Police log for 11/5

November 05, 2002

Man facing drug charges apprehended

A man wanted by Hagerstown City Police on drug charges and for failing to appear in court was apprehended Nov. 2 by Officer Joe Zimmerer and jailed without bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Joshua Paul Hawbaker, 23, was to have appeared in Washington County Circuit Court on July 25 and failed to show up, police said.

He was facing charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Area residents being held on theft charges

Police in Pine Bluff, Ark. on Monday released the names of five people apprehended there Oct. 31 in connection with the theft and subsequent recovery of more than $30,000 in property including guns, jewelry, cameras and other items believed stolen from the Cascade area.

All five - including three from the Tri-State area - were being held in the Poinsett County Jail on charges of theft by receiving, Lt. Larry Plunkett of the Pine Bluff Police said Monday.


Being held were Tiffany Manning, 22, of Cascade; Anthony D. Ditch, 26, and Shawn Allen Rohrer, 18, both of Waynesboro, Pa., Plunkett said.

Also charged were Gary Manning, 50, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and Bradford Thomas Lazarski, 25, of Powder Springs, Ga., Plunkett said.

Lazarski, who allegedly has several aliases, was also charged with felony fleeing, possession of marijuana and felony possession of a firearm, Plunkett said.

Bond information on the five was unavailable.

Investigator Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said he was contacted Oct. 30 by Arkansas authorities and told five people had been apprehended after a chase.

Plunkett said his department got a tip about people in a car trying to sell guns. When the car was spotted, an officer gave chase. That chase ended when the silver Kia with Georgia tags pulled into a driveway at around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday and crashed into a house.

The five occupants ran but were quickly captured, Plunkett said. The vehicle contained items found to have been stolen in the Washington/Frederick county area, he alleged.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls over the weekend:

  • A hole was shot in a showroom window at Massey Lincoln Mercury on Massey Boulevard in Halfway, according to a report made Friday to the sheriff's department. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

  • Four rims were stolen from a vehicle parked on Kelso Drive in Leitersburg, according to a report made Friday to the sheriff's department. The rims were valued at $1,200.

  • A 1994 Chevy truck parked outside a residence on Cumberland Street in Clear Spring was scratched with a sharp object, according to a report made Sunday to the sheriff's department. Damage was estimated at $500.

  • A 5-foot-by-8-foot U-Haul trailer was stolen from outside a residence on Dual Place, near Mount Aetna Road, according to a report made Sunday to the sheriff's department. The trailer was filled with the caller's possessions, police said.

W.Va. trooper listed in fair condition

The condition of the West Virginia State Police trooper who was shot in the head last month has improved again.

Trooper Robert Elswick was listed in fair condition Monday morning at Washington County Hospital.

Elswick has been at the hospital since he was shot on Oct. 10 while responding to a domestic violence call in Berkeley County, W.Va.

His condition was critical for about two weeks, then was upgraded to serious, which it still was on Friday.

A hospital official was not sure this morning when Elswick's condition had been upgraded to fair.

Condition of man hurt in crash improves

A man involved in a Mount Aetna Road head-on collision that killed two people on Oct. 24 was still in a Baltimore hospital, but his condition had improved.

Matthew David Meyer, 22, had been in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center since the crash and as recently as Friday.

On Monday morning, Meyer, of the 11000 block of Robinwood Drive, was listed in serious but stable condition. A hospital official did not know when Meyer's condition changed.

Gerald Eugene Dietrich, 59, and Mary Ellen Dietrich, 61, of the 2000 block of Academy Lane in Hagerstown, were killed in the crash.

Pa. man faces weapons possession charges

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man was charged with 82 counts of possessing prohibited offensive weapons Saturday after trying to sell switchblade knives at a gun show, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The man was selling the knives, valued at $5,273, at a gun show at Mason Dixon Auto Auction, police said.

Barry Kenneth Leas, 51, of Norristown, Pa., was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter and released on $10,000 bail, police said.

Police remind the public that switchblade knives are illegal in Pennsylvania.

Two face burglary, trespassing charges

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Two men face criminal charges after they separately threatened people at a Mont Alto residence Saturday night, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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