Police log for 6/18

June 18, 2002

Md. man airlifted after crash on Interstate 70

A Cumberland, Md., man was airlifted to a Baltimore hospital Monday afternoon after his 1999 Land Rover ran into the median of Interstate 70 west of Hagerstown and overturned.

John Allen Korpela, 60, of 540 Rose Hill Ave., was the only occupant of the vehicle that wrecked near Walnut Point Road at 2:15 p.m., Maryland State Police said.

Trapped in his vehicle for several minutes, Korpela was flown by state police medevac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to Trooper 1st Class J.D. Crawford. His investigation into the accident is continuing.

Korpela was listed in fair condition Monday night, a nursing supervisor said.

Fire and rescue personnel from Clear Spring and Williamsport responded on the call.

Power tool stolen from locked garage

The theft of a $500 power tool from a locked garage at 19753 Leitersburg Pike was discovered Monday, said Washington County Sheriff's deputies.


The owner told deputies Monday that a Dewalt cordless rotary laser kit with digital laser detector and clamp was taken sometime since June 3 from the detached garage. The kit was valued at $523.95.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call 301-791-3020.

Deputy, teen injured in scuffle at youth facility

FREDERICK, Md. - A courtroom deputy and a 15-year-old Brunswick, Md., boy were injured Monday afternoon when the teenager allegedly resisted being taken into custody after he was ordered detained at a youth facility in Rockville, Md.

Deputy Charles Sweigert, 49, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital shortly after the 2:25 p.m. incident. He was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The medical status of the teen wasn't known. By mid-afternoon, he had been charged by Frederick County Sheriff's deputies with resisting arrest and assault.

The teenager was scheduled to appear before Frederick County Circuit Judge Mary Ann Stepler for a detention hearing Monday because of an escape from a court-ordered program in Washington County, deputies said.

When Stepler ordered the boy detained and sent to the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, he allegedly resisted being taken into custody and fought with courtroom deputies.

Hagerstown men face drug, alcohol charges

A traffic stop Saturday at 2 a.m. resulted in alcohol and drug charges, said Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputy 1st Class Scott Smith stopped a 1999 Ford Contour for speeding on Robinwood Drive near Md. 64 and found the driver to be Andrew Mark Kline, 20, of 21402 Mount Aetna Road, deputies alleged.

Kline was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and switching registration plates, deputies said.

A search of the vehicle turned up two baggies of suspected marijuana and a metal smoking device, deputies alleged.

Kline and his passenger, Richard Leroy Spigler, 21, of 346 Mont Valla Ave., were both charged with possession of marijuana.

Charges filed in West End beating, robbery

Hagerstown City Police have made an arrest in a January assault in which a man was beaten and robbed in his West End apartment.

Willie David Booker Jr., also known as Unique, was charged with one count each of first-degree burglary, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and theft in the Jan. 24 incident in the 200 block of Alexander Street, police said.

The victim told police he had been severely beaten on the head and face by a man who robbed him of $25. The victim was treated at Washington County Hospital for his injuries.

For the charges in the January assault/robbery, Booker, 30, was being held on $250,000 bond.

Before being served with the new charges, Booker was already being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center in connection with an armed robbery in front of 152 N. Burhans Blvd., and an armed robbery/stabbing at the 7-Eleven Store at 1623 Dual Highway, both of which occurred March 24, police said.

Deputies looking for missing city teenager

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in finding Savana Lynn Nava, 16, of Hagerstown.

The girl is described as white, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, and weighing 110 pounds, deputies said in a news release. She has brown hair, brown eyes and a fair to medium complexion, the release said.

She was last seen wearing a white V-neck T-shirt and blue jeans, the release said.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Savana got out of a Department of Social Services' worker's car while it was stopped at Hagerstown City Park and ran, the release said.

She is a resident of Stonebridge, a temporary shelter for troubled girls, the release said.

Savana may be trying to contact her sister, Sadie Nava, who lives in the Baltimore area, the release said.

She may also attempt to return to her home state of California, the release said.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts may call 301-791-3020.

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