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Police log 12/22

December 28, 2001

Police log 12/22



Traffic fatality may be due to medical condition


HANCOCK - A pre-existing medical condition may have contributed to the death of a man who crashed his truck on eastbound Md. 144 Friday, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

William Edward Needham, 48, of Hump Road, Hagerstown, was found unresponsive in his 1985 Toyota pickup truck after the crash, police said. The crash happened at 12:44 p.m. near the Hancock Truck Stop.

A Maryland State Police helicopter flew Needham to Washington County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Trooper 1st Class Kyle George, who investigated the crash, said Needham was alone in his truck when it went onto a shoulder and hit a guardrail.

State police report ID theft investigation


ANTRIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case of identity theft involving a Greencastle, Pa., man.

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Someone used information about James Adversalo, 41, to obtain credit in his name and purchase a $4,434 Dell computer on the Internet, police said.

Hagerstown man charged in stabbing


A Hagerstown man was charged Friday afternoon in the Thursday stabbing of another man on West Franklin Street.

Walter Lee Johnson, 48, of 652 W. Washington St., apt. 3, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and wearing or carrying a weapon with intent to injure.

Hagerstown Police alleged that Johnson stabbed Robert Howard Strother III, 47, several times in front of 9 W. Franklin St.

Strother walked to the first block of East Franklin Street before someone called the police.

Police said Strother was bleeding from two lacerations on his left hip and upper thigh, a small laceration on his lower back and a deep laceration that went from the left side of his back to the center of his stomach when they found him.

Strother, whose last known address is on Jonathan Street in Hagerstown, was taken to the Washington County Hospital emergency room Thursday, the day of the stabbing, and released later that day.

Hagerstown police say $40 taken from house


A burglar stole $40 from a bedroom after breaking into a home at 13649 Donnybrook Drive, north of Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The burglary happened between 8 and 9 p.m. on Thursday and was reported Friday morning.

An estimated $50 in damage was done to the kitchen door, police said.

Handgun reported stolen from Pa. home


MONT ALTO, Pa. - A handgun was stolen from a home at 27 S. Main St. between July 1 and Dec. 18, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said Friday.

Boy slightly injured when hit by truck


FREDERICK, Md. - A 16-year-old boy who was hit by a truck Friday was not seriously hurt, Frederick Police said.

At about 4:50 p.m., Brenton Colin Spear of Frederick was trying to walk across the eastbound lanes of U.S. 40, just east of Waverly Drive, when he was struck, police said.

Alfred William Frizzell of Walkersville, Md., was driving the 1997 Dodge truck that hit Spear.

Frizzell had just changed from the center lane to the right lane, police said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter took Spear to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police said Spear was at fault in the accident because he did not cross the road at a crosswalk.

Man and woman charged with drug offenses


FREDERICK, Md. - Two people were charged with drug offenses and two vehicles were seized after Frederick Police searched an apartment Thursday.

Thomas Eugene Wachter Jr., 28, and Randa Lynn Corum, 26, both of 802 Stratford Way, Apt. K, were charged with possession of cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wachter was also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Armed with a warrant, members of the Frederick Police drug enforcement and special response units searched Wachter's and Corum's apartment Thursday evening. Police said they found crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside.

Wachter's and Corum's vehicles were confiscated pending asset forfeiture proceedings.

Mt. Airy man charged with drunken driving


FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland State Police in Frederick charged a Mt. Airy, Md., man with driving while intoxicated Friday.

William Howard Collins, 25, of Harrisville Road, was stopped at Bartgis Road and U.S. 15 at 3 a.m. for not wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Collins also was charged with driving with a revoked license.

Police said they found a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine and a smoking device containing suspected marijuana in Collins' vehicle.

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