Police log for 1/29

January 29, 2003

Police looking for man charged with failure to appear in court

Hagerstown City Police are on the lookout for Jason Lynsey Dewease who is wanted on two Washington County Circuit Court bench warrants charging him with failing to appear in court on charges of malicious destruction of property, theft and a second-degree assault.

Dewease is white, 24 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. His last known address was 50 Summit Ave., Room 520, police said.

The first warrant issued Oct. 28 alleges Dewease failed to appear for a hearing on one count of felony malicious destruction/scheme and misdemeanor theft.

On Dec. 30, Dewease again failed to appear in court on the assault charge, police said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dewease may call 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Electrical panel fire causes damage to Thurmont strip mall

THURMONT, Md. - A fire in an electrical panel early Tuesday caused $30,000 damage to a one-story strip mall at 224 N. Church St., Maryland State Fire Investigator Ed Ruch said.


The fire, which was reported at 1:54 a.m., was ruled accidental. It was discovered by officers from the Thurmont Police Department.

Firefighters from Thurmont were joined by Emmitsburg, Graceham and Rocky Ridge personnel.

Ruch said no smoke detectors were present in the building, which is owned by Henry Chadwick.

Sheriff's deputies respond to vandalism and theft reports

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

  • Deputies responded twice over the weekend to a water and sewer treatment center on Crystal Falls Drive near Mount Aetna Road because of broken locks to a gate.

    Officers were called out Saturday at about 10:30 a.m., and Sunday at about 11:30 a.m. to find the reservoir area gate lock and chain removed.

  • Deputies responded to a call at 9:30 p.m. Monday for a report of a purse taken from the parking lot at 17213 Cole Road. The purse's owner said she believed it was taken while she was returning a shopping cart. The contents were approximately $100 in cash, credit cards, a checkbook and a cellular telephone.

  • At 8 a.m. Monday, car vandalism was reported in the 10800 block of Downsville Pike. The door handle on a 1996 Dodge Avenger was damaged. Value was $300.

Frederick City Police to host ninth annual citizens academy

FREDERICK, Md. - The ninth annual Frederick City Police citizens academy will begin March 12 and continue for 10 weeks until May 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The academy, which is free, will include instruction in uniform patrol, search and seizure, traffic enforcement, and tactical communications.

A ride-along with police is part of the program.

Any resident of Frederick or person with business interests in the city is eligible if 18 or older and free of any serious criminal convictions.

For more information call Cpl. Jason Keckler at 301-624-1231.

Woman accused of assaulting man and stealing his wallet

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman accused of assaulting a 76-year-old man outside his home and stealing his wallet Sunday has been charged with aggravated robbery, Martinsburg City Police said Tuesday.

Cristy Lynn Weister, 27, of Martinsburg, was jailed on $25,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail, according to Patrolman Charles Kittle.

It is alleged that Weister had asked the man for a ride to work Sunday but as the two neared his vehicle on West Martin Street, she assaulted him, took his wallet and fled in a van, police said.

The man told police he had known Weister for about five years.

Eastern Panhandle man sentenced on drug convictions

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Morgan County, W.Va., man was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater to 16 years and eight months in prison on four drug convictions.

Troy J. Green, 30, of River Road, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine, and three counts of distribution of cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

Green was placed in the custody of U.S. marshals until he is sent to a federal prison.

W.Va. man pleads guilty to weapons possession charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - On Monday, Tyriek Kearney pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of possession of a semi-automatic pistol that had been transported across state lines, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said.

Kearney, 22, of 2150 Martin's Landing, Apt. 322, was charged with the offense after it was found he had previously been convicted of domestic violence.

Currently in custody, Kearney could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, Johnston said.

Kearney was found to have the Raven Arms .25-calibre weapon on July 17.

The case was prosecuted under the Project Safe Homes Initiative and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Pa. police investigating burglary of car wash, vending machine

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