Police log 12/5

December 05, 2002

Deputies respond to vandalized cars, theft

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls over the weekend and this week:

  • The driver's side window of a Ford Escort parked at the Williamsport American Legion was broken, causing $75 worth of damage. Two work bags valued at $70 were stolen from the car. The break-in and theft were reported Saturday.

  • A side vent window on a 1994 Ford car parked at the Williamsport Red Men building on Lappans Road was broken, causing an estimated $100 worth of damage. Also, a Canon 35mm camera valued at $500, an electric griddle valued at $50 and a set of Christmas lights valued at $30 were taken. The break-in and theft were reported Saturday.

  • Someone stole $7,000 from a safe at Great Steak & Potato Co. at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown. The theft was reported Sunday.

  • A window on a 2001 Volkswagen Golf parked on West Water Street in Smithsburg was broken, causing about $500 worth of damage. The damage was reported to police Sunday.

  • A white wire Christmas tree, lights and a 15-foot extension cord were stolen from a home on the 13300 block of Independence Road west of Hagerstown. The value of the items was about $50. The theft was reported Sunday.

  • A Mickey Mouse figure and a Snoopy figure were stolen from the yard of a home in the 12400 block of Emory Lane, west of Hagerstown. The figures were valued at $50 apiece. The theft was reported Sunday.

  • A yellow 1988 Honda trailer was reported stolen Monday from the 13300 block of Draper Road near Clear Spring. The license plate on the trailer was 156560G. The trailer had a black driveway sealer tank on it. There was no estimate of the value of the trailer or tank.

  • A bank deposit of $363 was reported stolen from the Har-Tru Corp. on Salem Avenue outside Hagerstown on Monday. Someone broke in through a sliding glass window.

  • About $120 was stolen from a wallet at a residence on the 16600 block of Spiceberry Court in Halfway. The theft was reported Tuesday.

Police: Victim of assault dies at W.Va. hospital

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The victim of a Nov. 10 assault in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in the Martinsburg Mall died Tuesday at City Hospital where he had been a patient since the incident, Martinsburg City Police said.


Ernest Lee Stevens, 69, of 79 Jennings Drive, Martinsburg, was found in the parking lot that Sunday morning at 10:55 a.m., police said. He had a cut over his left eye and his nose was bleeding, police said.

Once at City Hospital, Stevens also was found to have a fractured left hip as a result of the incident, police said.

Cpl. April Pride and Patrolman Dave Ransom interviewed several people including Stevens.

When notified Tuesday of Stevens' death, police arranged for an autopsy to be performed in Morgantown by the West Virginia state medical examiner. The police also contacted Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely, telling her of the death.

Police said police investigators are awaiting the results of the autopsy before proceeding in the case.

Police join investigation of Knoxville home fire

KNOXVILLE, Md. - Police authorities in Frederick County, Md., have joined with Maryland state fire marshals to investigate Tuesday evening's deliberately set fire that caused $75,000 damage to a home at 724 Knoxville Road.

A passer-by spotted the fire at 7:10 p.m. and called it in. Twenty firefighters from Brunswick, Jefferson and Rohrersville responded to the blaze, which was found to have begun in the living room.

The homeowner is Gene Carey.

Two face charges in connection with robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was arraigned Wednesday on a felony count of armed robbery in connection with an incident in which a knife was pulled on a man and his wallet taken, Martinsburg Police said.

Leonard Wooten, 35, of North Raleigh Street, also faces one felony count of assault during the commission of a felony, police said.

Also charged was Melissa Jo Neice, 36, of West King Street, who police allege was standing in the room as the victim was robbed. She faces one felony count of aiding and abetting armed robbery.

The robbery occurred inside a Martinsburg home at around 2:51 a.m. Wednesday. Martinsburg Police allege the victim was pushed down and an attempt made to stab him. The victim fought back and was cut on his finger, court records indicate.

The man's assailant then jumped on him and took his wallet, which contained cash and credit cards, police said.

Neice told police she saw the assailant pull the knife, but did not see him cut the victim, according to court records.

A conviction on a charge of armed robbery or aiding and abetting armed robbery carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Conviction on a charge of assault during the commission of a felony carries a prison sentence of two to 10 years.

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