Police log 4/26

April 26, 2002

A Hagerstown woman charged with arson in a March 29 fire at a Town Oak Village townhouse was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by Maryland state fire marshals.

Kathy Elizabeth Oberosler, 63, of 17929 Clubhouse Drive, was charged with one count each of first- and second-degree arson, and resisting arrest, and two counts of reckless endangerment, said Allen Gosnell, deputy chief fire marshal.

Oberosler was awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

She is accused of attempting to set fire to a townhouse at 17924 Clubhouse Drive. The charges followed an investigation begun March 29 by Deputy Fire Marshal Ryan Chapman.

Chapman was accompanied to Oberosler's home by state and county police Thursday afternoon to serve the warrant when she refused to let them in, Gosnell said. The door was forced open and Oberosler was taken into custody, he said.


HANCOCK - A 21-year-old Myrtle Beach, S.C., woman was taken into custody on Berm Road along U.S. 522 Thursday morning on a fugitive warrant alleging she forged and cashed a $20,000 check on April 17 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Hancock Police Officer Michael Ruppenkamp transported Nicole Lynn Bryant to the Washington County Detention Center, where she was being held without bond, jail officials said.

Around the same time, Maryland State Police were sent to the Tollgate Ridge Road area outside of Hancock to investigate allegations that shots had been fired by parties connected with the warrant incident.

Trooper 1st Class J.D. Crawford said all parties were advised they could seek private warrants through the Washington County District Court bond commissioner.

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through today because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland and at Paw Paw, Springfield and Harpers Ferry, and the Shenandoah at Millville because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life-threatening situation because of wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

Information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls can be obtained by calling the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

FREDERICK, Md. - Two suspects in Thursday's early-morning armed robbery of a juvenile in the parking lot of 200 Appleton Place remained at large late Thursday, Frederick City Police said.

The teenage victim was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment of a cut to the back of his head. Police said he was in good condition.

The victim told police he and a friend were approached by two men at around 12:50 a.m. One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded money, police said.

Apparently angered by the teen's lack of money, the robbers beat and kicked him several times, police said.

Police were called about 30 minutes later when the victim arrived at the hospital.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County Prison inmate who ran away while returning from a job interview Wednesday morning remained at large Thursday night, Pennsylvania State Police said.

David Joseph Bitner, 20, is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 165 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes, with tattoos on his arms and neck.

At 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Bitner was being returned to the prison from the Burger King on U.S. 30 at Frank Road when he bolted and was last seen traveling south on Frank Road.

FREDERICK, Md. - Two New Jersey residents believed to have buying large amounts of merchandise with fraudulent lines of credit were taken into custody Wednesday by Frederick County Sheriff's deputies.

Wanda Prophete, 38, of East Orange, N.J., and Manuel D. Alfonzo, 39, of Newark, N.J., were taken to the Frederick County Detention Center. Charges included felony theft, theft/scheme, forgery, and uttering, deputies said.

Deputies went to the Best Buy Store after the manager reported two people had attempted to obtain a line of credit using a false name. The two were initially told the credit line had been accepted but that it would take a while for the $4,592 in merchandise they ordered to be ready.

Undercover deputies located the suspects' car and followed it to a nearby Circuit City, where another attempt was made to obtain credit, deputies said.

When the suspects returned to Best Buy to pick up the merchandise they selected earlier, they were taken into custody.

A check of their vehicle revealed stolen checks, several different New Jersey driver's licenses, and merchandise purchased in Mt. Airy and Carroll County, deputies alleged.

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