Police log for 1/27

January 27, 2003

Man grazed by bullet released from hospital

A Washington, D.C., man who was hit by a bullet that grazed his left side late Saturday has been unable to give Hagerstown City Police a description of his assailants.

Gary Lane was treated at Washington County Hospital shortly after the 11:32 p.m. incident in the 100 block of West North Avenue. He later was released, police said.

Officers responding to calls for shots fired were informed within minutes that a man had shown up at the emergency room with a gunshot wound.

Lane, 26, told police he and two women left the J Street Bar and Grill, walking north on Jonathan Street and turning onto the 100 block of West North Avenue, police said.


As they crossed the street, Lane said he heard shots and realized he'd been shot, police said. He told police that just before he heard the shots, he saw three or four men standing on the sidewalk and two others walking toward Jonathan Street.

Lane told police he believes the shots came from one of the two men walking toward Jonathan Street, although he didn't see a gun, police said.

Anyone who observed the incident or has information about the shooting is asked to contact police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Rewards are being offered by the police and Crime Solvers.

W.Va. man sentenced on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater Thursday sentenced a Martinsburg man to eight years and five months in federal prison for distribution of cocaine nearly three years ago.

Once George Timbers has served his sentence, he will be on probation for three years, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

Timbers, 31, entered a guilty plea to the charge on Oct. 15, 2002. The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Police:Woman backed over her brother, 77

Hagerstown City Police have determined what happened Wednesday afternoon in an accident in the 500 block of West Church Street involving a Hagerstown man and his sister.

Police learned through their investigation that Joseph Robert Stotelmyer, 77, of West Church Street, got out of his sister's car and walked around the back.

The driver, Vivian Roberta Glesner, accidentally put the car in reverse and ran over her brother, police said. She then backed into a building and when she got out of the car, she fell on the ice, striking her head.

Stotelmyer was released Sunday from Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

Glesner, 77, of 14011 Maugansville Road, was in fair condition Sunday, a hospital spokesman said.

Police said the brother and sister were returning to his home on West Church Street from a trip to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Faulty heater causes smoke in local home

Hagerstown firefighters raced to 8 Park Lane Sunday afternoon at 3:29 p.m. for reports of smoke in the home.

When they arrived, firefighters found a kerosene heater was malfunctioning. The smoke was cleared from the home.

Police investigating fire in Pa. home

QUINCY, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., are investigating a fire that damaged a home and injured a resident Friday.

The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. at 6647 Wayne Highway in Quincy Township, police said.

Arnold G. and Gladys M. Staley smelled smoke in their home and discovered a fire in the basement ceiling. An electrical short in an electrical service line in that area was determined to be the cause of the fire, police said.

Gladys Staley, 77, was treated at Waynesboro Hospital for smoke inhalation, police said. Arnold Staley, 75, was not injured.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A juvenile who broke into a Guilford Township animal hospital and stole a controlled substance faces multiple charges, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police said the juvenile broke into Lincoln Way Animal Hospital at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and stole ketamine, a controlled substance used as a horse tranquilizer, from the lab.

A juvenile complaint charging the 15-year-old with burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance was prepared, and the juvenile was taken into custody by Franklin County Juvenile Probation, police said.

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