Police log for Sunday, Oct. 1

September 30, 2000

Police log for Sunday, Oct. 1

A fight between two men in a downtown Hagerstown apartment Saturday evening left one hospitalized with a stab wound in the chest and the other charged with first-degree assault, Hagerstown City Police reported.

Chandler B. Jenkins, 31, of 160 W. Washington St., Apt. 5, was taken into custody shortly after the 7 p.m. incident at his apartment, police said.

The victim, Rodney Allen Stone, 38, of 13011 Pennsylvania Ave., was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of the wound in his upper right chest.

Officer Johnny Murray said Stone underwent surgery shortly after he arrived at the hospital. His condition wasn't available.

Murray and Officer David Russell recovered a kitchen knife that was believed to have been used in the assault.

Jenkins was expected to spend the night at police headquarters and appear before a bond commissioner early this morning, Murray said.


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A West Virginia woman received minor injuries Saturday evening when her vehicle was hit by a Geo Storm that drifted across the center line on Cherry Run Road west of Hedgesville, West Virginia State Police reported.

Beverly D. Simpson, 25, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was charged with driving left of center after the 5:36 p.m. accident, Trooper N.A. Harmon said.

Her northbound Geo hit a southbound Chevrolet driven by Alice F. Pullen, 39, of Hedgesville, W.Va., Harmon said.

Pullen was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, where she was treated for minor injuries and released, a nursing supervisor said.

A Pennsylvania man who was behind the wheel of his disabled car was struck along Interstate 70 Friday night while helping steer his vehicle onto a rollback tow truck, Maryland State Police said.

Derek Jonathan Fertig, 19, of Irwin, Pa., was taken to Washington County Hospital following the 8:50 p.m. accident, which occurred along the westbound berm just east of Black Rock Road. He was listed in fair condition Saturday.

Ronnie Francisco Flores, 33, of 8617 Sharpsburg Pike, Fairplay, was the driver of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler that drifted onto the berm of westbound I-70, striking Fertig's 1995 Acura and then spinning out of control and overturning several times, police said.

Flores was also taken to the hospital but was treated and released.

Trooper First Class Kim Barnes charged Flores with driving while intoxicated and negligent driving.

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A family home was heavily damaged Saturday afternoon in a fire that began in an unattended clothes dryer.

Hancock Fire Chief Ernie Truax said his volunteers joined Berkeley Springs and South Morgan County firefighters when the fire was called in at 3:16 p.m. just off U.S. 522 south of Berkeley Springs.

"Every door inside that house was open, allowing the fire to spread more quickly," Truax said.

If the doors had been closed, he said fire damage would have been minimal.

The family members were at their business in Hedgesville, W.Va., when the fire was reported, Truax said.

He said the house is uninhabitable.

FREDERICK, Md. - An improper left turn led to a traffic stop and a heroin arrest early Saturday, Frederick City Police said.

At 1:59 a.m., Officer T.S. Carpenter watched a green Ford Mustang stop at a green light on West Sixth Street and then turn left onto West Fifth Street from an improper position, police said.

He stopped the car and, during a K-9 search, a pack of cigarettes found in a passenger's rear pants pocket was found to contain three baggies of suspected heroin and a three-inch straw.

Paul David Hahn, 26, of 1204A Little Brook Drive, Frederick, was charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Hahn was being held in the Frederick County Detention Center Saturday night, jail officials said.

Vandals heavily damaged a soda machine at the Fairplay Ruritan Park on Friday evening and destroyed 13 cases of soda trying to get into the coin box, Washington County Sheriff's deputies reported.

The machine was turned over on its front and dragged from the building.

A light above the vending machine was also damaged.

Anyone with information is asked to call 301-791-3300.

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Six people were cited for underage drinking at the Mudfort Crest Pub near Bolivar on Thursday night, the Harpers Ferry Police Department reported.

The owner of the bar, Richard Poe of Harpers Ferry, was cited for underage sales/consumption and interfering with inspection, said Dan Miller, state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission agent.

There have been complaints of underage drinking in the bar, on Washington Street near the intersection with Polk Street, said Harpers Ferry Police Sgt. Donald Buracker.

The legal drinking age in West Virginia is 21. The six people cited ranged in age from 17 to 20, police said.

All were released except Jesse Wayne Beachley, 19, of Brunswick, Md., Buracker said.

Beachley was charged with underage consumption of alcohol, public intoxiction and obstruction of an officer, Buracker said.

Beachley was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg Friday night on $1,500 bond.

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