Police log 4/19

April 19, 2002

Boy responsible for phony 911 calls

A series of phony calls to 911 Wednesday afternoon led police and fire

officials to a 10-year-old boy in Hagerstown's Wheaton Park seconds

after he made a final call on a cellular telephone, authorities said.

"The 911 operators could hear the sirens in the background of the

telephone as they got closer and closer," said Sgt. Tim Wolford of

Hagerstown City Police.

When police and fire officials arrived at the park off North Avenue,

neighbors pointed out the boy as he was running away, Wolford said


The first call was made at 4:14 p.m. Wednesday for an apartment fire in


the 300 block of North Potomac Street. When firefighters arrived, they

couldn't find a structure with the address the caller had given.

Almost immediately, more calls were made reporting shootings, stabbings,

heart attacks and all kinds of other emergencies at different addresses

throughout Hagerstown, police said.

While the police investigation continues, the boy, who recently moved to

Hagerstown from Washington, D.C., was returned to his family, Wolford


"We're looking for several other youngsters in connection with these

incidents," Wolford said Thursday.

City police catch man wanted since last year

Hagerstown City Police on Thursday apprehended a man wanted since last

year on a bench warrant.

Officers picked up Roberto Ramirez, also known as Walter Dela Cruz, at

about 4:06 a.m. on the front porch of 521 Ridge Ave., police said.

On Sept. 19, 2001, Washington County District Court Judge Ralph France

issued a bench warrant for Ramirez for failure to appear in court. On

Oct. 26, an arrest warrant was issued charging him with first-degree

assault, wearing/carrying a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment,

police said.

Bond was set at $107,250, according to a spokesman at the Washington

County Detention Center Thursday night.

Prisoner in custody after day of freedom

FREDERICK, Md. - A prisoner who escaped from custody while awaiting a

bond review Wednesday in Frederick County District Court was back in

custody Thursday morning, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Damian Myrick, 26, of Forestville, Md., was taken into custody at 8:30

a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Key Parkway in Frederick, less than a

day after he escaped from a holding cell at the courthouse, police said.

He was being held on $50,000 bond Thursday night.

Myrick had been charged with drug possession, driving while suspended

and fleeing and eluding police. Additional charges of escape and

possession of marijuana were also filed, police said.

Fire destroys barn, most of its contents

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Fire destroyed a barn and its contents on Bikle

Road, despite the efforts of firefighters from about 11 companies

Wednesday evening.

When Fayetteville firefighters arrived at 5697 Bikle Road, the barn was

fully engulfed in flames, firefighters said.

The barn contained about 200 bales of hay and corn fodder, each weighing

about 1,000 pounds, firefighters said.

The fire destroyed the barn and several bales of hay and corn fodder.

Firefighters worked for more than two hours to get the blaze under

control and crews monitored the barn for several hours in case it


No one was injured. The cause of the blaze was being investigated by the Pennsylvania State

Fire Marshal. A damage estimate was unavailable.

State Police respond to vehicle accidents

Maryland State Police were sent to two vehicle accidents Thursday

afternoon in which there were injuries.

- Shortly before 3 p.m., a car overturned in the median of Interstate

81, briefly trapping the female driver upside down because of her

seatbelt, said Doug Dehaven of the Halfway Fire Company.

Williamsport and Halfway emergency personnel responded to the scene and

Halfway Ambulance personnel took the woman to Washington County


No name or details were available from state police Thursday night.

- At 4:06 p.m. Thursday, two vehicles collided on Md. 63 near Huyetts

Crossroads with one car ending up on its side in the grass, state police


Trooper 1st Class C.J. Barnard said Kelly Abe, age unknown, of Falling

Waters, W.Va., was the driver of the car that was hit by another vehicle

that was attempting an illegal U-turn at the intersection.

Abe, who is six months pregnant, was taken to Washington County Hospital

for observation along with her 8-month-old child, who was apparently

uninjured in the accident, Barnard said. The child was properly


Barnard charged the 16-year-old driver of the U-turn vehicle with

failure to yield the right of way. He wouldn't release the name of the


W.Va. woman charged with drug possession

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A Romney, W.Va., woman was charged with

possession of heroin following a traffic stop on U.S. 340 early

Thursday, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Harpers Ferry Police Department patrolman Matt Hackney made a traffic

stop at about 1:11 a.m., after observing a car on the highway with a

registration he could not read, court records said.

After stopping the car within the Bolivar town limits, Hackney assisted

Police Chief Donald Buracker in removing a woman from a back seat of the

car who appeared to be "very pale," court records said.

Buracker then told the woman, Falan L. Franks, 20, of 302 Valley View

Drive, Romney, to remove some syringes from her pants.

Two of the syringes had been used and one was "fully loaded," court

records alleged.

Franks, who was charged with possession of heroin, was being held in the

Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night on $2,500 bond, jail officials


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