Police log for 1/10

January 10, 2003

Tractor-trailer dumps mulch onto I-70 ramp

A tractor-trailer loaded with mulch rolled over Thursday evening, blocking the ramp from northbound Interstate 81 to I-70 in both directions, Maryland State Police said.

No one was injured in the 6:25 p.m. accident.

Sgt. Kevin Lewis said as of 8 p.m., the ramp lane to eastbound I-70 had reopened. But he said later Thursday night when the truck is righted, both lanes would again be closed until the wreck was cleared.

Clean-up was expected to take several hours, Lewis said.

Md. man charged with carrying weapon

FREDERICK, Md. - A Woodsboro, Md., man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon Thursday after he tried to enter the Frederick County Courthouse with a set of brass knuckles, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

David T. Privitera, 31, of the 100 block of North Main Street, Woodsboro, was being processed at the X-ray machine in the courthouse when the brass knuckles were discovered, deputies said.


Deputy 1st Class James Fogle took Privitera into custody. He was released after posting $5,000 bond set by a District Court commissioner.

W.Va. resident pleads guilty on drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - a Hedgesville, W.Va., man who pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to distribution of crack cocaine could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said in a Thursday press release.

Michael Ambrose, 25, of Cherry Run Road, remained free on bond pending sentencing before Judge Craig Broadwater who presided at Tuesday's plea.

The case, which involved the sale of crack cocaine in Hedgesville in August 2002, was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Custody dispute leads to charges for father

FREDERICK, Md. - A child custody incident that began Wednesday afternoon with a noncustodial father taking his 2-year-old son while the child's mother hung onto the car ended with the arrest of the man, Frederick City Police said Thursday.

Brandon Jermaine Hill, 22, of 918 D St., Brunswick, was being held at the Frederick County Detention Center Thursday night on $65,000 bond. He was charged with violation of a protective order, parental abduction, and two counts of reckless endangerment, police said.

The vehicle containing the child and the two parents was located by police on Rutledge Place and Hill was taken into custody.

The child and the child's mother were uninjured, police said, but a woman who attempted to help the child's mother received scrapes during the incident that began at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Stillmeadow Place.

Police said she refused medical treatment.

Police looking for help in W.Va. armed robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police were asking the public's help in finding the man who robbed Jump's Grocery Store at gunpoint on the afternoon of Dec. 31.

Martinsburg City Police said the robber entered the store at 1:37 p.m., pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the owner and demanded money. After getting a small amount of cash, he fled on food.

Police said the man was described as white, in his 20s with a slight beard or moustache. He was wearing a blue knit cap, blue coat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information may call 304-264-2100.

Potomac River warning extended through today

The warning concerning the danger of boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River was extended through today because of hazardous water levels, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Thursday.

Water levels are hazardous along the main stem of the Potomac from Harpers Ferry downstream to Little Falls because of recent precipitation, 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.

Tools stolen from storage buildings

CLEAR SPRING - Storage buildings at the Fairview Outdoor Center were broken into and items valued at $1,200 taken, according to Maryland State Police.

Detective Sgt. Mike Hegedus said Friday that the burglars pried open the locked doors to the buildings and took a hedge trimmer, a Stihl chainsaw, Homelite chainsaw and a 12-volt battery charger.

Hegedus said there were no witnesses and no suspects.

He asked that anyone with information call Trooper Phil Martin at 301-739-2101, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

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