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April 02, 2002

Md. man charged with taking truck, motor oil

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police charged a New Windsor, Md., man in connection with a theft at an auto salvage business Thursday.

Police allege that the man took an old Pennsylvania license plate from a box in the store office of Beecher's Auto Salvage and Sales at 7287 Lincoln Way East in Fayetteville. Motor oil and antifreeze also were taken, police said.

Police said the man attached the plate to a 1987 Ford Ranger pickup truck that had a motor and transmission in the bed and drove away. He later dropped the motor and transmission on Birch Run Road in Adams County, police said.

Police stopped William Joseph May, 35, during a traffic stop Saturday morning on Interstate 81. He was charged with burglary, two counts of theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized use of registration, police said.


He was arraigned by District Justice Larry Pentz and put in Franklin County Jail on $5,000 bond, police said. He was still in jail Monday, according to a corrections officer.

Man demands drugs at store drive-through

Hagerstown City Police said a man passed a note demanding drugs to a clerk at the drive-through window of the CVS Store on North Cannon Avenue late Monday afternoon, threatening to shoot if he didn't get what he wanted.

The man fled without getting any drugs or money, police said. No weapon was displayed in the 5:45 p.m. incident.

Police said the clerk read the note and immediately called to the pharmacist. The man then left on foot and was seen heading north toward East Franklin Street.

The man was wearing a navy blue ski mask which made it difficult for the clerk to give much of a facial description except that she believed him to be white, police said. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark teal jacket and sneakers and was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds, police said.

Boy hospitalized after crash on U.S. 340

FREDERICK, Md. - A 9-year-old West Virginia boy was listed in critical condition late Monday at Frederick Memorial Hospital following a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 340 near St. Marks Road earlier in the day.

Robert F. Saum, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his mother, Lillian Potter-Saum, 36, of Shenandoah Junction, State Police in Frederick said.

She was in fair condition late Monday at Frederick Memorial, a hospital spokesman said.

The accident happened at about 6:30 a.m., state police said.

Police said Potter-Saum was driving a 1993 Saturn east on U.S. 340 when the Saturn hit the back of a 2000 Ford truck.

Baltazar Gomez, 42, of Inwood, W.Va., who was driving the truck, was not hurt, police said.

Burning food floods home with smoke

Food on the stove at 45 Manor Drive smoked up the residence Monday at around 6 p.m. but there was no fire, according to emergency personnel.

Community Rescue Service personnel took a woman to Washington County Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Responding to the call were Funkstown and units from First Hose, Antietam, Junior, Western Enterprise and Pioneer Hook and Ladder from Hagerstown.

Fans were set up to clear the smoke, according to emergency personnel.

Cops looking for man who stole wallet at bar

Hagerstown City Police were still looking Monday for the thief who struck his victim in the mouth Sunday night when he tried to stop the thief from stealing his wallet at a Hagerstown bar.

The theft took place just before midnight at the Friendly Tavern at 231 W. Franklin St.

Police said a man removed a wallet from a coat pocket in the tavern. When the owner of the wallet, a 42-year-old Hagerstown man, tried to stop him, the thief hit the man in the mouth, police said.

Police described the thief as a white man in his 30s, about 6 feet tall and weighing 190 pounds. He was wearing a blue jean jacket and blue jeans.

Laptop computer stolen from area home

A laptop computer was stolen Sunday night from a house on the 13000 block of Herman Myers Road off Leitersburg Pike, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

A woman stopped at the house at around 8 p.m. to ask for directions to a nearby house for sale, Sgt. Mark Knight said.

A resident at the house let the woman inside to use the bathroom.

After the woman left, the resident realized that a laptop computer worth $1,700 was gone, Knight said.

The woman was described as white, in her 40s, with red hair. She drove away in a small blue car.

Man charged with assaulting stepdaughter

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged Sunday with sexually assaulting his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

The 47-year-old man was charged with first- and second-degree rape, first- second- and third-degree sex offense, child abuse and second-degree assault. The girl's mother was not home at the time, police said.

The name of the man is being withheld to protect the girl's identity. He was being held without bond at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center Monday.

Driver in fatal crash in critical condition

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The driver injured in Saturday's fatal head-on collision on U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg remained in critical condition Monday at a Virginia hospital.

After Ermain Espinoza-Rivera of Inwood, W.Va., was freed from the wreckage, he and his passenger, Juan Tejeda, were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg and later flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

Tejeda, 20, of Wheaton, Md., died early Sunday, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. E.D. Anderson.

The accident occurred at 9:15 p.m. Saturday when a 1971 Chevrolet Blazer being driven south by Daniel Pearrell of Martinsburg crossed the center line and struck Espinosa-Rivera's Geo Storm head-on, Anderson said.

Pearrell was taken to Washington County Hospital and later discharged.

Although Anderson said he was not sure of the location of the collision, he said he believed it occurred near Berkeley Plaza.

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