Police log for 2/6

February 06, 2003

Police ask for help in hit-and-run accident

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown on Wednesday were seeking information from the public about a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a Hagerstown man on Feb. 1.

Police are looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer that pulled out of the Pilot Travel Center on Md. 63 just after midnight Saturday and collided with a 1993 Chevrolet Astro van driven by James Edward Wilcox, 32, of McGregor Drive.

Wilcox, a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff's Department seeks info on burglary

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies are asking for help from anyone with information about a burglary that occurred Wednesday in the Fairplay area.

Investigator Greg Alton said several handguns, rifles and jewelry were stolen from a home in the 16900 block of Sprecher Road between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


The combined value of the items was $5,500, deputies said.

The burglars forced their way into the residence when no one was home, Alton said.

Alton can be reached by calling 240-313-2185 or callers can leave information with Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Store evacuated after chemical odor detected

HANCOCK - A birdhouse manufactured in China caused quite a stir Tuesday at the Dollar General Store on West Main Street in Hancock when a chemical odor believed linked to a manufacturing process prompted the evacuation of the building, Hancock Police Chief Don Gossage said.

Two employees who experienced burning in their throats and tearing eyes were treated at Washington County Hospital and released, Gossage said.

The Washington County Special Response Team responded to the store and took a sample from the birdhouse to submit to the health department, Gossage said.

The store reopened a short time later with no further problems.

Five are indicted on firearms violations

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A federal grand jury in Martinsburg returned indictments against five people charging them with firearms violations on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said.

  • Robert Louis Hicks, 49, of 120 Tenacious Heights, Martinsburg, faces two counts of knowingly possessing illegal firearms in November and two counts of having firearms not registered in the National Firearms Registration.

    If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each count, Johnston said.

  • Candice Jean Crim, 27, of 617 N. Queen St., was indicted on two counts of making a false statement to acquire a firearm and one count of providing a firearm to a convicted felon, Johnston said.

    She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count if convicted.

  • David Christopher Gaines, 24, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., faces one count each of making a false statement to acquire a firearm last May and possessing a firearm illegally in Jefferson County in September, Johnston said.

    If convicted, he could face up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count.

  • Charles D. Izac, 41, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was named in a one-count indictment alleging he possessed a firearm illegally in Jefferson County in November 2001, Johnston said.

    If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  • Francis Anthony Sandor II, 43, of 533 W. Main St., Grafton, W.Va., was charged in an indictment with two counts of illegal possession of a firearm.

    If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, Johnston said.

These cases will be prosecuted under the Project Safe Homes Initiative.

Three are arrested in undercover drug sting

FREDERICK, Md. - An undercover drug operation late Tuesday netted more than $2,500 in cocaine, $1,275 in cash and three arrests on West South Street, Frederick City Police said.

Denise Francine Graham, 49, of the 200 block of Phebus Avenue, and Talia Monique Connor, 22, of the 200 block of West South Street, each were charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and conspiracy to commit all three of those offenses, police said.

The two also were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Connor was being held at the Frederick County Detention Center on $50,000 bond Wednesday night, jail officials said.

Police said Graham was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for a medical condition unrelated to her arrest. Her status could not be determined Wednesday night.

The third person, Benjamin Lee Sipes, 72, of the 200 block of West South Street, was charged with possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance, police said.

Sipes was being held on $7,500 bond.

Two face drug charges following traffic stop

FREDERICK, Md. - Two men were taken into custody on drug charges Tuesday night after a traffic stop on North Market Street at 7:19 p.m. led to the discovery of marijuana in the vehicle, Frederick City Police said.

Terrence E. Taylor, 21, of 324 Madison St., and Dino Devoe Bolden Jr., 19, of 324 Park Ave., each were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Each was still jailed Wednesday night on $10,000 bond.

Rear window is taken from minivan in Halfway

HALFWAY - Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday were investigating a theft from a minivan in Halfway.

A rear window valued at $250 was stolen from a 1994 Dodge Caravan parked at 17964 Garden Lane. The theft was reported at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

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