Police log for 11/18

November 18, 2002

Area woman charged with drug possession

A civilian resident of Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Md., was arrested Sunday morning after allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown.

Elese Giselle Hargadon, 19, of Hall Court, was charged with attempt to deliver contraband into a correctional facility, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, Maryland State Police said.

At 9:50 a.m. Sunday, state police got a call from RCI that marijuana had been found on a female prior to her visiting an inmate at the prison.

Trooper 1st Class D.A. Harper went to the prison and found that Hargadon had allegedly hidden a small baggie of suspected marijuana in her pants pocket. Harper said his investigation revealed she intended to give the drugs to her boyfriend.


If convicted on the contraband charge, Hargadon faces a possible penalty of up to three years in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

W.Va. man pleads guilty to firearms charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Morgan County, W.Va., man with a criminal history of domestic violence has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for unlawfully possessing six firearms, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston announced Wednesday.

Jeffrey A. Shambaugh pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 1 in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. Once released, he will be on probation for three years.

Shambaugh, 38, of Paw Paw, was prosecuted under the Project Safe Homes initiative of Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti.

Man faces sentencing on drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man could be facing five to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said.

Marcellus D. Carey, 25, of 130 Boarman Place, was allowed to remain free on bond pending sentencing. The sentencing was set for Feb. 3 at 10:15 a.m.

The drug incident occurred on Oct. 25, 2001, in Martinsburg. The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Marshal investigating incendiary device

The source of an incendiary device that caused $500 damage to the cab of a pickup truck Saturday in Boonsboro is key to an investigation launched by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

The owner found the device in his 1989 Nissan pickup truck at 8:48 a.m. Saturday but didn't report the incident to Washington County Sheriff's deputies until Sunday morning, said Allen Gosnell, deputy chief state fire marshal.

No fire equipment was dispatched to put out the fire, Gosnell said.

The pickup truck was parked at 106 St. Paul Street.

Driver charged in crash with CRS ambulance

A Hagerstown woman who failed to get out of the way of an ambulance on an emergency call last Thursday has been found at fault in the accident on Leitersburg Pike, Maryland State Police said.

Terry Katherine Fowler, 32, of 405 Kingswood Terrace, was charged with failure to stop/stay upon approach by an emergency vehicle, said Trooper 1st Class D. Wayne Smith.

The 9:15 a.m. accident occurred near Meadow View Drive as Fowler's 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was eastbound. A Community Rescue Service ambulance driven by Chad Ryan Petry, 23, of Hagerstown, was also eastbound en route to an emergency call, Smith said.

As the ambulance passed Fowler's Tahoe on the left, the Tahoe turned left into a parking lot, causing the ambulance to hit the Tahoe on the left side.

Both vehicles were forced to the left, with the Tahoe hitting a curb, Smith said.

Fowler reportedly sustained minor injuries in the incident, said dispatchers at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications.

Church theft subject of Crime Solvers case

A burglary and theft of blank checks and cash from the Church of Christ at Hagerstown in mid-June is the topic of this week's Crime Solvers case in Washington County.

According to Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Michael Kretzer, someone broke into the church at 10014 White Hall Road between 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16, and 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 17, by removing an air conditioner from a window.

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

Call Crime Solvers at 1-301-733-4141. 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.

Moose club officer burned in shed fire

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Moose club officer received second-degree burns Sunday evening while trying to extinguish a fire that broke out in a shed behind the facility, a Waynesboro Fire Department official said.

The fire department did not have the name of the man Sunday night but said he is an officer in the club and he was being treated at Waynesboro Hospital for second-degree burns to his left hand, Chief Dale Fishack said. He said the injury was minor.

The fire broke out in the shed behind the Loyal Order of Moose No. 1191, at 908 W. Main St., at 8:15 p.m. Fishack said an electrical extension cord is believed to have started the fire, which caused about $500 in damages to the shed.

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