Police log for 8/2

August 02, 2002

Seat belt enforcement nets 64 violations

A total of 64 motorists were found to be in violation of Maryland seat belt laws during a four-hour compliance check conducted Wednesday by Maryland State Police in Hagerstown.

The enforcement operation ran from 2 to 6 p.m. near the entrance to Prime Outlets on West Oak Ridge Drive, said 1st Sgt. Richard Narron. Troopers were assisted by personnel from the state police Special Operations Division.

All violators were given brochures detailing Maryland's seat belt law.

Narron said so far this year, 11 people have died in traffic accidents in Washington County. Of those, only one was known to have been wearing a seat belt, Narron said.

Narron said state police will hold additional enforcement operations and continue to work with the Maryland Transportation Safety Administration to reduce the number of deaths on the highways in Washington County.


Man who robbed Md. Exxon remains at large

FREDERICK, Md. - The man who robbed the Evergreen Point Exxon at gunpoint early Thursday remained at large and Maryland State Police were hoping witnesses might be able to help them track him down.

The two clerks told police the robber entered the station at 6003 Urbana Pike at 12:05 a.m. and asked for three packs of Newport cigarettes.

When the male employee laid the cigarettes on the counter and turned away, the robber displayed a small black handgun and told the female employee to give him all the money from the register.

The robber took about $155 and the cigarettes and ran from the store, said Trooper 1st Class Marty Speak.

The robber was described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a skinny build. He was between 20-25 years old and had reddish blonde hair.

He was wearing a baby blue baseball hat, a long-sleeved black T-shirt with red markings across the chest and on the sleeve.

Sobriety checkpoint leads to four arrests

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A four-hour sobriety checkpoint conducted by Martinsburg City Police in the 800 block of Winchester Avenue early Sunday netted four arrests for traffic and alcohol-related infractions.

Two men - one from Martinsburg - were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and were jailed on bond, police said. The other man, a Hagerstown resident, was also charged with possession of marijuana, police said.

A Frederick, Md., man was cited for operating a vehicle without a license and was released after posting $157 bond.

A Martinsburg man was charged with driving on a suspended license, failing to obey a traffic control device and possession of marijuana, police said.

A total of 259 vehicles passed through the checkpoint from midnight to 4 a.m. Sunday. Of those, five were detained for sobriety testing, police said.

Fire damages home in Brunswick, Md.

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Fire damage to a townhouse at 1033 Peach Orchard Lane in Brunswick Wednesday morning was estimated at $10,000, Maryland State Fire Investigator Tim Warner said.

No one was hurt in the 11:02 a.m. fire in the basement laundry room, Warner said. He said the fire was believed to be accidental.

Owned by Noah J. Fowler, the two-story dwelling had a smoke alarm that activated, Warner said. The owner discovered the fire.

Teens face charges after traffic stop

FREDERICK, Md. - What started with a traffic stop for no brake lights ended after a brief chase with the apprehension of two teenage boys on drug charges early Thursday, Frederick City Police said.

Officer William Forder and his K-9 partner Bex were in the 200 block of North Bentz Street at 1:13 a.m. Thursday when the officer tried to stop a car. The vehicle continued on Bentz Street to Center Street and turned into Ambush Alley where the two juveniles bailed out while the car was still moving, police said.

The 15-year-old driver and 16-year-old passenger were quickly apprehended, police said.

The still-moving car struck a garage and came to rest at the rear of the 300 block of Madison Avenue, police said.

Suspected crack cocaine was recovered from the vehicle and marijuana was found on the passenger, police alleged.

The 15-year-old driver was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, fleeing and eluding police in a vehicle and on foot, police said.

He was ordered detained at the Alfred Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, Md., police said.

The charges against the 16-year-old passenger included possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and marijuana, fleeing and eluding police on foot.

N.Y. men charged after speeding stop

FREDERICK, Md. - Four New York men were taken into custody early Wednesday along U.S. 340 for speeding and faulty equipment in their vehicle but ended up being charged with illegal drug distribution, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

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