Police log for 11/25

November 25, 2002

W.Va. man charged in Saturday stabbing

A West Virginia man is in custody in connection with a Saturday night stabbing that sent a Chewsville man to Washington County Hospital in serious condition.

Christopher Mark Wright, 40, of 363 N. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va., was being held on $106,000 bond Sunday night on charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a deadly weapon, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Wright, who is being held at the Washington County Detention Center, also has two outstanding Circuit Court warrants, jail officials said.

The incident occurred at 8:13 p.m. Saturday at 21101 Twin Springs Drive in Chewsville, deputies said.

Witnesses said the victim, James Eugene Nigh, 40, of 21103 Twin Springs Drive, was stabbed two times after a fight between the two men.


Three women taken to hospital after accident

MYERSVILLE - Two women from Wheaton, Md., and another woman from Boonsboro were taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown Sunday morning after an accident involving four vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 17, Maryland State Police said.

Vivian Costley, 79, was the driver of a 1993 Honda Civic that police said was northbound on Md. 17 at 10:50 a.m. when it attempted to turn left to go westbound on U.S. 40. Police said Costley turned into the path of a 1986 Mercury Topaz driven by Katrina Lind, 18, of Boonsboro, who was eastbound on U.S. 40.

Both were admitted to the hospital but their conditions were available Sunday night.

Along with Lind and Costley, a passenger in the Honda Civic, Patricia Costley, 34, was also taken to the hospital after the accident. She was treated and released.

The impact sent Costley's vehicle into a 1999 Mercury Sable and a 1993 Toyota truck, both of which were stopped at southbound Md. 17 at U.S. 40. Neither driver was hurt, police said.

Teenage boy faces assault charges

SMITHSBURG - A 13-year-old boy is facing charges that he allegedly molested an 8-year-old girl Saturday afternoon after luring her into a vacant shed in the area of Washington Court, Smithsburg Police said Sunday.

The teen, who was charged with one count of third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, was released to the custody of his parents pending action by the Department of Juvenile Justice, police said.

The Smithsburg Police were contacted by the girl's mother after the child said she was asked to go into the shed around 1:20 p.m. Saturday by the boy, whom she knew. Once inside, the boy allegedly closed the shed door and exposed his genitals to the girl.

Then, police said, the boy allegedly assaulted the girl. No details were released on the nature of that assault.

Armed robberies in Md., Pa., may be related

Two armed robberies that occurred within an hour of each other Saturday night and early Sunday may be related, police in Maryland and Pennsylvania said Sunday.

The first robbery was at the Williamsport Sunoco Station at 304 E. Potomac St. and is being investigated by the Maryland State Police.

When troopers arrived, along with Washington County Sheriff's deputies, at 11:25 p.m. Saturday, they were told by the victim that two black males entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

One man took eight packs of Newport Lite cigarettes and money from the cash register, then both men fled on foot, police said.

The gun wasn't fired and the attendant wasn't hurt.

Cpl. Doug Lowry and his bloodhound, Joey, tracked the suspects to a doctor's office parking lot on Byrkit Drive, where it is believed a vehicle was waiting.

One suspect is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, medium build, with a black coat. He wore a dark bandanna over his mouth. The other man is 6 feet tall with a stocky build, wearing blue jeans, a dark coat and yellow work boots. He also wore a dark bandanna over his lower face.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Greene Township gas station in Scotland that occurred less than an hour after the Williamsport incident.

Two men of similar descriptions entered the Sunoco on Pa. 997 at Interstate 81 at 12:15 a.m., police said. One man wielded a handgun and walked behind the counter, ordering the attendant to open the register.

Once the register was open, the man removed the cash, and he and the second man fled, police said.

Police did not say how much money the men got away with in either case.

Anyone with information on either robbery can contact Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161 or Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101.

Driver charged, jailed after traffic stop

EMMITSBURG, Md. - A lack of illumination on rear license tags brought a driver to the attention of a Frederick County Sheriff's deputy Saturday at 6:57 p.m. But before the evening was over, the driver was being held without bond on a variety of charges.

Robert Nathanael Stone, 30, of 14901 Sixes Road, Emmitsburg, was charged with driving while suspended, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and displaying improper tags, deputies said.

He also got a warning for driving with no illumination on his rear plate, deputies said.

But two failure-to-appear warrants for child support led to the no-bond status at the Frederick County Detention Center, deputies said.

The traffic stop occurred in the 500 block of East Main Street by Deputy 1st Class Kevin Eyler.

Police investigating theft of guns, cash

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of cash and a dozen guns from a Warren Township home Thursday.

Between 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., someone forced open the front door of a residence in the 11000 block of Little Cove Road and stole 12 guns and $6,000, police said.

Anyone with information on the theft can contact Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161 and reference case H03-1294246.

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