Police Log

March 13, 2002

Substance in letter closes county offices

Some offices in the Washington County Courthouse were closed Tuesday afternoon after a letter containing a powdery substance was opened.

The offices of Land Records, Recording and Criminal records were closed after the letter was opened, according to Rod MacRae, administrator of the Washington County Health Department.

MacRae said results of a preliminary test of the substance by members of the Washington County Special Operations Teams were negative for anthrax.

Further testing will be conducted on the letter and the results should be available within 72 hours, he said.

The affected offices were expected to reopen today, said Washington County Clerk of Circuit Court Dennis Weaver.

Weaver said the offices were closed as a precaution and he feels comfortable reopening them after the initial findings.

The letter containing the unidentified powder was addressed to him and opened by a clerk, Weaver said.

Man, parents charged in fight with cops

FREDERICK, Md. - A 42-year-old man and his parents were all charged after an alleged fight with police stemming from a child custody dispute Sunday evening, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.


Sanjeev Malhotra, 42, Prem Malhotra, 71, and Tara Malhotra, 65, all of the 3400 block of Augusta Drive, each were charged with assault, police said.

Sanjeev Malhotra and Prem Malhotra also were charged with resisting arrest and hindering, police said.

Police said they received a call from Renu Malhotra, 35, of the 600 block of Windview Way in Frederick on Sunday evening, who alleged to police that when she went to her estranged husband's home to pick up their children, he refused and then hit her with the door. This caused her to fall backward and hit her head, police said they were told. She was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released.

Police went to Sanjeev Malhotra's home. He answered the front door but refused to let deputies in, police allege.

After numerous orders, the man opened the door but remained behind it. In front of the door was a storm door from which the exterior handle had been broken off, police said.

Fearing for their safety, deputies ordered the man to come out where they could see him, but he did not, police alleged.

The man agreed to open the storm door and a deputy reached in and grabbed him.

As the deputy and Sanjeev Malhotra struggled, his father joined in and the deputy was pulled inside the home, police allege. During the struggle, Sanjeev Malhotra's mother hit a deputy over the head with a phone, police alleged.

As they struggled, additional police came to assist and all three were taken into custody, police said.

No one was injured in the struggle, police said.

A deputy at the Frederick County Detention Center said the Malhotras were not there Tuesday morning and no additional information was available.

Vandal causes damage to car near cinemas

A vandal keyed a 2001 Chrysler Sebring while it was parked behind Valley Mall near the cinemas on Sunday.

The damage, which occurred between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., was to the hood of the vehicle, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Damage to the vehicle, owned by Mark Wayne Washington, 19, of Oakley Way, Hagerstown, was estimated at $200 to $300, deputies said.

Man injured when car leaves road, hits pole

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - One man was injured early Tuesday when the car he was riding in ran off the road, Pennsylvania State Police said.

According to police, Robin Lynn Noel, 37, of Fayetteville, drove a 1989 Ford Tempo off the right side of Ritchey Road in Guilford Township and struck a utility pole at 3:30 a.m.

Noel was not injured, but passenger Jack Irvin Dale III, 31, of Fayetteville, was treated and released from Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital, police said.

Teen charged with sexual assault

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a 16-year-old St. Thomas, Pa., boy with three counts of sexual assault.

The boy was charged with one count each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault from an incident in November of 1999, police said.

The victim was 7 at the time of the offense, and the male suspect was 14, police said.

Police did not identify where the incident took place.

The charges were filed at the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department, police said.

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