Police log for 11/19

November 19, 2002

Trucker says he was robbed at gunpoint

Maryland State Police are investigating reports from a trucker that he was robbed at gunpoint Monday evening along Interstate 70 just east of Clear Spring.

Sgt. Steve McCarty said the trucker told troopers he pulled over at the 19-mile marker around 8:45 p.m. because he wasn't feeling well.

Once outside his rig, the trucker said three men in a dark-colored Ford Mustang approached him, pointed a handgun at him and took the money from his wallet, McCarty said.

Anyone with information about the robbery, the suspects or the Ford Mustang is asked to call 301-739-2101 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.


Potomac River activities should be avoided

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Wednesday because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Monday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Hancock to Little Falls because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white-water paddlers.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life-threatening situation because of hypothermia, wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

Pa. women facing bad check charges

MARION, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating forged checks that two Shippensburg, Pa., women allegedly attempted to pass at the Marion Fire Co.

Police said the two women forged the name and signatures on starter checks on Nov. 5.

Police charged Wendy Stine, 20, and Kendra Stine, 18, with forgery and writing bad checks.

Anyone with similar incidents involving either woman is asked to contact Trooper E. Campbell at 717-264-5161 and reference case H3-1291583.

Pa. cemetery sustains damage from vehicle

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police are investigating an incident of institutional vandalism at a borough cemetery.

Between 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, someone drove a vehicle through the vacant part of the cemetery at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, 221 N. Main St., causing damage to the grass and making ruts in the ground, police said.

Anyone with information on the incident can call police at 717-264-4131.

W.Va. man facing drug possession charge

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy found 11/2 pounds of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana in an apartment at Maddex Court last week, court records said.

Aaron Lee Custer, 20, of 203 Maddex Court, Shepherdstown, was charged with possession with intent to deliver, Jefferson County Magistrate Court records said.

Custer is free on $15,000 bond, Eastern Regional Jail officials said.

Cpl. Tom Hansen went to 203 Maddex Court last Thursday for a follow-up investigation regarding a burglary, court records said.

Hansen met Custer, who allowed the officer inside, court records said.

Hansen observed a set of large scales and a box of plastic baggies on a dining room table, court records said.

While Hansen was talking to Custer, Custer picked up a shoebox and started to carry it into a bedroom, court records allege.

Hansen then saw a small pipe and a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana.

Hansen showed Custer the pipe and asked him what he did with the items in the box, according to court records.

Custer led Hansen to the bedroom, where the officer found a box with two freezer bags containing a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana, court records said.

Md. man faces charge in area shooting death

HANCOCK - An Allegany County, Md., man was released on $10,000 bond last week after he was served a grand jury indictment in connection with the shooting death last December of a Warfordsburg, Pa., man at The Log Cabin Inn near Hancock.

Shawn Edward Golden, 22, of Little Orleans, is facing prosecution on one count of reckless endangerment. The maximum penalty for that offense is five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

At the time of the crime, Maryland State Police said the victim, William Allen "Bill" Weicht, 33, had argued with a patron around the bar's 11 p.m. closing time on Dec. 26 and then pulled out a .22-caliber handgun.

The two men struggled and the weapon went off, hitting Weicht in the chest, according to police.

About an hour later, he was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital.

When police arrived, the handgun was on the bar. One round had been fired.

At the time, police tried talking to the man who fought with Weicht but investigators had a problem with the interview because the man was so intoxicated, 1st Sgt. Rick Narron said last December.

No charges were filed at the time of the shooting.

Mobile home fire labeled as suspicious

RANSON, W.Va. - A Sunday afternoon fire that destroyed an empty mobile home on Burns Street is being described as suspicious, police and fire officials said.

Police said they saw the mobile home burning while they were eating lunch nearby at about 2 p.m. About that time, other people began reporting it, police said.

The mobile home, owned by Russell Roper, was moved onto some property in the 400 block of Burns Street for storage, said police and Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co.

The property was also owned by Roper, Smith said.

"No one had any business being in there. It had to be suspicious," Smith said.

Police said there were no utilities hooked up to the trailer.

The state Fire Marshal's office will investigate to determine the cause of the fire, Smith said.

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