Police Log 4/8

April 08, 2002

HANCOCK - One man was arrested and another taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 near Hancock around 9 p.m. Friday, Maryland State Police Sgt. Kevin Lewis said.

The man, whose name was not available at press time, was charged with driving under the influence. He apparently drove off the eastbound lanes of the highway and into the median, Lewis said.

A male passenger, whose name was also not available, was taken to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Lewis said.

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - An accidental electrical fire caused about $15,000 in damage to a mobile home in Riverbend Park near here, Hedgesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Lt. James McQuaid Jr. said.


The fire started in the kitchen area around 9:56 a.m. Friday, McQuaid said.

The mobile home is someone's summer home, not a primary residence, he said.

No injuries were reported, and no one was home at the time of the fire, he said.

FREDERICK, Md. - Police on Friday night were looking for a man involved in a car-jacking at the Frederick Shopping Center on West 7th Street.

Frederick City Police said that at around 10:50 a.m. Friday a Frederick couple in their 80s parked in front of the post office at the shopping center. The woman, who was driving, went into the post office and the man remained in the passenger seat. The keys were in the ignition but the car was not running.

A younger man got into the car and struggled with the older man while he tried to start the car, police said. The younger man then said he had a gun and threatened the older man.

The suspect then started the car and drove through the parking lot and onto West 9th Street. The older man asked the younger man if he could get out of the car and he was allowed to do so.

The younger man then drove a short distance and tossed the woman's purse out of the car, keeping cash and a cell phone that were in the purse.

The older man was not injured.

The younger man was described as white, 35 to 40 years old, thin to medium build with "scruffy" facial hair. He may have been wearing a red jacket.

The car, a 1995 Buick LeSabre, was recovered near the intersection of Md. 32 and Interstate 70, police said.

Two men were charged with second-degree assault after a man was beaten in the middle of North Locust Street Thursday night, Hagerstown City Police said.

Brandon Dwayne Green, 19, of 230 Lariat St., Kearneysville, W.Va., and Markus Jerome Walker, 24, of Route 4, Box 573 Martinsburg, W.Va., were also charged with disorderly conduct.

Green and Walker were released Friday after posting bond.

Police said that on Thursday at 9:16 p.m. they received a report of a man being beaten by a group of men in the 100 block of North Locust Street.

At the scene, police learned the victim, a 52-year-old man from North Locust Street, was beaten by three men because of an earlier incident in which his assailants alleged he had assaulted two of their female friends, police said.

While in the area, officers located two of the three men involved in the beating.

The victim, who received multiple head injuries, was transported by Community Rescue Service to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact Officer John Lehman at 301-790-3700 during the 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. shift.

A Hagerstown man was being held at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania following a drug arrest Friday morning, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Dustin Lee Thomas, 18, of Lee St., was wanted on bad check charges in Pennsylvania, police said.

Police said they went to the parking lot on Mount Aetna Road for a disorderly complaint at 1 a.m. When they arrived, police found four people in a vehicle. A background check on one of the occupants showed him to be wanted and he was arrested, police said.

During the arrest, a bag of suspected marijuana was found on the ground near the vehicle. Thomas was charged with possession of marijuana, police said.

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was in fair condition at Washington County Hospital after losing control of his vehicle and striking an embankment on Old Annapolis Road at Bridle Path Lane Friday night, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

Police said Matthew Alexander Donohue, 24, was driving south on Old Annapolis Road at 9:18 p.m. when he skidded off the left side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned several times. He was ejected from the vehicle.

Donohue was taken to Washington County Hospital by a Maryland State Police helicopter.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Leesburg, Va., woman has been charged in a robbery that occurred at a Dollar General Store in the Somerset Plaza last September, court records said.

Christine Lynn Faulkner Nuckols, 38, of 12844 James Monroe Highway, was charged on Thursday with armed robbery, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

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