractor-trailer and pickup truck, police said.

After the crash, the pickup truck leaked fuel, which resulted in the road being closed until 8:56 a.m.

Additional information was unavailable Tuesday evening.

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