Police log in May 8 Morning Herald

May 08, 2001

Police log in May 8 Morning Herald

Fleeing driver shot and apprehended by deputies

FREDERICK, Md. - An investigation of a sleeping motorist took a dangerous turn Monday as the driver pulled a handgun on two Frederick County Sheriff's deputies, prompting them to fire their weapons as he fled east on Interstate 70 near Mussetter Road, police alleged.

Russell Burgess, 27, of the 300 block of Watersville Road, Mt. Airy, Md., was taken into custody just after 2 a.m. near his home, police said.

Wounded in the shoulder, Burgess was flown by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated and released, police said.

"His weapon malfunctioned," said Lt. J.L. Williams this morning. "Burgess didn't get a shot off."

Burgess was returned to Frederick Monday and interviewed by deputies.

According to a press release, the first deputy called for assistance when he saw that the man in the car had an open container of beer in his hand.


When the car sped away, the two deputies pursued it into Montgomery and Howard counties and onto a gravel road used by the railroad near West Watersville Road.

Burgess drove several hundred yards along the track and stopped, putting the handgun to his head and threatening suicide, police reports alleged.

The deputies talked him into putting the gun down, police reports said.

Lighted cigarette causes fire in Hagerstown apartment

A man who fell asleep with a lighted cigarette in his hand awoke at 9:53 p.m. Sunday to find the love seat in his Hagerstown apartment on fire.

Gregory Moxley, age unknown, of 201B Rowland Ave., was treated at Washington County Hospital for burns to his hands. He was later released, hospital officials said Monday.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh said the fire began on the love seat and was traced to a cigarette.

Firefighters from First Hose, Junior, Western Enterprise, South End and Pioneer Hook and Ladder responded to the fire and remained on the scene until about 11:10 p.m.

The second-floor apartment was the only one in the building that was damaged, Hersh said. The building, which is owned and managed by the Hagerstown Housing Authority, has fire walls, Hersh said.

The apartment where the fire began had working smoke detectors, which sounded when the fire broke out, Hersh said.

Pa. teen faces charges after alleged assault

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 16-year-old Greencastle youth faces multiple charges after he allegedly entered a residence Sunday and attacked the occupant, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The 16-year-old male was charged with criminal attempt, aggravated assault, burglary, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, several counts of disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, underage consumption and criminal mischief, police said.

The teenager allegedly entered an Olive Drive residence at 1:15 a.m. Sunday and attacked the occupant. The victim defended himself and detained the juvenile until two members of the Greencastle Police Department arrived and took the teen into custody, police said.

The juvenile was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for a blood test. He became combative several times and needed to be removed from the hospital, police alleged.

He was turned over to Juvenile Probation Department and put in Abraxis detention center to await a court appearance, police said.

Man arrested when police find drugs during probe

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was in police custody after officers investigating a noise complaint found drugs hanging out of his pocket as he slept behind the wheel of car with its radio blaring Monday morning, Martinsburg City Police said.

Aaron Emanuel Jackson, 23, of 2068 Martins Way, Apt. 818, was charged with felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana, police said.

Police said they were called to the intersection of West Race and Church streets and found an unconscious man inside a vehicle with the car's stereo on at 5:57 a.m.

Police opened the unlocked door and asked the driver for identification.

"As this was being produced, officers observed a bag containing possible marijuana hanging from the suspect's pants pocket," police alleged.

Police alleged they also found two bags containing about half a pound of marijuana.

Bond information was unavailable Monday night.

Report of downed plane in W.Va. proves unfounded

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Concern over a possible downed plane in the Eastern Panhandle proved unfounded Monday.

Police were concerned a plane might have gone off the radar screen, possibly in the area of Harpers Ferry.

But Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said a military helicopter landing at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington may have accidentally set off some equipment that made it seem as though a plane might be down. She believed an aerial search might have occurred for a couple of hours, she said.

Traffic checkpoint nets 31 citations in Martinsburg

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