Police log 5/9/02

May 09, 2002

Hagerstown police issue warrants for woman

Hagerstown City Police have two arrest warrants and a Washington County District Court bench warrant for Patricia Elaine Garris.

Garris was charged with 14 counts of uttering (cashing) bad checks and failing to appear for trial on Nov. 30, 1999, on a charge of driving a motor vehicle while her license was suspended.

She is described as white, 32 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Garris' whereabouts were unknown.

Man serious but stable after Monday accident

MYERSVILLE, Md. - A Smithsburg man who lost a leg Monday night in a motorcycle accident was in serious but stable condition Wednesday night at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.


Randy Lee Gift was on Md. 17 at Dawn Court at around 6 p.m. Monday when his motorcycle collided with a farm tractor making a left turn, said Maryland State Police in Frederick.

Trooper 1st Class Ramona George confirmed that Gift, 37, lost a leg in the accident.

The investigation is continuing.

Most-wanted fugitive is arrested in Pennsylvania

Steven Vincent Dillinger, featured as Hagerstown City Police's most wanted fugitive on April 11, was arrested May 2 by Pennsylvania State Police on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Once in custody, police in Hagerstown lodged a detainer with the Pennsylvania authorities concerning the outstanding Maryland criminal charges for Dillinger. Those include first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and three handgun violations, police said.

Those charges stemmed from a March 9 incident at 45 Wakefield Road, police said.

Two teen girls involved in Wednesday accident

THURMONT, Md. - Two 16-year-old girls on their way to Catoctin High School Wednesday morning were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital after their car rolled over at least once in a field off Kelbaugh Road, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

The teenagers, who weren't identified, were both treated and released, according to Deputy Chris Welte. Both were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.

The car was northbound at 8:40 a.m. when it crossed into the southbound lane and entered the field in the 15100 block off Kelbaugh Road, Welte said. The soft dirt in the field caused the car to roll over.

Impostor collector takes porch swing

A woman pretending to be collecting donations for a women's shelter made off with a homeowner's porch swing on Leitersburg Pike Tuesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police said a woman stopped to talk to the homeowner about donations while she was in the rear of her property in the 19500 block of Leitersburg Pike. As the woman pulled away in a blue Dodge Neon, the homeowner noticed her swing sticking out of the back of the car.

Sheriff's Department handles several calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department handled several calls Tuesday.

- About $10,000 in building materials was taken from a home under construction on Sasha Boulevard, police said.

The items include an $8,000 mahogany double door with sidelights, a chandelier lift and a set of windows, police said.

- Nearly $700 in compact discs were taken from a 1994 Audi parked in the 700 block of Jefferson Boulevard on Tuesday, police said.

-n A burglar made off with $400 in coins from a home on Forest Glen Circle, according to the sheriff's department.

- Nearly $800 in cash was stolen from a home in the 200 block of Bentley Court, police said.

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