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Police log for 12/31

December 31, 2002

Stuck truck ties up traffic in Hagerstown



A trucker from Baltimore who attempted to maneuver his 18-wheeler from eastbound Baltimore Street onto Summit Avenue Monday afternoon tied up traffic for more than an hour, Hagers-town City Police said.

Sgt. Dave Long said when the trucker was unable to complete the turn, he was advised by Ptl. Rebecca Williams to back down Baltimore Street into the former H.L. Mills service station lot.

But instead, he turned the other way, backing into an alley next to the Washington County Planning Department where he got stuck, Long said. During that maneuver, one of the decorative light poles owned by the City of Hagerstown was knocked down, Long said.

Dewayne May, 31, of Topeka, Kan., was the driver of the rig, Long said. No charges were filed in the incident, Long said.

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Unattended candle blamed in house fire



FREDERICK, Md. - An unattended candle on a bathroom vanity is being blamed for an afternoon fire Monday which caused $15,000 damage to a one-story frame home at 7217 Linganore Road, said a spokesman with the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Owner/occupant Gladys Garner called 911 to report smoke in her home at 1:28 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the house filled with smoke and traced the fire to the bathroom vanity.

There was minor fire damage to the bathroom but smoke damage throughout the home, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Maurice Cox.




Frederick man charged with robbery, assault



FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was arrested Sunday night for allegedly stealing a 24-year-old woman's wallet, Frederick City Police said.

Michael L. Morgan, 25, of Grantham Court, Frederick, was charged with robbery, second-degree assault and theft of less than $500.

He was arrested about 5 p.m. in the 800 block of East Patrick Street.

Morgan was released from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center Monday evening after posting $50,000 bond, jail officials said.




Man crashes into deputy after leaving W.Va. tavern



BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - A Front Royal, Va., man arrested Saturday on alcohol-related charges following a car accident that involved a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy was still in custody Monday night.

Jerry Lee Staton, 42, of 2248 Front Royal Pike, was exiting the Top Brass Club in a red Dodge truck onto U.S. 11 heading toward Inwood, W.Va., when he struck a police car driven by Deputy Keith Sigulinsky, who was patrolling the area, Sigulinsky said in a press release.

Both vehicles had minor damage, the release said.

Staton failed several field sobriety tests at the scene and was taken to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, where he blew .149 on a breath test, the release said.

He was charged with a felony because it was his third offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, Sigulinsky said.

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