Police log in 1/16 Morning Herald

January 16, 2001

Police log in 1/16 Morning Herald

Charles Town Police probe Monday stabbing incident

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police were dispatched to a reported stabbing incident in Charles Town Monday night.

After receiving the call at about 7:23 p.m., several police cars pulled up to a small house on West Avis Street and a nearby laundromat in the Hilldale Shopping Center along Augustine Avenue.

Police were talking to at least one man outside the house on West Avis Street and a group of people were milling around the laundromat.

Two men outside the laundromat later stepped into a Charles Town Police Department cruiser and were taken away.

The victim, whose name was not available, was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Police said they could not release any details Monday night.

Tools, electronic equipment taken from four-car garage

SMITHSBURG - Tools and electronic equipment were taken from a garage on Bayer Drive, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said Monday.


Deputies said a four-car garage was entered between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 10:20 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information may call Sheriff's deputies at 301-791-3020.

Woman injured while being dragged across parking lot

An 83-year-old woman was injured when she was dragged across a parking lot by two people in a vehicle trying to steal her purse Monday afternoon, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said a woman lured Catherine Semler, of Hagerstown, to her car near a rear entrance at Valley Mall by asking for directions to McDonald's at 2:10 p.m.

When she got close to the vehicle the woman, who was in the passenger seat, grabbed Semler's purse and the male driver took off in a gold, two-door compact car with West Virginia tags.

Police said Semler held onto her purse and was briefly dragged along with the car before letting go of the purse.

A Valley Mall security officer saw the crime and attempted to stop the car but was almost run over, police said.

The driver was described as a white man in his 20s, with a thin beard and wearing a baseball cap.

The woman was described as white and her 20s with long blond hair pulled back from her face.

The vehicle was seen on Massey Boulevard heading toward U.S. 11.

Semler was treated at Washington County Hospital for injuries to her hand, head, shoulder, hip, and knee and released.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Sheriff's deputies at 301-791-3020.

Va. man in fair condition following Sunday accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Virginia man remained hospitalized Monday after a weekend accident, officials said.

Mirhad Mehic was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown Monday after a head-on wreck on Interstate 81 early Sunday.

Mehic, 47, of Stephens City, Va., was flown to the hospital after his vehicle collided with one driven by Juan M. Paniaguas, 23, Martinsburg, police said.

Paniaguas was placed in Eastern Regional Jail after being treated and released from the hospital. He was still in the jail Monday afternoon. He was charged with fleeing, driving under the influence, driving under the influence with injury, no operator's license and driving the wrong way on the interstate, police said.

Police said they saw him driving north on the southbound lane near Inwood about 1:27 a.m. Sunday. They tried to stop him, but he collided with Mehic's vehicle near the Tabler Station Road exit.

Mehic was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. He remained in the intensive care unit Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police investigating crash near Jefferson High School

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Police are investigating an accident that occurred about 8:52 a.m. Monday near a ball field at Jefferson High School.

A vehicle with two juveniles in it went off the road and struck a stone column, said a spokesman for the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department. The juveniles were taken to the hospital, but their names and conditions were not released.

Florida man faces charges after restaurant disturbance

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Florida man was sent to Franklin County Prison Saturday night after he was charged with possession of marijuana and public drunkenness at an Antrim Township restaurant, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Todd Ryan Harrington, 31, of Coral Springs, Fla., was arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger and placed in the county jail, police said.

Police were called to the Buckhorn Family Restaurant at 10835 John Wayne Drive at 10 p.m. Saturday for an intoxicated male causing a disturbance.

While taking him into custody, officers found a small amount of marijuana on him, police alleged.

Harrington was no longer in the jail Monday night.

Man in wreck accused of driving under the influence

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with driving under the influence following a single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Florentino Gil Chavez, 34, of Chambersburg, was charged after the 1:30 p.m. accident, police said.

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