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January 13, 2003

Hagerstown man arrested in drug sting



FREDERICK, Md. - A Hagerstown man was charged with possession of a noncontrolled dangerous substance late Friday following a drug sting operation in Frederick, the Frederick Police Department said.

Alex David Astrayka, 34, of the 10300 block of Whitehall Road, was charged after members of the Frederick Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit conducted an undercover operation in the 100 block of West All Saints Street, police said.

Astrayka is accused of purchasing a substance that appeared to be crack cocaine from an undercover police offer, police said.




Smithsburg police investigating thefts



SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Police Department is investigating several thefts that occurred in the town Friday night.

Four or five male juveniles dressed in dark clothing were seen removing items from the porches of three homes on Byron Drive about 8:30 p.m., police said.

Area residents scared the juveniles away from the scene. They were last seen running west on Byron Drive, police said.

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Stolen items included a dusk yard lantern worth $30, a black wrought iron table valued at $250 and a scooter worth $100, police said.

Officers later found the lantern and scooter in the yards of nearby homes.

An investigation revealed that three more yard lanterns had been stolen from a home at 14 Byron Drive, and another lantern was found damaged in the yard. The lanterns were valued at $400.

Anyone with information should call Smithsburg Police at 301-824-3500 or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.




Four-car collision sends two to hospital



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Deputies from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department are investigating a four-car collision in Martinsburg that sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Deputies responded to the accident on U.S. 11 at the Berkeley Plaza shopping center just 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.

Timothy Turnbull, 29, of Hedgesville, 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 transported to City Hospital in Martinsburg with non-life-threatening injuries, Hall said.

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