Police log for 8/7

August 07, 2002

Sheriff's deputies investigating series of vandalism, thefts

The following incidents were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department Monday.

  • The passenger rear window to a 1990 Celica was damaged. The vehicle was parked in the 17400 block of Lexington Avenue. The damage was estimated at $150.

  • A bird bath and wishing well valued at $150 were taken from a front yard in the 2000 block of Day Road.

  • A Chevrolet Camaro parked in the 2000 block of Windsong Drive was broken into and a Kenwood compact disc player, three speakers and two amplifiers were taken. The items were valued at $1,800.

  • A split shot was hurled through the front window of a home in the 14600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • An office in the 13100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue was broken into and a cash box with $400 was taken.

  • The owner of a 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck found a hole in his vehicle parked in the 17400 block of Gay Street. It appeared to have been shot with something, police said.

  • A purse was taken from a car parked in the 600 block of Bentley Court. The damage was estimated at $250.

  • A Huffy Bandit stunt bike valued at $120 was taken from a home in the 100 block of Cumberland Street in Clear Spring. The bike was silver and blue.

  • Coins and a silver bracelet valued at $3,000 were stolen from a home in the first block of Hebb Road.

  • A window in the women's bathroom at the Washington County Regional Park was damaged. The damage was estimated at $150.

  • A concrete bird bath was taken from a home in the 18900 block of Rolling Road.

Police investigating burglaries in Hagerstown's West End

During a series of burglaries early Tuesday morning in Hagerstown's West End, a man was spotted and police want to hear from residents who may have seen something that could lead to an arrest.


Hagerstown City Police responded to two burglaries in the 300 and 400 blocks of Linganore Avenue and an attempted burglary in the 800 block of Georgia Avenue, all of which occurred while the residents were home and asleep.

In the incident in the 800 block of Georgia Avenue, a person was spotted by a resident who gave police the following description.

The white male was 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with short blonde hair. He was wearing a blue striped shirt and tan pants.

In the two burglaries on Linganore, items such as pocketbooks, paychecks, credit cards and food were taken, police said.

Residents are urged to secure their homes and place all valuables out of sight, police said. In addition, Detective George Brandt is asking residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious people or activities in their neighborhoods.

Anyone with information may call 301-790-3700.

Man faces charges after alleged domestic dispute on front lawn

A domestic violence incident Tuesday evening led to one man's arrest on charges of causing injuries to his wife and a neighbor who tried to intervene, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

John Nelson Titus, 43, of 13810 Village Mill Drive in Maugansville, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, disturbance of the peace and disorderly intoxication, deputies said.

Officers were called to the home at 5 p.m. after several 911 calls came in from neighbors, who said a man was assaulting a woman on the front lawn and sidewalk of the home, deputies said.

One of the neighbors, Ken Wasilius, approached the man and when he asked the man to stop hitting the woman, the man assaulted him, deputies alleged.

Wasilius took the man to the ground and held him until police came.

Deputies reported seeing that Cheryl Lynn Titus, 38, who was identified as John Titus' wife, had a cut lip and a cut near her eye.

Deputy Ryan Shifflet said John Titus was awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner on the charges Tuesday night.

Grease fire at mobile home leaves resident homeless

KNOXVILLE - A grease fire on a stove Tuesday morning spread throughout a mobile home at 1928 Reed Road, causing $20,000 in damages and leaving the sole occupant homeless, investigators with the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said.

Approximately 35 firefighters from Rohrersville, Boonsboro, Potomac Valley, Sharpsburg, Braddock Heights, Middletown and Brunswick responded to the 6:10 a.m. fire.

The 10-foot-by-40-foot mobile home was destroyed in the blaze. Occupant Lewis Miller will be assisted by family members, investigators said. No smoke detector was present in the mobile home.

Jamie Rodeheaver and Allen Gosnell responded from the fire marshal's office. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental.

Check-cashing scheme leads to charges for Md. residents

FREDERICK, Md. - A check-cashing scheme taking place at businesses in Frederick County and surrounding jurisdictions has led to warrants against two people, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said Tuesday.

Thomas William Deal, 36, and Mary Elizabeth Macrum, 46, face theft charges. Deputies said both are Frederick residents but have no fixed addresses.

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