Police log for 11/14

November 14, 2002

Hagerstown man hurt in Oct. 24 crash improves

A Hagerstown man who was involved in a head-on collision on Mount Aetna Road Oct. 24 has improved from critical condition to serious but stable condition, a hospital official said Wednesday.

Matthew David Meyer, of the 11000 block of Robinwood Drive, has been at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore since the crash.

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

Man hit by motorcycle in stable condition

FREDERICK, Md. - The condition of a man who was struck by a motorcycle Saturday has improved, a hospital official said Wednesday.


Jeffrey Durant was upgraded from critical condition to serious but stable condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, the official said.

Durant was injured when a motorcycle hit him as he tried to retrieve an item on West South Street, police said.

The motorcyclist, Johnathan Carter Benjamin, 31, of Frederick, was charged with operating a motorcycle without a license and driving while suspended, police said.

Md. woman charged with drug possession

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick woman was charged with possessing illegal drugs Tuesday after police searched part of the John Hanson Apartments complex.

Linda Christina Caldwell, 38, of the 500 block of North Bentz Street - which is where the apartment complex is - was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Frederick City Police said.

The police department's Drug Enforcement Unit obtained a search-and-seizure warrant in order to perform the search.

Man found near tracks released from hospital

A man who was found naked, burned and unconscious in a gully last week has been released from Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Charles Edward Rappe, 37, of no fixed address, had been listed in fair condition Wednesday morning.

Hagerstown City Police charged three men with second-degree assault for allegedly attacking Rappe on Nov. 3.

Police said Rappe was beaten, his clothes were stripped off and he was set on fire.

Police said Rappe was found in a wooded gully between the two Antietam Street overpasses at Burhans Boulevard and Walnut Street. Someone on a passing train noticed him and alerted police.

Investigators waiting to talk to burn victim

Investigators have learned more about last week's fire in a downtown Hagerstown apartment, but are waiting to talk to a man who was critically burned.

George Adams, who lives at St. Charles Apartments, which is connected to the Dagmar Hotel, was still in critical condition Wednesday night at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center.

A fire broke out in Adams' fourth-floor apartment Friday night. The damage was estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown said Wednesday that investigators have spoken with a 12-year-old boy who was heard screaming near the apartment when it caught fire.

Brown said the interview led to "a good bit of information" about what happened.

However, the fire marshal's office won't release any information about the cause before speaking with Adams, who hasn't been able to talk about what happened yet, Brown said.

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