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Police log 4/24

April 24, 2002

Shotgun round fired through door of home


A round from a shotgun was fired through the front door of a home in the 400 block of Linganore Avenue at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

The shooter was described as a black man in his 20s. He was wearing a blue jacket and a skull cap, police said.

After firing the weapon, the man fled the scene. No one was injured, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 301-790-3700.

Man wanted for having loaded gun in custody


A man wanted for having a loaded handgun in his apartment last February was taken into custody Tuesday when he showed up at Washington County Circuit Court on other pending criminal charges.

Geoffrey Roderick Venkus, 20, formerly of the 10800 block of Downsville Pike, was being held without bond Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

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In addition to the two counts of possession of a regulated firearm/ammunition, Venkus was being held on several drug charges, a motor vehicle warrant and failure to appear in court.

Cpl. Roy Harsh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Venkus' former apartment was entered on Feb. 18 by deputies with a search warrant. Although Venkus wasn't at home, a loaded handgun was found in his bedroom, he alleged.

Harsh said Venkus has been sought since March 9.

Gerrardstown man faces sex-related counts


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Gerrardstown, W.Va., man was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse by a parent and second-degree sexual assault in the alleged sexual assault of his three daughters, court records said.

One of the girls is 9 years old and the other girl is 11, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records said.

The father is not being named to protect the identity of the girls.

The mother of the girls said she found out about the sexual assaults when her daughters began talking about it. She said the incidents occurred between July 4, 1999, and Thanksgiving 2000 either in Inwood, W.Va., or near Manassas, Va., court records said.

Martinsburg man hurt when rig flips on I-270


FREDERICK, Md. - A tractor-trailer owned by a Williamsport company overturned Tuesday morning, injuring the driver and spilling lumber on both northbound lanes of Interstate 270, Maryland State Police said.

Police said Danny Rothwell, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was hauling the lumber on a flatbed tractor-trailer owned by S.L. Rhoton Inc., of Williamsport, when he lost control at Bennett's Creek at 6:09 a.m.

Police said Rothwell was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

Woman's purse stolen in Martin's parking lot


A woman's purse was stolen as she loaded groceries into her car at Martin's on Dual Highway Sunday afternoon, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said the woman placed her purse in her grocery cart. As she was unloading her cart, she saw a dark-colored pickup truck pull up nearby.

The victim told police that a passenger in the pickup truck, a white female in her 20s, got out of the truck and walked toward her.

The victim turned to place a bag in her car and when she turned around her purse was gone.

The driver was described as a white male, and the woman passenger had blond hair and weighed about 120 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information may call police at 301-790-3700.

Truck rams into pole after man falls asleep


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A vehicle driven by a Greene Township, Pa., man who fell asleep Monday while driving home from work hit a telephone pole, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said Paul Keifman fell asleep while driving on Orchard Road near Pa. 696 at 3:30 p.m. His truck left the road and hit a road sign and telephone pole. The impact broke the pole near the ground, causing it to block the road in both directions for about 31/2 hours, police said.

Keifman was treated at Chambersburg Hospital, state police said.

Faulty appliance blamed for blaze in Emmitsburg


EMMITSBURG, Md. - A faulty appliance was being blamed for a fire that caused an estimated $70,000 in damage to a split foyer home at 39 Park Drive Tuesday morning, Maryland State Fire Marshal Tim Warner said.

The occupant noticed heavy smoke coming from the basement while mowing the grass at around 10:57 a.m., Warner said. The subsequent investigation revealed the fire started in the family room.

While there were no injuries, the family was displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross of Frederick County, Md., was assisting the family.

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