Police log 4/18

April 18, 2002

Man turns himself in after standoff in county

SHARPSBURG - A brief standoff on Mondell Road ended peacefully after an armed man gave himself up to members of the Washington County Special Response Team Wednesday morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police said they received a call from the wife of Joseph B. Kline, 38, of 6424 Mondell Road, who told them that they were having a dispute and there were weapons in the home.

When police arrived at 3:41 a.m., they found the woman outside the home and heard two shots fired. No one was injured.

Special Response Team negotiator Kenny Barnhart talked to Kline and he surrendered at 5:50 a.m., police said.

Kline was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of reckless endangerment.

He was being held on $50,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday night.

Deputies seek woman who checks out homes

Washington County Sheriff's deputies continue to look for a woman who has been trying to get into homes in the county by asking residents for directions and to use their bathrooms.


Once inside, the woman has been searching homes for valuables, police said.

The most recent incident was at 6 p.m. Tuesday, police said. A woman asked a resident in the 10800 block of White Hall Road to come outside to show her how to get to Robinwood Medical Center.

After the homeowner complied, the woman asked to use the bathroom and then went inside. After the woman left in a robin's-egg blue, older-model sedan, the homeowner found the bathroom cabinet doors open.

Police said they believe the woman is the same person who has been entering homes in the Leitersburg area recently. She is a heavy-set white female in her 40s, police said.

Anyone with information may call police at 301-791-3020.

Three charged, police still seeking fugitive

Three people were charged Tuesday with providing a safe haven for a Needmore, Pa., man wanted by police in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Robert Stanley Painter Sr., 67; Vivian Ermaleen Painter, 59; and Michelle Yvett Short, 34, all of Needmore, were charged with hindering the apprehension or prosecution of Robert Stanley Painter Jr., 39.

Police learned that Robert Painter Jr. was seen in Belfast Township, Pa., at 12:09 a.m. Tuesday and went there to pick him up.

Police searched the area on foot and from a helicopter but were unable to find him.

Police allege that the three aided Painter by allowing him to stay on the farm knowing he was a fugitive.

Robert Painter Sr. also was charged with criminal attempt aggravated assault. Police alleged he took a swing at a Maryland State Police trooper as he was being arrested.

All three were being held at Bedford County Prison on $100,000 bond each.

Anyone with information about Painter's whereabouts may call police at 717-485-3131.

Two Waynesboro women face drug-related counts

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Two Waynesboro women charged with selling drugs to undercover informants on a number of occasions were being held in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $60,000 bond each.

Tia L. Pryor, 18, of 1 E. 3rd St., and Crystal Downing, 18, of 101 W. King St., were each charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy, said agents with the Franklin County Drug Task Force.

Downing also was charged with criminal use of a communications facility.

Both were arrested by Waynesboro Police. The charges stem from buys of cocaine from the two women in February and March within the Waynesboro borough limits, police alleged.

Man dies after having heart attack on road

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A St. Thomas, Pa., man died Tuesday after he had a heart attack while driving on Williamson Road in Antrim Township, Pennsylvania State Police in said.

Edward B. Houck, 72, was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital at 4:18 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Police said Houck was driving west on Williamson Road at 3:30 p.m. when he went into cardiac arrest. His vehicle traveled into a field, where it came to a rest, police said.

Three hurt when Jeep rolls over off I-81 exit

MARLOWE, W.Va. - A Jeep Cherokee rolled over at the Marlowe exit off northbound Interstate 81 at around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday night, injuring three occupants of the vehicle, West Virginia State Police said.

Sgt. George Bradshaw said the injured, whose names were unavailable Wednesday, were taken to Washington County Hospital. Bradshaw did say if the vehicle had West Virginia tags.

The reason the Jeep overturned was unknown, Bradshaw said. The ramp was blocked while the accident was being cleared, and traffic was back to normal shortly after 9 p.m.

Prisoner awaiting bond escaped from cell

FREDERICK, Md. - A prisoner awaiting a bond review Wednesday escaped from a Frederick County District Court holding cell and remained at large Wednesday night, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Damian Myrick, 26, of Forestville, Md., was being held at 12:45 p.m. when he somehow was able to get out of the cell and get away.

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