Police log in 12/12

December 12, 2000

Police log in 12/12

Man overcome by smoke in car in fair condition

A Hagerstown man escaped being burned but was overcome by smoke just before midnight Monday morning as he sat in a car that caught on fire behind his home at 946 Concord St.

Hayes G. Bowie, 49, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where his condition was listed as fair Monday evening, hospital officials said.

"The fire never got to the passenger compartment," said Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown, who was called out at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Neighbors told Brown they heard the motor of the 1982 Chevrolet Caprice being revved for more than an hour before the fire call went in.


Brown said the engine overheated and caught fire. The car, which was owned by a Frederick, Md., woman, was destroyed.

Western Enterprise and Community Rescue Service responded to the fire which Brown has ruled accidental.

Hagerstown man being held in connection with chase

Out of jail just 10 days on bond for other charges, a Hagerstown man led police on a chase Sunday afternoon in a stolen car, then fled on foot after nearly crashing into a tree on South Prospect Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

Darren Elwood Reeder Sr., 38, of 271 S. Prospect St., was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle, unlawful taking and numerous traffic violations.

He was being held on $10,000 bond at Washington County Detention Center Monday evening.

Jail records indicate Reeder on Nov. 29 posted a $30,000 bond after he was charged with breaking and entering and theft in connection with a Nov. 21 break-in and a missing case of beer at the Woodpoint Bar and Grill.

In the latest incident, police said Officer Susan Lamb was on patrol at 2:15 p.m. when she noticed a light blue Chevrolet Corsica that had been reported stolen being driven west on Baltimore Street.

She put on her flashing lights and when the driver noticed, he sped off, police said.

She chased the driver on east and west Baltimore Street, Lee Street, Park Circle and down South Prospect Street, where the car skidded to a stop after just missing a tree in the 100 block, police said.

The driver fled on foot and was apprehended on South Walnut Street, police said.

Man charged with fleeing following traffic stop

A Hagerstown man who Maryland State Police say fled during a traffic stop in Hagerstown Sunday afternoon was being held on $7,500 bond at Washington County Detention Center Monday.

Billy Joe Thurmond, 48, of 619 N. Potomac St., was charged with fleeing and eluding police, driving with a suspended/revoked license and with having an unregistered vehicle.

Tpr. R.R. Coccodrilli stopped a 1986 Ford pickup truck with West Virginia plates on North Burhans Boulevard for an equipment violation at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

As the trooper walked toward the car, the driver spun the wheels and sped off, crossing Burhans Boulevard and Franklin Street at a high rate of speed, police said.

With Coccodrilli in pursuit, the driver turned onto Church Street and then into a dead-end alley where he was apprehended.

Coccodrilli said a check of the man's driving record showed he was driving with a suspended/revoked license.

Man living in restroom taken into custody

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man was placed in county jail after a Chambersburg convenience store manager complained he was living in the store restroom and police found him intoxicated in the parking lot, Chambersburg Police report.

Gregory Snapp, of no known address, was charged with public drunkenness and taken into custody at 3:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

The store manager of Blue Chip Mini Mart, 1051 Wayne Ave., told police a man was living in the restroom of the store. Police found the man sitting on the sidewalk in the parking lot of the business under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Snapp was ordered to the Franklin County Prison by District Justice Gary L. Carter. Bail was set at $300. Snapp was no longer at the prison Monday.

Greencastle man charged with taking money, tickets

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A man was charged with stealing hundreds of dollars in cash and instant lottery tickets from an Antrim Township gas station, Pennsylvania State Police report.

Bradley Wayne Martin, 24, 112 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle, Pa., was charged with theft last week, police said.

The thefts occurred at the Texaco gas station on Buchanan Trail East between Nov. 7 and 27, police said. A total of $490.18 in cash and instant lottery tickets was missing.

Martin was arraigned by District Justice Shirley Shatzer Friday.

Two charged with lying after preliminary hearing

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman and a juvenile are facing multiple charges after they agreed to lie in court to protect a Newburg, Pa., man, according to a Pennsylvania State Police report.

John Shew, 28, of Newburg, Pa., is in Franklin County Prison for an incident last month and now faces added charges of criminal solicitation, hindering apprehension or prosecution and corruption of minors, police said.

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