Police log for 8/31

September 02, 2002

Four people hurt in two-car accident

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - An elderly couple involved in a two-car accident on U.S. 340 south of Charles Town Friday afternoon were listed in stable condition at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center Friday night.

They were airlifted out for treatment.

Medics took two other people who were injured in the accident to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., said Independent Fire Co. Chief Ed Smith. Their conditions could not be confirmed at press time.

The accident happened around 2:35 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Huyett Road. The northbound lanes of U.S. 340 were shut down.

No additional information could be obtained.

Missing man believed to still be in the area

Hagerstown City Police officers are still searching for a man last seen a week ago, and believe he is in the area because of ATM card usage.


Philip Allison Damasiewicz, 34, was last seen by his sister when she dropped him off at his home in the 900 block of Marion Street at 8 p.m. Aug. 24.

Damasiewicz is white, with short brown hair, brown eyes and a light mustache. He wears wire frame glasses and has a tattoo that says "Gibson" on his left bicep, one of a guitar on his right bicep and "Les" on the knuckles of his left hand. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call police at 301-790-3700, extension 234.

Woman faces charges in digital camera theft

SMITHSBURG - A 22-year-old woman was charged Friday with stealing a man's digital camera, which police said they found when they went to the suspect's home for another matter.

Diane Yumy Harris of Washington Court in Smithsburg was charged with one felony count of being in possession of stolen property.

Smithsburg Police Department officers began the investigation when Jacob Johnson III told police the $600 camera and other items had been stolen from his car on July 17 or 18. Police found the camera on July 18, officers said.

Additional arrests are expected, police said.

Man pleads guilty to weapons charge

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was sentenced Friday to two years probation after he pleaded guilty to attempting to buy a gun while subject to a protective order, according to a press release issued by the Maryland attorney general's office.

Howard Lee Morgan, 30, of South Carroll Street, had asked for a trial and listened to the state's opening argument before he suddenly changed his plea from innocent to guilty, officials said.

As conditions of Morgan's probation, he cannot have any "adverse contact" with his ex-girlfriend who sought the protective order and cannot possess or attempt to buy a firearm.

Sheriff's Department investigating thefts

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating several incidents reported recently.

  • A $300 Kenwood compact disc player and 38 compact discs were taken from a 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier convertible parked in the 9400 block of National Pike on Thursday. The convertible top had been sliced, police said. The damage and items taken were estimated at $425.

  • A storage shed on Pecktonville Road was broken into and two mountain bikes and a chain saw were taken Thursday, police said. The items were valued at $500.

  • A $250 gas grill was taken from a home in the 1900 block of Maplewood Drive Thursday, police said.

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