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Police Log 3/21/02

March 21, 2002

Officer, driver hurt in Wednesday crash

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick police officer and an Ijamsville, Md., woman were hurt Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. when a police cruiser struck the woman's car at East Patrick Street and Monroe Avenue, causing the car to roll over.

Officer 1st Class John Pigott and Judith Hull Bishop, 49, of the 5000 block of Fairgreen Way, were both taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital shortly after the 5:30 p.m. accident.

Both were treated and released, police said.

Sgt. Allen Yingling and Cpl. Michael Pue went to the scene and began reconstructing the accident to determine the cause. No charges had been filed.

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Police looking for missing city girl, 15

Police are looking for a missing 15-year-old Hagerstown girl who was last seen at her home Feb. 14, said Detective Patricia Moulton of the Hagerstown City Police.

The missing girl is Ashley Lucille Dixon, a South Hagerstown High School student.

She was last seen by her parents around midnight, and was no longer home when they woke up the next morning, police said.

Police do not know if Dixon left her home on her own or was abducted.

Dixon is black, 6 feet tall and weighing 165 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Dixon's whereabouts may contact Hagerstown police at 301-790-3700.




Woman accused of using ball bat in attack

The live-in girlfriend of a former Hagerstown City Police officer has been accused of attacking him with her fists and a baseball bat on March 11 in the home they share - four months after similar assault charges against her were placed on an inactive court docket.

Angela Elizabeth Britton, 30, of 1005 Fairview Road, was jailed on first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges March 12 and released a day later after posting a $30,000 bond, jail records said.

The victim, Wayne Lee Ditlow, 34, of the same address, was contacted at Washington County Hospital by Officers Joseph Okronley and Casey Yonkers at 11:41 p.m. on March 11.

They observed scratches on Ditlow's face and ear, two swollen and bruised eyes, and scratch marks on his chest and hands.

Ditlow told the officers he was upstairs watching television when Britton came into the room, began complaining and then got abusive when he tried to ignore her, court records alleged.

She grabbed his face and scratched him and then hit him in the right eye with her fist, court records alleged.

When Ditlow went downstairs, Britton allegedly followed and came at him swinging a baseball bat, court records alleged. Ditlow put his arms up for protection and was hit in the left forearm, the right forearm and both knees, court records said.

Britton was taken into custody the next day.

On Nov. 1, second-degree assault charges against Britton and Ditlow stemming from an Aug. 10 fight in which both were injured were placed on an inactive docket in Washington County District Court.




Officer cut by glass during arrest attempt

A Hagerstown City Police officer was cut by broken glass during a scuffle with an assault suspect Wednesday evening but didn't require hospital treatment.

Officer Shane Blankenship was cut on the face and knee during the 5:39 p.m. incident at 409 S. Potomac St.

He was attempting to take Daniel Matthew Prosser into custody on charges of second-degree assault and possession of illegal drugs when the scuffle began and both men ended up on the floor.

Prosser was charged with resisting arrest, Sgt. Dave Long said.

The assault victim didn't require hospital treatment, Long said.

The other two officers on the call were Charles Coy and Ben Lyncha.

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