Police log for 11/8

November 08, 2002

Charges forwarded in youth pastor case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Sufficient probable cause was found in Magistrate Court Thursday to move forward with the case of a woman charged with hitting a youth pastor with her car on purpose.

Patty Jane Moore, of Falling Waters, W.Va., faces one felony count of malicious wounding.

On Oct. 30, Matthew Barnes, 21, was struck by a car as he stood outside the Marlowe (W.Va.) Assembly of God Church.

After Barnes was struck, the car traveled more than two miles along U.S. 11 with him on the hood, police said.

Earlier that day, Moore became upset when another pastor told her he could not return her past six years' worth of tithes, as she had requested, according to police.


After a preliminary hearing Thursday, Magistrate Joan Bragg forwarded the case to Circuit Court, where Moore could be indicted by a grand jury and go to trial.

Boy shot in the arm in fair condition

FREDERICK - A 4-year-old boy, accidentally shot in the arm by his father in their Sabillasville, Md., home Wednesday afternoon, was in fair condition Thursday at a Baltimore hospital.

Maryland State Police in Frederick said the boy, Michael Wolfe, was first taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital following the 5 p.m. incident. Later he was flown by state police medevac helicopter to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.

Police said the boy's father, David Wolfe, was loading a .444-caliber Marlin lever-action long rifle in his dining room when it discharged, striking the boy in the upper left arm.

Police said the shooting was accidental and no charges were filed.

Child hit by vehicle on Chambersburg street

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A child was flown to the Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle on Philadelphia Avenue, Franklin County Fire and Rescue officials said.

The accident occurred at 7:58 p.m. A medical evacuation helicopter took off with the child shortly before 9 p.m. for the flight to Hershey, officials said.

Pennsylvania State Police responded to the scene with Trooper Frank Hershey in charge of the investigation. No information was available Thursday night on that investigation or the identity of the victim.

CD player, video game stolen from car

SMITHSBURG - A black Honda was broken into outside the Total Lube Center on Jefferson Boulevard, according to a report made Wednesday to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The value of the items taken - a radar detector, a CD changer, a Sony PlayStation 2 console, two 2-way radios and 50 CDs - was estimated at $1,500.

Deputies respond to vandalism at pharmacies

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received reports Wednesday of vandalism at two pharmacies.

A brick was thrown through the window of a rear door at the Williamsport Pharmacy on North Conococheague Street, causing $300 worth of damage.

Also, the rear door of the Boonsboro Pharmacy on Old National Pike was damaged. There was no estimate of the damage there.

Police look for help in gas station burglary

The Oct. 2 burglary/theft at the BP Gas Station in Hancock is the topic of this week's Crime Solvers case in Washington County.

Deputy 1st Class Chris Weaver of the Washington County Sheriff's Department is lead investigator in the incident, which began at 4 a.m. that Wednesday morning while the clerk was in the rear storage area of the station preparing to open.

The clerk heard a loud noise and as she walked to the front of the store, she saw someone stealing the cash register. That person then left through the shattered front door.

All leads in this case have been exhausted and Crime Solvers is seeking the help of the community.

Call Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day.

Callers need not give their names, only the information. If the information leads to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the Crime of the Week, a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid.

Cash rewards of between $100 and $1,000 are also given for information leading to arrests on other crimes.

Hagerstown men face drug charges

Two arrests were made Thursday night when members of the Hagerstown City Police street crimes unit conducted an undercover operation in the downtown area.

Chad Robert Bayer, 18, of 105 S. Potomac St., and Rudolph Thomas Russ Jr., 21, of 229 N. Jonathan St., each were charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, Sgt. Curtis Wood said.

Both men were taken into custody in the area of Cramer's Alley and East Washington Street at around 8 p.m.

Marked money used in the operation was recovered, police said. Both were awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner late Thursday.

Windows smashed in more than a dozen cars

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Windows were smashed on at least 15 cars during a vandalism spree in Jefferson County Wednesday night, police said.

Police believe the windows may have been shattered with a pellet gun.

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