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Police log 7/9/2002

July 09, 2002

Brush fires keep area firefighters busy



A series of three brush fires Monday afternoon kept some area firefighters busy for a time.

The first incident was in a wooded area behind St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Virginia Avenue where children were spotted running from the area just as the flames were spotted, fire officials said.

A fire in some mulch along Wesel Boulevard was reported next, followed by another outbreak along Interstate 81 where it intersects with U.S. 40.




City police looking for armed robber



Hagerstown City Police are continuing their search for two men who robbed a man at gunpoint early Monday in the 100 block of East Antietam Street.

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The 41-year-old victim told police he was approached at 4 a.m. by two black men, one of whom displayed a gun and announced it was a robbery.

The victim handed over his cash and the two men ran north in Cramer's Alley, police said.

The suspect with the handgun was wearing a black T-shirt, white jeans and dark sneakers. The second man was also wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and dark sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 301-790-3700.




Pa. couple facing charges after raid



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A husband and wife taken into custody Monday and charged with illegal drug offenses were released from the Franklin County Prison later in the day after posting $10,000 bond each.

Peter Graves Sr., 31, and Angela Sue Graves, 29, were each charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, task force officers said.

Complaints from neighbors about suspected drug activity at the Graves' home at 318 W. King St. launched a three-month investigation by the Franklin County Drug Task Force culminating in Monday's arrests, task force officers said.

A small quantity of marijuana was found along with a digital scale, packaging material and other drug paraphernalia, officers said.

The task force was assisted by Chambersburg Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police.




Man charged with carrying deadly weapon



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A check of a possible stolen vehicle Monday escalated for Martinsburg City Police Officer Chuck Kittle when he saw a weapon tossed out of the car window before it was stopped in the 300 block of Auburn Street.

The passenger, Casey Carey, 18, of no fixed address, was charged with carrying a concealed and deadly weapon and receiving or transferring stolen property, police said.

Carey, who is also known as Casey Grantham, was to be arraigned later Monday, police said.

But a check revealed he was not at the Eastern Regional Jail Monday night, jail officials said.

The driver, whose name was unavailable, was issued three citations and released, police said. The 1989 Honda was believed stolen out of Jefferson County, W.Va., police said.

Shortly before noon, Kittle recovered the weapon, which turned out to be a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.




Md. teen seriously injured in crash



FREDERICK, Md. - A 17-year-old Monrovia, Md., girl was in serious condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Monday night, one day after her car hit a tree, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

At about 9:52 p.m. Sunday, Nicole Kramer was driving a 1995 Ford Escort southbound on Fishing Creek Road just south of Gambrill Park Road, deputies said.

She lost control of her vehicle, which went up an embankment and hit a tree, deputies said.

Kramer and Russell J. Bright, 14, a passenger, were flown to Shock Trauma.

Bright was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The investigation into the accident is continuing, deputies said.




Condition of man hit by train improves



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The condition of a Kearneysville-area man who was struck by a freight train near Kearneysville Saturday night was upgraded from critical to serious Monday, a spokeswoman at Inova Fairfax Hospital said.

Michael Washington suffered two broken shoulders, a punctured lung, two lacerations to the back area and several broken ribs in the incident, police said.

Police believe Washington may have been sitting on the ties of the railroad track when he was struck about 9:30 p.m. and knocked from the tracks.

The incident occurred near a railroad overpass near the intersection of W.Va. 480 and W.Va. 9.




Cops investigating thefts in Jefferson



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A rash of thefts occurred in Jefferson County Sunday night, a police official said.

An all-terrain vehicle was stolen from a house near Blue Ridge Elementary School, and someone broke into a box truck along Vanclevesville Road and took power tools, said Cpl. William Parker of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

West Virginia State Police also handled a couple of theft cases Sunday night, Parker said.

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