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Police log 1/13

January 13, 2003

Two treated for injuries after W.Va. accident



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two people involved in a four-vehicle collision in Martinsburg Saturday morning were treated at City Hospital for minor injuries and then released, hospital officials confirmed Sunday.

Deputies from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident on U.S. 11 at the Berkeley Plaza shopping center north of Martinsburg about 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Brendan Hall said.

A northbound 1989 Ford Mustang driven by Filimora King, 51, of Martinsburg, rear-ended two other vehicles that were stopped in the northbound lane of U.S. 11, Hall said.

A 1985 Buick Skylark driven by David Canby, 38, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was stopped for a left turn into the shopping center and a 1998 Jeep Wrangler was stopped behind the Buick, Hall said.

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Timothy Turnbull, 29, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was driving the Jeep with three children in the vehicle, Hall said.

Turnbull's vehicle struck the rear of Canby's car after King's car hit the back of the Jeep, Hall said. The Jeep drifted into the southbound lane of U.S. 11 and was sideswiped by a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Eugenia Johnson, 58, of Martinsburg.

King and one of the children in Turnbull's vehicle were treated at City Hospital and released.




Firefighters respond to back-to-back calls



Hagerstown firefighters responded to back-to-back fire calls Sunday afternoon.

The first call at 5:11 p.m. was dispatched as an apartment building fire at 1028D Noland

Drive, fire officials said.

When firefighters arrived, all residents had been evacuated from the building and the fire was reported already out.

Capt. Kyd Dieterich said a candle left burning on a table ignited some decorations. Damage was minimal.

Just as that incident was winding down, another call came in for a basement fire at 615 N. Locust St. at 5:24 p.m.

"There we found a ceiling light fixture had been left on with a bulb with too much wattage for the fixture," Dieterich said. Part of the ceiling had begun to burn, which was what the residents next door at 617 N. Locust St. smelled when they called 911.




Cash and jewelry missing from area home



BOONSBORO - Between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, someone entered a residence at 322 N. Main St. and took cash and jewelry valued at approximately $2,500, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

There was no sign of forced entry to the home, according to Deputy 1st Class Jim Clay.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Clay at 301-791-3020 or the Boonsboro substation at 301-432-6838.




W.Va. man faces charges following traffic stop



HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A vehicle going 20 mph in a 45 mph zone was what first attracted the attention of Harpers Ferry Patrolman M.E. Hackney at 2:45 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 340.

After the vehicle nearly ran into a tractor-trailer as it headed into Bolivar, W.Va., Hackney pulled the white Dodge Intrepid over and discovered another reason to hold the driver - a large quantity of illegal drugs.

Stephen Christopher Bowen III, 26, no fixed address, was charged with possession of heroin, crack cocaine, Ecstasy and Ketamine (an animal anesthetic); transporting controlled substances across state lines; driving left of center; and driving while suspended, Hackney said in his report.

Bowen told the officer he was coming from Maryland en route to North Carolina, police said.

A search of the vehicle turned up several glass vials containing white powder, rock-like substances, a pair of socks containing vials of heroin, one Ecstasy pill, more rock-like substances, a suitcase containing approximately 100 unmarked pills, a silver spoon, a glass crack pipe and a brown vial containing Ketamine, Hackney said.

A 25-year-old female passenger was not charged.

Bowen was being held Sunday night at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.




Man who robbed store cashier still at large



FREDERICK, Md. - A man who pushed a Food Lion clerk and took the money from her cash register late Saturday was reportedly still at large Sunday, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

The man entered the store at 6920 Crestwood Blvd. at 11:45 p.m. Saturday and asked a cashier to make change for him, deputies said. Once the drawer was open, the man pushed the clerk, grabbed the money and fled on foot. He was last seen heading toward New Design Road.

Described as white, about 6 feet tall, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a brown mustache, the man was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt, a blue plaid jacket, blue jeans and boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call 301-694-1046.




Prostitution sting nets one arrest in city



A brief prostitution sting Sunday afternoon generated one arrest, Hagerstown City Police said.

Cheryl Marie Fernandez, 36, of the first block of East Franklin Street, was charged with one count of prostitution after she allegedly approached an undercover male police officer at 1:40 p.m. in the first block of North Prospect Street.

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