Policelog 5/8

May 08, 2002

A Lanvale Street woman, a New York man and a teenage girl were rounded up Tuesday afternoon by agents from the Narcotics Task Force of Washington County as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

April Lynn Anderson, 21, of 941E Lanvale St., was charged with maintaining a common nuisance for the use of illegal drugs, agents said.

Thomas and Vance Anthony Trotman, 29, of 129 W. 147th St., Manhattan, N.Y., were each charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

A 15-year-old girl was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. She was released to the custody of her father.


Agents entered the residence at around 4 p.m. and found one person downstairs. That person wasn't charged.

Upstairs, agents found Trotman, the 15-year-old and Anderson, who was holding her young child. Found in the same bedroom were pieces of suspected crack cocaine on an entertainment center, agents alleged.

A family friend took custody of the baby. Department of Social Services personnel were contacted to follow up on the condition of the child, agents said.

Both Trotman and Anderson were at Hagerstown City Police headquarters Tuesday night awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

Two fire calls within minutes of each other Tuesday night nearly emptied all the Hagerstown Fire Department's halls.

A kitchen fire called in at 8:10 p.m. at 1910 Abbey Lane was quickly extinguished. Funkstown firefighters were first on the scene and had the blaze under control at 8:23 p.m.

Funkstown Fire Chief Jonathan Gift said the residents had the fire out when firefighters from Funkstown and Hagerstown arrived.

"It was food on the stove that extended into the cabinets," Gift said.

The residents were able to return to the home after the smoke cleared.

Three minutes after that call came in, other Hagerstown firefighters went to 563 Jefferson St. for reports of smoke in the apartment.

It was determined the smoke was caused by an electrical problem in a light fixture.

No one was injured in either incident.

A Hagerstown woman involved in a single-vehicle accident on Downsville Pike Monday at 8:19 p.m. has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving, Maryland State Police said Tuesday.

Melissa Ann Moser, 22, of 9843 Crossfield Road, was taken to Washington County Hospital after she was freed from the wreckage of her 2000 Ford Explorer.

Her condition was listed as fair Tuesday, hospital officials said.

Trooper 1st Class D.A. Harper's report indicated Moser was southbound on the Downsville Pike when the SUV drifted off the right side, traveled 50 yards and hit a concrete drainage ditch and become airborne.

The SUV then hit a mailbox, overturned and took out a utility pole, police said.

No other vehicles were involved.

The attempted armed robbery of an Antietam Taxi driver on April 2 is the subject of this week's Crime Solver's case in Washington County.

Hagerstown City Police Detective Steve Hoover said that at 1:50 a.m., the cab driver was asked to pick up a fare at 324 Buena Vista Ave. in Hagerstown. When he arrived, a man got in the rear passenger seat and threatened to cut the driver's throat if he didn't give him all his money.

The driver radioed his dispatcher that he was being robbed. At that, the robber got out of the cab and fled without getting any money.

The man is described as black, 20-25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with black hair. He was wearing a white sweater with black and brown stripes and baggy blue jeans.

All leads in this case have been exhausted and Crime Solvers is seeking the help of the community.

If anyone knows the person or persons responsible for the crime, Crime Solvers wants to hear about it.

Crime Solvers can be reached at 1-301-733-4141. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day.

Callers need not give their names, only the information. If the information leads to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the Crime of the Week, a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid.

Cash rewards of between $100 and $1,000 are also given for information leading to arrests on other crimes.

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