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Police log for 2/14

February 14, 2003

Car collides with bus filled with military personnel


No one was injured Thursday afternoon when a car and a bus filled with military personnel from Fort Bragg, N.C., collided at the intersection of Halfway and Massey boulevards.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class D.A. Harper said the 4:04 p.m. accident occurred when a westbound 1992 Pontiac Sunbird turned left into the Valley Mall, striking the bus that was eastbound on Halfway Boulevard.

The bus was heading toward a restaurant in Halfway when the accident occurred. The Pontiac was heavily damaged in the accident but the bus wasn't disabled, Harper said.

The driver of the car, Michele Marie Manion, 18, of 16741 Taylors Landing Road, Sharpsburg, was charged with failure to yield the right of way, Harper said.

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City man charged with failing to register as a sex offender


A man who authorities allege has been living in Maryland for nearly a year without registering as a convicted sex offender was taken into custody Thursday by the Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Roland Jefferson Danner, 39, was picked up at his residence at 125 Elm St., said Investigator Greg Alton. Danner was being held Thursday night on $3,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

He was charged with one count of failing to register as a sex offender, Alton said.

Information reached investigators that Danner was living in Hagerstown. A check revealed he was convicted in Virginia in 1993 on a charge of aggravated sexual battery and was required by law to register as a convicted violent sexual offender.

Alton alleged that Danner has been living in Maryland since at least April 2002.




Employees extinguish fire at Valley Mall jewelry store


Employees of King's Jewelry in the Valley Mall used a portable fire extinguisher Thursday afternoon to put out a small fire in a jewelry showcase before personnel from the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway arrived.

When Chief Jeff Ringer arrived at 1:46 p.m., he and his firefighters removed the smoke and then restored power to the store at 17301 Valley Mall Road.

Assisting were firefighters from Funkstown, Williamsport and Maugansville.




Employee charged with taking groceries without paying


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A grocery store employee was charged with leaving the store without paying for $167.02 worth of groceries last week, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Kathy M. Hege, of Fayetteville, was charged with one county of retail theft, police said.

Hege left Henicles Market at 7798 Lincoln Way East with the items at 11 a.m. Saturday, police alleged.




Boy injured when thrown from family's vehicle on I-81


SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A 7-year-old boy was thrown from his family's vehicle Wednesday morning during an accident on Interstate 81, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The family was northbound on I-81 in the left lane at 7:30 a.m. when the driver lost control on the snow-covered road, causing the 1995 Chevrolet Astrovan and U-Haul trailer to slide off the road near the Mainsville Bridge, police said.

The vehicle slid into the median and struck an embankment, causing it to roll onto the passenger side before righting itself, police said.

During the collision, Liam M. Daniels , 7, of Watertown, N.Y., was thrown from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seat belt. He and Alyssa M. Daniels, 2, who was not wearing a seat belt, were treated at Chambersburg Hospital for minor injuries, police said.

The driver, Adele Marie Daniels, 32, and passenger Darrell L. Daniels, 33, were not injured, police said.




W.Va. man faces drug charges after police raid his home


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police found cocaine, scales and a pellet pistol in a house in Price's Trailer Park along John Rissler Road Wednesday afternoon after receiving a tip about a cocaine selling operation, according to court records.

About 10 grams of cocaine were found in a bedroom and a .22-caliber pellet pistol was beside the cocaine, a criminal complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper C.C. Wathen alleges.

Also seized was a bottle containing at least three different pain medications and $788 in cash, according to the complaint, filed in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

Posted in the bedroom, police observed a sign that read, "Cash and Carry Only as of 02/09/03," the complaint said.

Andrew Campbell Mason, 41, of P.O. Box 530, Kearneysville, W.Va., was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana, court records say.

Mason was freed on $5,000 bond.




Woman charged with trying to smuggle drugs into jail


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman was charged with two felony drug counts Thursday after an alleged attempt to smuggle pills to her daughter, who is a prisoner in Eastern Regional Jail.

Roxanne Joyce Miller, 42, of New York Avenue in Martinsburg, was charged with one count of drug conspiracy and one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

Miller told Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies that her daughter, Joanne Kovach, 24, has a heroin addiction and that she was trying to mail Kovach four methadone pills, court records allege. Miller crushed the pills into a powder and hid the powder between two pictures glued together, records show.

A clerk at the jail became suspicious when she noticed the envelope for Kovach seemed unusually thick. A sergeant then found the powder, according to Berkeley County court records.

Kovach is being jailed as a fugitive.

Miller posted a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

Conviction on each of the drug charges carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

The case was investigated by Cpl. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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