Police log 10/27

October 28, 2002

Taneytown teen killed in one-car accident

EMMITSBURG, Md. - A Taneytown, Md., teenager was killed in a one-car accident Friday, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

Jonathan Rose, 17, of Bull Frog Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Rose was a passenger in a 1991 Geo driven by Christopher Upchurch, 17, of Shoemaker Road, Taneytown.

Police said Upchurch was driving north on Harney Road when he lost control of his car near Bollinger Road. The car went off the road and hit a power pole.

There was no indication Upchurch was injured. He was not listed as a patient at Frederick Memorial Hospital Saturday evening.

Police officer in serious but stable condition

Thurmont, Md., police officer Rick White was listed in serious but stable condition Saturday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

He was initially listed in critical condition after he lost control of his cruiser and slammed into a tree while chasing a robbery suspect Thursday, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.


White was pursuing a vehicle wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Ace Hardware Store on North Church Street in Thurmont, police said.

Charles Leroy Smith, 43, of Frederick, Md., and Steven Howard Parker, 38, of Adamstown, Md., are facing charges in the incident, police said.

17-year-old boy charged in gun theft

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 17-year-old Crystal Springs, Pa., boy was charged in connection with the theft of a rifle and calculator from a nearby home and car in September, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The Mossberg 30-30 rifle, taken from the home, was valued at $200. The calculator, taken from the car, was valued at $50.

The boy was charged with burglary and theft, police said.

Woman faces charges in hit-and-run

HALFWAY - A Hagerstown woman has been charged in an incident in which a driver backed a car into a sport-utility vehicle then drove away.

The incident happened Friday night during an argument in the Kmart parking lot on Massey Boulevard, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Police said Richard and Kelly Caudo of Hagerstown were talking near their 1999 Kia Sportage when a woman described as Richard Caudo's ex-girlfriend began to argue with him.

Other women who were in the ex-girlfriend's vehicle - a 1999 Plymouth Neon - joined the argument.

Tessa Yates, 23, of 90 Manor Drive, Apt. 2, Hagerstown, allegedly backed the Plymouth into the Kia and drove off, police said.

Kelly Caudo flagged down Hagerstown police officers then chased the Plymouth. Yates was arrested at 500 Mitchell Ave.

The Sheriff's Department said Yates is related to Richard Gaudo's ex-girlfriend.

Yates was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an attended property damage accident and unsafe backing.

Two boys charged in connection to vandalism

SMITHSBURG - Two Washington County boys who allegedly scratched a racial epithet into a car parked at Smithsburg High School were arrested, police said Saturday.

A 16-year-old Hagerstown area boy and a 16-year-old Smithsburg boy were each charged with juvenile delinquency for malicious destruction of property.

Smithsburg Police said the vandalism, which happened Friday afternoon, stemmed from an earlier confrontation between the boys and other students.

Police said the air was let out of all four tires, too.

The estimate of the damage was $800.

Man faces DUI charges after being found in truck

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man faces a drunk driving charge after police allegedly found him Saturday morning in his truck, parked on Pa. 30.

Jeffrey Dean Barr, 29, of 528 Siloam Road, was in a 1988 Ford Bronco. The engine was running but the vehicle was parked in the right lane.

Barr was charged with driving under the influence.

He was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after suspected drugs were found in his vehicle, police said.

Three people arrested in drug investigation

FREDERICK, Md. - Three people were arrested Friday after an investigation into illegal drugs, Frederick Police said.

Police said there had been complaints about alleged drug activity at 7 W. All Saints St.

After executing a search and seizure warrant, police arrested Lewis Vernon, 42, and Crashandra Gail Hall, 45, both of that address.

They were charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Vernon was also charged with making a false statement to police regarding his identity and theft under $500.

Man faces handgun, drug possession charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick Police on Saturday arrested a 22-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted a woman and pointed a loaded handgun at her and a child.

Sevanne Antonio Hemmings of 128 Auburn Place, Frederick, was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, wearing and carrying a handgun and two counts of second-degree assault.

Police said he assaulted Melissa Harper, who lives at the same address, and threatened her with a gun.

When a 10-year-old girl ran after him, Hemmings pointed the gun at her, too, police allege.

Police also charged him with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

After obtaining a search and seizure warrant for Hemmings' home, police allegedly found $700 worth of crack cocaine, $2,611 in cash, some marijuana and a small digital scale.

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