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Police log for 1/9

January 09, 2003

Frederick man faces drug, fleeing charges



FREDERICK, Md. - A man who drove away from police was caught when he got out of his vehicle and ran, Frederick Police said.

Police alleged that the man threw away some crack cocaine as officers chased him.

Michael Dante Fluker, 18, of the 1300 block of Taney Avenue, Frederick, was charged with speeding, fleeing and eluding, going through two red lights, reckless driving, suspended driving, possession of crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

An officer chased Fluker's vehicle after he was allegedly caught speeding. In the Crestwood Boulevard area, Fluker got out of his car and ran, but was caught, police said.




Pistol, cigarettes reported stolen



The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls on Tuesday:

  • A .22-caliber long rifle pistol was reported stolen from the 13200 block of Little Antietam Road. The gun was valued at $150.

  • A resident in the 15900 block of Hibiscus Drive, west of Hagerstown, reported that a boy had gone through his vehicle, taken some cigarettes and smoked them. The boy was caught and charged with theft.

  • Some mailboxes in the 13400 block of Edgemont Road were destroyed. The damage was estimated at $50 to $75.





Robbers steal cash from delivery person



FREDERICK, Md. - Two robbers - one armed with a knife - grabbed and threatened a delivery employee for The Peking Gourmet Restaurant Wednesday afternoon while she was attempting to make a delivery in the 6900 block of Rooks Court.

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Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said the victim told them she was grabbed from behind and shown a knife by one of her attackers. After stealing the woman's cash and cell phone, the two men fled on foot.

Deputies arrived within minutes of the 4:38 p.m. incident but were unable to locate the robbers.

One of the men was described as a black man, in his mid-20s, wearing a navy blue ski mask with a red stripe on the bottom, dark jacket, black pants and gloves. No description was available for the second man.

Anyone with information on this crime may call 301-694-1046.




Area men sentenced on drug charges



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were sentenced in drug cases and another entered a guilty plea in a firearms case Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Craig Broadwater in Martinsburg.

  • Michael Largent, 25, of 17 Marco Court, Martinsburg, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in an Oct. 15, 1998, incident, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

    Once released, Largent will be on three years probation.

  • Calvin Leroy Brown Jr., 31, of Rippon, W.Va., was sentenced to 20 months in prison on one count of distribution of crack cocaine in the 100 block of Centre Street on Jan. 29, 2002.

    Both cases were investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

  • Michael Hess, 22, of 212 E. Burke St., Martinsburg, entered a guilty plea to one count of possessing and concealing a stolen rifle on March 5, 2001.

    Currently in custody, Hess faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.



The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.




Police investigating burglary at Staples



Hagerstown City Police were continuing to gather evidence in the "sophisticated" burglary discovered Wednesday morning at the Staples store at 1631 Wesel Blvd.

A burglar broke into the building through the roof, bypassing the store's alarm system, and stole merchandise, police said.

A witness saw a 24-foot GMC U-Haul box truck leave the scene at about 5:35 a.m., police said.

The truck - with Arizona registration AA56322 - had been stolen from Maugans Avenue, according to Lt. Rick Johnson of Hagerstown City Police. The witness did not see who was in the truck.

The store manager discovered the burglary at about 6:05 a.m.

The specific amount and value of the merchandise taken had not been determined.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the stolen truck can call Detective Steve Hoover or Detective Pat Moulton at 301-790-3700, extension 234.




City officer treated after hit-and-run crash



A Hagerstown City Police officer who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident Wednesday night was taken to Washington County Hospital shortly after the 8:33 p.m. incident for a check-up and precautionary X-rays.

Angela Poole was on routine patrol westbound on East Avenue when her cruiser was hit in the left rear driver's side by a 1989 Chrysler at Cramer's Alley, said Sgt. George Knight.

The impact spun Poole's cruiser around and propelled it 59 feet into a vehicle parked on the south side of East Avenue.

That vehicle had only minor damage but the cruiser was heavily damaged, Knight said.

The driver of the Chrysler fled the scene, police said.

Robert Campanelli, 31, of 44 Wayside Ave., was apprehended a short time later at his home just blocks from the scene of the accident, Knight said.

Campanelli was charged with failure to yield the right of way, negligent driving, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a revoked license, Knight said.

Campanelli was still at police headquarters late Wednesday. He was expected to appear before a bond commissioner.

Knight said he expected Poole to be released from the hospital after her checkup.

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