Police Log 5/10

May 10, 2002

Man arrested when police seize marijuana

Three pounds of marijuana were seized and one man was arrested early Wednesday when agents with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at 213 N. Mulberry St., Apt. 1.

Fleance Tyrone Archie was taken into custody shortly after 1:05 a.m. and charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and cocaine, and maintaining a common nuisance, agents said.

Archie, 25, was released later Wednesday after posting $50,000 bond.

The warrant was obtained as a result of complaints and independent information of narcotics dealing at the residence, agents said.

A search turned up trace amounts of cocaine and evidence relating to packaging of cocaine, agents said.

The street value of the three pounds of marijuana was estimated at $3,000, agents said.

According to Sgt. Mark Holtzman, NTF director, Archie was found guilty of distribution of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance in January 1998. He received a five-year sentence at that time, Holtzman said.

Tipped truck blocks U.S. 340 traffic in W.Va.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Traffic was blocked on U.S. 340 south at the intersection with the Charles Town Bypass for about three hours Thursday after a tractor-trailer tipped over, police said.

The driver of the truck, Stanley Allen Phillips Sr., 52, of 4614 Asbury Ave., Baltimore, was not injured in the 11:45 a.m. wreck, Lt. Robert E. Shirley of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said.

Phillips was going around a sharp curve on U.S. 340 when a load of wood trim in the truck shifted, causing the truck to tip over, Shirley said.

Man faces drug charge following traffic incident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man faces a drug charge following a traffic incident on U.S. 11 Wednesday, police said.

Carlton Joseph Lewis, 20, of 316 Berkeley Gardens, No. 204, was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records said.

A Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy said he was patrolling on U.S. 11 south when he noticed a car parked along the highway that was partially in the road.

The car was unoccupied, but another car pulled up with three people inside, the deputy said.

One of the men said the car belonged to his brother and it had broken down, the deputy said.

Another man in the group said the man who talked to the officer was holding a large piece of crack cocaine in his mouth, the deputy said.

The deputy did not find any cocaine in the man's mouth, but he found a baggie containing a material similar to crack cocaine under the car the men pulled up in, the deputy alleged.

Conviction on the charge carries a possible sentence of one to 10 years in prison.

Man pleads guilty to handgun violations

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - A Frederick, Md., man who pleaded guilty Wednesday to two handgun violations in Howard County Circuit Court was allowed to remain free pending sentencing, according to a release from the Office of Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran.

Howard Lee Morgan, 30, of 212 S. Carroll St., admitted to one count each of false application to purchase a regulated firearm and attempted illegal possession of a regulated firearm, the release said.

He could face up to eight years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine.

Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. ordered that Morgan submit to pre-sentencing supervision and that he not have any firearms in his possession at any time, the attorney general's office said.

Facts presented to the court revealed a protective order had been issued against Morgan by Frederick County District Court in January 2001. In that order, the court found that Morgan's ex-girlfriend had been threatened with violence, the attorney general's office said.

Under the terms of that order, Morgan was not to possess or apply for a handgun in Maryland. Court evidence revealed Morgan tried to buy a handgun from a Baltimore County gun dealer at a Frederick County gun show on June 23, 2001, giving false information on a Maryland and federal application, the attorney general's office said.

A subsequent investigation of that Maryland application turned up the protective order and that charges were pending against Morgan for violating that order at the time he applied, the attorney general's office said.

College student charged with attempted arson

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Charged early Thursday with attempting to set a dormitory room on fire, a student at Mount St. Mary's College was in custody Thursday night awaiting an appearance before a Frederick County, Md., bond commissioner.

Jeremiah L. Venuti, 19, was charged with one count of first-degree attempted arson and two counts each of reckless endangerment and destruction of property, said Deputy Maryland State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst.

The 3 a.m. incident in Sheridan Hall was discovered by the occupants of a dorm room who heard a noise in the hallway and discovered a liquid coming through a peephole and dripping into the room, Ernst said.

Upon opening the door, the occupants saw two people with a container of lighter fluid and a lighter. One occupant kicked the lighter out of the hand of one of the two people, both of whom then fled, Ernst said.

A second person hasn't been apprehended, Ernst said.

Damage to the door was estimated at $1,000.

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