Police log for 10-16

October 16, 2002

Man sought for failing to appear in court

Hagerstown City Police are looking for Joshua Paul Hawbaker, who allegedly failed to appear in Washington County Circuit Court in July on drug charges.

Hawbaker, 23, is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. His last known address was 960A Main Ave., police said.

Police said they have a bench warrant for Hawbaker on the original charge of possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information on Hawbaker's whereabouts is asked to call police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.


Student in critical condition after shooting

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - A Middletown High School junior who was accidentally shot Monday evening in his home was in critical condition Tuesday at a Washington, D.C., hospital.

Shawn Beachley was transferred to the Washington Hospital Center following initial treatment at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown shortly after the 6:45 p.m. incident.

"Shawn is a varsity football player and 11th-grader at Middletown," said Marita Loose, spokesman for Frederick County Public Schools.

She said school officials were told that Shawn was shot when a gun that was being cleaned accidentally discharged.

Loose said there were two counselors available Tuesday at the school to speak with any students who wanted to talk about the incident.

Detective Tracy McCutcheon of the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said the shooting investigation is continuing and released few details.

"We are looking at this as a tragic accident," McCutcheon said Tuesday.

She said Monday night the victim was shot once and had been flown via a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to the Washington County Hospital trauma center.

She wouldn't say where the boy's wound was.

"Family members have been interviewed in this matter," McCutcheon said Monday.

W.Va. man charged with domestic battery

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man was charged Saturday with brandishing and domestic battery after he allegedly held a knife to his girlfriend's throat during an argument at his apartment last week, police said.

Rolando Estrada Garcia, 26, of 421 First Ave., Apt. L, is free on $7,500 bond, officials said.

According to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records, Garcia allegedly held a knife to his girlfriend's throat and threatened to kill her if she was "messing with someone else other than him" during an argument over financial issues and other matters.

The argument occurred about 10:04 p.m. Thursday, police said.

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