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Police Log 4/19

April 22, 2002

Accident on I-81 claims life of Mass. woman


ANTRIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Massachusetts woman was killed and her husband was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 near exit 5 around 2:30 p.m. Friday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The deceased woman was identified as Clementina Cornetta, 64, of Boston, Mass.

Fredrick Cornetta, 63, was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Washington County Hospital officials said.

The couple's 1997 Chrysler was traveling south when it left the road and traveled about 300 feet into a field, hitting multiple trees, police said.

Seat belts were not used, police said.

Pa. man arrested on several drug charges


Hagerstown City Police arrested a Pennsylvania man on drug charges after he was stopped for a minor traffic violation Friday at around 9 p.m., police said.

Devon Lewis Wade, 24, of 3903 Giden Road, Brookhaven, Pa., was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license, Sgt. Fred Wolford said.

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Wade was stopped by Officer Charles Streightiff on the 200 block of East Washington Street.

Streightiff found 11 small bags of suspected marijuana, Wolford said.

Woman hospitalized after motorcycle spill


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Berkeley Springs woman was hospitalized Friday night after a motorcycle on which she was a passenger ran off New Hope Road in Morgan County, West Virginia State Police said.

Chandra Reel, 37, was transported to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., after a motorcycle operated by Dennis Reel, 56, of Berkeley Springs veered off the right side of the road and went down an embankment around 10:15 p.m., Trooper A.T. Peel said.

Peel said the possible cause of the accident was a malfunction on the motorcycle.

Reel was in stable condition Friday night, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Traffic stop leads to pair of drug charges


A traffic stop for broken taillights Friday morning led to the arrest of a Hagerstown man wanted on several warrants, Maryland State Police said.

Police said Trooper 1st Class P.A. Martin pulled over a vehicle on westbound Interstate 70 at Black Rock Road at 12:30 a.m. after noticing its headlights were out.

During a check of the driver's license, Martin learned the driver was wanted on warrants through state police in Hagerstown and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

During a search of the man's vehicle, police discovered three grams of suspected heroin and two hypodermic needles, police said.

Russell Eugene Hann, 24, of Noland Drive, was taken into custody on the outstanding warrants and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

He was ordered held on $15,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Two men arrested outside Frederick club


FREDERICK, Md. - Two men who yelled and cursed outside a nightclub were arrested early Friday morning, Frederick Police said.

Police said they arrived at Xhale at 244 S. Jefferson St. as club employees were removing Shawn Douglas Carroll, 32, of 17060 King James Way, Gaithersburg, Md.

Police said Carroll cursed and yelled in front of a large crowd and was told he would be arrested if he didn't leave the property.

While officers arrested Carroll, Victor Ricky Reams, 33, of 3401 Castal Way, Silver Spring, Md., and another man screamed and cursed as they ran toward the officers, police said.

The unidentified man stopped, but Reams didn't so he was also arrested, police said.

Carroll and Reams were charged with disorderly conduct.

Reams was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing and hindering a police officer.

Both men were released on their own recognizance.

Man refuses orders, is charged with DWI


FREDERICK, Md. - A man was charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday after ignoring three police orders not to drive his truck, Frederick Police said.

Officer Michael Lee was on foot patrol on North Market Street when he noticed James Gerard Jacobowitz, 31, of 901 Mill Pond Road, Frederick, trying to open the door of a 1979 GMC truck.

Lee reportedly smelled alcohol on Jacobowitz's breath and told him not to drive.

Jacobowitz left, but came back and tried to get in the truck again. Police said he asked Lee to check if his license was suspended. The officer discovered that it was suspended and again told Jacobowitz not to drive.

A short time later, Jacobowitz returned to the truck and started it, police said. Lee told him to turn the truck off. Jacobowitz did, then left.

Later, Lee saw Jacobowitz driving the truck and stopped him on Klineharts Alley.

Jacobowitz was charged with failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

His bond was set at $9,500.

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